Top New York Attractions in a Day

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Even in the summer, it can be difficult to find time to take an extended vacation – just because the kids are on break doesn’t mean you are. However, with the weather so nice, there’s no time like the present to visit New York City. Contrary to what you may have heard, it is possible to see New York City in a day – it may just take some planning and a little bit of hustle. But in New York, a little hustle only means you’ll fit right in with the busy bees who live there! You may not be able to see everything – after all, you could spend months in the Big Apple and still find new … [Read more...]

Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan


New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, and for good reason. The stores, subways and streets are all buzzing with activity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, a frenzied pace that might seem a little too fast for children. That’s not the case. There are plenty of things to do in New York that kids will enjoy and probably look back on with a smile for the rest of their lives. One of the best things to do in New York with kids is to bring them to the top of the Empire State Building. This world-famous skyscraper is one of the most iconic pieces of the New York skyline and a trip … [Read more...]

Where to Buy Souvenirs in NYC

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Did you know that nearly 40 million tourists from all over the nation and the world visit New York City each year? Sometimes called “the cultural center of the world,” NYC is perhaps the most iconic American city. Given the city’s importance and popularity, you’ll surely want something to remember your trip by (as it’s sure to be a visit you won’t want to forget!). For the best souvenirs, skip the generic gift shop items and instead stop in at one of these stores at the most popular and quintessential New York attractions. Metropolitan Museum of Art Whether or not you’re an art … [Read more...]

Central Park Attraction Discounts

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There are so many things to do in Central Park and ways to get discounts at top Central Park attractions. Below are some of our favorite Central Park activities that you can't miss!  You can also get discounts to ALL the top attractions in Central Park and NYC with a New York Attractions Pass from Smart Destinations! Take one of four daily Central Park Bike Tours and experience the top tourist destination in New York City in style. This two hour tour will have you huffing and puffing (in a good way) as you cycle past the 250 acres of lawns, 24,000 trees, 150 acres of lakes and streams … [Read more...]

Empire State Building Discount Tickets


Looking for Empire State Building discount admission? With savings of up to 45% off regular gate prices, your New York Explorer Pass can take your vacation to new heights! Just how high can you get? 1,454 ft high to be exact! The Empire State Building provides unobstructed views of the Big Apple from its observation deck. The top of the skyline should undoubtedly top your list of attractions to visit, so be sure to get Empire State Building discount tickets with a Smart Destinations New York Explorer Pass! Ride 1,050 feet in a high-speed elevator to the observation deck of the Empire … [Read more...]

Rockefeller Center Tour Discounts

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In a city that is home to landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and the Empire State Building, one of the notable places to visit is still Rockefeller Center. Comprised of outdoor gardens, historic buildings and attractions like NBC Studios, a Rockefeller Center Tour gives you the opportunity to investigate and explore this truly unique treasure. John D. Rockefeller wanted to create a cultural hub when he began work on the Center more than 80 years ago and his vision of an area celebrating art and architecture in the middle of urban New York City endures today. A Rockefeller … [Read more...]

Top Bars for Tourists in NYC


When you’re visiting New York City and seeing some of the best that the Big Apple has to offer with your New York Attractions Pass this summer, you might want to take a break from the heat and cool down with a refreshing drink. Not to worry. In addition to offering some of the top tourist attractions in the country, NYC is also home to plenty of local watering holes. For fans of traditional Irish bars, there’s Peter McManus Café in Chelsea. Peter McManus’ has been around for years and its courteous staff and friendly patrons make it a great spot to grab a quick pint. A little bit … [Read more...]

Weekend Trips to New York in Summer


It’s almost Memorial Day and you know what that means - summer is almost here. There are plenty of exciting places to go for a quick weekend getaway, but there is probably no place better than New York City. There are so many New York Attractions that you can’t see them all in a weekend, but you can try! One of the top landmarks in the city (and the United States for that matter) is the Empire State Building. The 102-story building’s 5th Avenue location is easily accessible by public transportation and visitors are always welcome. Guests of the ESB can journey to the observation deck … [Read more...]

Museum of Natural History Discount Tickets


Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan across the street from Central Park, the Museum of Natural History is a must-see for visitors who want to make sure they take advantage of all that New York City has to offer. With millions of annual visitors and an extensive layout that spans multiple buildings and includes a planetarium and a library, the Museum of Natural History is a sure bet to please the entire family. One of the museums permanent exhibitions, the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, gives visitors a chance to take a glimpse into the rich environmental heritage of … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Visit the Empire State Building in February

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Everyone knows that the Empire State Building is one of the most famous buildings in New York City, if not the world. It’s a must-see attraction on everyone’s list – tourist and local alike. What you might not know is that the Empire State Building experience is different depending on the time of year you visit, and February just happens to be one of the best times to check it out. With unique lighting, a world-famous race, and some of the most romantic spaces in all of New York, ESB should definitely be on your list this month.  Here are five excellent reasons why: The Tower … [Read more...]