If you are looking for a honeymoon destination that includes absolutely everything imaginable, head straight for New York City. The museums, the shopping, the 5-star restaurants, the luxury accommodations – it’s all here. And fabulous beaches and great hiking are just a daytrip away.

Food tours through China Town and Little Italy tour will make you feel you’re in Beijing or Rome. It doesn’t get any more authentic and delicious. For some outdoor enjoyment that will have you forget you’re in a metropolitan city, there is nothing like a bike ride through Central Park. For one of the undisputed best views of the New York skyline, take a nighttime stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge and back. You’re in for a light show like no other.

You can’t visit New York City without paying homage to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is filled with ancient mummies, masterpiece paintings of every era, and costumes and furniture throughout the ages. It’s a stroll through hundreds of years of history. For a museum that is an architectural marvel, visit the Guggenheim Museum at East 89th and Fifth Avenue, just north of the Metropolitan.

There is nothing like a Broadway play. There is always a buzz of excitement in just joining the crowd, even before the show begins. It’s Broadway, after all! And there’s magic as that curtain rises. Don’t miss the TKTS booth for discounted tickets. If you are visiting during the summer, take in a free Shakespeare in the Park play. Pack a picnic and enjoy the show.The majority of visitors head to the Empire State Building for a great view. This is highly recommended, but don’t forget about the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. Three floors of 360-degree view of the city, including the Empire State Building. While you are here, take the 30 Rock tour through the NBC studio and learn more about its shows, from writing the script to getting the shows on television. You might catch a glimpse of someone famous.

About New York

New York City is nothing short of a wonder. Whether it’s the financial market on Wall Street, the artistic hotspots in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, the famed Zoo and Botanical Garden in the Bronx, and bustling nightclubs everywhere, New York City is alive and pulsating. 

New York is one of the most hospitable cities imaginable. People from every background and culture have made the city their home and have created a variety of diverse neighborhoods. New York was founded on the promise that anything is possible here, and that promise still exists. 

Every group that has settled in New York has brought its own cuisine. No other city has such a variety of top restaurants that offer foods from around the world. Your New York honeymoon is your chance to try some of the world’s finest dishes.

It’s a city alive with art. While you should discover the great museums and concerts at the Met or Carnegie Hall during your New York honeymoon, don’t miss out on unexpected artistic treasures. Stroll through Times Square and catch street performers strutting their song and dance. A few of these hopefuls will be on Broadway in a year or so. Or wander around Greenwich Village, where talented artists display their wares. Some of these are artists will be exhibiting at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) within a few years. Catch rising talent on its way up. While you’re in Times Square, keep an eye out for the famed Naked Cowboy playing his guitar. His strategically placed instrument keeps him from violating any laws. He’ll probably never make it to Broadway, but he has a fan club all his own.

If you don’t consider making mountain hiking and beach strolling a part of your New York honeymoon, you don’t know New York. You’ll find the Catskill Mountains a mere two-and-half-hour drive out of the city. The Catskill Forest Preserve has hiking trails, a wonderful assortment of wildlife, and skiing in the winter. The Catskill is the outdoors at its very best. There are a number of delightful resorts if you wish to stay overnight.

You may not think of sand and surf when you think of New York, but there are plenty of places with great beaches.   

Robert Moses State Beach has five miles of ideal beach, surfing, and golfing. 

Take the number 6 train to the Bronx to Orchard Beach. You’ll find a mile stretch of lovely beach, along with tennis courts, picnic areas, and volleyball courts. 

Coney Island in Brooklyn is a combination beach and amusement park. This beach gets very crowded, but it has the most active and fun boardwalk. 

Rockaway Beach is located on the S train stop in Queens. Or you can take the ferry from Pier 11 on Wall Street. Enjoy some great munchies (fish tacos) after you partake in some fabulous surfing.

Best Time to Visit New York

New York has four very distinct seasons. When to visit depends wholly on the type of experience you are looking for.

New York in the winter is beautiful. The holiday decorations, the tree in Rockefeller Plaza, the fresh snow in Central Park. The prices tend to be low from January through March, but expect them to soar for the holidays, when visitors stream into the city. So, winter is a great time to get a good deal. It’s also the optimal time to enjoy some culture, such as the opera or ballet.

If you plan on heading for the beach, summer is the perfect time to visit. Also, many rooftop bars make for warm, cozy evenings. Be warned, though, that July and August can get “fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk” hot. The heat can be unrelenting, and the humidity can be off-the-scale.

Fall is without a doubt the best time to visit New York. The air is crisp and fresh. The trees in Central Park resemble an amazing painting with all the colors on the palette. The fierce oranges and reds are almost surreal.

Fall, of course, is the time for the famed Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. This season is so popular, it is also the most expensive time to visit. However, most guests feel it is worth the money. 

Early spring, such as March, provides you with a good chance of getting winter bargains on your accommodations. In April, the city blossoms with fresh spring flowers and again turns into a breathtaking painting. The Botanical Garden in the Bronx is at its most colorful and finest. April, of course, is known for its showers, so bring an umbrella.

Top Things to do in New York

Conservatory Gardens

This gem in Central Park remains unknown to most visitors. It is located on Fifth Avenue by 105th Street. Enter the gardens through what used to be the gates to the Vanderbilt Mansion. This is where to find the calm within the city storm. There are three distinct gardens here. The North Garden is classically French. Twenty thousand tulips proclaim the arrival of spring. The flowers change as the seasons do. The Silver Moon roses herald the beginning of summer.

The Central Garden has a gorgeous geyser fountain. Springtime means a blanket of violets. This is a favorite of photographers. 

The South Garden is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden.” The fountain and reflecting pool with water lilies are based on the novel.

When you stroll through the Conservatory Gardens, you leave the city behind.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Regardless of your religion, this architectural marvel is a must-visit. The stained-glass windows are breathtaking. If you consider shopping a religious experience, Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany & Co. are just two nearby stores that can answer your prayers.

Grand Central Terminal

This is more than just a train station. The concourse, with its marbled floors and gold-plated chandeliers, is a prime example of neoclassical architecture. Here, you will also find first-rate restaurants such as Michael Jordan’s The Steak House and the Oyster Bar. The New York Transit Museum is the place to pick up a souvenir. You don’t have to board a train to enjoy the beaux art ambiance and beauty of Grand Central and watch the people go by. So much history has passed through here.

Horse-Drawn Carriage

Just because you’re married now doesn’t mean you can drop the romantic gestures. Not on your New York honeymoon. Go to 57th Street and Fifth Avenue and pick up a horse-drawn carriage for a romantic ride through Central Park. 

One World Observatory

This replacement for the Twin Towers has become one of New York City’s top tourist attractions. The view from the 100th, 101st, and 102nd floors go on for an incredible 50 miles. Before you get to see the sights, you need to survive the elevator ride, which zaps to the observatory deck in one minute flat. Enjoy a meal with cocktails at ONE Dine on the 101st floor.

Met Cloisters

Many visitors go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art but miss its equally stunning sister exhibit, the Met Cloisters, which showcases art from Europe’s medieval times. The Cloisters is located in Fort Tryon Park at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive.

Bateaux Cruises, New York

Bateaux Cruises has every type of cruise around the island of Manhattan. These cruises department from Chelsea Pier 61 on West 23rd Street. Call (866) 817-3463 for more information.

There are lunchtime cruises. The romantic three-hour sunset dinner cruise includes music, a three-course dinner along with a breathtaking vista of Manhattan, as does the Christmas Eve dinner cruise. Dressy attire is expected. 

The 4th of July Fireworks Cruise includes dinner, dancing, and the best view of the fireworks for $499.

The New Year’s Eve cruise includes dinner, dancing, and an incomparable view of the fireworks. The cost is $749. 

Weather in New York

New York weather is fairly simple. The summers are hot, and the winters are cold. The temperature can vary from a low of 20 degrees to over 90 degrees. The days are cloudy from November through June, when summer officially begins.

Clouds mean rain. From April through August, there is a 30 percent chance of precipitation on any given day. From the end of August through the end of March, the chance of rainy days falls to 22 percent.

It usually snows from November to the beginning of April, with a monthly average of 0.1 inches. The snow rarely lasts long in New York City. The cold, however, does. Remember to pack accordingly.

Humidity is a large part of New York’s weather. From June through September, the humidity can get extremely oppressive, with the worse month being August. If you are visiting during these months, the bride should consider what humidity does to hair and pack a hat.

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