How to Plan a Girls' Weekend in New York City

Gather up your besties and plan the most epic girls' weekend in NYC ever! At Liberty Cruise NYC, we're experts on all of the sights people want to see when they come to the Big Apple. Sure, we offer exciting tours and the chance to snap some selfies with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, but you can also count on us for information about the best NYC highlights and what you'll want to know to ensure a great time in the city. Whether you want to get in on a complete tour package with us or just hit the town to explore on your own, we're here to help you have an unforgettable weekend.

Where to Stay for Your Girls' Weekend in NYC

Before you choosing somewhere to stay, you should decide on your budget for your hotel accommodations. Whether you're planning to pinch pennies or treat yourself, you can find somewhere really cute and comfortable to spend your girls' weekend. NYC hotels run the gamut from super-spendy to thrifty. If you're on a tight budget, you might want to try the well-located Yotel in Midtown or the Pod Hotel, which offers minimalist accommodations, some of which have bunk beds. If you have a little more to spend, the Ace Hotel in Chelsea is a solid choice and even has a Stumptown coffee shop in the building. And if you've decided to splurge on your room, check out the Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side or The James in SoHo, both great options for a luxurious stay.

What to Pack for a NYC Girls' Weekend

Here are a few essentials to bring for a fabulous weekend in NYC:

  • Phone and phone charger

  • Tablet/e-reader/laptop

  • External battery for your devices

  • Cash for small expenses like street food or tips

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Layers (jackets, sweaters, hoodies)

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Dressy outfits for going out at night

  • A cross-body bag to carry your things securely

What to Do During a Girls' Weekend in NYC: Ideas for Your Itinerary

The options are limitless for your New York City girls' weekend, but here are a few of our favorite ways to spend some time in the city with your best friends.

Go Shopping on 5th Ave.

If you and the girls are shopaholics, there's no more exciting shopping destination than 5th Ave., home to some of the most luxurious, showy, and expensive shopping in the world. Stop by Tiffany & Co for an Audrey Hepburn-inspired selfie. But that's not the only exciting shop to visit. Check out the Lindt chocolate shop to indulge, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw at the Prada store, and get in touch with your inner child at American Girl Place.

Take Selfies at the Top of the Rock

Want to snag a selfie with the best views of New York City? Don't end your girls' weekend in NYC without taking home a few incredible photos. Visit the Top of the Rock for a clear, sweeping view of Central Park and Midtown. You can access the Top of the Rock Observation Deck from the heart of Rockefeller Center, giving you a good chance to check out the local dining and shopping once you make your way back down to ground level.

See a Show

If you and your BFFs are fans of musicals, then you've come to the right city. Don't miss the chance to see a Broadway show while you're here. See a romantic classic like Phantom of the Opera, something magical like Wicked, or a little romantic comedy with a show like Waitress.

Pose With Your Favorites at Madame Tussaud's

Want to meet your favorite stars, pop culture icons, and historical figures? You might have to settle for their wax counterparts, but Madame Tussauds is still a really unique place to visit. You and your girlfriends can have fun posing and being silly with the huge collection of wax figures throughout this fun and fascinating museum. Prince Harry might be taken, but you could pretend! Snap some cute photos with the royals or the Hulk, if big green guys are more your thing.