John F. Kennedy International Airport, the leading airport of New York City and the busiest in the USA, sees millions of international passengers through its terminals per year, all hyped up to see the Big Apple.
Fortunately, to cater to unwavering demands, JFK offers a select variety of food and beverage businesses from all-day breakfasts to vegan options, branded shopping, full-service spas, round-the-clock stable Wi-Fi and all modern necessities a person could need while in transit. Unless you grew up in New York City, though, the airport would not suffice while knowing the entire realm of NYC lies in wait for you just outside the terminal doors.
To get out to the city, there is a multitude of public transport such as the NYC subway trains that would get you from the airport to Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn, or the NYC Airporter, a bus service to shuttle between the airport, Grand Central bus station and other locations.
For the nature-inclined, Central Park is a must-visit on your list. You can skate in a rink, ride a carousel ride, feed ducks in a pond, bring your children to the extensive areas of playgrounds, and observe historical monuments. You can take photos of the landscape and architecture. You could take a boat across the lake, and if you’re lucky, you could even watch a concert by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, right in the heart of the park.
Interested in animals? New York City boasts the biggest metropolitan zoo in the world. Activities at the zoo include puppet musicals, summer camps, animal feeding shows and more.
If you’re one to stand up for your rights or you would just like to be part of one of the most iconic activities for decades on end, you definitely have to visit the Statue of Liberty. Otherwise, check out the Empire State Building, once upon a time the tallest building in the world, from which you get a spectacular view of the skyline.
Within the borough of Manhattan, there is SoHo, TriBeCa which calls itself home to a long list of celebrities so you might just be able to experience a celebrity sighting, and Times Square, to say the least. Times Square is renowned for its brilliant bright lights at night, contributing to one of New York’s slogans: “the city that never sleeps.” Let yourself be awash with the hustle and bustle of a city that embodies the spirit of life: change and restlessness.
For those in the mood for artistic encounters, there is the world-famous Broadway street of theaters that rival or complement London’s West End. It boasts critically-acclaimed productions of musicals and plays.
Of course, in such a cosmopolitan city such as New York, which sees travelers and settlers from every nook and cranny in the world aspiring to live the Great American Dream, there is a proportional amount of food variety available to match the diversity in taste buds.
If you happen to have a layover in JFK Airport, be sure to have your own personal experience of New York City.