In your Bluegreen Resorts home away from home, you will be minutes from world-famous Times Square, the United Nations building, and renowned concert and performance venues that include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. The Empire State Building, with its towering observation decks, puts the panorama of Manhattan and its surroundings at your feet. Whether you are in the market for inexpensive day trips or multi-faceted tours, you can find them in New York City.
Learn to take the subway, one of the easiest and least expensive ways to get around the city. Or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park, surely one of the most romantic trips you can experience. Just go to Central Park South, between 5th and 6th Avenues, to see the line of carriages waiting to whisk you away. Or if you prefer, you can schedule a tour of the park by bicycle, Vespa, or pedicab.
The Central Park Zoo is a not-to-be-missed destination for children of all ages. Visit tropical birds, snow leopards, penguins, and even a Mini Nubian goat. Explore the entire park’s more than 800 acres of greenery, gardens, watercourses, performance spaces, and architecture at your leisure. The park is filled with statuary depicting legendary writers and cultural figures such as William Shakespeare, along with literary characters that include Alice in Wonderland.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side houses magnificent collections of sculpture, paintings, illuminated manuscripts, arms and armor, arts and crafts, and ancient objects of cultural significance. Admission, as in most New York museums, remains affordable, and the museum offers a cafeteria as well as more traditional dining areas. Take a guided tour of the Egyptian Wing with its iconic Temple of Dendur, housed in the spectacular glass-faced Sackler Wing designed by architect Kevin Roche. Or wander into the Chinese Garden Court in the Asian Wing, or travel back to the days of knights and kings in any of the numerous medieval collections.
Take in a Broadway or off-Broadway play, and save money by getting in line early at a TKTS booth. There is a booth in Times Square, and another South Street Seaport Booth, as well as one in Brooklyn. All booths accept credit cards and can save you as much as half the cost of a ticket.
New York wouldn’t be New York without shopping. Whether you long to stroll down 5th Avenue to browse or buy from Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman, or numerous designer stores, you will find plenty of temptation. Shoppers on a budget will love exploring the city’s many places to score high-quality designer clothing and jewelry at fine consignment shops and sample sales. An online search before you visit will yield numerous opportunities to pick up beautiful items at a fraction of their original cost.
Bluegreen Resorts vacationers with children should consider a visit to the Statue of Liberty or any of the city’s hop-on and hop-off tours of popular spots. Tour the city via helicopter, take a dinner cruise, or enjoy the famed Circle Line for a three-hour tour around the world’s busiest island.