Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Five - New York tips

It's Friday!  I hope everyone has had a great week and dome fun weekend plans ahead.  In the meantime, it's time for the Friday Five, 2.0. Many thanks to Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for this linkup!  I haven't really had a chance to recap my trip to New York so I thought I'd take the opportunity to do that and share 5 things about visiting NYC.

 Friday Five Linkup 2.0

1.  Broadway for broke people - New York is expensive and we all want to save money while we're there!  Plus, seeing a Broadway show is an iconic New York thing to do.  That why I love Broadway for Broke People.  It has a lot of great tips on seeing shows without having to spend a ton of money.  I had no idea how many shows had lotteries or that you could just show up a little before some shows and ask if there are cheap "rush" tickets if the show wasn't sold out.

We had to pay full price for these tickets since the show's always sold out

2. Tourist traps - don't turn down tourist-y stuff just because it's tourist-y.  These things are popular for a reason.  We went to Rockefeller Center while we were in New York and the view was breathtaking.  It was cool to see the history of the building as well.  And the museums in New York are world class and definitely worth a visit.

View of Central Park from Rockefeller Center

3.  Information from locals - But definitely check in with anyone you know from New York to get good tips.  Or even ask someone at the hotel if you don't know anyone from the area.  It's great to get tips on what things are worth it and what aren't.  Especially when it comes to restaurants.  There are a lot of overpriced places with mediocre food.  I checked with an ex-boss before we went up and he recommended Becco, which was amazing.  It was also only $20 for unlimited pasta a couple blocks from Times Square.

Oh yeah, the $20 unlimited pasta included a salad course too

4. Central Park - I can't talk about New York without talking about running in Central Park, after all, this is mainly a running blog!  It was a beautiful run.  There were always plenty of people around but we went early so it didn't feel too crowded until toward the end of our run.  So go on the early side.  There are also plenty of routes and various options for mileage.  We did the main loop which is around 6 miles.  And even if you aren't a runner, it is definitely still worth going to Central Park to walk around.  It's a beautiful oasis in the middle of the city. If the weather was nice, it would be great to take a picnic.


5.  Groupon - I started with saving money and I'll end with saving money :)  I love Groupon and this tip works for visiting most cities in the US.  Definitely check out Groupon before you go.  There are options for saving money on tours, cruises on the river, tourist sites like the Statue of Liberty, and restaurants.

So those are my 5 tips for planning a trip to New York!  I hope everyone has a great weekend ahead :)