Back in 1986, I was a Girl Scout Leader in Douglasville, Georgia. Our troop had about fourteen girl members, and four adults. We decided to work towards going on a trip to Washing, D.C., Boston, MA., and New York City. We did all kinds of things to earn the money to go, and finally got started on the trip. We had two days planned in New York, but we had a million things we wanted to do. Here are the things we did manage to do while we were in town for two days and one night.
The Statue of Liberty.
No trip to New York City would be complete with a visit to Lady Liberty. We boarded a ferry out to Liberty Island in New York Harbor. It was amazing to see her up close, in person. It was one of the most interesting points of interest we saw in New York. To find out more about when the park is open, fees, and more, see the National Park Service Statue of Liberty page.
The week we went to New York was during the hottest heat wave of the 1980’s. We were all miserable. We had planned to do a lot of walking to see some of the sites in the city, but once we got there, it didn’t take us long to change our minds. As the leader of the group, I made the decision to buy tickets to a Grayline Tour. The tour took us around Central Park, Chinatown, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, and more. When we saw the statue of Victory Leading Sherman, one of the girls on the bus said “Isn’t that like a Yankee to make a lady walk?” The tour was worth every penny it cost, and was on an air conditioned bus. We really enjoyed it.
The Empire State Building
The tour we were on was supposed to take us to the Empire State Building, but there was a fire in the building that day so we did not get to go inside. It wasn’t until 2015 that I was able to go back to New York and see it. That time, I went at night. The view of New York City, all lit up with thousands of lights, was so awesome. There is a fee, and lines were long for my night tour, but if you are in New York you really have to go see The Empire State Building at night.
Yes, we were there with 12 teenage girls. They wanted to go to the Hardrock Cafe. We went, got the T-shirts and guitar shaped pens. Ate dinner. It was fun. You might want to try a New York Slice, or go for a New York Cheesecake, or go to Katz’s Deli.
There are thousands of things to see in New York City. You can’t possibly see it all in two days. The places we were able to get to in our short time there made memories that have lasted a lifetime. If you have only a short time to visit, make a plan, pick four or five of the most important places for you to see, and get out there. New York is so fun, 24-7.