Top Things to do in NYC this Spring

By Go City Expert

With Spring time right around the corner, New York City is buzzing with great activities for the entire family. Get an early start on planning your trip so you know all the places to go with your New York Pass. Hopefully the weather will steadily get better and better, so you can enjoy New York City outdoors, on two feet. [spacer height="20px"]

St. Patrick's Day Parade

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St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC | Photo by Shannon Stapleton for Reuters[/caption] March 17 Nobody knows how to properly celebrate quite like the Irish. St. Paddy’s Day has a long tradition in New York City, due to its large Irish population and a long history of Irish immigration. This year, St. Patrick’s day falls on Friday, March 17 and kicks off with a big parade, which starts at 11am on 44th St and 5th Avenue. The whole day will be laden with celebrations and merriment, while people all over the city dress in green. The parade will end at 5pm at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th St. After the parade, sip on some quality stout at some of the best Irish bars in NYC. [spacer height="20px"]

South Bronx Renaissance Walking Tour

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South Bronx Renaissance Walking Tour[/caption] Opens March 1 As weather finally starts getting better, it's time to get out there and experience New York City as intended, on foot. Inside Out Tours offers a variety of informative tours in some of New York's most interesting neighborhoods. South Bronx is the epicenter of New York City counterculture, and this tour takes you on a walk through its renaissance and rebirth from the derilict neighborhood to the birthplace of hip hop and street art. The South Bronx Renaissance Tour, along with other Inside Out Tours starts up again on March 1st, at 10am on Fridays. [spacer height="20px"]

Coney Island Luna Park

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Luna Park at Coney Island[/caption] Opens April 8 The legendary Luna Park in Coney Island opening on April 8th after a seemingly endless Winter hiatus. The Luna Park welcomes visitors of all ages to its adrenaline-boosting thrill rides, as well as abundant kiddie rides. Try the Steeplechase, a New York Pass team favorite, for shockingly fast acceleration that will bring tears to your eyes. Coney Island is also home to one of New York City's most popular beaches, and the famous Nathan's Hot Dogs. With the New York Pass, you get a free unlimited 4 hour wristband. [spacer height="20px"]

Bike Around Central Park

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Central Park from Belvedere Castle | Photo by Marley White via nycgo.com[/caption] Year round Biking in the Winter is not great. It's worth waiting for warmer weather and better road conditions to get out and rent a bike to ride around Central Park. There are three different bike routes of varying lengths, depending on how athletic you're feeling. Choose from routes that are 6.1 miles, 5.2 miles or 1.7 miles, for the ultimate way to explore this gigantic urban oasis. With the New York Pass, you have multiple bike rental options. Choose from Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours and Rentals, Central Park Bike Rentals and Tours or Blazing Saddles to find the bikes that best fit your needs, from cruisers, state-of-the-art hybrid bikes, to children's bikes and tandem bicycles. If you'd prefer having a tour guide with you, you can also take a guided bike tour of Central Park. [spacer height="20px"]

The High Line Tour

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The High Line | Photo by Liz Ligon[/caption] Open year-round Even though the High Line is accessible year-round, the beauty of this suspended park starts shining through in the spring. The local flora blooms with all different colors and the lush green grass provides an inviting atmosphere. Look down and see the busy streets of Manhattan as you walk along the High Line tour. Learn how the meatpacking district's factories and slaughterhouses came to be what it is today. Tour is available for free with the New York Pass. [spacer height="20px"]

Clipper City Tall Ship Cruise

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Clipper City Tall Ship[/caption] Starting April 22 The ice is finally melting and the river will be clear for sailing on April 22nd, which is when the Clipper City Tall Ship sets sail again for the season. Get your camera ready and sail the New York Harbor aboard this replica of a classic 1800s sail boat, offering unparalleled views of Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Downtown Manhattan. The boat is equipped with a full bar and helpful staff. If you're more into Gatsby-Era sailboats, take the Shearwater Classic Schooner for a chic sailing experience. [spacer height="20px"]

Mummies Exhibit at American Museum of Natural History

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Mummies exhibit at American Museum of Natural History[/caption] Opens March 20 For thousands of years, peoples around the world practiced mummification as a way of preserving and honoring their dead. Mummies brings you face to face with some of these ancient individuals and reveals how scientists are using modern technology to glean stunning details about them and their cultures. American Museum of Natural History is one of New York City's most revered centers for knowledge. Spend the perfect afternoon with your kids walking through this magnificent space, right next to Central Park. [spacer height="20px"]

Smorgasburg 2017

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Raindrop Cake, popular desert at Smorgasburg | Photo by Tim Ireland[/caption] Starting April 1 No Summer in New York is complete without making a trip to Smorgasburg. This seasonal food flea market takes place at East River State Park and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Each year Smorgasburg reunites New Yorkers with tons of local tastes and introduces them to new dishes from around the world. Make sure to visit Smorgasburg to experience Brooklyn's favorite summer pastime, while munching on insta-worthy classic and novelty foods. For many more exciting springtime activities for all weather conditions, check out the New York Pass and everything it has to offer. Over 90 attractions in New York City for one price, no need to put limits on your next New York City trip.

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Twilight view of the Empire State Building from Top of the Rock, New York.
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Top of the Rock vs SUMMIT One Comparison

Ever since King Kong first swatted planes like flies from atop the Empire State Building, the Big Apple has been obsessed with creating towers that reach ever further heavenwards. As a result, nearly a century after that iconic movie first astonished audiences, the Manhattan skyline is liberally dotted with skyscrapers of 1,000 feet or higher (though the Empire State Building remains resolutely within the top 10, fact fans). All of which means New York isn’t short of an observation platform or six, all vying for your dollar with their superspeed elevators, interactive displays and dizzying 360-degree views across the city and beyond. Our Top of the Rock vs SUMMIT One Vanderbilt comparison takes a look at two of the best... Top of the Rock Name: Monikers don’t come much more literal than Top of the Rock. You’ll find this stunning observatory on floors 67-70 of The Rockefeller Center. In other words at the, um, top of the Rock. Age: Considered one of the most impressive projects of the Great Depression era, The Rockefeller Center was built and opened in the 1930s. Top of the Rock opened at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza way back in 1933. What is Top of the Rock? One of the oldest observation platforms in town (second only to the Empire State Building, which beat it by a mere two years), Top of the Rock boasts 360-degree views of the Big Apple and beyond from the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Top of the Rock: Vital Statistics  Height: 850 feet (260 meters). Number of floors: Rockefeller Plaza has 70, the Top of the Rock experience is on floors 67, 69 and 70. Elevators: 60. Top of the Rock’s Sky Shuttle elevator takes less than a minute from bottom to top. Visitors: around 2.5 million every year. What’s the Top of the Rock Experience Like? The Rockefeller Center – aka 30 Rock – is a glorious, skyscraping work of art in its own right. Feast your eyes on this piece of iconic Art Deco eye candy before heading inside for more Instagram-feed-filling snaps of the Joie Chandelier, a sparkling confection that soars three stories through the Grand Atrium lobby and contains no less than 14,000 crystals. Suitably bedazzled, it’s time to step aboard the Sky Shuttle to speed skywards for the main event. And what an event! We’re talking 360-degree views across the entire city to Long Island, New Jersey and even – on clear days – as far as Connecticut. This is also where you can find some of the finest Empire State Building views in town, as well as spotting Central Park, the Chrysler Building, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, the Yankee Stadium and more. There are indoor and outdoor spaces, with some of the very best views to be had from the 70th floor’s panoramic outdoor terrace. Drink it in at your leisure; there’s no time limit on your visit. Fascinating Top of the Rock Fact of the Day The architectural design of Top of the Rock is intended to mirror that of a grand 1930s ocean liner. Try not to get seasick! Top of the Rock Fast Facts Opening hours: 9AM-11PM daily, year round. Last entry is at 10.10PM. Tickets: general admission to Top of the Rock is included with a New York Pass, which also gives you access to over 100 more NYC attractions. Alternatively, you’ll find various ticket options at the Top of The Rock website. Closest transport links: multiple subway services call at 47th-50th Streets-Rockefeller Center station. There’s also discounted parking available at Rockefeller Center SP+ garage at 25 West 48th Street. But how does Top of the Rock compare to SUMMIT? Let’s find out... SUMMIT Name: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt. Or just plain old SUMMIT to its friends. Age: A relative newcomer to the NYC skyscraper scene, this humongous wedge of glass, steel and concrete opened to the public in September 2020, with SUMMIT following in October 2021. What is SUMMIT? Well, if the marketing blurb is to be taken at face value, it’s three levels of immersive space that will, amongst other things, ‘reset your senses’, help you ‘escape the boundaries of perception’ and see you ‘break through to a new realm’. In short: it’s a thrilling immersive experience in the sky; a futuristic take on more traditional observation platforms like Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building and the One World Observatory. SUMMIT: Vital Statistics  Height: The One Vanderbilt building is 1,401 feet (427 meters) tall and its SUMMIT observation platforms are a dizzying 1,100 feet (336 meters) above Madison Avenue. Number of floors: 93. Elevators: 42. Visitors: SUMMIT welcomed 1.4 million visitors in its first year (up to October 2022). What’s the SUMMIT Experience Like? Where to begin? The standard ticket includes several extraordinary experiences. There’s a trippy art installation in four different ‘chapters’ by Kenzo Digital, in which mirrored walls and ceilings reflect you, the sky, the clouds, the city skyline and everything else to infinity. Interact with floating silver balls and see your own face take shape in the clouds. Meanwhile, Levitation sees brave souls step out into glass boxes that hover a knee-trembling 1,100 feet above Madison Avenue. Yikes. Steady your nerves with a drink at Après, where the wraparound outdoor terrace affords views stretching for up to 80 miles, before deciding whether to opt for the ultimate add-on experience. Called ‘Ascent’, this part of the SUMMIT journey involves traveling a further 120 feet above the observation platforms inside – wait for it – a glass-bottomed elevator. Nerves of steel are essential! Fascinating SUMMIT Fact of the Day One Vanderbilt’s elegant facade is made mainly from glass and terracotta tiles. The tiles are the same as those used on the ceiling in the adjoining Grand Central Station; a respectful nod to the old from the new. SUMMIT Fast Facts Opening hours: 9AM-midnight, year round. Last entry is at 10PM. Tickets: there are several booking options available on the SUMMIT website. Closest transport links: the entrance to SUMMIT is located on the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal. Top of the Rock vs SUMMIT: Which Should You Visit? If it’s just great views you’re after, Top of the Rock does the job for significantly less dollar than you’ll have to part with for SUMMIT’s all-singing, all-dancing multisensory experience in the sky. If, however, you like a slice of immersive action and some properly scary sky-high experiences alongside your city views, SUMMIT may well be the one for you. Save on New York Activities and Attractions Save on admission to 90+ London attractions with The New York Pass. Check out @NewYorkPass on Instagram for the latest top tips and attraction info.
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Incredible NYC Time-lapse Video Gives Vibrant Color to the City

This amazing 8K video is making rounds on the Internet for a good reason. The video shows a time-lapse of New York City shot with incredible bright colors. The movement and energy of this city, day and night are captured in a series of HDR images giving way to the most vivacious colors. These are unedited stills from the video. [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_791" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] Brooklyn Bridge[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_792" align="aligncenter" width="1678"] Downtown View From Empire State Building[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_793" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] Love Sculpture[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_794" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] New York City at Night[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_795" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] View From ESB at Night[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_797" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] Rockefeller Center[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_798" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] Manhattan Skyline[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_799" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] Times Square[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] We dare you to watch this video and not immediately book tickets to New York City! https://vimeo.com/179629541 Check out the author and his other stunning projects on Vimeo.
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Is the New York Pass Worth The Price For Budget Travelers?

This post originally appeared in Follow Me Away, a travel blog by Victoria and Terrence, a model/photographer duo from Florida. Follow Victoria and Terrence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. [spacer height="20px"] We can safely say that New York City is somewhere that everyone should visit at least once in their life. That being said, The Big Apple is extremely expensive and all of the tours, museums, and attractions continue to raise their prices. That is where the New York Pass comes in. Is it worth it for budget travelers? Let’s find out! [caption id="attachment_755" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] 3 Day New York Pass[/caption] What is the New York Pass? The New York Pass is a possible solution for budget travelers because you pay one price, and are granted access to over 80+ attractions. Unlike other passes we looked at where you had to choose between THIS or THAT attraction or only had access to a few attractions, the New York Pass allows you to see each and every attraction if you have time. How much does it cost? The price of your New York Pass depends on how many days you choose. For example, the 1-day adult pass costs $109 [as of August 2016]. The more days you add, the cheaper each day becomes. If you choose a 3-day pass the total price is $239 but the individual price per day is now just $80 instead of $109. As a budget traveler, the thought of dropping $100 in a day sounds horrifying. Unfortunately, if you are in New York City and you want to visit iconic sites other than the ever-free Central Park, you are going to have to drop some money. [caption id="attachment_754" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Downtown Manhattan Skyline[/caption] How does the New York Pass help budget travelers see more for less? The New York Pass helps those of us who don’t like to spend by saving us money. By paying a flat fee, you will be granted access to 80+ attractions, many of which you may not get to experience otherwise. For example, we would never do a paid walking tour, a behind the scenes tour, or a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, but the New York Pass allowed us this opportunity. Whether it is your first time to New York or you are a seasoned visitor, the New York Pass grants you access to a variety of different experiences. How to make the most of your New York Pass and save money: If you are still a bit iffy about dropping over $100, hear us out! You can spend $100 and only visit one museum with entrance valued at $30 and obviously you will lose money. OR, you can make the most of your New York Pass and spend the entire day using your pass on any and everything. First, divide the number of days you purchased by the price to find out your price per day. If you bought the three-day pass, you will spend $80 per day. Now, in order for the New York Pass to be worth it, you will have to visit enough attractions so that the price of the attraction on its own is more expensive than $80. With the New York Pass, this is super easy to do! For example, “The Ride” normally costs $74. If you choose this attraction and one more, you have automatically saved money. Most of us visiting the city are going to choose way more than 2 attractions so you can see where the savings come in. [caption id="attachment_756" align="aligncenter" width="1022"] View From Empire State Building at Night[/caption] Let’s look at a sample 1-day itinerary: The Ride-$74 Madame Tussauds Wax Museum-$37 Inside Broadway Tours-$35 Top Of The Rock-$32 Total Without New York Pass-$172 Total With 1 Day New York Pass-$109 [or cheaper depending on how many days you add] Let’s talk about the savings! With the simple 1-day, 4 attraction itinerary above, you will save a whopping $63! The best part is the vast majority of travelers can fit in a lot more than four attractions in one day, so we are pretty sure your savings will be greater! Who should purchase the New York Pass? We feel like the New York Pass is perfect for those of you looking to make the most out of your trip to the Big Apple. Make sure you have enough time to devote to your pass. If you are visiting family and don’t have much time, a 1-day pass may be perfect for you to pack everything into one day. If you are backpacking in and staying for a week, a 4-day pass may fit the bill for you so you can see as much of the 80 attractions as you can. [caption id="attachment_758" align="aligncenter" width="1023"] View from Big Bus Hop on Hop off Bus[/caption] Is the New York Pass worth it? After using our 3-day pass, we feel like the New York Pass was TOTALLY worth it! The Pass allowed us to do “touristy” things like visiting the top of the Empire State Building and taking the Circle Line Tour that we would have NEVER done otherwise because the individual price was just too high. With the New York Pass, the more you see, the more you save! So we encourage you to pick one up and go hog wild and see everything possible on your next trip to New York City! No matter what, remember to have fun! Have you used the New York Pass? What did you think? We would love to hear from you in the comments!
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