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One Day on the West Side

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AMNH / Central Park / Times Square Itinerary
Central Park, looking towards the Dakota building

Central Park, looking towards the Dakota building

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This day-long itinerary will take you to the Upper West Side where you can enjoy a classic New York City breakfast and visit one of the city's most beloved museums, the American Museum of Natural History. After getting your fill of indoor fun at the museum, we'll lead you through Central Park down Broadway to Times Square where you can have a great meal and enjoy some evening entertainment, whether your tastes lean toward Broadway, comedy or jazz.

Begin your day with breakfast at Barney Greengrass (541 Amsterdam Avenue at 86th Street, www.barneygreengrass.com). Take the 1 or 2 train to 86th Street and this New York City institution is just a short walk from the subway stop. Be aware, it's closed on Mondays, but any other day you'll be able to enjoy breakfast starting at 8:30 (the store opens at 8 a.m. if you're more take-out inclined). Known as "The Sturgeon King," Barney Greengrass has been around since 1908 and is best known for its outstanding smoked fish, so don't miss it atop a bagel or with scrambled eggs and onions. Be warned, it's not a cheap breakfast, but it's a real only-in-NYC experience. If you're visiting on a weekend, arriving early is the best way to avoid crowds (& waiting for a table), but you'll want to anyway in order to make the most of your day in New York!

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