The Best Things To Do In NYC On Father’s Day

By Dom Bewley

Picture the scene: it’s Sunday morning. You wake up and take a shower. Midway through your breakfast you get a calendar notification. Your heart sinks. It’s Father’s Day. And you forgot. Images of your dad sitting at home, staring blankly at the TV as a single tear rolls down his face fill your mind. You are a terrible child. How could you? The only day dedicated to dads in the whole year and you forgot. Never fear, we’re here to make sure you save Father’s Day, and become the hero your dad knows you are. Here are the best things to do in NYC.

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Deno’s Wonder Wheel

The Crown Jewel of Coney Island’s famous boardwalk, Deno’s Wonder Wheel has been around nearly as long as your dad has, and when you go, definitely make that observation. He will love it. At the very top, you can savor a view of the city, as well as the Atlantic Ocean. And when you’re done, there are plenty more amusements to amuse him with, and places to eat and drink too.

The Empire State Building

Why not take Dad to one of New York’s most famous landmarks, and head up to the observation deck of the Empire State Building? It’s one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, so it’s the perfect place to show your dad that he’s the wonder of your world. The most breath-taking views of New York, and on a clear day, you can even see as far out as Pennsylvania!

Central Park Bike Tour

If your dad’s getting a bit thick around the waist, why not help getting him into shape with an exhilarating bike tour around Central Park? You can book a 2 hour guided bike tour to discover the park’s highlights, or simply challenge him to a race to prove the student has become the master. And don’t worry, if he tries to weasel out of it because he doesn’t have a bike, there are lots of places to rent them. Let nothing get between you and a victory you’ll never forget.

The Guggenheim Museum

One of the world’s most revered modern art galleries, and an architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim is a great place to take dads who appreciate a bit of culture. Make your way up the grand spiral designed by Frank Lloyd Wright back in the 50’s, and ponder some of the most interesting paintings and collections our species has ever created. Don’t forget to check out their new ‘Artistic Licence’ exhibit.

Museum Of Modern Art

Dads who pretend to understand art will also love the Museum of Modern Art, a huge collection of over 200,000 works spanning painting, architecture, film and photography. Once you’re through agreeing with your dad’s preposterous interpretations of the exhibits, you can take a moment to reflect in the peaceful Museum gardens.

Film Forum

Does your dad fancy himself a bit of a cinephile? Why not take him to New York’s premier independent movie theater – Film Forum. See some of the best films doing the rounds on the award circuit, as well as older foreign pictures and classic cinematic favorites. See if he knows the difference between his Kubricks and his Kurosawas.

Food On Foot Tours

Give Dad a guilt-free trip through New York’s cultural cuisine with a Food On Foot tour. Sample authentic favorites from some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, and since you’ll be walking everywhere, you needn’t worry about his beer belly getting any bigger.

Peter Luger Steakhouse

Vegans can skip right past this one. But nothing says “I love you Dad now be quiet and eat that steak” quite like the Peter Luger Steakhouse. A New York institution since 1887, prepare to loosen your belts and gorge on some of the best beef around. There’s burgers, steaks, and every combination in-between. Or if you’re both feeling brave, try and overcome their 44 ounce ‘Porterhouse for Two’. Good luck!

City Winery Tour

If music, food, and wine are up your dad’s alley, you can’t do much better than City Winery. Indulge your senses with top-end culinary and cultural experiences, while tasting some of the finest wines around, courtesy of your very own wine expert. Definitely one of the best things to do in NYC on Father’s Day.

Yankee Stadium Tour

Experience some of baseball’s best history with a tour of Yankee Stadium. The 27-time World Series Champions have a huge amount of history to discover. One of their experienced tour guides will show you around, and tell you about the various events that have taken place throughout the stadium. This isn’t just for Yankees fans, but for all baseball enthusiast dads.

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

If you’re looking for a bit of activity, why not challenge your dad to a game of shuffleboard at Brooklyn’s Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club? Good for experienced players and newbies alike. It’s a great place to sink a few drinks and play a few rounds.

There are just some of the best things to do in NYC on Father’s Day. Are there any we missed? Let us know on our Facebook page.

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New York Insider – Guide to the Best Jazz Clubs NYC

If you like jazz, New York does not disappoint – from big names to up-and-comers the Big Apple has it all The music scene in New York is second to none. Many of the biggest globally recognised acts grace this capital with their presence frequently and you’ll find world-class residencies in some of the smallest clubs – you just need to know where to find them... If you’re looking for jazz clubs NYC is the place to find them. Dizzy's Club Not many jazz clubs promise a vista overlooking Central Park and Columbus Circle which is only one of the reason’s why Dizzy’s Club in the Time Warner Centre is a must-visit. The venue will make you feel like you’ve walked onto a movie set with its modern clean lines, big windows and dark and tonal décor. While it may look overly prestigious, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and it’s been championed as the best audio experience of any jazz club New York. Historically, it has boasted all the big-names like Wynton Marsalis, Paquito d’Rivera, Mary Stallings, and Terry Waldo to name a few. Top tip: If you’re planning a visit for the holidays, book tickets for Christmas Eve with Barry Harris to get you in the spirit. Location: 10 Columbus Circle (Upper West Side)How to get there: Subway: A, C, B, D, 1 to 59th St–Columbus CircleOpening hours: Set times at 7.30pm & 9.30pm and late-night sessions Tues-Sat 11.30pm Iridium Famous for hosting Les Paul for almost 15 years, Iridium will always be a jazz club New York can be proud of. Forever a full house, this bustling Broadway club has been around since the early 90s and has undergone numerous expansions and renovations to allow for its growing audience. Its popularity has never waned and on its wall of fame are acts like Kenny Garrett, Jacky Terrasson and Kenny Barron. Nowadays you can catch names like Jimmy Scott and Mike Stern so make sure to get there early, this place is known far and wide. Location: 1650 Broadway (Midtown)How to get there: Subway: N, Q, R to 49th St; 1 to 50th StOpening hours: Weds-Mon 7pm – Midnight Nublu Classic If you’re looking for an ‘insiders’ only jazz New York experience, then Nublu is the one. Nestled in the hipster Alphabet City in East Village, it’s a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of place. Look out for a small blue light to indicate you’ve fount it and step inside to a vibrant scene of offbeat jazz and avant-garde names. If you plan your visit on a Wednesday, you’ll be in luck for some live Brazilian music. Due to its popularity, it has expanded over to its sister Nublu 151 a few blocks away, where you’ll also find a top line up of live acts. Tip: it’s cash only – so make sure you bring plenty, especially for the bar! Location: 62 Ave C (East Village)How to get there: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second AveOpening hours: Mon–Thu & Sun 5pm–2am; Fri & Sat 5pm–3am Mezzrow Eponymously named after Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow, this is one of the most iconic basement jazz clubs NYC has to offer. Run by musicians for musicians, Mezzrow is a relaxed environment where jazz aficionados can enjoy some of the best jazz pianists in the city in an intimate atmosphere. Mezz himself was one of the most renowned musicians of the Chicago jazz scene in the 1920’s and played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, King Oliver and Jimmy Noone – to name a few. In his legacy, Mezzrow pays homage to this legendary musician with acts like Jon Davis, Spike Wilner and Pasquale Grasso. Location: 163 West 10th Street (Greenwich Village)How to get there: Subway: 1, 2 to Christopher StreetOpening hours: Sets at 8pm, 9.30pm, 11pm and Midnight (after-hours) Smalls When you think of New York jazz, an image of a dimly lit basement with tables packed knee-to-knee springs to mind. Well, that’s exactly what a night at Smalls promises. Here you’ll find rising talent in the New York jazz scene experimenting with a new flair and modern take on bebop and hard bop as well as more contemporary fusions. It’s a cosy space with only a 60-guest capacity, and it’s popular with the locals, too, so make sure to get there early. You won’t get dinner here, but you will find beer on tap, so settle in for the night – you’re always guaranteed a good time. To get a feel for the sets, check out their previously recorded live shows on their website. Tip: if you stay there long enough, chances are you’ll get a seat throughout the night even if it’s full! Location: 183 West 10th Street (Greenwich Village)How to get there: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan SqOpening hours: 7.30pm – 10.pm; 10.30pm – 1am; 1am – 4am
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5 Days in New York City

Spending 5 days in New York City gives you plenty of opportunities to visit all of the essential tourist attractions and more. With 5 days, you won’t be too rushed, so you can relax and take your time enjoying the sights within the city. This 5-day NYC itinerary is just one example of how you can make the most of your trip to New York City - with The New York Pass, your sightseeing possibilities are endless and you can completely tailor your sightseeing itinerary to your interests. This Sample 5 Days in NYC Itinerary Includes: Big Bus New York Hop-on Hop-off Tour The Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Neighborhood Tour Yankee Stadium Tours Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and more... Save on Admission to Top NYC Attractions With The New York Pass, you can save big on admission to more than 90 attractions in the city. Experience the best of NYC and visit as many sites as you want each day for one low price with this flexible pass. Simply put, you decide what to see and when you want to see it! Learn more about our available passes and attractions. DAY 1 Big Bus New York Hop-on Hop-off Tour Start your trip with an overview tour of the city to get acquainted with the top attractions and city layout. This will help you plan which sights and attractions you want to go back to and spend more time at later on during your trip. The Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off tour lets you choose from 3 routes that explore all of Manhattan: Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown. Hop off at any of the over 25 popular stops along the way to explore an area by foot or visit attractions. As you ride along, you'll hear live commentary from your onboard tour guide, so you'll get an entertaining overview of the city's history, culture, popular spots, and more. Greenwich Village Walking Tour By Jean-Christophe BENOIST (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Explore the artistic community of Greenwich Village and stop by the ever-exciting Washington Square Park, where you will always find some form of entertainment. This neighborhood was at the heart of the 1960s counter-culture movement and is still into one of the trendiest areas in New York City with cafes, jazz clubs, theaters, the picturesque Washington Square Park, and many NYU buildings. Getting in: Greenwich Village Walking Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass. Madison Square Garden – All Access Tour By Eddie Maloney from North Las Vegas, USA (NYC) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsTake a tour of the world's most famous entertainment arena, Madison Square Garden. This all-access tour knows no limits and will even take you into the locker rooms of your favorite New York sports teams. Getting in: Madison Square Garden: MSG All Access Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass. Hudson River Sightseeing Bike Rentals What could be more relaxing than a nice leisurely ride along the Hudson River? Head to Hudson River Sightseeing Bike Rentals and pick up a full day bike rental to explore the sights of New York City at your own place (can be a great way to get around to attractions on your New York City itinerary!). Getting in: Hudson River Sightseeing Bike Rentals are included with The New York Pass. DAY 2 The Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Neighborhood Tour Start your day with a tour of Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood and view one of New York's most iconic landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge on a guided tour. You'll get to explore the vibrant and trendy Brooklyn neighborhood and get great views of the Manhattan skyline as you learn all about this historic neighborhood. Getting in: The Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Neighborhood Tour tickets are included with the New York Pass. Shearwater Classic Schooner - Manhattan by Sail Experience New York City's waterfront as you cruise on the historic Shearwater Classic Schooner ship and view the best sights that the city has to offer. This 1.5-hour cruise gives you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sights as you sail along. Getting in: Shearwater Classic Schooner cruise tickets are included with The New York Pass. Museum at Eldridge Street After your cruise, head to the Museum at Eldridge Street, a historic synagogue. While exploring this museum's beautifully decorated interiors, you’ll learn all about its significance to Jewish history and culture, particularly in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Getting in: Museum at Eldridge St. tickets are included with The New York Pass. DAY 3 Rockefeller Center Tour Become an expert on the legendary Rockefeller Center by taking an entertaining and enlightening guided tour of the plaza and learn the building's history and symbolic status in NYC's history. Getting in: Rockefeller Center Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass. Shopping at Macy’s Herald Square - Receive an 11% Saving Pass Macy's Herald Square is one of the largest department stores in the world - and a New York City landmark - offering a huge selection of name brand designers and popular styles. You can use your New York Pass to enjoy 10% savings inside of the store. Getting in: 11% savings pass at Macy's Heral Square get an exclusive with The New York Pass. Museum of the City of New York By Beyond My Ken (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia CommonsExplore the massive collection at the Museum of the City of New York and see how multimedia and advanced technology are incorporated with the exhibits hosted by the museum. There's plenty to discover as the museum boasts a collection of over 1.5 million items. Getting in: Museum of the city of New York tickets are included with The New York Pass. Yankee Stadium Tours Travel to the Bronx and take a tour of the historic Yankee Stadium. This 1-hour tour takes you through the stadium while an experienced tour guide tells you everything there is to know about baseball's most storied franchise, the 27-time MLB World-Series champion New York Yankees. Getting in: Yankee Stadium: Classic Stadium Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass. DAY 4 Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Climb aboard the award-winning USS intrepid and roam one of New York City's most unique museums. View groundbreaking exhibits and learn more about the aircraft as well as the team that operated it before it became one of the most popular museums in New York. Getting in: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum tickets are included with The New York Pass. Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour Visit the world-famous Radio City Music Hall and go backstage to get a better understanding of what goes on during shows in the historic performance venue. An experienced tour guide will show you every corner of Radio City and you may even meet a special guest. Getting in: Radio City Music Hall: Stage Door Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) View artistic masterpieces created by legends like Claude Monet and Van Gogh as you stroll the halls of the Museum of Modern Art. You’ll find plenty of exciting installations waiting inside of the museum and a beautiful garden where you can relax after enjoying the exhibits. Getting in: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) tickets are included with The New York Pass. DAY 5 Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Enjoy the waves and take in the beautiful sights of New York City on one of several Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. With Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, you can choose which popular cruise option you would like to take and Circle Line provides multiple cruises throughout the day so you get to choose whether you’d like to sail in the day or at night. Getting in: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise tickets are included with The New York Pass. Inside Broadway Tours New York City is the home of Broadway entertainment and not only can you catch a show while you’re in town, you can also take an informative tour that lets you know everything about Broadway. You’ll even meet Broadway actors who are kind enough to share their own behind the scenes experiences. Getting in: Inside Broadway Walking Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass. The Cloisters Museum and Gardens By Jose olivares (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Journey to Fort Tryon Park where you’ll see one of New York City’s true gems. The Cloisters Museum specializes in artifacts from the medieval era and boasts an impressive collection of antique art that doesn't disappoint. Getting in: The MET: Cloisters tickets are included with The New York Pass. Remember to Save on Admission With 5 days in NYC, there's enough time to see all the major sites and landmarks and really get to know the city. A lot of the activities and attractions mentioned in this post are included on The New York Pass–save money on admission to dozens of the most popular attractions in NYC is included for one low price. Save anywhere up to 70% off of the city’s most sought-after attractions with the pass versus regular gate admission prices. Learn more about The New York Pass here.
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Things to do in New York for your Birthday

Psst. Hey, you. Yes, you. Are you looking for fun things to do in New York for your, or someone else's birthday? Wondering what shenanigans you can get up to, but the thought of actually doing your own research sounds super dull? You've come to the right place. We have placed the burden of boring research on our own shoulders, so sit back, put on your best monocle or other reading utensils, and read on as we blow your freaking mind with our recommendations for the best things to do for your birthday in New York! Including: Game of 1000 Boxes Catacombs by Candelight Escape Virtuality Drinks, drinks, drinks and more! Gameshow Shenanigans What's a little friendly competition among birthday celebrators? If the bow on your big day involves you beating your fellow partygoers on a faux-gameshow, then check out Game of 1000 Boxes. This immersive, sensory overload of fun pits teams of four against one another. Through a series of escalating challenges, you must score points and beat out the other teams. Exercising your teamwork, puzzle-solving, and trivia muscles, you'll work your way towards the ultimate prize - a mystery box. Oooh. What could lie within? Who knows. The only way you'll find out is by heading there and seeing for yourself! A Creepy Birthday Crypt Crawl Fancy adding a sprinkling of spookiness to your celebrations? Why not venture into the crypt beneath St. Patrick's Old Cathedral for a spooktacular time courtesy of Catacombs by Candlelight? Throughout 90 minutes, your guide will steer you along the underground tunnels beneath the streets, reeling off ghoulish stories of the ghastly goings-on under New York. You'll even come face to face with the final resting place of historical figures from the city's past. Perhaps the ghost of Lincoln's friend Thomas Eckert will appear to talk battlefield tactics? Who knows. Are ghosts even real? To answer that, you'll have to descend into the belly of the city and see, won't you? Enter another reality If reality is a bit too humdrum for birthday fun, why not enter another world at Escape Virtuality, New York's best VR experience! Explore four unique virtual reality experiences that throw you into the heart of the action. You and a friend can hook yourselves up to the state-of-the-art Xtrematic system and run away monsters, zombies, and other creepy critters, or race down a ski slope as you battle to beat your opponent! Xtrematic moves with the game, so you'll feel every turn, every hill, and every near-miss! Or, hop behind the wheel and race around a virtual track, or board a rollercoaster and go for a ride you'll never forget with the Speed Simulator. You could even try your hand at rock climbing, or jumping out of a plane! A world of wonder awaits you at Escape Virtuality, making it easily one of the best things to do in New York for your birthday! Go on a delicious food tour Is all that excitement getting you feeling a bit hungry? Why settle for one restaurant when you can try a bunch on a Food On Foot Tour? This award-winning tour will take you to a number of authentic New York eateries, letting you sample New York-style pizza, chow down on some delicious street food, and much more! Covering a number of international cuisines, you can pick and choose what to have, and how much to have, at each stop. You'll also have the chance to meet both local and visiting foodies to exchange notes, and maybe numbers should the food gods dictate it. And best of all, the whole thing's on foot, so you'll have the chance to burn some of the many calories you'll be consuming! Drinks that hit different And finally, no birthday bonanza would be complete without a tipple or twelve. You could go the usual route. You know, standard bars with standard drinks and nothing much else. But why not add a little birthday excitement to your session with some of our leftfield suggestions? At Elsewhere, you can pair your beer or cocktail with some live music, a DJ set, or even a performance! This trendy Brooklyn hangout spot is making quite the name for itself in the party scene, so why not check it out? You can even book a party package if you want to guarantee a spot for you and your troupe of celebrating chums. Or, unleash your inner Viking at Kick Axe. 'What does that mean?', we hear you cry and wail in the night. Well, it means you can down beers and throw freaking axes while you do it! Axes. Like, real axes. Yes, Kick Axe takes your drinking experience to another level, thanks to its brilliant drinks menu coupled with cathartic ax-throwing. Or, combine your food and drinks needs for the evening, and marry it with some sun, fun, and a spot of dancing at Nowadays. This outdoor foodcourt slash bbq slash party bar has it all, and surrounds you with a taste of nature while it does it. Things to Do On Your Birthday in New York With its world class sights, thrilling attractions and unique experiences like hot air balloon rides, skydiving and private yacht cruises, New York City offers you plenty of options to make your birthday the best day ever. Whether you want to relax and take in the views from one of Manhattan’s many iconic skyscrapers, or get adventurous with zip-lining over Brooklyn or kayaking on the East River, there’s something for everyone here. Plan an intimate party at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum or just enjoy a delicious meal with friends — whatever you choose to do in New York City will make your special day an unforgettable one! And those are our recommendations for the best things to in New York for your birthday!
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