(Closed) What to do in NYC for a honeymoon?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

What kinds of things are you and your Fiance into? NYC is home to some of the best food in the world, some of the coolest shows (Broadway, off-Broadway, experimental), and some of the best museums.  But since there’s so much to do, it would help narrow it down if you let us know your taste!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

We went there for our honeymoon this summer as I had never been before. Two of our highlights were eating at Bobby Flays restaurant and doing a carriage ride through Central Park. Strongly recommend both. Otherwise we did the typical “touristy stuff” in terms of sightseeinG. 

Oh! And invest in a good pair of shoes. You’ll do lots of walking.

Post # 4
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Wannabee

That’s a beautiful time in NYC, but also VERY crowded because of the holiday season. I live on Long Island and avoid the city like the plague during the holidays. Not sure if that matters for you. You could get tickets to see the rockettes at radio city. See the rockerfeller center tree while you’re there. Definitely check out some famous restaurants. Maybe a Broadway show. 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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maddyboo:  I generally drive into the city and leave my car in the hotel parking garage. Coming from VA you could probably take a train, and then a cab/uber to your hotel. That’s a busy time in the city, but honestly, I don’t think it FEELS any busier than any other time. I was just there a couple of weeks ago. By the time you go, everything will be decorated for Christmas.

 You can go see the tree in Rockafeller center, and go ice skating in Bryant Park. Take a carriage ride around Central Park. Go see a show – like the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Eat at lots of great restaurants. Do some shopping. Visit Time Squre & the Empire State Building.

I guess it depends on how long you plan to stay. It’s an expensive city, and I personally feel like I’ve had enough after about 2-3 days. You’ll walk a lot, and be tired. Wear comfy shoes, and check the weather. When I was there a couple of weeks ago it was freezing one day, and warm the last couple of days. Right now we’re having a super mild winter (I’m on the East Coast, probably not far from you, and it’s been in the high 60’s) but usually it’s cold.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Skating at the rink at Rockefeller! Maybe it’s “Home Alone” and that tree but I felt like I was in a movie lol 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

This time of year, see the window displays on fifth avenue and go skating at Rockefeller center. without knowing your budget I can’t recommend too many restaurants, but I love the strip house for steak (order the chocolate cake too) Peter Luger in Brooklyn and the homestead in downtown NYC are also great. 

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Bumble bee

That is my absolute favorite time of year in New York. Yes, it’s crowded, but the festive atmosphere can’t be beat. Bundle up and stroll through Central Park, take a carriage ride while sipping hot chocolate, Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center beneath the Christmas tree (if you love skating, there is Wollman rink in Central Park, too), go to the top of the Empire State Building, catch a Broadway show (lots of ways to get cheap tickets), take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty (yes, it’s freezing cold so you need a hat and scarve, but the crowds are so much smaller in December — we went in winter and loved it!), and if you are into art — don’t miss MOMA! 

Where are you in VA? I’m in Northern VA and we take the Vamoose Bus (costs $60-70 round trip — takes a bit longer than the train, but more convenient for us (we catch the bus at Rosslyn Metro station, very near us) and almost as comfortable (more comfortable, if you take the Gold Bus, which, at $120 still costs less than most Amtrak train tickets). We’ve taken Amtrak in the past — it’s fun and comfortable and faster (well, if you don’t get stuck holding somewhere…) but tends to cost a lot more money and getting home from Union Station isn’t as easy for us as getting home from the Vamoose Bus stop in Arlington. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’m an NYC local, and outside of touristy things, I would take advantage of the food and nightlife.  There are so many great little cocktail /craft beers bars and speakies, that have a romantic feel.  Some of the hotels outside of midtown are also amazing, and even if you don’t stay there, the bar at the Waldorf is nice for a fancy night out.  My advice is to wander away from the typical tourist centers (Time Square), and check out the east village, lower east side.  And dont forget the museums!  

Look into some of the local neighborhood tours.  We did a chocolate tour that was delicious on so many levels.  Weather dependent, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a stunning way to see the city, as are the Circle Line boat tours around Manhattan.  

What sort of things do you like to do?  Food to eat?  Do you like heights?  

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

What specifically are you looking for with transportation? Once you get near DC, you have lots of options for travel. You could fly direct from DC metro to one of the NYC airports. Amtrak could be a good option on land. There are lots of charter buses that sell individual tickets to get you to NYC. I’ve also used Vamoose, and it’s quite economical and handy if you’re leaving from the burbs. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

they have a few christmas markets around town right now!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Ballroom

We just got back from our honeymoon in NYC, Atlantic City and Philadelphia.  It was mostly sports-themed, as we are both avid sports fans, but we did so much more than attend games!  We were blessed with unreal weather – it was in the high 50s when we arrived, and just kept getting warmer, culminating in a 72 degree temp on our final day in Philly.  We overplanned and overpacked for much colder weather, and wound up shipping a box full of heavy coats, gloves and scarves home because we just didn’t need them. 

 

We were in the City for seven days, giving us lots of time to be tourists.  We saw Radio City Christmas, which was fun. A little bit silly, and definitely aimed more for the kids, but we enjoyed it, too.  We went to Rockefeller Center and saw the tree, went to a Broadway show (Book of Mormon – really funny).  We also went to a comedy show at Gotham Comedy Club.  We toured Ground Zero and the new WTC. We also did the Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty tour.  I agree with PP, going off-season was the best idea.  Try to go early in the day, too, because the crowds are smaller.  We did a bus tour to hit a lot of the sites in Manhattan, and did a pedi-cab through Central Park.  We tried to do a horse-drawn carriage, but the lines were ridiculous and there was NO organization whatsoever.  Very frustrating, but it turned out that the pedi-cab showed us more of the park (by about 1000%) and was less than half the cost.  We topped off our trip with basketball games at Madison Square Garden and at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.  Both were amazing for different reasons. MSG is a historic arena, and the Barclay’s Center is brand new, and very high tech.  Food was great – we loved Junior’s and their famous cheesecake.  

 

It was so fun to be in New York during the holidays!  Yes, it was crowded, but most of the tourist spots generally are, in my understanding, at all times.  You definitely need to wear comfortable shoes because you walk a ton. There wasn’t a day that we walked less than five miles – and most days it was well over six or seven miles.   We spent our two days in Atlantic City relaxing after all of the activity, before heading to Philadelphia for more games and tourism.  

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I live in NY and my favorite holiday thing is going to the Met Museum and looking at the tree there.  It’s really pretty.  We used to go to the Bronx Zoo to look at the light display but they didn’t do one this year.  Check what’s on at the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx though, because they have lots of stuff year round and I always really like it.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We went to NYC for our honeymoon as well…if you can wait until the weekend before Christmas, the hotel prices signifigantly drop.

I would recommend seeing a Broadway show…I just saw On Your Feet and it was great! Or you can see the Christmas spectacular…you can get groupon for special pricing. 

One of my other favorite things to do is to go on a food tour…I loved the Chinatown food tour but have also done the original Greenwich village and Nolita. 

Dont stay in Times Square area…we love staying in flatiron Chelsea or Union Square. Trip Advisor app has a great feature to look at nearby places (hotels, dining, etc), great way to plan.

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