After eight hours on an aeroplane, my first full day in New York was spent on boats, one of these boats being a World War Two aircraft carrier. After WW2, this carrier went on to serve as a recovery vessel for NASA and was utilised in the Vietnam War. It also served as a base for the FBI after the 9/11 attacks. The carrier – known as USS Intrepid – is now home to a Museum that focuses on sea, air and space.

The ‘Exploreum’ on the first floor allows you to climb into helicopters and other aircrafts. Intrepid is also home to several fighter planes and helicopters that live on the Flight Deck. You are also able to step on board the USS Growler missile submarine, which was an absorbing experience.

Space Shuttle Pavilion features ‘Enterprise’, a recent acquisition. However, this particular exhibit was closed to the public due to the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. A Concorde plane on loan from British Airways is also available to tour at an additional cost.
NB Like most New York City museums, costs can be high – $24 per adult, plus an additional $22 for a guided tour and $9 for simulator rides.

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Before my trip I had purchased a CityPASS booklet ( which gave me access to six attractions (inc. MoMA, the Met, Empire State, Top of the Rock/Guggenheim, Natural History Museum). Since Ellis Island was closed due to hurricane damage I spent a leisurely two hours on a Circle Line cruise. The guide was very knowledgeable and I was able to view the city from an entirely different angle. We sailed past the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center, and the world’s first neon sign – an ad for Pepsi Cola. Being out on the water was a welcome break from the 80 degree heat, and I learned a lot about Manhattan island.