NYC is such a beautiful city with it's gorgeous cityscapes and historical landmarks - It almost feels like walking through the streets of Paris. Despite the city's reputation, it's full of kind people who are proud of their city. We absolutely loved our time there and while early February was cold, it was also very inexpensive. Cheap flights and cheap hotels make for a winning combination. I have included our itinerary in hopes this will help you plan your next trip to this beautiful city!
Grand Central Station
Lunch: The Meatball Shop
Dinner: Highlands NYC
Sunrise at Brooklyn Bridge
Lunch: Cheeky Sandwiches
Staten Island Ferry to view the Statue of Liberty
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park to the American Museum of Natural History
Lunch: The Chelsea Market
Walk the High Line
See a Show
Top of the Rock
New York Public Library
Looking to make your trip more cost effective? Check out what we learned while planning our trip!
Every Friday evening the MOMA Museum provides free admission from 4:00pm - 8:00pm.
If you are a Bank of America client, you can get free admission to select museums on the first full weekend of each month! So we were able to go to the American Museum of Natural History and The Metropolitan Museum of Art for free. Now that's a price you just can't beat!
Additional free activities: New York Public Library, walking the High Line, Staten Island Ferry, walking the Brooklyn Bridge (definitely recommend sunrise since no one is out there and it's a gorgeous view) and the 9/11 Memorial (not the museum).
Surprisingly the taxis are cheaper than Uber and Lyft and are easily accessible from just about every street corner. Though we primarily used the metro, we used a taxi when we needed to get somewhere a bit quicker.
I track flights to destinations I'm interested in on the app Hopper and was able to see what dates in February would be the cheapest - I highly recommend using this app.
We flew into the Newark airport and took a bus from the airport to our hotel. They made 3 stops - Port Authority, Bryant Park and Grand Central Station and only cost $58 for the two of us roundtrip! Most taxis from Grand Central Station to the Newark airport were $80 - $90 one way.