Recently I had the opportunity to attend an award’s ceremony for work in New York City and got to take a guest … so I took my sweet mom! It had been many years since my mom and I traveled together and we had the BEST time. After the week of festivities for work, we had the opportunity to enjoy the weekend in New York City. We hit the ground running! It wasn’t either of our first time’s to NYC, but there is just so much to see that we were go go go the whole time!
We started off with a couple of days outside of New York, in Connecticut, for my work event. One part of the schedule included a visit to my company’s corporate headquarters where they had 200 employees and a marching band greet us! It was quite the celebration!
Grand Central Terminal
Once the work festivities were complete, we headed off for a couple of action packed days in the city. First stop was a trip to Grand Central Terminal. Both my mom and I had been before but I can’t go to NYC without visiting. This might sound weird but I love transit hubs at rush hour. It is prime people watching, and something about seeing the locals go through the paces of daily life makes me feel like I understand the city better. It gives me a glimpse of what living there could look like!
Central Park & Broadway
Next stop was Central Park. I could spend days in the park. On a beautiful day New Yorkers and tourists alike flood to the park for cycling, baseball, or a leisurely stroll. Lucky for us the weather was gorgeous and the park was hopping. After a quick trip back to our hotel to change and a dinner near Times Square we headed to Broadway to see Come From Away. Musicals make me happy, and this one did not disappoint. Ever since I was young I’ve had dreams of performing on broadway … unfortunately being tone-deaf and having two left feet, I think front row is the closest I’ll ever get 🙂
Nolita & Chelsea Market
The next day we were up early, and off to Nolita (North of Little Italy) for a food tour! I love food tours when travelling because they are a great way to see some sights, discover hidden gems, and eat amazing food! We did the Nolita neighbourhood tour with Foods of NY and I highly recommend it! Both my mom and I LOVED it! The tour lasted 3-4 hours, and then we headed to the West side of Manhattan for a stroll along the highline and a trip through Chelsea Market. By the time we made our way back to our hotel at the end of the day we had walked 20km and were so exhausted we skipped dinner!
The next morning was our final day in NYC and we had a flight departing LaGuardia at 2pm. I was determined to fit in the 9-11 museum before I left though. The last time I was in New York the museum had just opened, was really busy, and I skipped it. I’ve wanted to go ever since and am so glad I had the opportunity! It was fantastic. I have been to a lot of museums and this was hands down my favourite. It’s emotional, it’s heart-breaking, but it’s also inspiring. The stories of how thousands of New Yorkers came together to help one another in the aftermath of such tragedy are something I won’t forget anytime soon.
We spent two and half hours in the museum before it was off to the airport for our flight home. Thanks NYC for such a memorable trip, I’ll be back soon!
Have any must see spots in NYC? Anything I absolutely have to make sure to do next time I visit?