Originally Posted by sillyitiliangrl
The museum of Natural History is one of my #1 faves!
Originally Posted by calico2222
I always wanted to ride a horse through Central Park. I just think that would be so cool...
Great ideas. I see the horse-drawn carriages every day. If you go to the Museum of Natural History (MNH)(an enormous, mesmerizing wonderland), you can ask the info desk re: where best to board a horse carriage. I imagine they'll say Central Park West right in front of the MNH or on Museum Mile (on the other side of Central Park) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_Mile,_New_York_City
or around Central Park South (59th Street).
You can take a double-decker tour bus. Board them on 8th Avenue near 47th/46th Street OR 8th Avenue near 49th/50th Street in front of the Food Emporium (supermarket). The employees wearing red vests or yellow shirts will answer your questions re: which buses go where, etc. The red vest folks and the yellow shirt folks are competitors.
There's also a sightseeing "boat with wheels" (amphibious tour vehicle) called Ducks http://www.yelp.com/biz/nyc-ducks-ne...t_by=date_desc
I think it's pretty new, I'm not sure. The link says 45th Street between 5th and 6th but I always see the boat parked on 47th/Broadway area near the Olive Garden chain restaurant, so, if interested, call the number listed to be sure (fyi, the Yelp.com site is great for both visitors and residents. When I browse it, I discover stuff I've never heard about or learn about stuff I see on the streets)
Have a superb time here in NYC!
Edit: Here's a short list of double-named streets I can think of and some other stuff:
"Avenue of the Americas" is the same thing as 6th Avenue
8th Avenue north of 59th Street is called "Central Park West"
59th Street between 5th and 8th is called "Central Park South"
"Restaurant Row" is 46th Street between 8th & 9th
Most subway entrances have signs that will tell you if you enter here, you can only go this way (or that way), so if you want to travel in the OPPOSITE direction, look for a different entrance, typically across the street, so be mindful BEFORE you pay/enter
The signs use far fewer words of course
and the signs are black with white lettering, not blue
The point is, don't use the wrong entrance and end up going north when you want south for example. An error like this will waste money and
waste time because sometimes reversing course winds up being a huge headache. If the station entrance has no directional warning sign (the large/major stations often don't), usually it means you can choose the direction AFTER you pay/enter.