Updated February 7, 2022
We went to Warner Bros and SuperFly X’s, The FRIENDS Experience-The One In New York City. And OH. MY. GAWD was it good and SO CUTE!! They really did a good job on this experience. This is a must-do if you are traveling to New York City.
New York City partially reopened April 1, 2021, from the Covid pandemic. I booked my flights to New York City April 2, 2021.
I missed my city which makes me feel alive. At the time my daughter, niece and I made the trip to New York City in May 2021, New York City was partially open, strict about masks and restaurants were at 25% occupancy.
With all the excitement surrounding HBOMax’s highly anticipated Friends Reunion (see trailer), this was absolutely the perfect timing for the show.
The FRIENDS Experience NYC is an interactive celebration of the iconic TV Show, and it was absolutely amazing.
I, like many people, have been a fan of Friends the TV show for the longest time. I was in about junior high when the show came out and back then we watched the show at 8:30 pm on Thursday or we missed it. No TIVO, or streaming. Old fashioned gather around the TV.
I have probably watched each episode of Friends at least 8 times each. At least. My kids love the show, we have a Hugsy we fight over and even the baby takes her best naps to Friends. I do not think watching Friends will ever get old. It is a classic, the show still funny and makes me and my family laugh.
What is The Friends Experience NYC?
Friends the Experience NYC feels like you walked onto the set of Friends, it really does. You also get to see a behind-the-scenes look too like set designs, costume design, even artwork from Central Perk.
You will be able to immerse yourself into each separate set from the show like you are one of the famous characters-Joey, Chandler, Monica, Ross, Phoebe, and Rachel.
You will lounge in Joey and Chandlers Barcaloungers, play their foosball table, see authentic displayed outfits the characters wore in the show, explore Monica’s entire apartment, and drink actual coffee and eat pastries in Central Perk.
They even included Phoebe’s famed Gladys, her grandma’s taxi, and Rachel’s English Trifle. Everything was down to detail, we even poked fat naked man with a stick and took pictures with the holiday armadillo!
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Friends the Experience NYC Tickets
Tickets to The Friends Experience: The One in New York City are $62 per adult. If you are going with a friend or a group, be sure to buy your tickets together.
Entry to the experience is timed and it allows for photos, for you to interact with the props, see authentic memorabilia and hang in Central Perk at the end, which is a real coffee shop.
Is The Friends Experience NYC Worth It?
YES!! Oh my gosh, it was such a great time and we cannot get over it. The tickets were a bit pricey (for me), and I hesitated to purchase them for a bit. As each day went on, the tickets kept getting scarcer, so I made the plunge. I was worried this attraction would be corny and not worth the money.
Could I BE any more wrong?!! (If you know, you know, lol)
Insiders Tip: If you purchase your tickets here, they are fully refundable 24 hours before your scheduled time. Life happens, especially during travel. Additionally, if you are going in a group, purchase your tickets altogether because the experience is timed.
The Friends Experience Locations 2022
I am so glad we did this experience in NYC, and I have no regrets. The flagship experience is in New York City with a traveling pop-up in 2021 that included Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, and Dallas. I went to the Dallas pop-up, while it was cute, the New York City permanent location is larger, more detailed, and has authentic props and realistic set recreations.
Friends Experience Locations 2022 include Nashville, Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Toronto.
The Friends Experience: The One in New York City
From the beginning of the experience, it is exciting. I do not want to give away too much, because the beginning was awesome.
All the workers were great and friendly, and you get a ticket with a special QR code on it for the host to scan and they take pictures at each special section of the experience, which is included in the tickets.
Then you can access all your photos through a microsite in your email. This was great because you were able to get photos with your group and only your group.
The experience is “Monica clean.” Meaning everything is cleaned and sanitized throughout the experience because of Covid. We were sent in our separate groups and were never within 6 feet of anyone. This actually made the experience better because we were able to get some great photos and take some time in each area of the show.
Is The Friends Experience NYC Worth it?
YES!! 100% YES! I have not been this impressed for a long time, given we were traveling to New York City post-covid. With so many things to do in New York City, this is a must!
The FRIENDS Experience-The One in New York City was well worth the money(I am on a budget so it might not be too much from your perspective), so much fun and I am so glad we purchased tickets to this. I am sure the other cities are awesome too. It was a complete blast. I do not want to give much away if you plan on going but GO!
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