When friends visit from out of town, you want to show them a great time without spending a fortune. It can be stressful to keep visitors happy, fed and not broke. With a flexible plan and a bit of luck, we recently pulled off a great friend weekend in NYC. Here are the highlights:
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
Despite the heat, we had a great time perusing this eclectic outdoor market. You can find everything from purses to furniture and knick-knacks. Be prepared to haggle especially on purses and jewelry. Some of the antiques/furniture is priced very well. My friend got a fabulous African vase for $5. Yup.
Chelsea Market Lunch
After you’re shopped-out, take a stroll down to Chelsea Market for lunch. There’s something for everyone to eat, and it’s a great place to cool off for a while (and use the public bathrooms!). We got the lunch boxes to go from The Lobster Place and head up to the Highline Park for a picnic in the shade. You can meander around for great views of the Hudson River.
Appetizers and drinks in the hotel/apartment
This may seem obvious, but sometimes we New Yorkers forget that our visiting friends actually just want to hang out with us – it’s not always about the fancy dinners and clubs. There’s nothing better than home-made guacamole, a few bottles of wine and a camera to document the hilarity.
Gallivanting in Central Park
Even if you’ve been to Central Park a million times, it never gets old. There’s always a forgotten nook or cranny to explore. One of my favorite spots is the Conservatory Water (by 72nd street/5th) where people rent miniature sailboats controlled by remotes. There’s a really cool Alice in Wonderland statue to the north. It’s a perfect spot for people watching and relaxing on the shady benches. You can also glimpse parts of the zoo if you exit at 72nd and head south.
I always wish there was time for more… but we’ll have to wait ‘till the next round! 🙂
What are your favorite things to do in NYC with out-of-towners?