Are you interested in exploring New York City? This city is packed with energy, and it’s a wonderful destination for female entrepreneurs. The fast-paced lifestyle, buzzing street life, the hustle and bustle, and the creative spirit can make New York City one of the most exciting places in the world for tourists to enjoy. This city is ripe with opportunity with top educational institutions, and many consider it to be the centre of the business universe. In fact, that’s why I wanted to host our first Women in PR USA launch event in New York – it’s the city that never sleeps!
My husband and I traveled to New York City with our son when he was only 6 months old. Although I’m a female entrepreneur, I’m also a mom, and I had the opportunity to see the city through my babies eyes. He absolutely loved walking around Times Square and looking at all the lights. Although I had a few business meetings to attend when I was in the city, I planned some extra time to see some of the sights and relax with my family.
Here are some ideas for your next trip to New York City (and a few of my favourite photos from our vacation):
- A Stroll Through Central Park
We stayed in a hotel just outside of Central Park and close to all the hustle and bustle in the city. When we first woke up in the morning (and our son had us awake early!), we bundled up and strolled through Central Park with a coffee.
With 843 acres to explore, NYC’s backyard includes a few points of interest, including North Woods, Conservatory Garden, Shakespeare Garden, Cedar Hill, and The Mall & Literary Walk. With several spots to see, you’ll enjoy getting a few extra steps in, and we spent a lot of time here.
- Get Lost in a Bookstore
The Strand, one of NYC’s most iconic bookstores, was founded in 1927 and has had a history of selling over 2.5 million books. This community bookstore is centered with book lovers alike.
- Visit Museums and Historical Landmarks
Need we say more? NYC is home to several famous museums and landmarks. Whether you’re exploring the MOMA, the American Museum of Natural History, the Met Cloisters, the Museum of Ice Cream, or the Met, you’re sure to learn something new. As I work in public relations, I had to sneak in a visit to NBC Universal Studios and stop for a lunch break at Rockefeller Center.
- Rent a CitiBike
Renting a CitiBike is an easy and affordable way to explore NYC with a set of wheels. The app is accessible, and rides start at $3.50 for a single ride or $15 for a day pass.
- See A Lecture at The Thought Gallery
With an updated calendar and a curated approach, the Thought Gallery is a unique way to learn more and get a pulse on NYC. Explore your passions through a different lens, a seminar or lecture.
- Get a Blowout or Your Nails Done
For something a bit more glamourous, book a blowout or a manicure appointment. Channel your inner Sex in the City with new hair or nails before your night on the town. After a day of exploring with my family, I stopped into a salon near my hotel to get my hair styled before attending an event that evening. It always makes me feel energized to network with other successful female entrepreneurs.
- Try Out a Fitness Studio
With plenty of choices to choose from, the boutique fitness market offers something for everyone. Check out websites like ClassPass to help you find a suitable class for you so that you don’t put exercise on pause during your travels.
Finally, don’t forget to relax (like my little man in the photo below)! New York is a very big city, and we explored the sights for hours.
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Talia Beckett Davis is the Founder of the Organization of American Women in Public Relations and the Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations. She has worked with some of the largest brands in North America at her PR agency Pink Pearl PR to help them get featured in high profile media outlets and grow their sales.
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