American Museum of Natural History

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Visit a place of wonders, great and small, a place where the past comes alive, a place where science shines – the American Museum of Natural History! This iconic New York attraction is one of the best places in the country for you and your family to explore the marvels of the planet, from pre-history all the way to the modern era. Some highlights of the permanent collection include the Hall of Human Diversity, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the Dinosaur Wing, and the Rose Center with its beautiful Hayden Planetarium. Of course, the American Museum of Natural History also runs a number of special exhibitions and shows that rotate throughout the year; here are a few of our favorites currently on display. “Spiders Alive!” – A Special Live Animal Exhibit July 4 – November 2, 2014 Featuring 20 species of live spiders and other arachnids, this exhibit is not for those of … [Read more...]

New York City Tours

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With five boroughs, 304 square miles of land, and 8.5 million inhabitants, there’s no doubting New York City is a big place. It’s no wonder that tourists have so much trouble deciding what to do and see in the city—it’s hard to even know where to start! From the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty to cultural enclaves like Chinatown and Spanish Harlem, the sights are endless and as diverse as they can be. One of the best ways to see the most of the city is to take a tour! New York tours are as diverse as the city itself, and there’s no shortage of options. Plus, tours offer a unique way to see the city, learn about it’s culture and history, and get to know your way around. Bus Tours One of the most popular bus tours in NYC is the CitySights All Around Town Tour. This hop on/hop off tour aboard a comfortable double-decker bus allows you 48 hours to go all … [Read more...]

Best New York City Restaurants

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It can be intimidating for visitors to New York to decide where to dine. You want to avoid the really touristy stuff, but still find a place you can enjoy and afford. With so many world-class restaurants in a rainbow of cuisines, NYC has plenty to offer diners of all stripes. Here’s a list of our recommended restaurants in New York City, plus a few nearby attractions to help you get a feel for the city and its diverse food culture. Remember, it’s a good idea to call ahead or look online for reservations (if available) for all your dinner plans. Otherwise, arrive early or be prepared to wait. For Families Ditch Plains UWS www.ditch-plains.com 100 West 82nd Street New York, NY 10023 Fresh seafood and creative “beach dining” Nearby Attractions: The American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan NINJA New … [Read more...]

New York Vacation Tips

New York Vacation Tips

Traveling to the Big Apple this summer? Whether you’re a first time visitor or a frequent flyer to NYC, it can be tough to sort through all the nitty gritty details. Here are a few of our favorite New York Vacation Tips to help you get through planning the perfect trip. From searching for hotel discounts to skipping the line at attractions and beyond, these tips are sure to come in handy. Don’t forget to pick up a New York Go Select Pass to save on all your attraction visits! Getting to NYC Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll need to book a flight to NYC. Unless you have some frequent flier miles stocked up, or an unshakeable loyalty to one particular airline, sites that compile most possible flight prices for your comparison are your best bet. Some of the most popular sites include Kayak (which compares prices between all the different discount sites), Expedia, … [Read more...]

New York Labor Day 2014 Attractions

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Labor Day weekend is the last chance for a summer getaway for many Americans. As August comes to a close, we tend to hop in our cars and head to the lake or the beach for a last hurrah. However, while it might not yet be on your radar for Labor Day plans, New York City is always a fun and festive place to be on this long weekend. If you’re a New Yorker, you might consider staying in the City this time; if you’re not, start planning a trip to NYC for the weekend when the crowds are on their way out! There are a myriad of things to do in New York over the holiday weekend. Whether you’re looking for something uproarious or restful, family-friend or friends only, you'll discover why so many people love New York! Parades & Festivals Kick off your weekend Saturday with the annual NYC Labor Day Parade along 5th Avenue in Midtown. In celebration of the working men and women who … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Museum of Art Ticket Discount

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With prime real estate on the Upper East Side of Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art exudes a grand presence in its Manhattan home. As the largest art museum in the United States, the Met, as it’s affectionately called, holds a special place in the heart of New Yorkers as well as art-lovers and sightseers around the world. Recently, the Museum was ranked one of the Top 25 Museums in the United States by TripAdvisor. While this is quite an accomplishment, it comes as no surprise to those who’ve seen the museum first hand. Housing two million works of art and artifacts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art boasts an ever-evolving collection in numerous galleries as well as expertly curated temporary exhibitions. One of the best things about the Metropolitan Museum of Art is that you can visit a dozen times and still see things you’ve never seen before. Use Metropolitan Museum … [Read more...]

Empire State Building Ticket Discount

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People may argue about which New York City attraction most embodies the city’s culture and history, but everyone can agree that you can’t leave New York without seeing the Empire State Building. Most tourists want to do more than just see the 103-story skyscraper—they want to feel on top of the world as they gaze from 1,250 feet high over the enormous city from the building’s observatory. If you’re the adventurous type or a diehard sightseer, you’ll be next to join the ranks! While a trip to New York City can be expensive, Smart Destinations can offer you the best prices on top New York attractions, including the Empire State Building discount tickets, so you won’t have to break the bank to see the best of the Big Apple. Here are some tips for making the most of your visit to the Empire State Building: Visit early in the morning or late at night. It stands to … [Read more...]

Statue of Liberty Ticket Discount

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New York City’s most iconic landmark is a sight to behold in the summer. Tourists from around the world flock to New York to catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty or to climb the stairs to her Crown. The historic monument pays tribute to the immigrant history of our nation, and it’s moving to see the Statue of Liberty and think of those She welcomed into Ellis Island for so many years. There are many ways to see the Statue of Liberty, from the land and from the sea. The best option for you most likely depends on your family’s travel style. Are you okay with waiting in lines to get the ultimate experience. Would you prefer to see Lady Liberty from a bit further away to avoid the crowds? These are questions to think about before your trip to NYC. The most traditional and comprehensive way to see the Statue of Liberty is to take the ferry right to it. Your New York Explorer … [Read more...]

Cheap New York Attractions Tickets

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The prospect of going on a summertime trip to New York City can seem like a daunting one. Finding somewhere to stay can be difficult, getting around is almost always an adventure (at least a small one) and almost everything in NYC costs a little bit more than it does in other places – or does it? There are plenty of  New York Explorer Pass attractions discount tickets available in the City That Never Sleeps - you just have to know where to look. If you want to get into a Carnegie Hall concert for the cost of two Subway sandwiches, grab a $10 partial-view ticket and see a show at the iconic venue’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. Same-day tickets go on sale at the box office beginning at noon and there is a two-ticket limit per person. Students and seniors also qualify for $10 tickets providing they have valid photo ID. Box office sales are cash only. To combine some sight-seeing … [Read more...]

Best US Cities for Summer Vacations

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With June quickly approaching and the temperatures warming across the States, there’s no denying that soon summer will be upon us. If you have school-aged children, the exact start-date of summer as you know it probably coincides with the last day of school (a beautiful and terrifying day). You may suddenly be wondering just what to do with your family this summer. It’s the season for family vacations, but where to? Our favorite destinations for the summer of 2014 offer the perfect combination of outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, high-quality entertainment, and even a bit of education. Sound expensive? Don’t worry; we also have US attraction discounts to keep your wallet as satisfied as you are. If you’re on the West Coast or have always wanted to go, San Diego and Los Angeles are the forerunners. Southern California’s relaxing beach town vibe is just the kind of … [Read more...]