New York Skyline
Manhattan's skyline is
magnificent and it can be taken in and appreciated from many locations
surrounding the island. A number of the tallest skyscrapers
have observation floors from which you take in the panorama view. The
three most famous observation decks are located at the top of the Empire
State Building, the GE Building, and the Trump Building.
The GE Building observation deck,
located in Midtown and referred to as the "Top of the Rock", was
recently renovated. There are three levels that are open to the public.
The first is on the 67th floor and is completely covered, the 69th floor
has glass windshields and the 70th floor is open offering a 360 degree
The Empire State Building, is a New York City Landmark and a
National Historic Landmark. The observation
deck, located on the 86th floor, soars more than a quarter
of a mile
into the Manhattan sky above bustling
5th avenue. It offers
breathtaking views from within a glass enclosed pavilion
and from the surrounding open-air promenade. Tours are available,
day or night, 365 days a year. On a clear day, visitors
enjoy panoramas of the metro area as well the states of Connecticut, New
Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Trump Building is located Downtown, so from there you can see the Statue
of Liberty and also look across at the buildings of Midtown.
New York City Tours
There are many tours
to provide you with the best possible views of New York
City’s attractions, neighborhoods and places of interest.
Big Apple Greeters
This organization offers free
personalized walking tours of the neighborhoods in all five boroughs of
New York City. Multilingual volunteers, who are knowledgeable and
want to share the city that they love, will guide groups of one to six
people on a 2-4 hour tour. You'll also receive a MetroCard good for two
rides. Reservations are required. Click here for details:
Big Apple Greeters
Luxury shopping is available along
Fifth and Madison Avenues. Fifth Avenue
stretches from 59th to 49th avenue in
New York City. Known as one of the premier shopping streets in the
world it is home to many exclusive shops, grand hotels, St. Patrick's
Cathedral and the Trump Tower. All the big names in shopping are
present from Tiffany & Co, Coach Inc., Gucci to Sak's Fifth
Avenue, American Girl and FAO Schwartz.
Madison Avenue is identified as "the
fashionable road". In this area is where most of the very well known
fashion designers and upper class hair salons are located. Some of
the most upscale boutiques are located on Madison Avenue. You will
find Prada, Chanel, Juicy Couture, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Giorgio
Armani and many more.
Enjoy the arts?
Broadway, New York's theater
district, is something to visit. Although plays change musical features like The
Lion King and The Little Mermaid are especially popular with kids.
Be sure to take a look at our
live theater tips
for kids sections before taking
your children to a Broadway show. Off Broadway, look for the Blue Man Group which
is three miming performers known for their unique presentations which
combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics.
Broadway show tickets check out the TKTS Booth,
located on West 46th Street at
Broadway, New York. The TKTS booth
sells excess tickets to Broadway shows on the day of
the performance. So if you are flexible with what
you see and when you go this is a great savings!
Little Mermaid Tickets -
Family Resources for Broadway
Links to many New York museums and sites: Click here
New York Museums
New York with Families
New York City is a fantastic vacation destination for families. There are many attractions, sites
and historical landmarks throughout New York City that are great for children.
Some of the more popular ones include the Statue of Liberty, Empire
State Building, Times Square, Federal Reserve Bank, Ellis Island and the
World Trade Center Memorial. In addition, animal lovers will enjoy
the Bronx Zoo, New York City Aquarium and Central Park Zoo.
Science museums include the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, Intrepid
Sea-Air-Space Museum and American Museum of Natural History which will all
provide wonder and amazement for children of all ages.
Some Sites to See:
- Intrepid Sea Air & Space
Museum showcases the
World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the submarine
USS Growler, and a Lockheed A-12 supersonic
Great Sites For tweens
- Ground Zero Museum Workshop Tour
is an educational experience for older teens and tweens, where
they can learn through exhibits about heroic eyewitness stories
and personal accounts of people who participated in the
- On Location Tours
allows you to take a tour past the doorsteps of your favorite
television shows, film settings, movie characters and
celebrities. Several tour choices are available
including the following: Manhattan TV and Movie Tour that has
locations for Friends, Seinfeld, Spiderman; Tour Sex and the
City hotspots; Tour Sopranos sites; Tour Central Park
- Ellis Island
is a self-guided audio tour. It has more than 40,000
square feet of exhibit space, restored areas, and educational
facilities as well as a Theater that
features a documentary film entitled, ”Taking a Chance on
America: Bela Lugosi’s Ellis Island Story.”
Exhibits include artifacts, photos, prints, and interactive
- The American
Immigrant Wall of Honor, located on Ellis Island,
displays the names of countless individuals, honored by
their family, who
risked everything to come to America to help build this
country. If you take a piece of paper and place
it on the name of your family and then rub it with a pencil
you will be able to take home
a copy from the wall. It is the longest wall of names in the
- Ellis Island
Living Theater - Professional actors bring experiences
of the immigrants to life today through 30 minute plays.
- Rockefeller Center
is a 12 acre complex in Midtown Manhattan. It is home to NBC
studios, Radio City Music Hall, the Ice Skating Rink at
Rockefeller Center and the holiday highlight the famous Tree
at Rockefeller Center. The Concourse at Rockefeller Center
is a whole destination unto itself. This vast network of
underground pedestrian passageways connects every building
in the Center, including an incredible number of stores, and
- Radio City Music
Hall, located in Rockefeller Center, is the largest
indoor theater in the world. Most famous for the Radio City
Rockettes show, featuring the Rockettes signature eye high
kicks, precision choreography and exciting show stopping
numbers that will delight the whole family. Radio City Music
Hall has also hosted performers, stage shows, movies,
concerts and special events. Guided tours of this wonderful
theater are available.
- NBC studios Tour,
located in the Rockefeller Center, can be fascinating.
You'll learn about NBC's early days in radio as well as its
recent history. In addition, you'll have the
opportunity to enter and visit a few of the networks working
studios, including The Today Show, Dateline, and Saturday
- The NY Skyride,
located in the Empire State Building, is a thrill for the
kids as it gives a virtual tour of New York City in 3D.