American Museum of Natural History

New York Attractions

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 2, 2014 Featuring 20 species of live spiders and other arachnids, this exhibit is not for those of … [Read more...]

Cheap New York Attractions Tickets


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...]

School Vacation Travel Tips

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School vacations present a wonderful opportunity for kids to let loose, adults to cash in on some much needed relaxation, and for the whole family to get the bonding time that’s so hard to squeeze in this time of year. Plus, after a long winter, we can all use a getaway, whether its to the sandy beaches of Oahu or to the Big Apple to visit the New York attractions you know and love. This year, plan a family vacation that’s fun, affordable, and hassle-free for everyone. While this may seem like a challenge, you’d be surprised how fun the process can be when you stick to some pretty easy guidelines and use convenient attraction passes. Try implementing these travel tips on your next vacation for smooth sailing all the way through. Know your budget. It’s important to remember not to fantasize you have more in your vacation savings than you do or to underestimate your … [Read more...]

SeaWorld San Diego Discount Tickets


SeaWorld San Diego is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination. A unique blend of theme park and animal conservation, SeaWorld features a variety of family-friendly activities and events alongside captivating marine life exhibits. While San Diego is generally temperate year-round, a number of the most popular attractions are recently reopened with the advent of warmer spring weather. Here’s a look at some of the perennial favorites and newly re-opened attractions that you’ll find this spring and summer at SeaWorld San Diego. Theme Park Rides SeaWorld San Diego has a bunch of classic rides, like roller coasters and waterslides, but with a special twist. So you like roller coasters? Hop on the Manta Coaster, which explores the world of manta rays in a ride that’s both exhilarating and educational. Dip in the water with the exciting Shipwreck Rapids, a fun tube ride that leads to a … [Read more...]

San Francisco Family Fun Pass Discounts


You deserve to relax and unwind on your vacation, while still fitting in plenty of attractions and activities. Peeling through tour pamphlets and guidebooks and web sites to find attractions at competitive pricing can be time-consuming and exhausting. With Smart Destination's San Francisco Family FunPass, you don’t need to stress over your vacation itinerary - or your budget! By combining these amazing attractions into one Family FunPass, you’ll be saving 41%! So, get your nose out of that dated guidebook, because the stellar Family FunPass package is an exhilarating San Francisco vacation made easy.    Aquarium of the Bay: Founded on the principles of conservation, San Francisco’s official aquarium brings you through three diverse environments that show off the riches beneath the surface of the San Francisco Bay. You’ll begin your tour with an introduction to the … [Read more...]

Tribeca Film Festival 2013


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 Stonehenge of Florida

From museums and aquariums to boat cruises and jungle tours, there are so many things to do in Miami that it is difficult to narrow down the list! Yet there is one lesser known destination that you should add to your itinerary. Most people have never heard of "The Stonehenge of Florida," also known as Coral Castle. Coral Castle, a sculpture garden made of stone, was built by a single man named Edward Leedskalnin. From 1923 to 1951, Edward secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock. This feat is amazing in and of itself, but even more mind boggling is that the process he used is unknown. The website calls Coral Castle "one of the world's most mysterious accomplishments." Apparently, Edward was a small man, weighing just 100 pounds and standing a little over 5 feet tall. In 1940, he would have charged just ten cents in admission to introduce you to his fantasy realm. … [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...]

Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo


Looking for an inland adventure? Well, you’re in luck! March brings around the largest, and one of the most beloved Florida fairs. As a dedicated not-for-profit, the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo generates over $8 million in scholarships, awards, and grants to students and exhibit participants. The 18-day extravaganza runs from March 14th until March 31st, so take some time away from the beach and head to the fair grounds! So, what can you except to see at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo?   Live Entertainment One of the biggest features of the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo is its bevvy of options to explore. You can fill up your days with musical, multicultural, and comedic experiences! Click here to find showtimes and additional entertainment options.    KidzBopKids Live in Concert Captain Jack Lookalike The Shangri-LA Chinese … [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...]