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New York Bucket List: 9 Essential Things to Do in the Big Apple

Imagine tall buildings that touch the sky. Being near multiple historic landmarks. Seeing a whole city light up with sparkling lights and funky signs.

That’s the unique beauty of New York. It’s an iconic city bursting with culture and a huge variety of wonderful sights. There are so many things to do, it’s worthy of its very own bucket list.

Next time you’re planning a vacation in the Big Apple, make sure to bring along a bucket list. It’ll help guide you towards everything that interests you most.

Not sure what to put on your own New York bucket list? Keep reading for some inspiration!

1. See the Statue of Liberty

One of America’s most iconic figures, the Statue of Liberty is a sight everyone needs to see at least once in their life. Many of us have seen it in various movies but there’s nothing quite like seeing it in person.

There’s also an entire museum dedicated to the history behind this grand statue. It’s a great family activity that melds together fun memories with an interesting history lesson!

2. Spin Around on a Magical Carousel

Having a unique experience should be on every bucket list. The SeaGlass Carousel is unlike any other carousel around and is a great deal of fun at the same time.

Gone are the traditional colorful horses with striped poles reaching into the ceiling. This one focuses on underwater creatures made of fiberglass. Each one has its own design based off real-life fish, and they have an intricate iridescent sheen.

While on the ride, underwater sounds echo around you as lights shift from above. It feels like you’re transported somewhere deep in the sea on some grand adventure.

The best part is that, instead of going around in the same circle, all of the fiberglass fish take intertwining paths around the area. It makes the whole ride far more interesting for all age groups.

3. Watch a Show on Broadway

There’s so much talent collected in every single Broadway show. Chances are good that there’s at least one Broadway show you’ve always wanted to see.

It’s an amazing experience that you can’t quite replicate anyway else. The sheer amount of love that goes into every production will blow you away.

The best part about New York is that, if you’re unable to get to a Broadway show, there are a lot of other options available. From diners with singing waitresses to smaller musical shows, this is the city that has it all for those of us who love a good musical. 

4. Meet Winnie the Pooh

It’s not often we have the chance to meet our childhood heroes.

But here in New York, Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends sit and wait in the Public Library. Everyone has the chance to meet the stuffed toys that inspired those beautiful tales of friendship and discovery. Seeing the well-loved toys never fail to bring a smile.

It makes for a wonderful family vacation for anyone who grew up reading and watching all of those adventures with Pooh Bear.

5. Explore the New York Botanical Garden

The name alone doesn’t do this magical place any justice. It’s far more than a simple garden. It’s more of a work of art, cultivated and designed to give visitors a one-of-a-kind experience.

The cool thing is that one visit to the Botanical Garden isn’t quite like the last visit. The designs change from one season to the next, each with their own theme.

There are so many intricate plants and flowers to see, you could spend an entire week admiring the patterns and textures all around you.

6. Marvel at 17th Century New York

New York is full of different historic sights, ranging from Edgar Allen Poe’s home to candy shops from the ’50s.

But none is quite as impressive as the preserved sections of 17th century New York. Along a street in lower Manhattan, small glassed off sections of old New York still remain. Found during a 1975 excavation, these historic findings have been preserved ever since.

It’s startling to see a bustling and modern city around you, and then look through the glass and see how it once looked hundreds of years ago. 

7. Check Out the Ghostbusters Firehouse

Who better to call upon than the original Ghostbusters Firehouse? This iconic building still stands tall and proud in New York. If you’re a big fan of the movies then there’s no way you can miss seeing it.

For an even more in-depth look, sometimes the firefighters working inside are available to give a tour of the building. They’ll also show off different melted odds and ends they found while putting out fires throughout all of New York.

When you visit, remember that they’re a working firehouse. Sometimes they’ll need to cut a tour short or won’t have the time to start it at all.

8. Get Creative at the Museum of Modern Arts

Museums are always a great way to get a burst of culture and history. At the Museum of Modern Arts, you’ll see a building filled with sights you’ve never seen before. Instead of focusing on the classics of old, this museum gives you a taste of modern innovation and creativity.

With multiple levels to explore, all full of countless exhibits and galleries, you can indulge in artistic expression for a long time.

9. Have Some Fun At Coney Island

Looking for something a little more exciting to put on your bucket list? Check out the rides and attractions at Coney Island.

This special little island is full of classic amusement park rides such as the daring old Cyclone. It’s also home to intriguing sights like the Freakshow. 

While you’re there, don’t forget to try a Coney Island hot dog. These hot dogs are an iconic part of the island and you don’t want to miss them!

Don’t Wait to Check These Activities Off Your New York Bucket List

Now that you’ve got your New York bucket list situated, it’s time to get up and start tackling the items on it. There’s no time like the present to indulge yourself with a little vacation. You could even take your family with you for the ultimate memorable experience.

And with so many amazing things to do and see, a trip to New York is one you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

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Virgin Gorda beaches and lobsters

This is the second leg of a truly fun week. There are adventures to get each morning when we land somewhere else, but also fun time on the boat itself.

 

The Club Med 2 has an open bar. Yes, that means free flow of pretty good things…all day long. So being on a French boat, you have Ricard for aperitif at lunch time if you are on the boat at lunch time…and pina colada by the pool before sunset, and obviously wine during meals. We are in the North Hemisphere end of November, so sunsets are early at around 5.30pm each day…with some pretty cool views from the swimming pool bar on the back deck. By 6pm, it’s champagne time…all night long. Well, first it’s shower time and getting change for the evening obviously…this is still a French place! And as we all now that mixing different alcohol drinks is not a great idea, I found a fun group of people ready to go on the champagne all night long, each evening, for great and fun time! More in the next entries of this truly fun group of people.

Little warning, Club Med 2
Club Med 2Club Med 2
Club Med 2
is French, and it feels. Out of the 280 guests on the boat this week, I don’t think a single one doesn’t speak at least some French. It would be a pretty boring week if you can only speak English here…and as you may be aware…French people living in France suck when it comes to speak something else than French. You’ve been honestly warned!

So this morning, it’s BVI time. No I’m not coming for business here. And BVI doesn’t only stand for offshore companies…it does too stand for gorgeous beaches, yachts, and British Virgin Islands. We have sailed all night long from Dominica…Dominica is Commonwealth and poor….BVI is British Territory and pretty wealthy.

I spent my day with Thierry….same age as me, and ready to have some fun this week. Because at the end of the day we know you don’t find single ladies in their thirties on these cruises…we knew we would need to get organized to do something else than read our books! Didn’t do my homework about Virgin Gorda. I kew the diving was average, and that the cruise had a BBQ lunch of lobster organized for us on the
Lobster time…Lobster time…
Lobster time…
beach! So we took a “beacher” with the intention to simply go on the beach for the morning.

 

There was a shuttle to “a” beach rented for the morning by Club Med. We set next to the rasta driver…yeah man…and he dropped us on the way. That was off-plan, completely out of the blue! It was time for us to go explore the National Park of “The Baths”. This is some kind of a National Park…it is a series of beaches separated by granite rocks. I first felt in the Seychelles…before finding myself rather in some kind of adventure hike for teenagers ready to have some serious fun. Wow, that place is amazing!

We spent the all morning going from beach to beach and climbing those huge rocks…even getting lost on deserted beaches as wandering if we were only on the right trail. The water was beautiful and warm….the yachts were around, it was just plain full fun…simple!

We made our way back to the Club Med beach, just on time for the last shuttle. Good idea, as we had no idea where the BBQ was, and the ride back to
Little pina colada by the pool…Little pina colada by the pool…
Little pina colada by the pool…
the landing point of the cruise was quite a walk away. Lobster BBQ! That simply cannot be bad just by the way it sounds. It was another of these…free flow of rose wine…of salad, and yes, of lobster too! The sun was there, at the end of the lunch…our faces ended the same color as the lobsters on the grill….but one more time…fun it was!

Back on the boat before the crowds for a good nap and some swimming pool time. Not that 280 guests makes you feel crowded on such a huge sail boat…but queueing is simply really not our thing.

Another really fun night was awaiting us…and a short sail to the land of Uncle Sam…or pretty close to this actually, for another fun adventure…on which I will have to write pretty soon!