New York City in a Weekend

Updated: Dec 16, 2019

World Trade Center
The Noel Gang takes on NYC

So you only got a weekend to spend in New York City. Well, I have a few ideas and an itinerary that will allow you to see NYC in just three days! That’s all it will take is one long weekend. If you have got that to spare then continue reading.

Times Square New York City

First, let me say that our three day NYC trip was just an excerpt taken from our extra long thirteen day road trip. Because New York City is super expensive, I only wanted to spend two nights at a hotel in the city. So we drove into New York on Friday and left on Sunday evening. That gave us three days and two nights to spend in the concrete jungle. We stayed at the Staybridge Suites Times Square which would have cost us $997 for two nights! Luckily, my husband and I are both part of the IHG rewards program and own a rewards credit card which entitles us to one free night each. The annual fee for the credit card is $89. So I would say we got well over the value. I could go on and on about how we save and obtain points for free rooms with IHG® rewards. But that will be another blog post.

*Traveler Tip #1 Sign up with a rewards program and stick with it.

So I am a mother of four, always hungry, children and I like to stretch my dollar, even the dollars we didn’t have to spend. I opted to stay at the Staybridge Suites Times Square because they offer free buffet style breakfast and it was conveniently located within walking distance of most of our attractions. It was also just a few steps from the subway.

The parking fee at this hotel was $50 a night. I thought this was a decent price for the area.

*Traveler Tip #2 NEVER bring a vehicle to New York City.

So, Friday afternoon, we settled in our suite and I tried to get acclimated to the room. Our room was located so high up, I felt like I was on an airplane. My ears were popping and I kept having sinus headaches.

Hotel Lobby

*Traveler Tip #3 Request a room on the lower floors so you can take the stairs.

It will take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to get down to the lobby with your bags and family on check out day/time.

Check out our itinerary!



  • Picnic in Central Park and do an audio tour (**1.99 to download audio tour)

  • Apollo Theater

  • Carnegie Hall

  • Radio City Hall

  • Empire State Building (**tickets $31/adult $24/child to go up to observation decks optional.

  • St Patrick’s Cathedral

  • Rockefeller Center

  • Return to Times Square for dinner and hotel



  • Statue of Liberty (**Ferry $17/adult $9/child)

  • Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn to Manhattan 1.3 mi walk) ** Audio tour $1.99

  • Have lunch at Picnic Grove/Boardwalk

  • Visit African American Burial Ground National Monument

  • 9/11 Memorial **free (Audio tour 1.99)

  • 9/11 Museum **tickets $24/adults $12 child optional

  • Visit Greenwich Village-Cosby’s Brownstone, Sex In The City Apt., Friends Apt (Audio tour $1.99)


7am- Breakfast

  • See anything you didn't have time to see!

  • Broadway Shows 2pm/3pm ( **tickets price range $50-100 per ticket optional) multiple shows available

Traveler Tip #4 Walking shoes are a must!

Try not to wear flip flops. You are going to be doing some serious walking in those three days. Save yourself the agony. If you plan on purchasing some of the attractions, consider getting the NYC Explorer Pass. It will save you a few dollars. There are a lot of sites jam packed into those three days. Be optimistic, you can fulfill this itinerary, even with kids in tow. That is, with a lot of cooperation. With that being said, please read your itinerary but plan for detours and breaks ad lib.

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