The New York City Outdoor Experience: Summer Vs. Winter
My family and I absolutely love New York City and we try to make a trip there at least once a year since I’ve been ten years old. So I believe I can safely say I know a lot about the big apple during the different seasons. When I talk to people about NYC people always say how much they want to go there during christmas time. It is beautiful there and it’s an experience that I will always cherish, but there are also obnoxious and unappealing aspects that go with it.
To start with the obvious, the city has constant traffic year round and no one can avoid it if they try, so walking is a big thing. Another obvious aspect is the weather; summer is warm and sunny and in the winter it is cold and snowy. Many of the tourist sightings are outside such as the 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Hudson Yards, Saks 5th Avenue, and ice skating at Rockefeller Center.
The 9/11 Memorial is set where the former twin towers used to stand. They now have a beautiful memorial waterfall for the people who died and a museum of the tragic event.
For the Statue of Liberty, tourists have to take a boat to Ellis Island. The prices depend on what the tourist wants to get out of it. General admission (reserve tickets) gets tourist to ground level. Pedestal tickets gets tourist right below the feet of lady liberty and as you go up there is a museum inside of how she was built. Crown tickets get tourist to the crown which is a spiral staircase all the way to the top.
The Hudson Yards is fairly new in NYC that has new structures where tourists come to take pictures on or next to.
Saks 5th Avenue always has amazing window displays but during Christmas time, they go all out by trying to tell Disney stores like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty and it is just spectacular. They also do a light show on the side of the building every 15 minutes.
Going ice skating at Rockefeller Center is always a fun time as well and the rink is open from the beginning of October to the end of April.
Saks 5th Avenue is probably the best thing to do during the Christmas time and because their glory is known by so many, the streets are packed and a lot of the time it is difficult to move. People are shoulder to shoulder trying to walk different directions which causes mayhem. During Christmas time, the line to go ice skating can be an hour or longer. During the spring time there is usually no wait.