Ideas For New York City Days Out

By Shashia Mitchell

Big Bus Hop on Hop off Tours

Jump right into the sights of New York City by taking the Big Bus Hop on Hop off Tour. With each New York Pass, you receive a ticket for the Big Bus which includes the Uptown and Downtown tours. Along these guided tours, you have the option of getting off at major NYC attractions like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and more.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Hop off of the bus at stop 28 on the Uptown Route which is for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Inside of the museum, you'll see one of the most extensive art collections in the world featuring works by the legendary Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh and many more.

Empire State Building

Travel to the Empire State Building where you can view the vibrant lights of New York City at night from the world's most famous observatory. On the 86th floor of the ESB, you can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view until 2am.

On the Hudson river

High Line-Chelsea-Meatpacking Tour

Walk along the beautiful elevated High Line Park on the Chelsea-Meatpacking tour. The tour runs daily at 9:30am and shows you what is perhaps the most unique park in NYC. You will also get to learn about Manhattan's Meatpacking district before heading next door to the High Line's neighbor, the Whitney.

Whitney Museum of Art

After the tour, step inside of the Whitney Museum of Art and view new exhibitions as American Art pieces fill the rooms. Inside you will also find works from the Whitney's permanent collection which contains over 21,000 objects and features artists like Georgia O'Keeffe.
Once you're done in the museum, take advantage of your 15% discount on Liberty Helicopter Tours. You'll get an amazing view of the city as you fly over the Hudson River.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Head to the fascinating Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum where you can find exhibits on a legendary aircraft and ship. You can also utilize your New York Pass' Fast Track Entry to get in and start viewing the Intrepid quicker than you would with general admission.

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Close out the day on a relaxing cruise down the Hudson River with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. You have the choice of several cruises that will give you the best waterfront views of New York City.

Soho and Greenwich Village

Big Bus Hop on Hop off ToursNormal entry $60.00

Wake up and take the Big Bus Hop on Hop off Tour's downtown route which will bring you to SoHo (Stop 8) where you can take the SoHo-Little Italy-Chinatown Walking Tour

SoHo-Little Italy-Chinatown TourNormal entry $35.00

Discover some of New York City's most exciting neighborhoods like SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown on an informative walking tour that teaches about the many cultures co-existing in the city.

New MuseumNormal entry $16.00

After touring some of NYC's most cultured neighborhoods, you can explore the great innovation on display at the New Museum which specializes in contemporary art.

Discover Downtown and the Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

No trip to NYC is complete without visiting the Statue of Liberty. Head to Battery Park in the morning and take the Statue Cruises ferry to Lady Liberty and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

Fraunces Tavern

The ferry will take you back to Battery Park and from there you can discover some of the true gems of Downtown like Fraunces Tavern. The Tavern has a rich history and once was the headquarters for George Washington, the 1st president of the United States.

Wall Street Walks

Catch an afternoon tour of NYC's Financial District on the Wall Street Walks tour. The journey lasts approximately 90 minutes and is jam-packed with information on early America.

Museum of American Finance

After exploring Wall Street, take a walk to the Museum of American Finance where the economical history of the country is on display for all to see. There are interactive exhibits used to teach visitors about finance in the U.S.A as well as financial figures like Alexander Hamilton.

9/11 Memorial & more

NYC Gospel Walking Tour

On Sundays, treat yourself to the best Gospel that New York has to offer on the NYC Gospel Walking Tour. The tour even concludes with an actual church service.

9/11 Memorial & Museum

For every other day of the week, you can begin with a trip to the lovely Downtown area of Manhattan where you can visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum as well as the 9/11 Tribute Center. Both attractions offer great insight on the September 11th attack of 2001 with a series of installations.

9/11 Tribute Center Clipper City Tall Ship

When you're done at the museum, you can enjoy a special waterfront trip on the Clipper City Tall Ship Cruises from Manhattan By Sail. Whether day or night, you'll have an amazing view of New York City's most popular landmarks.

South Street Seaport

New York Water Taxi

Make your way to the nearest New York Water Taxi stop and ride the cruise to Pier 11 at South Street Seaport where you can indulge in the many flavors at restaurants and great shops in the area.

Circle Line Downtown

Within walking distance is the Circle Line Downtown which takes you on a scenic cruise across the Hudson River.

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals

Once the cruise is over, head to Blazing Saddles and ride around New York City in style. You can rent out a bicycle for a full 24 hours and also take part in guided group tours.

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Tour

Get your day started with the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO neighborhood tour at 11am. You'll get to walk across one of the most iconic bridges in the world and discover the steadily developing area underneathe the Manhattan Bridge.

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Venture into one of the premier art institutions that this world has to offer. Breath-taking exhibits are always on display at the Brooklyn Museum.

New York Transit Museum

Then make your way to the New York Transit Museum and learn about the advancements made in the MTA's subway system over the years. You can also spend some time inside of a real NYC train displayed in the museum.
After this, you'll still have plenty of time in the day to attend more attractions in the city.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

If you're looking to escape the large crowds at the Empire State Building, it's best to arrive early. You can enter the ESB at 8am and enjoy the 360 degree panoramic view from the 86th floor Observatory before the crowds pile in.

Madison Square Garden Tour

Take a short stroll down the block and tour the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. During the tour you will get to know the arena's history and even step foot inside of the locker rooms for the New York Knicks and Rangers.

Fashion Windows Walking Tour

In the afternoon, join the Fashion Windows Walking Tour and discover NYC's greatest high fashion stores as well as the favorite stores of well known celebrities like Sofia Vergara.

Times Square & Broadway

The Ride

If you're lucky enough to secure tickets for The Ride, it can be an excellent start to the day as you cruise the streets of New York City with a few special surprises along the way.

Madame Tussauds

Once the ride is over, head to the fabulous Interactive Wax Attraction Madame Tussauds in the heart of Times Square and see some of your favorite celebrities.
All of that excitement sure can work up an appetite. Enjoy a delicious meal at Planet Hollywood and take advantage of your 15% discount with the New York Pass.

Inside Broadway Tours

Later on, learn about what it is like to be a Broadway actor as you take the Inside Broadway Tours. You'll hear from real Broadway performers and visit famous NYC theaters.

NFL Experience, Times Square

End the day by visiting the NFL Experience, Times Square. Feel like you are a part of a professional NFL game in The Stadium- a 4D theater. Wear comfortable clothing to visit the Equipment Room, where you can partake in both digital and physical activities similar to an NFL practice.

Rockefeller center

Top of The Rock

Thanks to Rockefeller Center being home to a few popular attractions, you can certainly get your money's worth without having to move too far. Start the day at Top of The Rock and marvel at the beautiful view of New York City from the 3 observatory floors.

Rockefeller Center Tour

When you're done admiring the view of the city, take the Rockefeller Center Tour and learn the history of the plaza in addition to all the great activities to take part in while you're there.

Radio City Music Hall Tour

Step behind the scenes at Radio City and learn about the great shows that have taken place there since its opening in 1932. The Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour will answer all of your questions and even give you the chance to meet one of the Rockettes.

Midtown attractions

Big Bus Hop on Hop off Tours

Get to know the city with an early morning ride on the Big Bus Hop on Hop off tours and feel free to get off the bus to do some exploring. You can get right back on the next bus from the nearest stop.

Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour

Take the Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour and learn more about the historic commuting station that sees more than 750,000 people per day.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

After the audio tour, take a trip to the world-renowned Museum of Modern Art and view the exciting exhibits on display. You'll also find works by legendary artists such as Van Gogh and Claude Monet.

Food On Foot Tours

At this point, you'll be ready to eat and Food on Foot Tours is the perfect introduction to the best New York style dishes. Bring a bib.

Central Park on a bike

Central Park Sightseeing Bicycle Tours & Rentals

The sun is shining in NYC and it's the perfect day to go for a ride. Get things started with an early Central Park Sightseeing Bicycle Tour or if you feel like riding at your own pace, rent out a bicycle for up to 4 hours.

Tour at Lincoln Center

Following your bike ride in Central Park, you can take the Tour at Lincoln Center and discover all of the famous organizations that have theaters within the plaza such as the Metropolitan Opera House and the New York Philharmonic.

New York Historical Society

Central Park with kids

On Location Tours Central Park TV and Movie Sites

Central Park is filled with excitement and activities for everyone, old and young. The children will certainly enjoy visiting famous areas from the big screen when they take the On Location Tours Central Park TV and Movie Sites tour. Along the journey you'll see familiar sights from Home Alone 2 and Stuart Little.

American Museum of Natural History

Then take a trip to the American Museum of Natural History and explore the many different exhibits highlighting various species like humans and dinosaurs. AMNH is quite a popular attraction in NYC but not to worry as you have access to Fast Track Entry which will allow you to avoid the general admission line.

Museum mile

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York City is known to have great variety when it comes to art museums. A section of fifth avenue starting at 82nd street is even called 'Museum Mile'. Take a stroll and explore the great museums in the area starting with the Metropolitan Museum of Art which features more than 2 million works in their permanent collection including pieces by Picasso.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Later you can venture to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the elegantly designed building housing art from some of the world's most iconic creators of all time.

Museum of the City of New York

Continue your journey to the Museum of the City of New York where innovative multimedia installations like Timelapses are always on display.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Visit the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and explore the country's one and only museum dedicated to historic, contemporary design.

Uptown & Harlem

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Explore one of the nation's premiere religious centers, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and learn the rich history that this landmark has built in New York City.

Harlem One Stop Tour

Explore the many cultural gems in Harlem such as the One Stop Cultural & Heritage Walking and Step-On Group Tour Packages.

Botanical gardens and Yankees stadium

New York Botanical Garden

Make your way to the Bronx for a day of adventure as you take in all of the borough's greatest sights. First stop by the New York Botanical Garden to see the beautiful displays of plant life in numerous gardens.

Yankee Stadium Tours

You can easily spend a few hours in amazement at the NY Botanical Garden but there's still more to see in the Bronx. Plan a reservation ahead of time and secure your spot for the Yankee Stadium Tour. Get an inside look at the 27 time World Series champions, the New York Yankees and their iconic stadium. Right outside the stadium, you can access the subway and still have time to fit more attractions into your day.

Hallelujah! Gospel Wednesday Tour

On Wednesdays, you can also take the Hallelujah! Gospel Wednesday Tour that highlights the most iconic religious centers in Harlem.

Harlem Bike Rentals

Get acquainted with Manhattan's historic and culturally vibrant neighbourhood of Harlem as you go at your own pace with Harlem Bike Rentals. Dive into the culture of Harlem and explore all of the great scenery along the ride. Unlimited Biking offers up to a Full Day's rental that you can enjoy for free with your New York Pass.

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Before the day is done, pay a visit to the Cloisters Museum and Gardens at Fort Tryon Park. The Cloisters is a branch of the MET museum that specializes in medieval art pieces. During the summer you can also enjoy extended hours at the museum.

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Things to Do in Midtown Manhattan & Midtown NYC

Looking for things to do in Midtown Manhattan? As home to world-famous Times Square, Fifth Avenue, and many of the city's most popular skyscrapers and landmarks, there are a lot of fun and entertaining things to do in Midtown Manhattan and it’s one of the most frequented spots in the city for visitors. Midtown Manhattan is considered the area between 60th Street and 14th Street. Stretching nearly 50 blocks within the middle of the Manhattan borough, its packed with popular attractions, historic landmarks, some of the world’s best restaurants, shopping, and more. Guided Tours in Midtown Manhattan Often a quick and easy way to view as much as possible, Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tours and The Ride are popular ways to get a guided over tour of the city and you can start both right in Midtown. Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sightseeing Tours plays chauffeur to large groups, taking them around the city to all of the most notable landmarks like Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, and many more. Not only can you take a comfy journey through midtown on the double-decker Big Bus, you also have the option of touring Manhattan’s Uptown and Downtown routes, in addition to the Midtown route, with your same ticket. The Ride features a unique way to experience the city with tons of entertainment along the way. The interior design of the bus allows groups to sit sideways and take in the view of Midtown’s beautiful skyscrapers as well as the action-packed streets of Manhattan, where you’ll get to see 5-7 performances by street talent throughout the city. While in New York, it would be a shame not to spend some time touring and admiring the amazing architecture that exists in the city. The Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour will take you to the famous NYC buildings like the Chrysler Building, Ford Foundation Building, and even Grand Central Station, where you can take the self-guided Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour and gain insight to GCT’s history and interesting facts about the design of the building. Another great Midtown tour is the Madison Square Garden – All Access Tour which allows you to visit the world’s most famous entertainment arena. While touring, you can step foot inside of the locker rooms of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. Further uptown, you can take the Rockefeller Center Tour and learn about the Rockefeller family and history of the plaza. After the tour, use your pass for the building’s observation deck experience, Top of the Rock, where you’ll get a stunning, 360-degree panoramic view of the entire city. Museums in Midtown Manhattan No trip to New York City is complete without experience the museum-going culture that NYC is known for. Manhattan is home to some of the world’s most famous art museums, many of which can be found right in Midtown. Tourists and native New Yorkers alike love to view the creative exhibits on display at museums like the MoMA and the Whitney Museum of Art just as much as they enjoy seeing the lively figures of famous celebrities shown at Madame Tussauds. If you’re more a fan of the sciences, another great museum experience in Midtown is the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum which is held on a real ship docked on the Hudson River with installations and exhibits you can explore in the ship’s interior.
Shashia Mitchell

Visiting New York for Easter

Visiting New York this Easter? Planning your itinerary couldn't be easier with New York Pass, your key to effortless planning, saving, and sightseeing. If you're looking for some inspiration for your upcoming trip, then check out this perfect three-day itinerary which offers the perfect introduction to the city that never sleeps. Day 1 Empire State Building An American icon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, and one of the most visited landmarks in the world, the Empire State Building is synonymous with New York City. No trip to New York would be complete without seeing the city's skyline from its 86th-floor observation deck. The Empire State Building is a landmark in New York City. It represents American progress and innovation for over 90 years. It is an example of Art Deco architecture, standing at 1,454 feet tall with 102 floors. It was once the tallest building in the world. The construction of the building took only 14 months. It remains a popular tourist attraction today. Visitors from all over the world come to marvel at its beauty and history. The Empire State Building- More than Just a Landmark The Empire State Building is more than just a physical landmark. It is a symbol of the American dream, featured in many movies, TV shows, and books. It has also played a part in significant historical events, including 9/11. Despite being hit by a plane, the building stood strong, a testament to the resilience of the American people. The Empire State Building is a significant part of New York City's skyline and a source of pride for its residents. Its lights change color for important occasions, such as pink for breast cancer awareness and green for St. Patrick's Day. It is a marvel of engineering and design, showcasing human ingenuity and perseverance. Top of the Rock Top of the Rock offers picturesque views throughout the whole day. Visit early in the day and experience New York’s iconic architecture. Enjoy a magical afternoon 850 ft above the ground as you watch the sun sets over Manhattan. At night, be mesmerized by the lights of the ‘the city that never sleeps.’ The Rockefeller Center's Top of the Rock is a popular attraction in New York City. It provides breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline. Visitors can enjoy 360-degree views from three observation decks. The top deck is perched on the 70th floor and offers clear views of Central Park, the Empire State Building, and the Hudson River. The Rockefeller Observation Deck The outdoor observation deck on the 67th floor of Top of the Rock is a unique feature that offers visitors a chance to enjoy the view while feeling the breeze. The deck is equipped with glass panels for clear viewing of the city from all angles. Top of the Rock provides various activities and experiences besides observation decks. Visitors can access multimedia exhibits that provide insights into the history of the Rockefeller Center and its role in New York City. Additionally, interactive displays are available for visitors to explore the city's landmarks and neighborhoods. Top of the Rock is a popular destination in New York City, offering impressive views from the top of the Rockefeller Center. It is a must see if you plan on visiting the city this Easter. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) With its long legacy of supporting the arts, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is considered a sanctum for New York art lovers and artists alike. Over 90 years, its collection of contemporary art has grown to be one of the best and largest in the world. Rotating permanent exhibitions, visiting collections and iconic masterpieces have attracted around 2.8 million global visitors a year. Visit the attraction's official website for its timetable and discover special exhibits during March and April. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a renowned cultural institution located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It features an exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art, and has been visited by countless scholars and tourists from across the globe since it first opened its doors in 1929. What to Expect to See At the MoMA The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has a collection of over 200,000 works of art, covering disciplines like painting, sculpture, photography, video, and design. Notable artists like Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol are represented, with Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans" being an iconic piece from the pop art era. Visitors of any age can explore and learn from the extensive collection. The MoMA offers various events and activities throughout the year, in addition to its art collection. Its goal is to promote modern and contemporary art and to serve as a cultural center. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) showcases both permanent and temporary exhibitions, featuring work from established and up-and-coming artists worldwide. These exhibitions offer opportunities to learn about emerging artists and discuss current topics through a creative lens. Day 2 Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island represent centuries of American history, compassion, and diversity. Visit the Statue of Liberty and explore Ellis Island, where more than 12 million immigrants were processed upon their arrival in the United States. Your New York Pass gives you free museum tickets to paid exhibitions and an audio tour available in multiple languages. The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France in 1886 as a symbol of freedom. It is 305 feet tall and has become a symbol of hope for many. It was also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The Historical Significance of the Ellis Island From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was where immigrants entered the United States. It was a significant and emotional place for those who passed through its halls. For many, it was the start of a new life, free from poverty and persecution. Now, the island is a museum that reflects America's immigration history and the challenges faced by new arrivals. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are recognized as symbols of the American dream and freedom. They serve as a reminder of the values upon which America was established and the sacrifices of previous generations. 9/11 Memorial & Museum If Easter also means remembrance, there's no better place than here. Located on the site of the original World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial pays homage to the 2983 victims of the 1993 and 2001 attacks. The Museum showcases the challenging story of these tragic events through artifacts, testimonies, and first-hand accounts. Experience moments of reflection at the Memorial's pools and the Museum's interactive exhibits. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a tribute to the lives lost and affected by the events of September 11th, 2001. Upon arrival, visitors will see two large reflecting pools that mark the footprints of the Twin Towers. The surrounding bronze panels contain the names of nearly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives in the attacks, as well as six others killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. What You Can Expect to See at the 9/11 Museum The museum displays a collection of artifacts, photographs, and personal stories that take visitors back in time to the day of the attacks. Notable exhibits include a section of the original steel trident from the North Tower and a damaged fire truck. Interactive exhibits are also available, including a three-part video installation that chronicles the events of the day. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum serves as a reminder of human resilience in tragic circumstances. Visitors leave with a renewed appreciation for life and the value of unity during times of crisis. Day 3 1 Day Big Bus Tour - Join the tour for free with The New York Pass® TripAdvisor's top-rated NYC bus tour, Big Bus New York is the only sightseeing bus with live commentary and hop-on-hop-off access at 25+ bus stops located across the city. After two days of exploration, let the city come to you on a Big Bus tour, which will take you across Manhattan, discovering all the sights and landmarks including the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. When it comes to bus tours in New York City, few companies can compare to Big Bus Tours. These excursions are perfect for both first-time tourists and seasoned explorers because they focus on the city's most recognizable landmarks. Big Bus Tours gives its customers options by offering several different tour packages. Tourists may easily find a trip that works with their schedule and interests among the options provided by these packages, which range from hop-on, hop-off excursions to night tours and VIP tours. Why So Many People Love the Big Bus Tour in New York A bus tour in New York is a great way to see the city from a different angle. Views of the cityscape may be seen from the upper deck of a double-decker bus, and passengers will also learn about the city's history and culture from their knowledgeable tour guide. Given the hassles of driving and parking in New York City, taking a bus tour is a practical alternative. Having trained drivers take the wheel makes the trip more relaxing, and Big Bus Tours' comprehensive route network makes getting to all the major sights a breeze. Visitors to New York City should consider taking a Big Bus Tours bus tour. It's a fun and enlightening way to learn about the area and have new adventures with minimal effort. Or Unlimited Biking - Central Park - Rentals are free with The New York Pass® An Easter picnic would not look out of place in Central Park: an oasis in the middle of the NYC metropolis. Rent a bike and cycle through America's first landscaped park, stopping at famous attractions such as Strawberry Fields, Shakespeare Garden, and Cherry Hill fountain. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Entry is free with The New York Pass® Skip the ticket line during the busy Easter months. The Guggenheim Museum is considered an architectural masterpiece and home to one of the finest modern art collections in the world. Ascend the landmark's grand spiral and experience its special exhibitions and permanent collections during March and April. Visit the attraction's official website for its timetable. With entry to 100+ attractions, experiences, and tours all included on one pass, it's no wonder we're New York's favorite sightseeing pass. Just choose your duration and start sightseeing when you're ready. And don't forget to download your New York Pass app when you choose mobile delivery at checkout. Build your itinerary or follow our expert picks, enjoy exclusive offers and content and scan-and-go into all included attractions.
Kirsten McCroskrie

Exploring New York’s Upper West Side

New York’s endless and diverse neighborhoods give the city its character; the Upper East Side, for instance, is vastly different than SoHo. Here, we've got tips for exploring New York’s Upper West Side. From pastries to parks, we've got where you should go. Café Lalo When you explore New York’s Upper West Side, you’re going to get hungry. And you may well want something sweet. If the inside of Café Lalo looks familiar and you haven’t actually been there before, that’s probably because you’ve seen it in a movie – it co-starred in You’ve Got Mail, with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. The lovely cafe has a European vibe and a fabulous array of pastries. (They also have a bar, a brunch and food menu that’s served all day, and live music.) But you’re there for a capuccino and some Grand Marnier mousse. Or a piece of German chocolate cake. Or...what the heck, just have them all. Riverside Park New York’s Upper West Side has no shortage of parks. Stretching for four miles along the Hudson River, Riverside Park (hence is name) includes a beautiful promenade, sports fields and tennis courts, dog runs, playgrounds, bike paths, and plenty of green space for hanging out. It’s just about the prettiest waterfront park in the city, and the wide promenade has a distinctly European feel. Go to picnic, to skateboard, to gaze at the marina on 79th street, or simply to sit on a park bench or wander. Lincoln Center The premiere arts venue in New York City is one of the premiere spots in the entire country to hear opera, watch dance, enjoy world-class theater, and partake of a family program. (It even has its own branch of the Public Library.) In one venue you can watch the New York City Ballet dance The Nutcracker every winter; listen to lectures about films (and watch actual films); or check out the White Lights Festival, which explores global themes and cultural intersections. Plus there’s the iconic outside fountain (great for a photo op), and the nearby atrium that offers free programs. If you’re exploring New York’s Upper West Side, Lincoln Center should be on your list. Cathedral of St. John the Divine Do you know where the largest cathedral in the world is located? Nope, it’s not Paris, or Vienna, or London. It’s right here in New York City—it’s the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The cathedral is renowned for its spectacular architecture, its inclusive and welcoming programs, and the peacocks that roam its grounds. (Yes, you read that correctly.) You can participate in a family program, attend a crafts show, or attend a Blessing of the Bikes service (yes, really.) No matter what your goal, it’s worth a trip; it’s literally jaw-dropping. American Museum of Natural History Exploring The American Museum of Natural History is truly one of New York’s great pleasures. The main attraction, of course, is the dinosaur skeletons, but they’ve also got (live) butterflies and metorites, the giant blue whale replica, and exhibits that focus on the natural and scientific worlds. You could practically spend the entire day in the Planetarium, or in the history of evolution, or wandering through the animal dioramas. It is truly a “something for everyone” kind of place. And don’t miss the dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets in the cafeteria! (And if you want tips for more fun days out, we've got them here. Zabar's True fact: There are people who live in New York who have been to the Upper West Side to visit only two places: Lincoln Center (see above) and Zabar’s, the specialty food store in the West 80s on Broadway. It’s probably the most famous specialty store in New York, having been opened in 1934, and since then supposedly having introduced New Yorkers to brie and sundried tomatoes, among other foods considered exotic at the time. These days, you can get your Sunday-morning lox and bagels, your lunchtime salad, your New Year’s Eve caviar, the entrée to serve your in-laws, and the cookie to munch on for a snack, plus breads, coffee, olives, soups, Zabar’s merchandise, and more. The store itself is loud and crowded—but you won’t leave empty-handed. All in all, it’s a quintessential New York experience, and something you must include when exploring New York’s Upper West Side. If exploring some of the Northern part of the city has given you a hankering to see more, check out Greenwich Village! Pick up a New York Pass® and get out exploring the very best the Big Apple has offer! You'll make great savings using the pass vs paying at the gate.
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