We all try and prepare as much as we can before taking a trip or visiting a new city. Yet often regardless of our preparation we find that we aren’t as prepared to fully indulge our tourist sides because we simply don’t have great enough practical insight into our destinations. New York’s tourist are no exception to that truth. Here are some of the do’s and dont’s to experience in New York City
Times Square Dining: While most folks want the full New York dining experience and believe Times Square will deliver that, upon attempting to fulfill that expectation many find high prices and crowded franchise establishments leave much to be desired. Instead you may feel as though you were anywhere, not specifically enjoying the New York experience. Instead head further off Times Square towards either Fifth or Eighth Avenues in either direction and find the outside cafes and dining establishments which truly capture more the essence of the city.
Pedi-cabs: Pedi cabs while largely intriguing for tourists may not provide the thrill and sightseeing experience that one expects. Instead of weaving through traffic or slowly making your way along the side of the road in the awkward transport, why not rent New York Newly added Citi-Bikes. You can rent a bike from any unmanned location and drop it off at many conveniently located drop-off sites.
Chinatown: While China town provides amazing food and shopping for unique trinkets and bobbles to remember New York, many travel to this locale to find quality low priced knock off merchandise. Yet quite often the quality is lacking to the point that your purchases may not make it home, regardless of the low price tags. Quick trips in NYC’s subway to Jamaica Queens or Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn can provide great shopping experiences and awesome cultural atmosphere with higher quality without greatly increasing cost.
Central Park Carriage Ride: While you can see folks hopping into horse drawn carriages at all hours of the day or night right off of central park’s entrance, many tourists have found the experience lacking. The unexpected aroma and poor hygiene of many carriages end up leaving patrons unsatisfied. Bronx’s horse stables do often provide tourists with an alternative. Riding through scenic Bronx trails on well-kept mares and stallions provides a more individually and collectively satisfying experiences for guest of the big apple.
The Tourist Trap: The number one most common hind sight blunder that tourist regret is targeting in on a few highly publicized attractions as “the real New York”. While Times Square and Central Park, The Bronx Zoo and the aquarium are amazing attractions and shouldn’t be missed, avoid centering your visit around these attractions and missing things like the Ferries and smaller museums which are rich and saturated with New York history and culture. A visit to New York can hold so much in the way of various experiences, Tourists should always strive to see as much as possible, not just the post card sites.