Some of my favorite parts of our trip were the days we didn’t have a set plan. I like taking my time, wandering around, so I put together my list of whereto wander in NYC. This is still a post for tourists, but for those who don’t like tours or set schedules (but if you do, click here!). Our trip had a decent balance of both, but these days were the best!
Where to Wander in NYC
Brunch in Rockefeller Center/Top of the Rock
My sister and I really wanted to see the inflatable art statue of the seated ballerina in Rockefeller Center by Jeffrey Koons. First we made a stop and went to the Top of the Rock. It was cloudy that day, but it was still a great view! Afterwards, we went to brunch at Rock Center Cafe, and even though it was raining, we had the perfect view of the sculpture!
The Met- Commes Des Garcons Exhibit
I was a huge Gossip Girl fan (still am, I have all of the DVDs!), so I love the thought of sitting on the Met steps and eating yogurt. I don’t even like yogurt, but tha’s not the point. I am actually not a museum person but I do love art museums, especially costume exhibits. When I saw that the Rei Kawakubo/Commes des Garcons exhibit and the Irving Penn exhibit were there I knew I could spend all day there! Since it was raining we were looking for an indoor activity anyways, so I got to explore!
Walk Down Fashion Ave
We just happened upon this street accidentally, but it turned out to be a great part of our walk to Chelsea Pier!
Walk Down Wall Street
This was something really cool to see, especially so quiet on the weekend. The only recommendation I would have would be to get there really early if you want a photo with or of the Bull/Fearless Girl. We definitely did not do that and it was a mob scene.
9/11 Memorial and Museum
I don’t even know what to write about this one except that it was a really emotional experience. It was a really strange feeling actually remembering the event, whereas most museums seem so old and the history in them is before my time. The last time I was in NYC with my family, the tower wasn’t finished, so I’m really glad we went this time.
This part of our trip was really great to wander around and explore these aspects of NYC that are must-visits for tourists. Definitely bring your walking shoes, and a rain coat because you’ll be outside a lot, especially now, knowing where to wander in NYC!