Top 5 New York City Tourist Traps & Things to Do Instead

Top 5 New York Tourist Traps and Things to Do Instead

Planning a trip to New York City? Avoid maddening crowds and overpaying at these top New York City tourist traps and consider our suggested things to do instead for a more enjoyable and less touristy New York City experience. Times Square Why it's overrated: Any New Yorker will tell a visitor to avoid the tourist trap that is Times Square. Though it's a site to see, snap a photo and move on. The over-commercialization has stripped the area of any authentic New York experience with the incorporation of chain restaurants and stores. The best New York experiences are found … [Read more...]

New York City Attractions: Jazz in NYC

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Have you been struggling to find New York City attractions to enjoy during the winter? While a stroll through Central Park is just as beautiful in January as it is July, the cold can get to anyone. Most travelers escape chilly city winds by popping in and out of stores, settling into a Broadway theater, or setting a credit card down for a fancy dinner out. This weekend, why not try something new? The New York City Winter Jazzfest returns to Manhattan for its ninth year of group performances and shows. Here's a breakdown of this year's schedule, and tips to turn this festival into an entirely … [Read more...]

Romantic Things to Do in New York City

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Looking for romantic things to do in New York City?  Here are a few suggestions from Dr. Mike Zhang, a New York travel expert at Smart Destinations. Empire State Building - The Empire State Building is hands-down the world's most famous skyscraper. Take a ride to the top of this art deco icon with your special someone for a panoramic view of the city that will leave you  breathless. No wonder the 1993 American romantic comedy film Sleepless in  Seattle chose the Empire State Building as the climactic meeting between two love birds. Metropolitan Museum of Art - This famous museum … [Read more...]

Winter Things to Do in NYC

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—With cold fronts dominating all of the northeast, you’re not alone if you’ve been daydreaming of sunshine, shorts, and warm summer evenings. While not all of us can hide out in Hawaii until April, there may be another way to beat the winter blues. New York City may not be a tropical paradise, but there is plenty to do that will have you forgetting all about your winter woes. In addition to the money you’ll save with a New York Explorer Pass or Go Select New York Card, you can now get the best New York City travel deals on everything from car rentals to Broadway shows! Just check … [Read more...]

Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2012

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New York City is one of the top destinations in the world for New Year’s Eve, boasting everything from the symbolic Ball Drop and over 2 tons of confetti to parties that take over entire museums well into the morning. Here’s a look at the different things to do in NewYork City this December 31st: Times Square & the Ball Drop Called the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, Times Square is historically a hot destination every December 31st. Nearly every New Year’s Eve since 1907, New York City has dropped a time ball down the flagpole atop One Times Square to inaugurate the New … [Read more...]

How to Score Saturday Night Live Tickets

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If you’ve been an SNL fan for years (or if you’ve always wanted to go to a live television show taping), you might want to learn how to get Saturday Night Live tickets while you’re in New York City. Here’s how! The 411 on SNL Even if you aren’t familiar with Saturday Night Live, you should definitely still try to catch a taping. Since its premiere in 1975, Saturday Night Live has been one of the most popular comedy shows in the world. It has the most Emmy nominations in television history and continues to make audiences laugh with its satirical sketch comedy and hilarious take on … [Read more...]

Things to do in New York City for Teens

Planning vacations with activities that interest adolescents can be difficult, but there are plenty of things to do in New York City for teenagers. Guests of all ages love visiting the Empire State Building, one of the nation’s most famous landmarks. As long as you’re not afraid of heights, you can travel right up to the top of the building and see New York City like never before. The building is open to visitors from 8am to 2am daily, so you should plan to go as it opens or as it closes to avoid crowds and lines. Teenagers will also love seeing film locations for their favorite … [Read more...]

New York City Travel Deals

It’s unquestionably one of the most expensive cities in the world, but saving money in NYC is easier than you think. With some bargain hunting for New York City travel deals and creative thinking, you’ll find that it is possible to take a trip to the Big Apple without breaking the bank. Here are some tips for saving money on your next trip to New York City: Save Money on Cheap New York City Transportation Once you decide what attractions you’ll be visiting, pick a hotel that’s as close to a central location as possible. This way, you can walk to your destinations instead of … [Read more...]

Food on Foot Tours Robbed of #1 spot on Top 10 List

TripAdvisor recently published its list of the top ten “sweetest attractions” in the U.S. The list was picked by TripAdvisor editors who got it all wrong. As always happens when anonymous "editors" make critical decisions on ranking, the safe pick always wins while fans are left to powerlessly gnash their teeth over the injustice that pervades our world. In this case the number one spot went to a perennial favorite: Hershey's Chocolate World, in Hershey, PA. OK, so it’s unclear if this list (or even one like it) has ever existed before, but if it had, you’ve got to believe the … [Read more...]

Tired of Standing in Line on Vacation?

Most people who buy sightseeing passes or city passes like the New York City Explorer Pass do so because it is a way to save when they see the sights and take in tours and activities. But there are added benefits that people don’t always realize exists until after they have bought and used the product. These go beyond the savings offered. Besides money, what is the most precious resource on vacation? Memory for your digital camera? Room in your stomach so you can over-eat? Resilient leg muscles to get you around to everything you want to do? Sure, but a better answer is time. In fact, … [Read more...]