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Thanksgiving holiday in NYC

Nov 2, 2012  Young couple trip to NYC during Thanksgiving
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A list of how to see as much of NYC as possible during a Thanksgiving holiday trip. This trip was used for a lunchtime arrival in NYC on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and leaving NYC on Saturday evening.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: New York City
  • Category: Other
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Fall
  • 1. American Museum of Natural History
    American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York

    This is the perfect spot to visit on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The balloons for Macy's Thanksgiving day parade are inflated near this museum. After the museum closed, we went outside and were already beside the balloons (apparently we unknowingly cut in line which was a few blocks long).

  • 2. Central Park Zoo
    Central Park Zoo, New York City, New York

    Thanksgiving morning you'll be awake early to get a good viewing spot for the parade. We decided to view the parade on the opposite side of the street from Central Park. After the parade, grab some lunch nearby and go to Central Park zoo or just walk around Central Park. Many places are closed on Thanksgiving. Also if you want a real Thanksgiving meal, it will be expensive and you should make reservations. Being young and poor we just made dinner at the youth hostel we were staying at. We also had free food at the youth hostel (pretty sure it was leftover food from the Thanksgiving dinner that was served for the poor in the neighborhood, haha!)

  • 3. Metropolitan Museum of Art
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

    Black Friday shopping in NYC wasn't anything amazing. Sales associates were rude, sales weren't special, and you don't want to buy much when you have to carry everything. We finished shopping and dropped off our merchandise so we were able to go to the Met by Friday afternoon. Transportation to the Met isn't the easiest so we took the closest metro stop on the west side of Central Park and walked through Central Park to get to the Met.

  • 4. Chinatown
    Chinatown, New York City, New York

    Although Chinatown seems pretty safe at night if you want to go there for dinner, there are more things happening during the daytime. If you don't mind going for dinner, try Thanksgiving (just don't expect American style) or Black Friday night. If you want daytime, try Saturday morning and grab some dumplings. If you don't want a meal, grab a dessert or snack at one of the bakeries in Chinatown.

  • 5. Rockefeller Center
    Rockefeller Center, New York City, New York

    Stopping by Rockefeller Center during the holiday season is a must. The Christmas tree and ice skating rink in the plaza put everyone in a happy spirit. The stores nearby have lots of Christmas decorations inside and in their windows.

  • 6. Grand Central Terminal
    Grand Central Terminal, New York City, New York

    Another NYC icon that you should see if you have time.

  • 7. Times Square
    Times Square, New York City, New York

    An additional NYC iconic location that gives you a true feeling of NYC. I'd recommend stopping by here during the evening.