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Holidays in New York

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Holidays in New York

Say yes to that holiday and lose yourself in New York, a city overflowing with sights and sensations that are just waiting to be discovered.

With 8,200,000 people proudly calling this place home, you're certain to make some new friends!

If you venture 130 miles north of New York, you'll find Albany, the state capital. Travel 2 miles east and you'll come across Long Island City.

Although there are many things to do here, the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building are standouts. You can't leave town without seeing Ellis Island and Brooklyn Bridge either!

If your holiday is all about the whole family, outings to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and the Brooklyn Children's Museum will no doubt be popular. Kids still full of energy? Don't stop yet. Keep them busy with a visit to the Children's Museum of Manhattan and the Children's Museum of the Arts.

Take a journey below the sea and discover some of the mysterious critters that reside there at New York Aquarium. The best bit? You won't even need to take your clothes off!

Discover the animals, both big and small, that call the Bronx Zoo and the Prospect Park Zoo home. You can also explore the world of some of our most interesting wildlife at the Queens Zoo and the Staten Island Zoo.

Do you and your pals enjoy a few drinks every now and then? See if there are any scheduled tours and have a chat to the experienced brewers at the Brooklyn Brewery.

If you consider yourself a wine lover, seize the opportunity to visit one of the area's wineries. You can sample a few regional varieties at the City Winery.

The sparkling atmosphere of the Resorts World Casino makes it perfect for a big night out. Order a cocktail and go for a wander or see how you go placing a bet or two!

New York takes its plant collecting seriously, so there are plenty of places where you can go and check out botanic specimens from both regional and international landscapes. A walk around the landscaped gardens at the Queens Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is not to be missed. If you want more, the exhibits at the New York Botanical Gardens and the Conservatory Garden are also rather unique.

Take off your shoes and enjoy the grass beneath your feet at an urban oasis like Central Park or Battery Park. Also think about spending a bit of time enjoying the grounds of Union Square and Bryant Park.

It doesn't matter if you want to know the best cafe or where to go after dark, you'll find the information you're looking for at Official NYC Information Center at City Hall or Brooklyn Tourism and Visitor Center. Official NYC Information Center and September 11 Tribute Center are two more great places to get the scoop on what’s happening around town.

Wagner Cove and Gowanus Canal will truly delight your senses. Not just because of the refreshing air and scenic views that naturally accompany freshwater lakes, but also for the vibrancy of the native birdlife that flock there, too. Harlem Meer is one more natural waterway that's worth a few hours of your time.

There's nothing better than a day by the seaside. You're spoilt for choice in this area, with Great Kills Park and Plum Beach among the top places to dip a toe in the water. Orchard Beach and Jacob Riis Park are also popular stops with many travellers.

New York has a collection of natural reserves, such as Governors Island and Brower Park. Two more areas to take a look at are Greenbelt Nature Center and Mount Loretto Unique Area.

Whether you'd like to learn something new or just take five in the tranquil setting, the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum should do the job. Remember to enquire about special events! The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History are also decent institutions.

From the design and construction of boats to the artefacts found onboard, the interesting displays at the Noble Maritime Collection and the South Street Seaport Museum will appeal to anyone with an interest in the seven seas.

The fantastic scientific artefacts at Hayden Planetarium and the New York Hall of Science are bound to get your mind into gear. For even more from the incredible world of science, you should also visit the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. Be sure to enquire about any travelling exhibits that might be on.

We're not exactly sure how the National Museum of the American Indian and the Rose Center for Earth and Space have managed to amass so many of this planet's fascinating treasures into just two spaces. A visit to either will transfix you for hours on end. For more exhibits from the natural world, stop by theodore Roosevelt Memorial.

In a destination that's brimming with excellent art collections, the New Museum and the Met Cloisters stand out from the rest. The Frick Collection and the Museum of the City of New York are two more stops to put on your radar.

Take a step back through time and get to know the events and characters that have contributed to the growth of the New York region at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the El Museo del Barrio. Also consider checking out the intriguing exhibits which bring the past to life at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the Jewish Museum.

A visit to New York truly delivers the goods when it comes to historic places. You'll be able to get a better grasp on times gone by at Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building. Grand Central Terminal and the One World Trade Center are two more worthwhile sights.

Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge are well-worn crossings that will ignite the curiosity of any visitors who are interested in historic structures. George Washington Bridge offers a way to take in the waters of New York from a different perspective.

Interested in military history? Take a trip to Fort Totten and Castle Clinton National Monument and learn about their roles as regional strongholds along with the fate of those who defended them. Fort Jay and Fort Schuyler have also withstood many clashes throughout the years.

The thick stone walls and looming turrets at Belvedere Castle are what children's fairytales are made from. Unleash your inner king or queen with a trip to this powerful fortification.

Whether you're spiritual or not, holy places like St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity Church are sure to be among the most peaceful sights you'll experience on your travels. The Eldridge Street Synagogue and St. Paul's Chapel will also interest anyone searching for some quiet reflection.

When you're venturing to new lands, keep in mind that it's sometimes the more obscure destinations that burn brightest in your memories once you're home. Two places which fall into that category in New York are the Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library. The Brooklyn Academy of Music and the David Geffen Hall are some other options.

Hotels in New York

With such a decent selection, you shouldn't have too much trouble securing your hotel in New York. The ebookers hotel travel guide presently lists 745 properties.

Long-term backpackers and other conserving travellers will find a room rate that suits their budget at the Chelsea Savoy Hotel and the Off Soho Suites Hotel. Theses accommodations are proof that good service doesn't have to come at an exorbitant price. Alternatively, let the able staff at The St. Regis New York attend to you like royalty. After all, you are on a holiday!

Another good option is to stay within walking distance of Central Park. You can do this by booking a room at The Mark, which is just 0.6 miles away. Also popular is the Excelsior Hotel, 0.5 miles away.

Top New York attractions

The Empire State Building

This US National Landmark towers 1,250 feet above the bustling streets of Manhattan. The skyscraper has an Art Deco architectural design and is the tallest building in New York City, and the third tallest building in the Americas.

From the 86th floor, visitors can enjoy a 360 degree outdoor view of the entire city, and smaller indoor observation point can be accessed on the building’s highest 102nd floor.

Statue of Liberty

A gift from France following U.S. independence in 1776, the statue arrived in New York harbour in 1885 and took several months to re-assemble. Frenchman Federic Auguste Bartholdi designed the massive copper sculpture, which was designated a World Heritage site by the United Nations almost 100 years later. Today the interior of the sculpture can be toured.

The Guggenheim Museum

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this museum may be more than worth the visit. This doesn’t even include some of the most extensive collections of modern art.

Follow the large and spiralling ramp from bottom to top to see works by artists such as Kandisky, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Chagall, among others. A variety of changing exhibitions are also on display.

Ellis Island Museum

Step back more than a hundred years to the turn of the 20th century and the peak arrival time for millions of immigrants to New York harbour. From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was used as the first federal immigration centre.

Today a museum exists where the immigration station was operated, but now relates the immigrants’ history of the space and their stories leaving their countries for a new destination. Be sure to see the Wall of Honor with over 700,000 names and registrations.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York’s most important museum is known colloquially as the Met, and lies on the edge of Central Park. It houses more than two million works of art from all over the modern and ancient world. This includes art, sculptures, and even antique instruments, weapons, and interior designs from Medieval and Roman times.

New York highlights

Pass Through Central Park

Located in the centre of Manhattan Island, this 843-acre park has landmarks hidden throughout, including statues of Alice and Wonderland, Balto, and William Shakespeare. The section of Strawberry Fields is dedicated to the late Beatles great John Lennon.

You can check out all of your favourite animals in Central Park Zoo, and if you are the sporty type you can choose between skating rinks, baseball fields, tennis courts and a public swimming pool. However nothing beats a trip by horse drawn carriage during the evening hours.

Tour Madison Square Garden

A great way to spend a New York evening is to see a live basketball or hockey game, a concert or another major performance. You can also take an All Access Tour through the famous arena.

Try the New York Skyride

Located in the Empire State Building, you can step into New York’s only aerial simulator and let it take you on a tour of the city on an IMAX sized screen with High Definition. Moving platform seats allow you to get the total experience.

Visit the Theatre District

Walk down the glitzy billboards and lights along Times Square and you can find all of the biggest and best of the Broadway theatre shows.

For the true theatre buffs, you can see something in a smaller and less expensive neighbourhood like Greenwich Village, which offers theatre in much smaller venues. These less-touristy performances will give you access to the cutting edge of the New York theatre scene.

Visit New York’s Neighbourhoods

Take a stroll through many of the culturally distinct neighbourhoods that give New York its diverse identity. Some favourite destinations include Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side, but head out from Manhattan and you are sure to find some of the most diverse 21st century immigrant communities in the city’s distinctive outer boroughs, like Brooklyn and Queens. Regardless of where you go, the variety of restaurants and diverse cultural eateries are in abundance.

How to move around in New York

Common Forms of Transportation

Most New Yorkers use public transportation, but if it's more convenient for you to drive around, check our offers of car hire in New York City.

Visitors can choose from the New York City Subway, known as Metra. It is the largest rapid transit system in the world in terms of track distance and the second oldest subway system in the United States. Around eight million riders use the system every day, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Airport Services

If you need to get to and from the airport, then the best option is the intermodal rail system. AirTrain JFK connects Kennedy airport flights to New York City’s subway and commuter rail systems, and tickets cost around $5.

Buses

New York also uses buses with over 200 different routes. The main bus gateway is the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square.

Taxis

If visitors want a quick and more comfortable ride they can also flag down a taxi: 13,000 operate in the city. Fares usually vary from $2.50 to $4 to begin, and visitors have to keep an eye out for the familiar yellow Medallion Taxis as they are the only vehicles permitted by the New York City Taxi Commission to be hailed down from the street.

Other Modes of Transport

Bicycling in New York has become a growing trend, as an estimated 120,000 residents bike each day. Bicycle rickshaw drivers can also be found in high commodity. If you are looking for a romantic ride, horse-drawn carriages can be found near Central Park.

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