Top New York Winter Attractions

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When you’re tired of cold, dark days and navigating your way around snow banks, it can be hard to fight the urge to hibernate for the next few months. However, I can tell you with certainty that you’ll be missing out on a lot going on in New York City if you succumb to hibernation. Plus, once you have a look at all the awesome New York attractions you can visit, winter won’t seem so bad! New York Attractions & Exhibits While it may be cold outside, exquisite indoor New York attractions will keep you warm and cozy while you explore some exciting new exhibits. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’s most renowned art museum, has a myriad of special exhibitions to spice up the winter months. In the first major exhibition of Chinese contemporary art at the Metropolitan, Ink Art explores the transformation of traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy as its been … [Read more...]

What to Do in NYC New Years Day

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We’ve talked a lot about what to do on New Year’s Eve in New York, but we’ve yet to discuss what to do on the holiday itself. How will you kick off your first day of 2014? You want the first day of the New Year to be a good one, not spent lying in bed, watching TV, or dreading your return to work/school. Instead, get out of the house and see what New York City has to offer. Make 2014 the year you explore all those New York attractions you’ve always said you wanted to, never say no to a brunch with some friends, and trade that remote control in your hand for a New York Explorer Pass or a Go Select New York Pass. Start New Year’s Day off with breakfast or brunch at one of the many NYC establishments that know how to serve the first meal of the day in style. One of our favorites is the B.B. King Blues Club’s Sunday Gospel Brunch. On January 1, the Harlem Gospel Choir will … [Read more...]

NYC Holiday Travel Deals

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Heading to NYC for the holidays? You’re not alone. The holiday season is one of the busiest times to visit New York City, and notoriously one of the most expensive. However, if you’re savvy about looking for NYC holiday travel deals, you need not spend a fortune on the vacation of a lifetime. Just take advantage of these tips and you’ll find yourself face to face with your favorite New York attractions during the season when the City That Never Sleeps truly shines. Accommodation It’s no secret that location is everything in NYC, but it can be hard to find affordable lodging close to the top New York attractions—especially as the days of December wind down. If you’ve got any hotel points racked up, now is certainly the time to use them. Otherwise, try scoping out online deals or look a little further outside the city limits. After all, people commute from New Jersey into … [Read more...]

Family Things to Do on NYE in NYC

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Traditionally, New Year’s Eve, with its swanky cocktail parties and late night extravaganzas, isn’t the most family-friendly holiday. Fortunately, tradition is being challenged and New York City now boasts a plethora of New Year’s Eve parties and activities that all ages will enjoy. There’s no reason to stay at home in your pajamas on NYE anymore, watching the revelers on TV. In fact, you may have more fun than ever before experiencing the best of these festive and fun New York attractions. Ripley’s Believe It or Not At Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the most peculiar and spectacular artifacts, treasures, performances, and games fill the 18,000-square foot “Odditorium.” On New Year’s Eve, your family will have the opportunity to experience this delightfully bizarre attraction with the addition of first-rate New Year’s Eve activities. An open bar and free food all … [Read more...]

NYC New Year’s Eve Attractions

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It’s been pretty well established that New York City is the place to be for New Year’s Eve festivities. It’s the location of the traditional ball drop in Times Square, and as the City that Never Sleeps, it only makes sense for the celebration to go on all night long. However, even if you’re not going all out for the new year, or if you’re celebrating with kids in tow, there are plenty of New York attractions to entertain every type of traveler. The Times Square New Year’s Eve If you’ve never experienced Times Square for New Years Eve, it’s certainly worth braving the crowds to be part of the excitement. You’ll want to get there as early as 4 PM and bundle up in warm winter clothes. At 6 PM, the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Years Eve Ball is raised and lit. From that point on, the evening is interspersed with musical performances and an hourly count down. An hour … [Read more...]

NYC Weekend with a NY Explorer Pass

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Last weekend, my boyfriend and I took Monday off to spend three days exploring New York City. Of course, Evan and I each had a New York Explorer Pass (for 3 attractions) in hand, and we were psyched to use them. The week prior to our trip we’d made a rough draft list of places we’d like to visit, but we decided to keep our plans flexible, which is one of the greatest conveniences of the Explorer Pass—there’s no need to plan out every last detail in advance. Our list looked something like this: Top of the Rock Central Park bagels & pizza High Line park Museum of Modern Art Museum of Natural History Strand Book Store The Met Lower East Side Amazingly, we were able to do almost all of these things PLUS some extra activities we hadn’t planned for. As we were staying with my boyfriend’s parents on the Upper West Side, we had easy access to many New York … [Read more...]

Top NYC Holiday Attractions

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During the holiday season in New York City, there’s no shortage of jovial events and attractions to enjoy with your family. Whether you’re looking for an unique place to do your Christmas shopping, a fun show to attend in the evening, or a festive daytime outing, you’ll find what you’re looking for in NYC—that’s the beauty of the Big Apple! Many of the top New York attractions have something special going on for the holidays, so no matter what you do you’ll find yourself amid an atmosphere of holiday cheer. Amid the lights and decorations that adorn the streets and structures this time of year, you’ll have a truly quintessential New York holiday experience. Wondering what New York attractions to hit up first? Take a look at some of the top spots on our list.   Rockefeller Center Rockefeller Center is the ultimate holiday destination and winter … [Read more...]

Best Places to Visit for Thanksgiving

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No matter where you are planning on spending the Thanksgiving holiday, the odds are it is going to be great. Some might say that Halloween is the first event that kicks off the holiday season, but nothing really started until Thanksgiving rolls around. Whether it’s the turkey, the football or whatever that special spice in the in pumpkin pie is every year, Thanksgiving is one of the best days on the calendar, bar none. If you are visiting a different city for your celebration, make it that much more special by taking advantage of some of the awesome attractions that are available to you. Heading to Gotham for T-Day? There are a plethora of New York Attractions that will expand on your Thanksgiving holiday the same way that gravy complements mashed potatoes. For a bird’s-eye view of the city, soar to the top of one of the most iconic structures in the U.S. - the Empire State … [Read more...]

NYC Holiday Train Show

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All Aboard! Running from November 16 – January 12, the 22nd annual Holiday Train Show will be taking place at the New York Botanical Garden. One of the premier New York Attractions of the holiday season, the Holiday Train Show puts more than 140 scaled iconic buildings and structures under thousands of twinkling lights on display in the scene Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Made up of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones, the landmarks that surround the Holiday Train Show are sure to be recognizable to tourists and native New Yorkers alike. The trains weave through iconic replicas of the original Penn Station and Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the New York Public Library on 42nd Street and the Brooklyn Bridge. Then there are the trains…. The 2013 Holiday Train Show will feature more trains than ever … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in NYC 2013

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If Thanksgiving weekend finds you in New York City, you’re in luck! Whether you’re visiting family or enjoying a getaway with your friends, there’s a an abundance of things to do in New York City when the holidays come around. Thanksgiving ushers in the season with a harvest feast and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and there’s no place like New York for a celebration. Looking for things to do on Thanksgiving or for New York attractions to carry the festive atmosphere through the weekend? We’ve got you covered from affordable (yet delicious) turkey dinners to bustling holiday markets—and everything in between. Budget Feasting If you don’t feel like spending your Thanksgiving slaving over a stove, consider enjoying a Thanksgiving meals at one of the more budget-friendly restaurants offering full course Thanksgiving Day feats. At Cardinal, a Southern, family-style … [Read more...]