If you’re new to my blog then I feel I should catch you up on how I spent my summer, but I worked at a summer camp in America and then had time to travel after! If you want to read more about the application process for Camp America, have a look here. If you’re interested in hearing just a bit more about camp, have a read here and here. One of my days off from Camp was a day in New York, I’d arrived the night before and it was my first day off so I still had a lot of energy and was excited to try and walk as much of NYC as possible. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and thought that walking my way around would be the perfect way to take my time and really enjoy the day.
I wanted to share with you, my route as well as some points along the way. If you have a day in New York City and love a long walk, give it a go and let me know how you get on! I think it was the perfect way to spend a day off in New York and I loved how much I got to see.
I had stayed the night before in New Jersey so early in the morning I got the PATH train to 33rd Street. From here you can see the Empire State Building which I had been up on another trip a few years ago but this time, I decided to stay on the ground and continue my walk.
From here I walked up Park Avenue until I got to Grand Central Station. Having only seen it in films and TV shows I was so happy to have made it here and took some pictures before having a wander through the station. It was beautiful and the pictures really don’t do it justice, it’s one of those buildings you have to see for yourself. Coming out of the station I walked along W 42nd Street and along to the New York Public Library. I loved the library and the New York Public Library was beautiful to see, especially with the huge stone lions outside.
From here I turned up 5th Avenue and tried my best not to do any shopping. I followed 5th Avenue up to the Rockefeller Center so it did take some time. I had to recover every ten minutes or so in a nice air conditioned shop but I managed. You can also see the Rockefeller center from 5th Avenue so if you wanted to stop off there, it’s not far off 5th. I actually walked down W 46th Street towards Times Square but if you wanted to see the Rockefeller centre and Radio City Music Hall you could have kept going down 5th Avenue and turned down W 50th Street.
Once at Times Square on 7th Avenue I walked up to Columbus Circle and went into Central Park. I spent some time chilling in Central Park as I’d already walked quite far and kind of wish that I had brought food with me! I went to the Pond and did some people watching and felt very zen for about half an hour.
After this I decided to get the main bulk of walking out the way, as I wanted to head towards Chelsea Pier. You could have walked down 5th/6th/7th but I ended up at Madison Square Garden as I wanted to walk along to see the Vessel and the High Line. From Madison Square Garden I walked along W 33rd street towards the Vessel. As I was walking, this was when my phone overheated and turned itself off for three hours so sadly I have zero pictures of the Vessel or the High line. I wanted to get all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge so I managed to come up with a route that took me to some tourist spots along the two hour walk.
I didn’t walk the whole high line as I wanted to see the Chelsea Market and also walked past where the Ground Zero Museum is. I’d been inside the museum on a previous trip but if you haven’t done it before, I’d really recommend it. It’s so heartbreaking but really an interesting museum to visit, just be prepared to cry your eyes out.
After the museum, I walked towards 11th Avenue and if I’d have had time I would have stopped at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Further down you have Pier 45 at Hudson river park and if you’re a FRIENDS fan like me, the apartment building of the outside shot for FRIENDS is at 90 Bedford St. If you keep walking along Grove St and Washington Pl, you can reach Washington Square park within ten minutes.
From Washington Square Park you can either walk 40 minutes to the New York Stock Exchange or, if you’ve been caught up with everything else in the day, you can hop on the Subway and get off at Fulton Street Subway Station. From here you are within walking distance of the 9/11 memorial, the World Trade Center, a ten minute walk to the Charging Bull and the New York Stock Exchange.
You can also get to Brooklyn Bridge really easily from here but unless you want to end up in Brooklyn for the evening, you can take a little walk half way over the bridge and come back. I loved Dumbo but I feel that you need a whole other two days to explore all of Brooklyn and Williamsburg as there is so much to see.
One of my favourite parts of the day was to continue walking down past the New York Stock exchange, towards Battery Park. The views here are absolutely stunning and after a day of walking, sunset views over the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are the perfect way to end.
So there you have a full day of walking around New York City, I was so exhausted by the end but it was a trip well worth the 2 hour drive from my summer Camp. If I was to go again, I’d probably spend more time in Brooklyn and explore.
I hope you found this useful if you have a spare day in NYC, a walk was a good way to get my bearings and I’m sure there are a huge amount of places I missed off that I probably walked past. I also found that I got to see so many different sides to New York as I went, which I really loved.
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