A vacation to a big city like New York City can be quite stressful. With numerous attractions and landmarks to sightsee, before your trip ends, you will surely be burnt out. Whenever you feel so, take note of these top 5 relaxing spots in New York City to calm yourself before heading out for another day-until-night tour of the Big Apple.
1. Top of the Rock Observation Decks
The prospect of viewing the city from the observation deck of the Empire State building can be exciting. But since it is also frequented by countless tourists, another option for you is the Top of the Rock Observation Decks. Found on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of the Rockefeller Centre, you will surely enjoy a soothing bird’s eye view of the city sans the pushing crowd.
2. Central Park
An oasis in the heart of this urban metropolis, Central Park is perfect for that relaxing afternoon stroll. There are other relaxing activities in store for you in the park like skating at the rink, riding a horse-driven carriage, take a lunch at the boathouse and look at the wares of many street vendors.
3. New York Harbor
One of the most relaxing places in the city is New York Harbor. Join a cruise tour of the harbor to view the city’s attractions from the confines of a ferry. Not only will you sail under the bridges like Brooklyn Bridge, you will also get the chance to see the Statue of Liberty up-close on Liberty Island, the Manhattan skyscrapers and other landmarks from your vantage view from the water.
4. Greenwich Village
Simply referred to by locals as “The Village”, Greenwich Village is a quaint upscale neighborhood in the city. Close to the Courtyard by Marriott, its tree-lined streets are great for walking around. There are many establishments for you to explore in Greenwich without the massive crowd from small bakeries to clothing boutiques and sidewalk cafes and restaurants. The atmosphere is different from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area, and rather gives a small town feel – a break you will surely need from touring main New York attractions.
5. Saint Patrick's Cathedral
From the inside and the outside, this Neo-Gothic style Roman Catholic Church is a truly magnificent beauty to behold. Adjacent to the New York Palace Hotel, you will not only be awed by its gorgeous splendor of its impressive columns and sky-high vaulted ceilings. More importantly, it also spiritually moving and a perfect place to experience serenity and calmness in this busy city.