10 Tips for a Terrific Thanksgiving in New York City—You Can Still Book Now
Posted on Nov 18, 2014
Yes, you can book your perfect Thanksgiving Trip to match your budget and goals. The team at Discover New York and Beyond can design the perfect itinerary with you.
The following will help you plan what you wish to see during the holidays, whether you’re exploring New York for the first time or rediscovering your hometown.
There are several options to view the Thanksgiving Day Parade: See the parade from a hotel room right along the Parade Route which offers a full view, enjoy breakfast in a variety of restaurants offering parade views or simply find a spot along the avenues. The Parade starts at 9:00 AM on 77th Street and Central Park West and ends at Macy’s at 34th Street and Broadway. Parade goers line-up as early as 6:30 AM to find a spot.
Since the Parade is really in view for only 2 ½ hours, think about the rate that you want to pay per night and understand that most hotels will have a 3-night minimum during the holiday.
From wholesale showrooms to big department stores, to unique boutiques, New York has something for everyone at virtually every price point. The old Black Friday has moved to Thanksgiving Day in some locations. Holiday markets pop up in a variety of locations including Union Square, Columbus Circle, and Bryant Park.
With over 25,000 dining options, selecting the best option for you depends upon the ages of your family members and price point per person. Small children tend to do better in more casual venues.
In addition to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, there are fabulous Broadway Show options that range from serious plays to big, bright family-friendly musicals. Your Broadway experience can be enhanced to include a behind-the-scenes backstage visit with a cast member or learn a song and number from the Broadway Show you’ll be seeing.
Remember, New York City has five (5) boroughs: Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Each is worth visiting for a variety of reasons. You may opt to explore the city on your own or have Discover New York and Beyond customize a Private City Highlights Experience focusing on the neighborhoods and sites you wish to see. Private Experiences will depend upon your budget and what you wish to learn, the expertise level of the guide and whether you use private or public transportation.
With over 150 museums and 400 galleries, two museums that are open on Thanksgiving are: The National Museum of the American Indian and the Rubin Museum of Art, focusing on art of the Himalayas. Click to see the list of additional museum options that you can enjoy during your stay.
7. Exploring the Harbor:
Several options to enjoy the Harbor can include: Walks along the waterfront, or gliding across New York’s waterway, immerse the skyline view and architectures of the city on a one hour harbor cruise, lunch or dinner cruises, or a private yacht. Let us know what works best for you.
8. Ice Skating:
Venues in Manhattan include: Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park, The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, Standard Hotel Ice Rink, the Rink at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City.
“Window Shopping” can be inspirational; New York City’s Department Stores will begin to debut their holiday display right around Thanksgiving. Take a stroll pass the entertaining magical displays which dazzle and amaze children and adults alike. The list remains as valid as in past years.
Follow this path to the best holiday windows in New York City:
- Bloomingdales, 59th Street and Lexington Avenue
- Barneys, 61th Street and Madison Avenue
- Coach, 57th Street and Madison Avenue
- Tiffany, 57th Street and Fifth Avenue
- Bergdorf Goodman, 58th Street and Fifth Avenue
- Henri Bendel, 55th Street and Fifth Avenue
- Saks Fifth Avenue, 50th Street and Fifth Avenue
- Lord & Taylor, 38th Street and Fifth Avenue
- Macy’s, 34th Street and Sixth Avenue
10. Travel Insurance:
Protect your investment with travel insurance. It’s a smart decision as you never know if your plans might need to change.
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