Oh how I wished I had more than 55 hours in New York City. There were so many museums and places I had wanted to see along with foodie spots I wanted to eat at that I’m already planning my trip back! Last week, the girls and I drove down to New York City from Toronto and here’s what we managed to fit into 55 hours!
where we STAYED in New York
We ended up staying with a friend of Allison in Queens. We were so happy that we were able to save money by not having to pay for our accommodations. While this meant we were a wee bit further from Manhattan, it gave us the chance to ride the MTA! It was pretty fun checking out their subway system compared to Toronto (where we really only have two lines if we are being completely honest…).
where we WENT in New York
So we are totally suckers for a good touristy area. We went to Times Square and could not help ourselves when we saw the M&M store! After staring at all he flashing lights in awe, we ran to the M&M store to fill ourselves up with sugar.
Because we had limited time in NYC and we were to spend most of Saturday watching the New Balance 5th Ave Mile race (where I got to meet Patty of Reach Your Peak!), we wanted to see the memorial no matter what. After that, we stopped by Brookfield Place Mall which was across the street.
We went there on foot so we walked through Washington Square Park to get there. While Allison and I went round the park taking touristy photos, Michelle and Cathy went splashing in the pool. Major tip: keep some baby wipes in your bag! We had used the public washroom there and I ended up sharing Allison’s baby wipes in my bag with all the young ladies in line who needed to pee as the stalls were all out of paper!
what we ATE in New York
We are not too picky as we did not have a list of places we wanted to go. A lot of what we ate involved us being super hungry and walking into the first place we saw! We had checked out City Kitchen while wandering around Time Square in the evening. Then we saw Kellogg’s NYC and ran inside super excited because we love our cereal! We ended up going back in the morning for breakfast and met up with Nicole from FitFulFocus! We also stopped by Bareburger and bought all the snacks from Target (oh how we miss you Target in Canada).
where to RUN in New York
And now onto the best part of the trip: running! Other than me sprinting up and down the mile on 5th with my bag filled with everyone’s stuff, we of course had to run through Central Park. I loved running through it! While the paths off to the side were super cute, I loved running on the running/biking path. It was very clearly marked so runners had their down up/down lane and cyclists had their own (and the horse drawn carriage had their own too!) and took us on a 10K loop around the park. It was hillier than expected but I loved how it was easy to enjoy the view and not stress out about the hill or distance. We also did a little running on the Brooklyn Bridge and the park under the bridge. The bridge is tourist central 101 so if you want to run on the bridge, go early!
Have you been to New York? What’s your favourite thing to do there and place to run?
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Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
I saw your photos all weekend! Looks like a fab time. No one can pass up the M and M store :)
Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
You guys definitely made the most of your limited time in New York! Looked like so much fun.
YES! THIS POST IS INSANELY HELPFUL AS I WILL BE MAKING A QUICK TRIP TO NYC IN NOVEMBER TO SEE HAMILTON, BUT WE WILL HAVE TO FILL OUR TIME WITH OTHER THINGS TOO! Hope my fiance doesn’t see this comment, ha! Cause this trip is a surprise for him!
Allison @ The Lazy Perfectionist
love this! had so much fun:)
I always love reading blog posts about NYC. Everyone seems to do their own thing when there and all the experiences I read about are different than my own. For example, I had no idea there was a whole place devoted to Kellogg’s! How cool is that? Also, I did see the M&M store last time I was there, but my husband wouldn’t let me go. (He’s mean. lol.)
I feel like bathrooms are always hard to come by in the city. Basically, if you see one, GO! :)
Did you do anything specific to Queens? I’ve done a lot in Manhattan, but I’d love to hear more about things to do in Queens. :)
Becky @ The Bex Factor
This sounds like such a fun, whirlwind trip! I was in NYC almost ten years ago now and would love to go back.
Ange // Cowgirl Runs
I’m amazed you didn’t make a Trader Joe’s stop since you were driving!
I totally need to go back to NYC. I went after Sandy so couldn’t do the Statue of Liberty and never made it to the memorial.
OMG! I LOVE THIS VIDEO! And the way your broke down all the sections. One of these days I will get around to posting! Such a great trip :) xo
Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers
I grew up about an hour north of NYC so I’ve been quite a few times. I think one of my favorite things is going to Serendipity and getting frozen hot chocolate – yum! :)
Yay! Glad that you managed to stuff so many activities + eats in while you were in NYC! I definitely did that the first time I went there as well (there are so, soooo many eateries <3)!
I’d like to go back to NYC again. We were there also for a short time, really like 12 hours. We saw a lot but missed a lot! I remember visiting Ground Zero too and thinking, “I won’t cry”. Nope. Every cries when they go there. #CityTripping
Gosh that sounds like a great trip. I have been to NYC once but was so young I do not remember that much. I would love to go to Times Square just one time on New Years. I guess the only big thing I would like to do that you did not have time for would be Coney Island and Nathans Hot Dogs.
My favorite place in New York is and remains the Village… I know, there are much more cool places to see in town, of course. But nothing like the Greenwich Village atmosphere to feel the city at its best.
Looks like you had a great stay in NYC, and I adore your photos. I still haven’t been there yet, but I’m actually catching a connecting flight there in November! I’m just hoping that a 6 hrs layover is enough to get out of the airport and do some quick sightseeing!
After this article I would just like to pack my things and go!
Hang Around The World
We love reading stories like yours. As travel blogger this type of articles are our favorite, for sure :)
Oh my word I would eat all those m&ms!! You crammed so much in 55 hours! Ree love30
your article is superb!! and will help us to plan our trip for short time duration as mostly get opportunities to visit during office purpose so not much time left… but the article will prove to be of great help.
Tara @ A Daily Dose of Fit
Why is it that colorful m&ms from the actual store taste that much better?! Haha! I love NYC. Favorite thing to do there? I love the Met. I love it all, really.
I LOVE NYC!!! It looks like you had a blast in your short time there… My favorite time is to go at Christmas, love seeing all the decorations in the city!
That is really cool. It’s amazing how you made your time worth. NYC is just crazy and I love that place.
As a former New Yorker I know exactly what you are talking about. Running in Central Park is the best!!!
I really want to visit nyc! I will do it in the next years. You did quite a lot in 55 hours. Love it. I remember seeing the m&m stores also in Florida when I was there.
This looks so great – I love that you just got out and did it. I had a chance o go to NY for a short time recently, and turned it down because I didn’t think I’d get to see the city – now I know I could have done it!
Wow very interesting post. Your photos make me feel like I was there too. I’ve never been to NY, but now feel like I have…well at least a little.
What a fantastic way to spend ones weekend loved the pictures especially the one with the M & M
Gosh! I got distracted with your trip to M&M World! Glad you’ve enjoyed your stay in New York even its just a quick stop.
For Urban Women
You must had an amazing time out there! So jealous. NYC is gorgeous. It’s great how you managed your food and found a place to run.
Danielle - GeekGirlGoes
You definitely had a rather different New York experience to me! I am by no means a runner, and my time in Central Park was spent hungover from exploring the NYC bars the night before! haha. Nice to see the healthy side of the city (for once!).
Looks like you guys had a great trip to NYC. I’d love to go and eat and run too! It’s super fun that you got to meet Nicole from Fitfull Focis too!
Ah, New York! Sometimes doing the most cliched things in a popular destination can be the best way to explore it! I bet you had a wonderful time, being New Yorkers for 55 hours. :)
Omg I need all those M&M’s in my life… and then probably a long run afterwards to burn off all the calories! :D
I bet not even a month would be enough to see all NY has to offer, but you got to see and do lots of stuff in just 55 hours! :D
Plus, NY really seems like a very runner-friendly city! I must say I’m not a dedicate runner, but I enjoy going running from time to time, especially when I’m traveling for a long time. However, I often struggle to find the right place to do so in some of the cities I visit …
P.S. That M&M’s store would be the end of me, I’m a total sucker for M&M’s haha :)
Looks like you guys had a fun but short visit.Staying with a friend is always helpful. That M&M store looks amazing
But how so you didn’t eat a bagel? or a New York Cheesecake!? I love planning express city trips, but a city this size I think it deserves a bit more! Anyway, it seems like you really enjoyed of the visit!
I wish we also have an M&M Store here in Manila, dedicated to all things M&M including their tons of merchandise. My boyfriend like those characters :)
For Urban Women
I love New York. I’ve only managed to make it there twice from London (UK). Love the pic of running around that lake. When I did a few years back, weirdly enough, images from the film ‘Marathon Man’ with Dustin Hoffman kept popping inot my head – albeit noone was chasing me! A great post.
Rashmi and Chalukya
We have not been to NYC yet but it definitely is a dream on the list. Washington Square Park looks like an amazing place to explore the grandeur of the city.
Your first stop – M&M store was enough to get me excited. I love M&Ms and always make it a point to buy them at every airport. And the thought of picking all that I want and like in an exclusive store….WOW!
Thuymi @ www.AdventureFaktory.com
Running in NYC is indeed a must! With Central Park right at the corner, it is a no brainer to do it. I woke up at 5 once when I was staying in Time Square and ran up to Central Park and through it, it felt amazing.
Jo @ Living Mint Green
Sigh, I’ve never been to NYC! I’d love to go someday… like maybe October when the foliage is ablaze with fall colours! :)
How awesome – 55 hours in NYC seemed to be just enough to have a few adventures. I love the pictures of you running through central park, and it’s lucky that you could stay with a friend. I haven’t been in ages, and this post is really making me want to go back :)
I love New York and it feels like I see a slightly different side each time. My next trip will likely be with my daughter so I’d love to see more of Central Park with her. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping
I have never been to New York but I understand your rush to get into the M&M store, I did the same time the first time I visited London, haha. I can’t believe you even managed to get a run into your 55 hours visit, that’s impressive.
Elizabeth (Wander Mum)
I love New York City and really need to return at some point. My husband proposed to me in Central Park which was amazing but I would love to run through and explore it a bit more (and reminisce). #citytripping
Looking at your post I feel how lucky you are that you got to spend 55 hours in New york. But I know if I ever go there I would love to stay more than 55 hours. It would be too short a time to explore this amazing and beautiful city.
Good for you fitting in a run in your short stint in NYC! How could you not with those beautiful views?! I would need a few runs to work off all the m&ms I would indulge in :)
I would spend a lot of time at the M&M store – yes, I am a sweet tooth. I agree 55 hours in NYC might not be enough to properly explore the place. But you have done quite a bit in those 55 hours.
I love visiting the greatest city in this world! NYC has such a positive vibes that no matter you visit the city gazillion times, but every time it will charm you with something new! Glad to know that you had an amazing time in NYC!
I would go to NYC even if I had only 2 hours to visit…I just love the city and I always tried to make the most of it with the time that I had. It seems that you had a great time too, even though your time was limited to 55 hours. You definitely knew how to manage your time and that is what it matters :)
Sounds like you managed to pack a lot of activities into such a short time frame! I love NYC- and oh my goodness we have an M and M shop in London and it always smells so good doesn’t it!
You packed a lot into a short time in NYC. It’s always exciting to go on a short trip to a big city. Makes we want to visit again.
Sounds like you hit some good spots! We aren’t too far from NYC, and we like to visit once a year or so. We spend lots of time in Central Park, the Highline, and other outdoor spots, and eating and people watching are our favorite things to do there.
Sarah from Tales From a Fork
Oh I’m glad you got to stay out in Queens. I love Queens. I’m from there. And yes to Washington Square Park, best for people watching!
It sounds like you managed to fit an awful lot in to your 55 hours in NYC! And when you think about it, you have a great excuse to go back to check out the things you missed. You did pretty well to fit in some running! I am so slack about exercise when I travel. LOL. Who knew there was a whole shop dedicated to M&Ms?! Awesome.
I just wrote about NYC too and your post is making me miss it even more! Mad props to you for squeezing in time to run even though you only had 55 hours- all I did was eat! lol
I’m wildly impressed with how much you did in 55 hours! I’ve never been to the M&M store and now that’s at the top of my list. I don’t get back to NYC very often these days, but seeing your pics makes me think we need to schedule another trip soon.
55 hours! Yes, you definitely need more time than that in NYC. But it looks like you had great fun and ran around the whole place hahaha.. nice running shots! They look so fun. ^^
Sally from Passport & Plates
It always blows my mind how NY manages to fit so many cool things in such a small place! I went for a week a few years ago and didn’t do any of the things you did. That’s the beauty of the city I suppose. My favorite thing there is def the High Line – if you get a chance to go back, I highly recommend it!
I love that you made the most of your time in NYC. It is on my bucket list to run the New York Marathon one day but I have to improve my running first.
What a great read! I love that you stopped at the M&Ms store lol! I will be there next month for about 48 hours myself. We are planning to catch the Macy’s Day Parade :)
55 hrs sound really short but then I realized our trip was only 72 hrs LOL. We stayed 5 blocks from Central Park so obviously we went there as much as we could. I really enjoy going downtown and taking the staten island ferry to see lady liberty from that vantage point. Gotta love NYC, though I still love Chicago more :)
It definitely looks like you fit a lot into your 55 hours there! I’m with you, it never feels like enough time to get to a fraction of all the amazing sights to see in NYC. I’m headed back to NYC for just 24 hours in February and I’m trying to figure out what few things I can squeeze into that small amount of time… I love that you featured good places to run for people who love to keep up their exercise routines while on the road.