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 places to explore – but you can see the most popular New York attractions and neighborhoods. The secret is to pick the right attractions to see the most in the shortest amount of time. If you’re going to see New York City in a day, you’re going to have to do things a little differently. One … [Read more...]

Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan

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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 to its 86th-floor observatory deck is almost obligatory for anyone visiting the city. Kids will enjoy getting to see the city from a height that only birds (or superheroes) usually get to enjoy. If you are going to be in the city for Independence Day, tickets for the Empire State Building’s 4th … [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 lover, The Met Store at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has unique and beautiful souvenirs for everyone. From post cards and framed prints to fine art jewelry and apparel, everything the Met Store has to offer is distinctive, tasteful, and representative of New York City culture. Empire State … [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 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

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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

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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...]