New to New York? No problem!
Becoming more knowledgable about a place you’re visiting can turn a simple journey into a memorable, soul-enriching experience. The trouble is that sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to see everything! In order to maximise your time though, let us recommend a host of edifying events, tours and attractions to one of the most fascinating cities on Earth.
1) Take in a “Magnificent Seven”
The Go New York City Card – Explorer Pass should be your first purchase (sorry, food, you’ll have your time). That’s because it enables you to experience up to seven New York attractions or tours, with more than 90 available options to choose from, including the Empire State Building, the Museum of Modern Art, Yankee Stadium: Classic Tour, the Statue of Liberty, the Rockefeller Center Tour and many more. Granted, for any aspiring New York buff, these seven attractions will make for a lot of info to take in, but, boy is it a piece of your time well spent. Also, the best part about the pass is that most attractions don’t have to be arranged in advance so you can decide what to do when you get there or, if you prefer, simply plan ahead.
2) Kiss my Pass
Hey, what can we say? We love a great pass. And, yes, that means buying TWO passes for your trip. That’s because the New York CityPASS can beautifully dovetail with the Explorer Pass (granted, we would only recommend doing this for a longer trip. You won’t get value for money across a weekend) given it’s valid for nine consecutive days. This pass grants Ferry Access to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. It also gets you in Top of the Rock Observation Deck or Guggenheim Museum. And you can take in the raw emotion of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum or the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Plus you can enjoy The Empire State Building, the American Museum of Natural History and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yes, it costs around £100, but given what you can do with it, New York CityPASS more than pays for itself.
3) A whole new world
Fretting that you won’t be able to see all of New York? Then the One World Observatory Admission is for you. That’s because you’ll see the Big Apple from its tallest building. This pass means a panoramic view from the 100th floor. And, for a richer appreciation of this very special city, there’s a unique audio-visual film presentation at the SEE FOREVER Theater which is positively packed with information and facts on all things NY.
4) Show them who’s bus
While unashamedly “touristy”, a sightseeing bus tour of London is arguably the best way to learn new things about the city, and the same is true of the New York City Sightseeing Bus Pass. You’ll glean titbits about this magical place from the live, guided commentary, where you can feel free to test your guide‘s knowledge by asking questions at any point. With the tour taking in Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and more besides, you’ll be seeing the city pass by as you learn – it sure beats sitting in an underground metro car!
5) A weekend winner
If you are staying for a weekend and want to cram in as much as possible, then the One Day New York City Walking Tour with One World Observatory Option is a must. That’s because this is an authentic, immersive experience of the city with guides who are not only incredibly warm but, crucially, are as passionate as they are knowledgeable. You’ll be given a rich insight into such gems as the New York Public Library, the neo-gothic majesty of St Patrick’s Cathedral and get to explore the tile caverns of Grand Central Terminal and much more.
Now that Christmas is nearly upon us, don’t delay in taking advantage of the panoply of experiences and festive delights that Klook can help recommend and organise for you. In keeping with the gifting nature of the season, Klook are also offering a 10% discount on New York-related activities until 12 Jan. Simply head over to their website and start curating your Christmas getaway.