Before we left we researched sightseeing discount passes. There were several options; we ended up getting the New York City Explorer Pass, which had a lot of flexibility. We chose the five-attractions pass (they also had options for three, seven, or ten attractions) and used it at two museums, a bus tour, a bike tour, and an observation tower.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art we joined a docent-led tour that took us to some of the museum highlights, then we explored on our own.
|The Metropolitan Museum of Art |
Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat--Vincent van Gogh
Later in the week we enjoyed the American Museum of Natural History. Their mammal halls featured stunning life-sized dioramas, and the Cultural Halls divided the world into sections, which featured the artifacts of the people of that area.
|American Museum of Natural History|
Hall of Mexico and Central America
We had a beautiful day to take a bike tour of Central Park. Our six-mile ride gave us a good luck at every part of the park.
|Strawberry Fields-Central Park|
John Lennon memorial
|Open-air tour bus|
Of course we had to spend some time shopping! I enjoyed walking past the flagship stores lining Fifth Avenue, but we didn't stop in any of them. We did browse in the boutiques in SoHo, and enjoyed talking with the street side vendors in Little Italy. Chelsea Market was a great place to get food-related souvenirs. Later in the week we enjoyed wandering through a farmers market at Union Square.
Highlights of Vacation Day 3:
- Got pastry and coffee at a bakery for breakfast
- Subway to Financial District
- Visited National September 11 Memorial
- Got lunch from a food truck and ate in park
- Walked across Brooklyn Bridge
- Took ferry back to Manhattan
- Took ferry to Staten Island and returned
- Had New York style pizza for dinner
- Subway to Rockefeller Center
- Took the elevator to the Top of the Rock observation deck
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