MEET AND GREET QUIZZES
We always arrange a meet and greet for your group on arrival in New York, so a represtentative will meet you at the airport, take you to your coach and transfer to your accommodation to ensure your arrival in New York is a smooth one. If you want to make it fun and really get them ready for the next few days ahead, then we can arrange for your guide to do a fun quiz all about New York city on board your coach and each student will get an I Love NY T-Shirt as a reminder of their trip. Ask us for more details and prices.
GUIDED WALKING TOURS
As always the best way to get around and see a city is on foot, especially when looking at it from a historical perspective. We offer a wide choice of walking tours that can be tailored to study needs and interests. The most popular walking tours are :
Midtown Manhattan Walking Tour – including Fifth Avenue, 42nd street, Central Park, Times Square, Empire State Building
Downtown Manhattan Walking Tour – Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Battery Park, Little Italy, Soho
Top Tip: These walking tours last for 4 hours so be sure to take comfortable walking shoes!
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
No visit to New York is complete without a visit to the top of New York’s most iconic skyscraper. Be aware that there will be queues here.
Top Tip: This is an ideal visit for your first evening. It will help to shake off the jet-lag from your days travelling and the views of New York by night are spectacular.
ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRATION MUSEUM & STATUE OF LIBERTY CRUISE
Two fantastic visits in one! Your island cruise allows you to hop off at the Statue of Liberty Monument - the first sight for millions of immigrants, and then Ellis Island itself. The fascinating museum holds the history of the 12 million immigrants who passed though the old immigration centre. Today, the descendants of those immigrants account for almost half of the American people. A 45-minute Audio Tour, invites visitors to relive the immigrant experience as if they were the "new arrival."
Located on the World Trade Center site this memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honour to the people killed in the terrorist attacks of 9 September 2001. The main feature of the memorial is the twin reflecting pools which sit within the footprints of where the twin towers once were. The names of every person who died are inscribed into bronze panels edging the pools.
Top Tip: All groups must pre-book in advance so please be sure to ask us to make your reservation.
9/11 TRIBUTE MUSEUM
Located next to FDNY firehouse and across from the World Trade Center site, the 911 Tribute Museum offers a ‘person to person history’ to help visitors to New York understand the historic events and the people who experienced them. Your students can have the unique opportunity of taking a guided tour around the 9/11 Memorial with a Tribute Museum Walking Tour Guide; survivors, workers who assisted in the recovery efforts, lower Manhattan residents, or family members that lost loved ones. Each tour will offer a unique personal experience of the events, the aftermath and how life goes on.
Get a close up view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island you can choose from two options:
Liberty Cruise - A 1 hour cruise of the harbour.
Island Cruise - You can disembark at both Liberty Island and Ellis Island on this hop on hop off cruise
Top Tip: If you are on a tight budget, you could ride the Staten Island ferry. It’s free and goes past the Statue of Liberty so you can pick up some great photos.
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ALL ACCESS TOUR
An insider’s look at this state of the art arena. You will explore the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms and relive historic moments with the new Garden 366 experience and Defining Moments exhibit.
‘The Met’ opera company is located at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and is the largest classical music organisation in North America. The season runs from September to May and the schedule of performances offers some student rates on key performances throughout this time. Contact us for more details.
NBC STUDIO TOUR
Go behind the scenes of some of the most well-known TV shows. You will visit the NBC Sharp Globe Theatre, Broadcast Operations, the Make Up room, and even produce your very own news and weather programme.
Located in Times Square, this live attraction combines interactive games and a state of the art 4D theatre, bringing fans closer than ever to NFL Football (American Football).
RADIO CITY STAGE DOOR TOUR
Explore the theatre, lounges and corridors of the most iconic theatre in New York. You can explore the art deco interiors, learn the secrets of the Great Stage one of the largest indoor performance stages in the world, view the celebrity signed guest book and meet a world famous Radio City Rockette.
Top Tip: Radio City is also in the Rockefeller Plaza so you can combine a visit to the NBC Studios and Top of the Rock.
Subject to availability your group can attend a sporting event in and around the city. If you ask us early enough we can look at what is available with all the different New York teams for something to suit your budget.
The world’s preeminent spy museum and experience. You can explore the fascinating world of hacking and espionage, and discover your inner spy. Real spy challenges include lie-detection in interrogation booths, observation in surveillance missions, and agility in special ops laser tunnels. Their profiling system (developed with a former Head of Training at British Intelligence) will tell you what kind of spy you’d be. SPYSCAPE brings amazing spy artifacts and stories to life in a uniquely entertaining experience.
TV & MOVIE SITES TOURS
Choose from a range of coach or walking tours around the city, taking in locations of well-known shows and movies, venues where the stars hang out and even see where your favourite celebrities live. Shows and movies include Friends, Seinfeld, Glee, The Devil Wears Prada, Spider-Man, Elf, Hitch and many more. Themed tours include Sex and the City Hotspots, Central Park Movie Sites, Gossip Girl Sites and Sopranos Sites.
On Location Tours is receiving very positive feedback from happy students - See for yourself what it’s all about…
TOP OF THE ROCK
The observation desk at the top of the Rockefeller Center provides a unique 360 degree view of New York, including the Empire State Building.
Top Tip: Top of the Rock has interactive History and Geography exhibits and downloadable worksheets.
ONE WORLD OBVSERVATORY
An observatory located at the 9/11 memorial site offering spectacular panoramic views of New York. The visit also includes numerous videos and multimedia experiences. There are 5 lifts including a sky pod elevator that ascends to the 102nd floor in under 60 seconds. You can choose from various cafés and restaurants. The visit lasts approx. 45 to 60 minutes.
FRIENDS OF THE HIGHLINE
This unique visit allows the public to explore what was once a major train line known as New York Central Railroad. In 1999, Friends of the Highline decided there was still life in the old railroad yet and embarked upon a journey of re-development. The train line is now a beautiful public park and architectural masterpiece. School groups can opt for a structured visit or they can simply guide themselves around. There are also free educational materials to support your visit available on their website.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
The permanent collection covers art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic art. Groups can visit self-guided or pre-book a guided tour. Closed on Mondays.
Top Tip: The Costume Institute is located in the Met. There is no permanent collection but twice a year it hosts temporary collections. If you have a mix of Art & Design and Fashion & Textiles students, they can all go to the Met but split up to visit Their areas of interest.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA)
Often seen as one the most influential museums of modern art, the MoMA offers a collection of both modern and contemporary art. It is centrally located between 5th and 6th Avenues. The MoMA is closed on Tuesdays.
The Guggenheim is visited not just for its exhibitions of impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern and contemporary art, but also its iconic building which is known as one the 20th Century’s important architectural landmarks. The museum is located on the exclusive Upper East Side. The Guggenheim is closed on Thursdays.
MACY’S DEPARTMENT STORE
This is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes of the flagship store. A guided tour will begin with a brief history of the store and will follow with a discussion on unique marketing concepts and special events. You will then visit selling floors to discuss product placement and marketing concepts. Tours are available Tuesday to Saturday.
Top Tip: Ideal for students looking towards a career in marketing or fashion merchandising.
BROADWAY THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
Give your students an experience to remember by arranging a trip to a Broadway show. They’ll really go home with the ‘WOW’ factor. Here is a range of the most popular shows currently available on Broadway.
Our top Broadway performances include:
- The Lion King
- Phantom of the Opera
- Jersey Boys
- Mama Mia
Top Tip: Price vary with each show so recommend you budget approx. £45 per paying person to cover the cost of most shows. If you are there on Friday or Saturday then prices will be higher.
A trip to New York is not complete without a trip to world famous shops and department stores. Shops are open 7 days a week in New York, usually from 10.00 until 7.00pm on Monday to Saturday and 11 until 6.00 pm on Sunday. Department stores tend to stay open a little later.
Some of New York’s best known shops can be found here including FAO Schwarz, Apple Store, Abercrombie & Fitch and Saks.
Located close to Fifth Avenue, a little brown bag from Bloomingdales is an iconic souvenir from a trip to New York.
The largest department store in New York, located on West 34th Street
A bargain hunters paradise, located close to Ground Zero.
South Street Seaport
Lower Manhattan’s eastside shopping destination that offers a distinct mix of shops, restaurants and cafés.
We can arrange evening meals in restaurants in the city with options to suit all tastes. Our most popular choices are:
Hard Rock Café
Bubba Gump Shrimp
Buca Di Beppo
Dave & Busters
Bowlmor – bowling and dining