Walking

BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Walk across one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States which stretches 5,989 feet (1825 m) over the East River connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.  On completion, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. Enjoy fantastic views of Manhattan and have a wander around pretty Brooklyn Heights on the other side. You'll have built up an appetite so enjoy the amazing pizza at Grimaldi’s Pizza, 19 Old Fulton Street, (918) 858-4300, then wander down to the waterfront and enjoy an ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Fulton Ferry Landing, (718) 246-3963.

How To Walk Across Brooklyn Bridge - click here

 

CENTRAL PARK

TIP: take the train to Harlem 125, taxi to the top of the park (approx $6) and walk through the park and do one or more of the following:

So much to explore - here are just a few highlights of the 843 acres:

Central Park Zoo: small compared to the Bronx Zoo but enough to keep the kids happy for a couple of hours.

Horse & Carriage: pricey just for a tour but ask the driver to take you somewhere specific, i.e. the zoo, and you can negotiate a more reasonable price.  Kids loved it.

Alice in Wonderland: larger than life sculpture on the east side of the park, around 75th Street.  Kids love climbing over it and seeing all the characters from the book.

Carousel: lovely old-fashioned carousel, 100 years old, at the south side of the park.

Cycling: take your own bikes and cycle around early on a Sunday morning.

Ice-skating: Woolman Rink (winter).

Lasker Pool with waterslides.

The Reservoir: Fishing pond, boating pond, swimming.

The park has two nice restaurants, the world famous Tavern on the Green and a scenic Boathouse Restaurant on the Lake - great for Sunday brunch. 

Free Summer Concerts

Summerstage: check out events held in the Park.

 

GRAND CENTRAL STATION

The building is amazing inside - look up at the ceiling!  The food market is amazing and the food court downstairs is pretty good too for snacks or meals and very easy with kids.  Nearer Christmas, visit the special holiday market which sets up inside the station.  Lots of amazing stalls with great ideas for Christmas gifts.  

Grand Central Terminal and surrounding neighborhood tour - (212) 883-2420

 

A free 90-minute walking tour of Grand Central Terminal and the surrounding neighborhood. The tour meets in the Sculpture Court of the Whitney Museum at Altria on East 42nd Street across from Grand Central. Fridays at 12:30pm. 

 

 

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT

Pier 17, a few blocks down from Brooklyn Bridge  Lots of good parking available nearby.

This really doesn’t feel like Manhattan!  Check out the old ships, maritime museum, shops, restaurants, outdoor cafés and street entertainment, plus the water taxi to Brooklyn and elsewhere.  For extra shopping and restaurants check out nearby Fulton Street.

 

 

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