Visiting New York City in ONE day
At nineteen years old, I had a great opportunity. My mom was a travel agent and a fam trip came across her desk. A fam trip is a “familiarization trip”. It’s meant to teach the travel agent in person about the destination so they can sell it better. This particular trip was “New York City in a Day”.
She invited me and a friend along. New York is one of the most populous, well-known cities in the world. My mind was racing, trying to remember every movie I had ever seen that was filmed in New York City. Everything from Ghostbusters to Annie floated through my head. And now, I was headed there, in the flesh, for ONE day to New York City. How much could we do in one day?
We did our homework and planned ahead. We made a list of what we wanted to see and tried to do as much as we could. We flew into the Newark airport and took a bus into the city. We saw Times Square and saw people everywhere. I was amazed at the number of different languages we heard all day. We went to a real New York Deli (order quickly and don’t ask questions), and rode in a New York Taxi (have small bills handy for a tip).
I took a picture of the great stone lions outside the main branch of the New York Public Library. Another special item for us was our ferry ride out to Ellis Island and our tour of the immigration museum. There’s even a place to look up your ancestors. We took pictures everywhere, from the New York skyline to a New York pigeon in Central Park. It was early fall and we dressed comfortably with light jackets and comfortable shoes. We knew we would have lots of walking.
Check with your local travel agency or online to see if there are any one or two day packages available. They might offer an air only charter, that’s what we did when we went. Funjet Vacations still offers some pretty good packages to NY. Flexible dates, including last minute travel, will find you bargains.
If seeing a Broadway show is on your agenda but you don’t want to spend $100.00, head for the tickets booth in Times Square. Same day tickets can be 50 % off. The booth opens at 3pm (closed on Sunday.) You can also do what is called a “rush ticket”, your name is entered into a lottery two hours before the show starts. If your name gets drawn you get in for a deeply discounted price. This might not be so good to do unless you are alone, since your travel partner might not get picked in the lottery.
As we boarded the plane to head home that evening, and rested our weary feet, we were amazed at how much we could pack into one day. Our only regret was that we weren’t able to fit in a Broadway play. We couldn’t match up a show time with the rest of our schedule.
When people ask me if I’ve been to New York City, I love to say, “Yes, but just for the day.” It confuses them a little bit and makes me smile, “I would recommend that you stay longer.”