The excitement of New York City is almost indescribable. You feel it the moment your shoes hit the pavement and you’re suddenly within the cityscape so recognizable from film, television, and media. This educational tour gives your group four days to explore the museums, landmarks, and unique and exciting neighborhoods that make Manhattan a favorite for school travel tours.
Midtown | Madame Tussaud’s | Lower Manhattan | Broadway
The best way to discover Manhattan is in walking tours of its various neighborhoods, parks, and famous avenues. That’s what you’ll get with a tour of Midtown, which includes a stretch of the famous Fifth Avenue. You’ll find Rockefeller Center in Midtown as well as the Empire State Building and Times Square. This famous intersection houses your next attraction, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum with its famously striking recreations of famous celebrities, athletes, and political figures.
Your next neighborhood tour takes you to Lower Manhattan where Battery Park and the South Street Seaport celebrate the unique harbor culture from which New York City grew. And you’ll spend your late evening at a Broadway performance, choosing from comedies, musicals, Disney productions, whodunnits, dramas, and creative innovation like the Blue Man Group.
NBC Studio | Rockefeller Center | Top of the Rock | Macy’s | Times Square
Begin the day at the NBC Studios for a tour behind-the-scenes where Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show are filmed. You’ll also recognize this attraction as the foundation for the show 30 Rock. The rest of Rockefeller Center includes Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Plaza, and an underground concourse with shopping and food. Your favorite part of the Center will probably be your next stop, though, on Top of the Rock, the observation deck on 30 Rockefeller Plaza. This deck offers an amazing view and plenty of space in which to enjoy it.
The famous 34th Street Macy’s Herald Square is an entire block and ten floors of a wide variety of shopping, sights, and eateries. After an exciting day, you’ll eat at B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill and enjoy Times Square after dark. It’s more pedestrian-friendly than ever, and the crowds and brilliant energy are still awe-inspiring beneath the billboard lights.
CBS Morning Show | Central Park | American Museum of Natural History
At CBS Studios you’ll be part of a the live taping of their morning show and maybe even make it on tv. Central Park is more than eight hundred acres of picturesque landscapes, bridges, fountains, and famous sights. There are many ways to tour the attractions in Central Park, including a Movie Walking Tour or the audio commentaries you can reach by phone. They were recorded by famous New Yorkers you’ll definitely recognize. West of Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History highlights mammals, sea creatures, dinosaurs, and all your favorite wonders of the earth. The Hayden Planetarium is always a favorite part of this tour.
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island | World Trade Center | Chinatown & Little Italy | Greenwich Village
Few NYC sights are as awe-inspiring as the Statue of Liberty from a cruise on the New York Harbor. This is always a memorable experience as well as Ellis Island, where artifacts, literature, and photos tell the stories of thousands of first-generation American citizens in search of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The World Trade Center Rebuilding Site is a moving experience, memorializing a tragedy in American history. Learn more about 9/11, view the rebuilding site from above, and tour the Visitors Center to see the plans for the finished structure, including the memorials that will be built into the footprints of the Twin Towers.
Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village are amazing examples of the unique personality and culture you’ll find in every New York City neighborhood. The food, the shopping, and the sights are all a part of the experience, and you’ll love every minute of this walking tour.