Fun Ways to See New York City

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The Big Apple is almost a dizzying place for first-time visitors, mainly, because it’s, well, big.

As a New York newbie visiting the city for the first time in 10 years last week, I was a bit intimidated by just how much there is to see and do in New York. Thanks to the recommendations you all left on our Facebook page, and a little bit of hunting, I set out to make a clear (and affordable) plan four touring the city.

Aside from taking taxis and subways, here are some fun ways of getting to see more of New York:

Take a Sex and the City Tour: Like millions of women, my friends and I LOVE Sex and the City. So, I just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to take On Location Tours famous Sex and the City Hotspots Tour. And it was great! The tour began right in front of the Plaza Hotel, the background of many SATC scenes (and the famous Friends fountain). Our stops included: The Pleasure Chest (where Charlotte gets her rabbit), the gorgeous restaurant that was the host to Big and Carrie’s rehearsal dinner, and Scout, the bar owned by Aiden and Steve.

I really liked how much ground we covered and how I felt like I really got to see more of the city, and I loved how the tour also played clips of the show to correlate with buildings we were passing by at the time. At the end, you also get a cupcake! We had a great time giggling with the other girls on the tour (there were some men too) and it was a fun way to spend the afternoon.

Walk the High Line: One of NYC’s newest parks, and soon enough the world’s largest above-ground park, the High Line runs from the West Village to downtown, where the Javitz Convention Center is. Thanks to your recommendations, I decided to walk it from one end to the other one day, and it was gorgeous. It’s nice being above the traffic of the city, and the views are really spectacular. All in all, it took me about 45 mins to walk. Fun, pretty, and free!

SoHo By Foot: Ahh, New York. The one thing I love most about the city is how easy it is to walk around. If you’re visiting the notoriously amazing SoHo shopping district, wear comfy shoes and hit the streets! Interested in a free walking tour? There are tons! This About.com article has more info on free walking tours through Grand Central, Central Park and Greenwich Village, to name a few.

Have you ever been to New York? What are your favorite things to see and do in NYC?

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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