Originally named New Amsterdam, which was changed by the British in 1664, New York City steadily grew, quickly, due to being an important port and trade hub. From the different burroughs, Little Italy, Greenwich Village, and Chinatown, to Madison Square Garden, Times Square, and the loving memorial for the horrific tragedy of 9/11, a visit to 'the Big Apple' is a must for one and all. Band and choir groups love the big city! Perform in Times Square or Lincoln Center. Share your musical talents with "The Big Apple".
American Museum of Natural History
Fantastic educational experience for all ages and grades! Discover whales, dinosaurs, learn about weather, nature's fury, earth, space, and perhaps spend a "night at the museum".
Visit this contemporary museum of modern art devoted to the 20th Century and beyond. View the famous, the unusual, and the futuristic works of iconic art in the amazing spiral museum that could only be the Guggenheim. This museum was the last project competed by Frank Lloyd Wright before his death in 1959.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bringing art and education to the American people, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870, opening to the public with its very first object; A Roman Sarcophagus. Since, the museum has acquired artwork from around the world to stun and amaze.
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
A powerful reminder of the extensive loss of life sustained on September 11, 2001 through the horrific acts of terrorism on American soil. Those who perished in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing are also remembered. This tragedy produced the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American History. Visit the site, Ground Zero, which now has been transformed into a park with two pools that stand in the very footprints of the Twin Towers. Here, you will find the names of all who were lost, engraved on these pools. The Museum brings every person and every moment front and center, intended to communicate the scale of human loss. From photographs of each victim and remembrances from family and friends, to artifacts and audio recordings, the Museum honors and remembers all with the utmost dignity.
The legends still live on at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Hear about legendary players such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Demaggio, and Mickie Mantle who made their mark at Yankee Stadium. The original Yankee Stadium was completed and opened to the public for the 1923 baseball season. Today, it is now a park commemorating the history and legends throughout the decades. The new stadium opened to the public for the 2009 baseball season to begin a whole new era of baseball history and legends. Enjoy a tour of this State-of-the-Art complex, now home to the infamous New York Yankees... past, present, and future.
From sprawling waters and green meadows to stunning bridges and performance centers, Central Park is a natural attraction in itself. This popular scenic park offers repose from the big city hustle and bustle. Many attractions make Central Park their home. Enjoy ice skating rinks, a public swimming pool, baseball fields, tennis courts, historical monuments such as The Obelisk which is the oldest public monument in North America. From world famous Central Park Zoo and the Reservoir to Tavern On The Green, a once-renowned restaurant frequented by many celebrities, now an information and visitors center. Visit Strawberry Fields to see the memorial "Imagine" in honor of John Lennon. Central Park has also been the site for filming many movies because of the extraordinary landscaping, attractions, and location.
Empire State Building
Travel 1,050 feet in the air in high-speed, automatic glass elevators to the 86th floor for a panoramic view of New York City. See the glittering roof of the Chrysler Building, Central Park, the famous bridges on the East River, and much more. Made famous by the movie King Kong, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world for 40 years. Visit all four sides of the building for spectacular views or enter the glass-enclosed area for viewing on a rainy or "too cold" night. On most nights of the year, the Empire State Building tower is illuminated with different colored lights depending its annual lighting schedule which honors National Holidays, seasons, worthy causes, and the myriad of ethnic groups living in the city.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The ferry leaves from Battery Park on an excursion to Liberty Island to admire our Lady Liberty who stands in recognition of welcome, friendship, freedom and democracy. Before 9/11, you could take an elevator only so far, then the adventurous could continue up 354 steps, 22 stories high, on a journey to the crown of our lady for the most extraordinary view. Today, you can only go so far as the top of her pedestal, but there is no mistaking the awe of standing in her midst to appreciate her great height and staure. Given to the United States as a gift in 1886 by France, she stands as a beacon and symbol of freedom and peace as she welcomes visitors to the United States of America. The ferry will also take you to Ellis Island where you can get off, if you wish, to tour the museum where 12 million immigrants entered the U.S. between 1892 and 1954. Ellis Island was known as the 'Gateway to the New World'.
Broaden your horizons as you step into another world to see a famous story or movie put into real action right before your eyes. Enoy the "On Broadway" experience. Broadway plays bring fantasy, romanticism, drama, thrills and chills, and much more to life as you become enthralled in the action on stage. Broadway plays are one of the earliest forms of entertainment in history, drawing crowds from all walks of life.
Ghostly experiences await you on a tour of strange happenings on the streets and behind closed doors of famous homes. Hear about the strange 'rappings' going on at the Edgar Allen Poe Home. Tours are led by guides who are very knowledgeable in the field of paranormal history. All ghost stories must have a minimum of three independent sources for accuracy and credibility. "Ghost Tours" has been featured on all major television networks and HBO films, as well as in he documentary "Southern Haunts". Tours are appropriate for all age groups and have historical value and accuracy.
Grand Central Station
Once the first and busiest train station in America, Grand Central Station lives on as a major transportation hub for NYC. Terminal is also full of history and is an attraction in itself. Enjoy specialty restaurants and other eatereis, different types of shopping venues, and much more right in the midst of history. Stand at the foot of the globe clock in the Main Concourse to view most of the action. This famous rendezvous spot has been featured in many movies.
Madison Square Garden
This behind-the-scenes tour will take you into the locker rooms and experience the world of pro atheletes and sports journalists. Learn a basketball court becomes a sheet of ice in just a matter of hours! Tour the Theater at The Garden, explore the 130 year history of the Garden where legends have been made, and actually go down to floor level to see the arena from the teams' point of view.
Enjoy the bright lights, enormous, colorful signs and marquees, and the sights and sounds of famous Times Square. Enjoy shopping, dining, Broadway performances and so much more!
Radio City Music Hall
Experience the back stage tour of famous Radio City Music Hall where the biggest names in show business perform. Explore the unique art deco interior, and meet a world famous "Rockette". Located in the Rockefeller Center complex, Radio City Music Hall is known to be the largest indoor theater in the world. It is most famous for their legendary "Rockettes". Built especially for Radio City Music, the "Mighty Wurlitzer" organ pipes are housed in eleven separate rooms. Original special effect mechanisms, still in use today, create fog, rain, and clouds. Find out how on your special stage door tour.
Explore the rich history and artistry of New York's most famous landmark. Take a tour or travel to the "Top of the Rock" for a breathtaking view and visit the wonderful buildings that are...Rockefeller Center. Arrive early morning to be a part of the "Today" Show crowd, visit the Channel Gardens, or go "underground" to walk the vast network of pedestrian passageways with shopping and dining that connect every building in the Center.
Explore the world of the "real life" 30 Rock. The NBC Studio Tour has been a premier attraction in New York City since 1933 and provides a behind-the-scenes look at television production in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. On your journey through 30 Rockefeller Plaza, two NBC Pages will serve as your ambassadors to the world of television. Begin with the History of Television in the private NBC Sharp Globe Theatre. This short film highlights classic clips of television milestones from the past to the present, and gives you a glimpse of the future of television. Then it's off to the studios to visit where Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Nightly News with Lester Holt, Football Night in America, and MSNBC are created. Peer into the always-active Broadcast Operations Center, and visit the make-up room, star in your very own show, volunteer to read the news, or give a weather demonstration in a Mini-control Studio. See photos of YOUR NBC Studio Tour experience in the NBC Experience Store, and take a ride up to the "Top of The Rock" for a breathtaking view of the city.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Visit this magnificent cathedral built in the 1800's that stands as a welcome beacon for all faiths who wish to invite Jesus into their heart. Marvel at the beauty of the American Gothic Revival design, glorious works of stained glass, and the natural light that famously floods the Cathedral.
Ellen's Stardust Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe
Carmine's Italian Restaurant
Lunch or Dinner Cruise
Bucca di Beppo Italian Restuarant
Carmine's Italian Restaurant
Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade