Thanksgiving in NY: Essential Travel Tips

Whether you’re having a trending Friendsgiving or a traditional family Thanksgiving gathering, spending the holiday in New York can be one of your most memorable holidays. While the “City That Never Sleeps” is one of the busiest cities year-round, the hustle and bustle increases during the holiday season, particularly on Thanksgiving.

Travel Light and Pack According to Weather

Depending on the length of your visit, you might not be able to pack all of your luggage in a carry-on sized bag but if you can, you’ll save lots of time at the busy airport; plus, it’s less baggage to carry when you’re walking around the city or waiting for your taxi. It is recommended to consider a taxi cab verses any such car rental due to some of the New York traffic statistics.

The predicted weather forecast for Thanksgiving is warmer than average with little to no chance of snow or ice. You may not want to overdress, but make sure you wear layers especially if you’re planning on spending time outside.

Arrive Early and Prepare To Wait

Most people travel to NYC in an airplane and since Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for travel, it’s essential that you arrive to the airport early and be prepared to wait. Don’t forget to ensure that your mobile device is fully charged and that you have something to do while you wait, such as reading a book.

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Long lines, and holiday travel in general, can be stressful but try to make your air travel as stress-free as possible.

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

The night before you’re scheduled to travel, don’t skimp on a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation can contribute to your stress and may increase your risk of getting sick. If you need to, try to catch some “z’s” on the plane.

Thanksgiving Day Fun

Since you’re heading to NYC on Thanksgiving, it’s essential that we mention a few fun things to do while you’re there.

The Thanksgiving Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is a quintessential Thanksgiving Day activity for thousands of New York residents and tourists. The parade typically starts at 9 am from Central Park West and West 77th Street, following a 2.5 mile path along Central Park to 6th Avenue.

The final stretch is down 34th Street, near Macy’s Department Store. Since crowds line the street, don’t forget to show up early to find a prime spot.

Want to get a sneak peek at seeing the iconic balloons filled with air? Check out the parade’s starting point the afternoon before Thanksgiving to see if you can see how the balloons get inflated.

Get Out and Enjoy The Weather

Since the forecast is expected to be pleasant, take the opportunity to get out and enjoy some of the iconic sights in NYC. Walk off your extra slice of pie in Central Park or visit one of the zoos, as most are open on Thanksgiving.

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Even though you might want to get dressed up for the holiday, don’t forget to bring a pair of comfortable shoes with good tread so you can walk around the city without regretting it later.

To Shop or Not Shop

Whether you like Black Friday shopping or not, it may be a one-of-a-kind experience in NYC. Check out the sales or just window shop. You might be happier finding a cafe’ and enjoying a hot cup of coffee and a fresh New York bagel.

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