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14 Nov

Thanksgiving Tips For the Big Apple – Tips For A Great New York Visit

Few places are more synonymous with the spirit and tradition of the holidays than New York City. Whether you indulge in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, infinite stores for holiday shopping, or the world-famous Rockettes at Radio City, the Big Apple is THE place to visit around Thanksgiving time.  The fall air is crisp, the streets are packed, and everyone is in a festive holiday mood. What could be better?

Here are top tips and must-see attractions to check out while you’re enjoying gala New York City during the Thanksgiving season.

Tips For The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a must-see event for New Yorkers and tourists for decades. Starting on Central Park West at the American Museum of Natural History, the parade route winds through midtown and ends at Macy’s department store in Herald Square. With its always-ready-for-prime-time marchers and floats, the parade is New York City’s signature Thanksgiving event. Everyone knows that …

What everyone doesn’t know however, is that the parade’s floats spend the evening before parade day inflating in the streets around the Museum of Natural History. Over the years, this best-kept secret has been discovered by increasing numbers of people, thus making this pre-parade viewing more popular than ever. That said, if the weather cooperates, seeing the floats at rest is a genuine treat.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides through Central Park

Hansom Cab New York City

If you follow the parade route down Central Park West, you’ll come to Columbus Circle. Simply make a left, head eastward, and choose a Hansom cab for a scenic ride through the Park. Fun for children, romantic for adults, horse-drawn carriage rides can be a perfect antidote for weariness associated with city walking, or simply a great way to visit Central Park on the hoof. Though the Handsoms have been in operation for many years, there is always the political threat that the carriage industry will be shuttered. Enjoy a handsome cab ride through the Park while you can … if you miss this opportunity, you never know if there will be another.

Lord & Taylor’s Holiday Window Displays

Lord and Taylor Christmas Window

Shoppers know that Fifth Avenue is all things commerce. High-end department stores stretch southward, as Black Friday bargain hunters fill the streets looking for deals. Wait until after dark … there’s something far more special to indulge in than shopping: the Lord & Taylor holiday windows display. Known for ornate dioramas and animated figurines, the L&T windows are a Thanksgiving treat all their own. Viewing lines can vary in length (from wrapped around the block to just a few onlookers) depending on time of day/night, but seeing what Lord & Taylor’s creative team arranges each year is definitely worthwhile.

A View From the Top

Rockefeller Center View

Closing out the Thanksgiving in NYC to-do list, visitors must ascend at least one time to view Gotham’s exquisite skyline. Though not technically hidden gems, both the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building Observatory offer gorgeous views day or evening. The trick is lucking into a slot where the crowds are at a minimum. If you’re fortunate enough to visit during a light traffic time, you will definitely be giving thanks, as the solitude of gazing down on the City is a breathtaking experience!

About The Author:  This post was written and shared by Dan Patterson, Director of Internet Marketing for CityPASS.
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