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...]

NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade Package

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This November 28th, a beloved American tradition will grace the streets of New York City. The 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins promptly at 9am, and makes it way throughout the downtown are of city until noon. The parade offers a stunning celebration filled with musical performances, dancing, and memorable floats. Feast your eyes upon the main attractions – dozens of massive balloons in the form of some of the most recognizable faces from pop culture! Here are a few tips for the best Thanksgiving Day Parade Experience: For the best possible experience, arrive early to stake out a spot along the parade route -  Macy's recommends between 61st and 72nd on Central Park West as the best place to watch the parade. Use the restroom before you arrive – there are no public facilities on the parade route. Overdress for the weather – you could be standing still … [Read more...]

Last Minute New York Vacation Tips

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The prospect of visiting New York City for a day, a weekend or even longer can seem a little daunting at first but don’t let it worry your too much - people have been doing it for decades! The standard belief that residents of the City are rude and obscene is only half true; in reality, New Yorkers are just too busy to stop and help tourists and have no patience for people who slow them down. If you want to have a great vacation in NYC, that’s the first thing you should know - Don’t be one of those people. Here are a few other tips to help make your trip to Gotham the best it can be. (For an idea of what you might want to visit while you are in the city, check out the Go Select New York City Pass or New York Explorer Pass from Smart Destinations.) Take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with the city map: Obviously you aren’t going to be able to memorize the map in … [Read more...]

Harlem Week: New York Art and Culture

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The history of Harlem, one of Manhattan’s best known neighborhoods, is infused with art, culture, and a unique notion of camaraderie. Today, it’s hard to think of Harlem without recalling the Harlem Renaissance, the period in the 1920’s and 30’s when an abundance of artistic and intellectual work poured out from the American black community that resided there. Figures of this cultural explosion include Langston Hughes, W.E.B Du Bois, Billie Holiday, Zora Neale Hurston, Ella Fitzgerald, and James Weldon Johnson, and many other talented artists of all mediums. This summer, you can experience the vibrant culture of Harlem first hand at Harlem Week, a celebration of Harlem’s past, present, and future. Due to the vast success and adoration of the Harlem Week activities, the celebration has expanded over the years to incorporate over a month’s worth of events. That’s … [Read more...]

NYC Summer Attractions

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There’s something so unique about a summer visit to New York City. Street performers, outdoor exploration, parks riddled with city slickers and charmed visitors – the city becomes a vibrant, living work of art and culture. With your New York Explorer Pass, you can embrace the vibrancy to its full capacity. See all that the city has to offer without limitations! Your New York Explorer Pass grants you admission to as many of the included attractions as you wish to include during your sightseeing days. Because you do not need to decide what you’re seeing ahead of time, you can change your mind and itinerary at any time. Start your day in the most infamous park in the world. Central Park is a summertime hot spot for locals and visitors alike, who enjoy the cool shade under lush trees and the refreshing mist carried by neighboring fountains. On the Bike and Roll Tour Inside Central … [Read more...]