Central Park Attraction Discounts

Central Park foliage photo-walk, Nov 2009 - 10

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 and 80 acres of woodlands that make up the most famous public park in the world. If you go when things are in full bloom, the thousands of bulbs, shrubs, flowers and trees that grow each year are quite a sight to behold. All of the Central Park Bike Tours include a admission to the Central Park … [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 State Building – where you will enter the climate-controlled observatory which sports 360-degree views of America’s largest city. You’ll remember this 86th-floor observation deck from its appearances in movies like An Affair to Remember, Love Affair, I Love Lucy, and Sleepless in Seattle. This … [Read more...]

Rockefeller Center Tour Discounts

New York  Sunset - From Rockefeller Center

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 Center Tour gives you a chance to have an expert historian guide you through some of Center’s most famous buildings including Radio City Music Hall and of course, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. - the building came before the show! Don’t feel like being part of a large group? Take the Rockefeller Center … [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 up the road and fairly close to the Empire State Building is Brother Jimmy’s BBQ. One of a few Brother Jimmy’s franchises in the city, the bar’s Midtown East location is an ideal place to chill out with a cold drink and heat things up with some spicy BBQ. If you use the New York … [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 to get a bird’s eye view of the bustling city and they also have the option to visit the Dare To Dream exhibit - which chronicles the tower’s astonishing history, engineering and construction - on the 80th floor. Another New York Attraction that shouldn't be missed is the Guggenheim Museum. … [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 North America. Featuring 43 dioramas showcasing 46 mammal species - including the American bison and the Alaskan brown bear - the installation is considered to be one of the finest in the world. First opened in 1942, the Museum of Natural History updated and re-opened the exhibition in 2012. … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Visit the Empire State Building in February

ESB Lights

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 Lights The Empire State Building alters its nighttime lighting pattern nearly every evening, choosing colors to reflect everything from current events to local sports, and to honor holidays and charitable organizations. While many of the color combinations for January have been selected by Facebook … [Read more...]

Top Three U.S. Cities for Tourism


San Francisco Voted America’s top city in numerous surveys, the colorful and cosmopolitan city of San Francisco invariably charms its visitors.  View one of the country’s top ten construction marvels, the 1.7 mile long Golden Gate Bridge, which is an unforgettable icon to drive, walk or cycle across.  Contemplate your next movie in Golden Gate Park; within its thousand-plus acres lies a wonderful collection of gardens, lakes, and walking paths, including the Japanese Tea Garden, originally part of the 1894 World’s Fair Exhibit.  For a unique tour of the city, consider a historic ride on the cable cars, via the California Street line, which runs along the Financial District, through Chinatown, and over Nob Hill.   New York Likely the most visited city in the U.S., New York has many well-known historical attractions anyone can enjoy.  The Statue of Liberty … [Read more...]

What’s New at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City


The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of New York City’s top attractions located right along the eastern edge of Central Park. Year round, it is home to over two million works – from classic antiquity to American and modern art - and is both one of the largest and most visited museums in the world. Here are some of the highlights you can catch at their current exhibitions: The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde Goes Through June 3rd Over 200 works of Parisian Art make up this collection from the family of Gertrude Stein, a woman known as much for her collection of art as for her modernist poems. Along with her brothers and sister-in-law, Gertrude collected paintings by close friends Picasso and Matisse before they were even considered suitable for inclusion in a museum. If you make this exhibit part of your trip to the Met, expect to see paintings by … [Read more...]

Skywalk Observatory, Willis Tower, Empire State Building, and More!


Planning a trip to a new city always poses the same problem: I want to see it all but I won’t have the time! Our advice? See it all at once. Here are the best bird’s eye views of five major cities: Boston First Tallest Buidling: John Hancock Tower Second Tallest: Prudential Tower Officially referred to as Hancock Place, Boston’s John Hancock Tower is located right near the main branch of the Boston Public Library. Unfortunately, its observation deck is currently closed, making the Prudential Tower’s Skywalk Observatory the spot to visit for a 360 degree view of the city. For a view of Boston’s famous Harbor and waterfront district, make a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art for their floor-to-ceiling windows that suspend you right over the water. Chicago First Tallest Building: Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) Second Tallest Building: Trump … [Read more...]