10 Free Attractions in New York City

New York City is known for extravagance and expensive things. However, traveling in the city can still be done on a budget… even for free! Here are 10 free things to do in the Big Apple.

1. Attend a TV Show Taping – You can see your favorite TV show recorded in person! Find out more information here.

2. Grand Central and Midtown Tour – My sister and her fiance took this tour and really liked the experience. The AAA Guide to New York rated The Grand Tour as New York City’s “Best Walking Tour.” The Grand Tour meets each and EVERY Friday throughout the year at 12:30 pm in the sculpture court at 120 Park Avenue, located at the southwest corner of East 42nd Street and Park Avenue directly across from Grand Central Terminal. No reservations are necessary.

3. Ride the Staten Island Ferry – Get a great view of the city and the Statue of Liberty on a the Staten Island Ferry. Trips are free.

4. Friday at the Museum of Modern Art – Fridays are free at the Museum of Modern art from 4-8 PM. Visit my very favorite piece, Starry Night!

5. Visit the 911 Memorial – Passes are free to visit the September 11th Memorial and Museum. It is advised to visit the website to reserve passes for a specific day and time.

6. Bryant Park – Bryant Park is beautiful in the winter and after Thanksgiving it is the home to an ice skating rink lined with cute shoppes. During the summer you can enjoy a walk through the park with a coffee or stop at the nearby Crumbs for an amazing cupcake. Raspberry filled are my favorite!

7. Central Park – Central Park is beautiful and covers so much land. Take a walk or have a picnic. Look for events happening throughout the park here. It is truly an amazing site to see tall buildings surround a field and trees.

8. Governors Island – Governors Island is a national park with free ferry service, take a trip for a picnic, ride bikes through a trail, play mini-golf, or visit Admiral’s House.

9. New York Public Library – With the first brick laid in 1902 and opening in 1911, The New York Public Library is a New York City staple. Walking up the steps, the lions, appropriately named Patience and Fortitude greet you.

10. Browse Chelsea Market – Chelsea Market is a fun place to walk through. Window shop or try samples from the shoppes and cafes. Or pick up some exceptional food. If you go I highly recommend orange chocolate gelato. It’s delish.

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6 Day Trip Vacations


Image copyright Steve Snodgrass.

This week the 4th of July is on a Wednesday. For most of us that means that there is no long weekend and we have a day in the middle of the week for vacation. This got me thinking. A day doesn’t seem like much but it can be when you put in a little research and time. Here are 6 ideas for things to do on a summers day.

  1. Visit an amusement park – We just visited Kennywood. A park that it a childhood staple for kids growing up in the Pittsburgh area. Nothing beats the thrill of a coaster. I’m convinced they go faster at night!
  2. Visit the Beach – This will be our plan for the 4th. In the past, we have gone to baseball games on the 4th of July but this year we are going to soak up the sun at the shore. If you don’t have a beach, hang out at a pool or visit a wave pool. It will cool the summer’s heat.
  3. Get Educational – Visit a museum or science center. Take this opportunity to go somewhere that may be normally crowded on the weekends. Chances are other people have their own plans and these kinds of attractions will be less crowded.
  4. Party – If you have a day off that your friends and family also have free, plan a party! Play lawn games and get outside. Grill, chop up a fresh fruit salad, mix a drink, and enjoy the weather.
  5. Take in a Ball Game – It doesn’t have to be a major league team. We have the Trenton Thunder close by. Minor league games focus on a family atmosphere. You will find that tickets are much cheaper, you will sit closer, and still enjoy fun time watching a game this summer.
  6. Go for a Hike and have a Picnic – Get out doors! Load up the car and head out for a hike. Be sure to bring your pup with you, they will love going for a long walk. Once you’re done, stop back to your car and have a packed lunch in the park. Nothing beats the fresh air.

Doing any of these things on the 4th will still afford you plenty of time to get where you are going to view a fireworks display. Get outside and enjoy the day! Please remember to stay hydrated and apply plenty of sunscreen. 🙂

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Las Vegas Photos

View from our room... New York!

Today I’d like to share a couple of personal photos from my trip to Las Vegas! If you’ll recall last Thursday’s post, I got a nasty blister on my first day. Ouch! The trip was fantastic and we had a great time. Sadly, I did not go home a winner but we still had fun 🙂

The Las Vegas Statue of Liberty - Just like home.

A bit of the NAB Conference.

Conference floor, continues on and on!

The most exciting part of my trip! Breakfast with Betty.

Monet - I saw the Monet Exhibit at the Bellagio. This was in the conservatory.

World's Largest Chocolate Fountain! Yes, please!

We had dinner here one night. It was delish.

Nutella Crepes from Paris. Amazing!

Spiral Escalators! So fancy!

If only this was Me and Steve. 🙂

Flying home.

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A Busy Week

This week I had a visit from my sister Tori and her husband Andrew. We took advantage of the beautiful weather and what New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia had to offer! Here are some photo highlights.

Tori and Lady Liberty.

Ellis Island.

Lady Liberty.

9/11 Memorial.

9/11 Memorial.

Survivor Tree at the Memorial.

Survivor Tree Leaf.

Lindsay and Tori at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Giraffe at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Hippos at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Bird with Squeaky Toy.

I was so entertained that they gave the zoo animals toys that Roxy plays with. The wild dog had kong toys and this bird (not sure what he is?) had a squeaky toy.

Wild Dog at Philadelphia Zoo.

This wild dog sits just like Roxy does.

Bald Eagle at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Prairie Dog at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Tori and Starry Night. At the MoMA in New York.

We had a great trip! I forgot to take photos from our trip to Atlantic City and our visit to Newsies on Broadway. We had so much fun!

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Healthy on Vacation

Kathy is back guest posting with her tips and this time she’s sharing her thoughts about being healthy while on vacation.

Many of us look forward to taking a vacation throughout the year but at times that can pose a challenge to sticking with a healthy eating plan.  It really doesn’t have to be that way.  First of all, you want to stick to eating protein for your meals.  Maybe eggs for breakfast, a salad with some beans, chicken or tuna for lunch and maybe some fish or even steak for dinner.  I like to try things that I don’t normally eat at home.  Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.  Ask the chef to make it your way.  I have found that more and more restaurants are more than happy to accommodate.  Try to avoid the bread basket.  That is just adding extra calories with no real benefit.  If dessert is something that you like to splurge on while vacationing, keep a couple of things in mind.  First of all, look for something that has fresh fruits, sugar-free desserts and ones made with less fat.  These can all be very tasty.  If you insist on something sugary or more rich, try sharing.  I have a deal with my husband where I can have 3 bites and that’s all.  I know that’s what I get then I am finished.  I get to enjoy the taste without going overboard. Just get back to your normal routine once you get home.

Don’t forget some exercise.  Walking along the beach is very relaxing or even go for a quick run.  On a recent vacation, I took a 30 minute run first thing in the morning and I felt great the rest of the day!  So many of us have smart phones. Try downloading an exercise app, one with a GPS.  I turn mine on when I am just walking around, it is amazing how those miles add up!

Once again, just being aware of what you are eating is important.  Enjoy
your vacation, just try to be conscious of making good decisions.

What do you do when you are on vacation? Do you try to work in exercise or eat healthfully? Or do you have fun and do what you want and wait until you return to worry about exercise and food? Please share your thoughts below.

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