Wow! Day five may have been our favorite day on this trip. It was jam packed and even included crossing off a bucket list item or two.
Our day started at the 9/11 memorial and museum. Please, make sure you include this into your New York itinerary, no matter how short or long your visit will be. Anyone old enough to clearly remember that day in 2001 needs to experience this. It really was amazing. It’s best to make an appointment ahead of time for your tour, so we got online the evening before to set up our Monday morning tour time. I’ll share the link for doing that at the end of this post. For being a large museum full of tons of people, it is astonishingly quiet and somber in that building. There are many areas where photography is not allowed, but here are a few of the photos we were able to take in certain areas.
It is a good idea to emotionally prepare for this museum. You will cry. You will be horrified. You will feel the enormity of standing in the spots where these cowardly attacks happened. It is a lot. If you go into it knowing and expecting that, I think you’ll get more out of the experience.
Following our morning at the 9/11 Memorial, we were ready for some fresh air and lunch. What better place to enjoy that then Madison Square Park and Shake Shack! This is the original location of Shake Shack and started from a hot dog cart in the park to raise funds for the park’s conservancy. It was such a hit that the chain has expanded, and we even have one in Southern California now.
Here’s some advice for your New York trip: Go to Shake Shack. Specifically, go to this one. You’ll be dining outside in the middle of a beautiful park in the heart of the city. You’ll get to see the Flatiron building too!
After lunch, we headed west to Chelsea and the Chelsea High Line walk. The high line is a former elevated rail line converted to a park. It is about a 1.5 mile walk from end to end and provides great views of city life in addition to being a beautifully done preservation project and park.
And the dream end to an amazing day? A New York Jets game at MetLife Stadium! I have been a Jets fan for a while now, so this was something I really wanted to do. I bought tickets for the Monday night game months in advance. We parked off site and took a bus to the game, which I think would be the way to go. However, on the night we went, because the Jets were doing horribly and it was late in the season, we probably could have found excellent parking at the stadium There were NO crowds at this game. And….the Jets also lost horribly. It was a bummer that my one and only game was such a junky one, but I did not let that fact steal my joy that I was really at MetLife taking in a game with my favorite team!
Links from our itinerary to help you plan yours!