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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Father’s Day in New York City

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Whether they’re interrupting your favorite show to check the score of a game, polishing off the last slice of pizza, or nearly falling off ladders to wash the windows – we each have a Dad who is wonderfully unique. On Father’s Day, we salute to their efforts, their role in our lives, and the selfless sacrifices they make as an integral part of the family. This Father’s Day, head to New York City – where every Dad will find a bevvy of options to explore and enjoy. Choose the best New York City attractions to perfectly suit Dad! Dad is a History Buff – Head to the American Museum of Natural History to see fossils, the 563 carat Star of India sapphire, the skullcap of a 65 million year old dinosaur, and beyond. Your history-loving Dad will be mesmerized by the many collections … [Read more...]

Summer in New York City

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The snow is far gone, the parkas are coming off, and the frozen Central Park ponds have melted. It’s Summertime in NYC, and Summer in the City means making the most of the warm weather and getting outside! Include these top outdoor attractions – and more- in your New York Explorer pass and save up to 45% off gate prices. The more attractions you include, the higher the discount!   Central Park Guided Bike Tour: Enjoy a ride through the lush, 843-acre urban park, located in the heart of New York City. Created in 1857, Central Park is now a designated National Historic Landmark. Your guided bike tour provides a comprehensive look at the park, its history, and the vision of its designers. Your rental includes a helmet, bike lock, and water bottle – all the necessities for a … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Vacation Deals

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Memorial Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to getaway and log some family time in a brand new city. Considered the unofficial start of summer, it’s time to have some fun in the sun! Make the most of your holiday with excellent discount attraction passes with our Go City Cards – and for a limited time get an added Memorial Day discount of up to 20% off! Not to mention the bevvy of free events, parades, and destination deals that are available in cities nationwide! Ship out to Boston where you can visit the Museum of Fine Arts for an event called “Boston I Love” to honor those who were affected by the Boston Marathon Attacks. Immerse yourself in the glorious past of Boston on the Freedom Trail Walk into History Tour. Next, soak up some sun and discover Boston's most beloved … [Read more...]

Planning for Summer Vacations and Trips in the US

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Looking for an attraction pass that gives you discounted admission to sights, attractions, tours and the best experiences in multiple US cities? Smart Destinations has the solution! With our affordable All-Inclusive Attractions Passes, you can select your desired attractions for each of your destination cities at one low cost. With discounts of up to 55% on combined admission prices for top museums, tours, and attractions, rest assured that you and your family can make the most of your getaway in the United States! Planning for U.S. summer vacations should never be a stressful process. At Smart Destinations, we've developed strategies on how to make your vacation as enjoyable as possible. Save Time: Skip the ticket line at popular U.S. attractions when you flash your Smart … [Read more...]

Top of the Rock Discount Tickets

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For unobstructed, 360-degree panoramic views of America’s largest city, grab your discount tickets and head on over to the Top of the Rock! This 55,000 square-foot, multi-tiered observation deck offers unbelievable views of all of The Big Apple – including a view of the Empire State Building! As the weather gets warmer, the Top of the Rock is the perfect place to post up and take in the stunning panoramic views of this famous skyline. As one of the most highly revered New York City attractions, make sure the Top of the Rock is on your list of go-sees for your New York vacation. You’ll ride the glass elevator 70 stories into the air, while you enjoy educational videos provided by the studio downstairs – NBC. You can view the stunning scape from an enclosed observation deck, or on … [Read more...]

Tribeca Film Festival 2013

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For film nerds or classic cinema buffs, the annual Tribeca Film Festival is the place to be this spring. An annual tradition in New York since 2002, the Festival has become a prestigious and widely popular event for professionals and fans alike. This year’s Festival runs from April 17 – 28 and film showings are held through each day in various theatres across Tribeca. One of the premiere New York attractions to visit this spring, the Tribeca Film Festival is approaching fast. Take a look at our survey of some of the great stuff happening at the Festival this year. The Tribeca Film Festival is a diverse international film festival that supports both emerging and established directors. Invested in promoting New York City’s reputation as a center for film production world-wide, the … [Read more...]

The Cloisters Museum in Spring

Spring has officially arrived, opening up all sorts of possibilities for outdoor activities in New York. With a New York Attractions Pass, you can see the best of New York: from the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building to the Guggenheim Museum and Central Park. Many visitors make it a point to visit the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses more than two million works of art from all over the world. The Met Museum is housed in an iconic building on Fifth Avenue, and is a comprehensive collection of European, Asian, Near Eastern, African, Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, as well as art of Oceania, Australia, and the Americas. Yet as amazing as the Met is, it can also be somewhat overwhelming. Where do you start? Impressionists? Ancient Egypt? The European art alone could … [Read more...]

New York Things to Do in Spring

Spring in New York City is one of the most magical times to visit the Big Apple. Tulips are blooming, people are picnicking in Central Park, New Yorkers are dining al fresco and enjoying the city's incredible food scene, and people are strolling and biking along the river. Here are some of the best ways to fully enjoy a gorgeous spring in New York City: 1. Get on a bike! What better way to enjoy this massive city than on a bike? Better yet, take advantage of a guided tour and learn about the sites as you exercise. Bike and Roll offers some excellent bike tours, such as the Central Park and Greenway Tour. With a knowledgeable tour guide, you will ride along 843 acres of bike-friendly lanes that run almost the length of Manhattan. You will stop at such sites as Strawberry Fields, a two … [Read more...]