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 and exhibits that highlight natural wonders throughout the years. Dad is a Science Enthusiast – … [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 picturesque, carefree summertime bike ride. Twilight Sightseeing Cruise: As the sun goes down, … [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 landmarks on the Charles Riverboat Cruise; after all, you’re in the Bay State. These attractions - … [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 Destinations pass Have Flexibility: Visit any or all of the included attractions, without schedule … [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 one of the open-air terraces – rain or shine, you’ll be fine! Staff members will be available … [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 Festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. There are 216 films being shown throughout 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 take you a week to appreciate. For those who are in the mood for a slightly more peaceful museum … [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 and a half acre section of the park in memoriam of the legendary John Lennon, named after his hit … [Read more...]

NYC Easter Parade History

If you are in New York on Easter Sunday (March 31, 2013), you will have the chance to see people decked out in Easter bonnets and dresses strolling along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets. The NYC Easter Parade and the Easter Bonnet Festival start at 10:00  in the morning and ends around 4:00 in the afternoon. The New York Easter Parade is not as organized as some other festivals and parades in the city, and is a decidedly more casual event. The area that runs along Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street is closed to vehicles during the parade. People put on hats, bonnets and Easter dresses, pets are in full costume, and others just come to watch the action. The area around St. Patrick's Cathedral is the best place to get a good look at the parade. For anyone taking advantage of a New York Attractions Pass, stopping by the Easter Parade is an excellent way to spend a couple … [Read more...]

March Madness Things To Do on Vacation

We can all feel it in the air: spring is almost here! One of the best signs that spring is coming is March Madness, which gets everyone in the mood for the national basketball championships! The NCAA tournaments are a uniquely American tradition, sending millions of fans into a chaotic, adrenaline-infused frenzy. March Madness has even affected British Prime Minister David Cameron. What better way to welcome the prime minister than to take him to watch his first basketball game? President Obama took Cameron to watch the kickoff game of March Madness in Dayton, Ohio, and it was reported that the two politicians munched hot dogs while Obama gave Cameron some pointers. Perhaps no other city is quite as affected by March Madness as Los Angeles (at least as far as the west coast goes!) There are basketball fans almost everywhere you go in Los Angeles, and they are devoted! If you are in … [Read more...]