Thanksgiving in New York

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Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving in New York or visiting the Big Apple during the holiday weekend, you might want to put something on the schedule to give you a break from feasting and watching football. While the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is certainly the most recognizable event, there’s plenty more happening in the big city on the upcoming holiday weekend – even with the closure of many stores. In fact, several of New York attractions are celebrating Turkey Day in one fashion or another. Here are a few highlights: Statue of Liberty Ferry Many stores and attractions in New York City are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but you can still get close to the Statue of Liberty via ferry ride. While there, stroll the grounds, take pictures, visit the museum, or just marvel at the … [Read more...]

American Museum of Natural History

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Visit a place of wonders, great and small, a place where the past comes alive, a place where science shines – the American Museum of Natural History! This iconic New York attraction is one of the best places in the country for you and your family to explore the marvels of the planet, from pre-history all the way to the modern era. Some highlights of the permanent collection include the Hall of Human Diversity, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the Dinosaur Wing, and the Rose Center with its beautiful Hayden Planetarium. Of course, the American Museum of Natural History also runs a number of special exhibitions and shows that rotate throughout the year; here are a few of our favorites currently on display. “Spiders Alive!” – A Special Live Animal Exhibit July 4 – November … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Iconic New York City Buildings

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One of the best parts about visiting the big city is seeing some of the Iconic New York City Buildings that make the skyline of the Big Apple so recognizable. Whether you realize it or not, you've probably seen a lot of the famous buildings that are sprinkled throughout the city in movies or television shows - a fun phenomenon that will make seeing them in person that much more enjoyable. Although they exist because of a terrible event, there are a few relatively new additions to the downtown New York City skyline that are definitely worth seeing. The first tower to be rebuilt at Ground Zero, 7 World Trade Center replaced the existing building of the same name that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Nearby 4 World Trade Center was designed by architects Maki and Associates in … [Read more...]

Iconic New York Attractions

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Although it sounds like it could be a category on “Jeopardy!” there’s really nothing to question about the “Iconic New York” Attractions package from Smart Destinations. It’s pretty simple - Purchase the package and you will save 20% on five Iconic New York Attractions that no trip to the Big Apple should ever be without. The first place you will visit as part of your Iconic New York Attractions package is the Empire State Building. Possibly the most famous skyscraper in the world, the ESB’s observatory offers visitors a chance to see New York’s distinctive skyline from 1,050 feet in the sky. There is also a second observatory a little bit farther up at 1,250 feet that offers an even broader perspective on the big city. Noted for its distinctive broadcast tower and rich … [Read more...]

Best New York Attractions Pass

5 New York City Attractions with Smart Destinations

If you want to get a lot out of your trip to the big city in a short amount of time, look no further. With the 5-Attraction NYC Explorer Pass from Smart Destinations, you’ll be able to conveniently and efficiently visit some of the top attractions that the Big Apple has to offer and save a lot of cash while you do it! The 5-Attraction NYC Explorer Pass gives you 24 hours of access to the Hop-On Hop-Off NYC Tour right off the bat, so getting around the city (and to the rest of the attractions that are included with the pass) will be very easy. You won’t have to worry about hailing cabs, dealing with confusing maps or getting on the subway - just get on bus at one of numerous locations around the city and get off where you want. One of the locations that you will be visiting is … [Read more...]

Family Places to Eat by Rockefeller Center

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Before or after your visit to the Top of the Rock in the middle of Manhattan, odds are you are or someone in your family is going to want to eat. Sometimes it’s fine to just grab a hot dog, pretzel or some mystery street meat, but if you would rather have a nice family meal at a sit-down restaurant there are certainly tons of nearby options. These are just a few of the fun, family places to eat near Rockefeller Center. Located at 37 West 48th Street, Mendy's Restaurant is a great option if you are looking to grab a late breakfast, brunch or late lunch. With five locations in the city (and one in Brooklyn) Mendy's Restaurant is an upscale kosher delicatessen that has been serving New Yorkers for over 25 years. Besides boasting a wide variety of finger foods that the kids will just … [Read more...]

Rockefeller Center Tour Discounts

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In a city that is home to landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and the Empire State Building, one of the notable places to visit is still Rockefeller Center. Comprised of outdoor gardens, historic buildings and attractions like NBC Studios, a Rockefeller Center Tour gives you the opportunity to investigate and explore this truly unique treasure. John D. Rockefeller wanted to create a cultural hub when he began work on the Center more than 80 years ago and his vision of an area celebrating art and architecture in the middle of urban New York City endures today. A Rockefeller Center Tour gives you a chance to have an expert historian guide you through some of Center’s most famous buildings including Radio City Music Hall and of course, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. - the building … [Read more...]