New York 3-4 Day Itinerary

Go City: New York Explorer Pass , New York , Travel Advice
New York 3-4 Day Itinerary
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Plan the perfect long weekend in new York with our handy itinerary...

Heading to New York for a long weekend? The New York Explorer Pass makes visiting the most popular New York attractions a doddle – and you’ll save money too! We’ve planned this whistlestop 3-4 day itinerary for New York including 6 iconic must-see attractions from the pass…

Day 1

Depending on what time you arrive in New York, you might be looking for somewhere you can visit before you check in to your hotel, somewhere to go for lunch or even somewhere to just go for a drink in the evening if you get in very late.

If you’re arriving early and can’t check in to your hotel straight away, you may want to consider checking your luggage into a secure storage. Schwartz Luggage Storage NYC is located close to the Empire State Building so you could drop off your luggage, grab a coffee and then head to the Empire State Building to really kick off your New York trip in style! Here you can activate your New York Explorer Pass for the first time too. Whizz up to the 86th floor observatory for some of the best views over the Big Apple.


Empire State Building New York


Check your bags in to your hotel or, if you’re feeling peckish, start the weekend as you mean to go on with a huge plate of food! We recommend 5 Napkin Burger for somewhere sit-down but informal – try the guacamole burger to conquer any jet lag you might be experiencing…it’s the best medicine!


5 Napkin Burger


Arriving late? Swap the Empire State Building for the Top of the Rock Observation Deck so you can take in the sights of the ESB lit up at night time. Top of the Rock is also included in your Explorer Pass so you can activate your pass here instead.

Day 2

Due to the time difference, you’ll probably find yourself waking up early on your first morning. Make the most of the extra time by heading out for a slap-up breakfast. We’d recommend Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where you can enjoy rainbow bagels with scrambled eggs and melted American cheese as you’re serenaded by world-famous singing waiters! You won’t forget this breakfast in a hurry.


Ellen's Star Dust Diner


Next, hop on the bus (approx. 30 mins) or grab a taxi (approx. 20 mins) to the southernmost tip of Manhattan to catch the ferry for a trip to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. This trip, which takes roughly 3-4 hours, takes you on a journey to understand the moving stories and the lives of the huge migrant population which arrived in New York between 1892 and 1954. Your Explorer Pass gives you access to the ferry between the islands and Manhattan, as well as entrance to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.


Statue of Liberty


Back on dry land, make a beeline for a slice of pizza at Grimaldis Pizza in Brooklyn, taking a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and via Wall Street on your way. It’s a 45-minute walk where you’ll be able to take in sights such as the Charging Bull statue and the New York Stock Exchange but if you’d prefer to catch the Subway, you can take the R or W train in 20 minutes. If you’re visiting Brooklyn at the weekend, you might want to pop into the Brooklyn Flea market for a browse – careful though as your wallet is likely to come out considerably lighter and your bag considerably heavier!

Head back to the Subway and make your way to the 9/11 Tribute Center, where you’ll learn more about the moving stories of the tragic events at the Twin Towers on the 11th September 2011. A touching memorial to the victims of the attacks, the Tribute Center is run by those who experienced the attacks on that day and surviving family members, making it an especially poignant experience.


The Lion King on Broadway


That evening, make sure you book one of the most iconic New York experiences to enjoy – a show on the world-famous Broadway stage! Our most popular tickets are for The Lion King which kicks off at 8pm so use your time between the Tribute Center to either freshen up at your hotel or just grab some pre-theatre food depending on how much time you have. Spend your evening being wowed by one of these incredible theatre shows and end your second day on a high.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel or grab a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel from a local café (nothing could be more New York than that!). Then walk off your breakfast with a stroll around Central Park where you should look out for the Strawberry Fields John Lennon Memorial, the beautiful boating lake and the Wollman ice-skating rink, if it’s the season for it. Take your pick for a wander round one of two of New York’s greatest museums – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA) on the east side of the park and the American Museum of Natural History on the west side. Both are included on your New York Explorer pass. While you’re nearby, it would be criminal not to stop by at the Levain bakery and pick up some fresh cookies straight from the oven – these cookies are like nothing you’ll have ever tried before – take our advice and buy a box while you can, you’ll only want to make a return trip if not!


Levain Cookie


After grabbing some lunch (or just a cookie from Levain should be enough to fill you up to be honest!), why not check out a tour that’s a little more off the beaten track? On the Explorer Pass you can choose from more unusual tours such as The RIDE, the Radio City Stage Door Tour, Food on Foot Tours, NYC TV & Movie Bus Tour by On Location Tours, Harlem Bike tour and many many more. There’s something for everyone depending on what you’re interested in, so make sure to check out the list of inclusions very carefully.


Top of the Rock


In the evening, take a trip to the Empire State Building or The Top of the Rock depending on what you were able to see on your first day. If you can time it right, make your visit at sunset for the most amazing lighting for your photos.

As it’s your last evening and last dinner in New York, treat yourself to something a little special with a visit to Upstairs NYC on top of the Kimberley Hotel. This place comes with quite a high price tag, but you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful ‘secret garden’ atmosphere (which is enclosed so it’s perfect for all weathers) and spectacular views over the city.

Day 4

Flying home today? Don’t panic! There’s still plenty of time to squeeze some juice out of the Big Apple. Leave your luggage at the hotel and head out shopping for the morning on one of New York’s famous shopping streets. If it’s designer stuff you’re looking for, don’t miss Madison Avenue – even if you’re just window shopping it’s a treat for the eyes! If Chanel and Armani are a little out of your price range, you will might want to head to Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg in Brooklyn for hip boutiques, unique souvenirs, thrift shops and street stalls. Hit the classics on 5th Avenue, where you’ll find well-known brands such as Tiffany, Saks and the biggest Apple store you’ll ever see.


5th Avenue


Loaded up with shopping bags is really the only way you can end your trip to New York, don’t you think? Now you just need to figure out how all of this is going to fit in your case!

Interested in using the New York Explorer Pass to get the most out of your New York 3-day weekend? Click here to find out more.

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