School Trips & Tours to New York

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Famous for its towering skyscrapers and world-famous attractions, school trips to New York take advantage of a stimulating, exciting, and educational destination.

This vast city is exceptionally diverse; with its busy shopping district, art museums and architectural treasures, it’s an epicentre of culture and offers plenty of things to do and see.

Its financial district has made New York a big player in the world economy, while its iconic landmarks make it a destination hugely popular with tourists from around the world, there to experience the energy and variability of this dynamic metropolitan.

AT WST, we facilitate truly mind-blowing educational school trips to New York City for the following subjects:

Top Attractions

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

This 120-story skyscraper was the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years and is now one of New York’s must-visit attractions.

Observation decks located on the 86th and 102nd floors offer spectacular panoramic views of the city from an astounding height, while exhibitions inside the impressive building extend learning further into its history.

The Empire State Building is 1,454 feet (443m) high, including its spire, and has restaurants and shops located within.

With its world-famous reputation and remarkable views, this skyscraper is a must-visit attraction for students on New York City school trips.

Broadway

A truly once in a lifetime opportunity to see the theatre greats live on stage. Take your Theatre, Drama and Performing Arts students to see a show lit up in lights on Broadway. With 40 venues located on and off Broadway, and with shows ranging from The Book of Mormon to Chicago and Hamilton, there’s something for everyone. 

Plus, give your students the chance to join in the action and take their acting, singing and dancing skills to the next level at one of the many workshops available in the home of theatre. 

Statue of Liberty

Statue Of Liberty

Liberty Enlightening the World is a unique monument located on Liberty Island, visited by millions of people each year. Lady Liberty, with her torch held high, has become a universal symbol of freedom, and can be explored inside and from the island.

For history students, exhibits on neighbouring Ellis Island explain the story behind this stunning landmark, with photographs, artefacts and videos helping to depict the journey to an inspiring attraction.

Times Square

Timesq

Times Square is an unforgettable, dazzling, and bustling location – a must-see for a school tour to NYC. With its bright advertisements, street performers, shops, and Broadway theatres, it’s the centre of commercial entertainment – and an iconic area featured countless times on screen. Dominant skyscrapers, yellow taxis and big brands make this touristic hub a top attraction in the city.

It’s also home to the New York ball drop and the headquarters to many television channels and shows.

Accommodation

The prime location for a New York school trip, all our accommodation is based in Manhattan, ensuring you’ll always be just a short distance from all the attractions. We can accommodate to your budget, from youth hostels to three-star hotels, offering a comfortable and enjoyable stay in the centre of this exciting city.

Local Cuisines

Bagel

And who says school trips to New York have to be all about learning? The Big Apple is famous for its large, indulgent dishes, from mac and cheese to impressively juicy, stacked burgers. You can pretty much enjoy all kinds of cuisine in this food-led city.

Wake up and enjoy an immense breakfast of bagels, eggs and pancakes, and end a day of sight-seeing with indulgent desserts such as the iconic New York cheesecake. Independent delis offer hearty sub sandwiches, while students can visit world-famous restaurants such as Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Café, and Bubba Gump Shrimp.

New York’s love affair with food means students are guaranteed a dining experience like no other.

Hidden Gems

International Center of Photography

Famous

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Famous for its art galleries and museums, the International Center of Photography is an unparalleled artistic hub in New York, exploring the past, present, and future of image making and visual culture. Students can view over 100,000 prints and materials, wander around the dynamic exhibitions and engage with artists in this creative space.

The High Line

Highline

A stunning, modern public park, the High Line is a contemporary area of greenery built on a disused historic rail line - New York Central Railroad. The park is elevated above Manhattan’s West Side and has been redeveloped by not-for-profit organisation, Friends of the High Line.

This tranquil public park is an architectural masterpiece and an area where students can enjoy breath taking views away from the hustle and bustle of the city below.

South Street Seaport

Seaport

South Street Seaport is Lower Manhattan’s social destination packed with entertainment, fashion, and dining. Exciting events take place regularly here, including design markets, food markets and musical performances.

This creative quarter offers something a little different from the city for school trips, brimming with things to do and places to eat away from the tourist hotspots.

WST Support

AT WST, we are passionate about arranging educational tours and trips to New York that enhance a student’s knowledge into their study whilst providing a stress-free trip to remember.

If you would like to arrange a school trip to New York or another destination, speak to a member of our friendly travel team who will be happy to assist.

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Carole's Expert Tip

If you're planning on going to the MoMA you can now also visit the MoMA PS1 for free. See world class exhibitions, performances and music by contemporary artists. After your visit I highly recommend visiting the Gantry Plaza Park for stunning views of Manhattan.

Top tip from Carole, our Specialist Tour Consultant