New York Travel Guide

New York school trip travel guide

An introduction to New York

The five boroughs of the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan combine to form one of the largest city in the USA and one of the most exciting cities in the world! Sights recognised the world over are in no short supply in the city that never sleeps, from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty. With a history rooted in art and performance, finance and business, fashion and culture it's no wonder it's one of our most popular school trip destinations. 

Besides the standard sights you'll want to see, guided walks of the financial district give an insight into the history and present-day activities of this financial mecca. Or why not dabble in drama by trying out your acting chops in a Broadway workshop. There are plenty of subject focussed excursions to perfectly suit your time in the Big Apple.

All visits are covered by our externally verified Safety Management System and are pre-paid when applicable. Prices and opening times are accurate as of May 2018 and are subject to change and availability. Booking fees may apply to services provided by Voyager School Travel when paid on site.

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History

Empire State Building

After its completion in 1931, mid great depression era America, the 102 storey building remained the tallest in the world for just short of 40 years. Today, you can travel to the viewing deck for incredible views of Midtown Manhattan and beyond.

esbnyc.com

Price Under 13s £19pp
Adults £22.50pp
Opening times

Daily:  08:00 - 02:00

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Built in the footprint of the Twin Towers, the reflecting pools feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America and serve as a poignant tribute to the 2,977 lives taken in the terror attacks of 2011 and 1993. The museum is a deeply moving look at the lives behind the names and demonstrates a concise timeline of the events which changed the United States forever.

911memorial.org

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Opening times

Memorial
Daily: 07:30 - 21:00
Museum
Sun - Thurs: 09:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat: 09:00 - 21:00

New York Public Library

The New York Public library is an impressive feat for reasons besides the wealth of information it holds. The magnificent building is constructed out of 530,000 cubic feet of marble and guarded by the “Library Lions”, named Patience and Fortitude.

nypl.org

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The New York Fed is home to the world’s largest collection of gold and is a prime destination in the education of financial stability and economic growth.

newyorkfed.org/index.html

Price Free
Opening times

Mon - Fri:  10:00 / 11:00

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Board the Staten Island Ferry to see the landmark recognised the world over. The symbol of strength and solidarity was gifted by France and became an American icon of freedom. Lady Liberty stands next to nearby Ellis Island, the immigration point which saw some 17 million immigrants pass through New York from 1892-1954. Visit the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration to learn of its significance.

newyorkfed.org/index.html

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Wall Street

The financial district of New York City is a mecca of wealth and trade. Here you will find the world’s largest stock exchange, the NYSE.

Grand Central Terminal

Commonly, and incorrectly, referred to as Grand Central Station, New York’s Grand Central Terminal is the largest train station in the world by train tracks and platforms. No wonder when more than 750,000 people pass through each day!

Science

American Museum of Natural History

Sometimes hailed as the most influential museum of Modern Art in the world, MoMA’s collection offers its visitors an unparalleled overview of Modern and Contemporary art, from drawings, paintings and sculpture, to architecture, design, film and electronic media. It has recently been redesigned, and is the permanent home to works by Warhol, Picasso and Matisse.
amnh.org

Price See website
Opening times Daily:  10:00 - 17:45

The United Nations

Visit the United Nations headquarters in New York City to discover the inner workings of the organization.  Learn how the United Nations addresses human and environmental issues such as human rights, peace and sustainable development for the future of our planet.

visit.un.org

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Opening times Mon - Fri:  09:00 - 16:45

Central Park Zoo

Visit the United Nations headquarters in New York City to discover the inner workings of the organization.  Learn how the United Nations addresses human and environmental issues such as human rights, peace and sustainable development for the future of our planet.

centralparkzoo.com

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Opening times Mon - Fri:  09:00 - 16:45

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

This exciting and engaging museum in midtown Manhattan invites visitors of all ages to experience its dynamic facility which brings technology and creativity together. 

sonywondertechlab.com

Price Free
Opening times Tues - Sat:  09:30 - 17:30

Drama

Broadway

While only 4 theatres are actually on Broadway, it has become the ubiquitous name to the theatre district famed for stage productions and performance, surely a bucket list destination for any drama enthusiast or aspiring actor. Broadway is the heart and soul of artistic expression and discipline and with a selection of world-class shows old and new, you are spoilt for choice as to which to experience.

broadway.com

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Tour at NBC Studios

The Tour at NBC Studios invites visitors behind the scenes to explore the “most famous studio tour in history”. Take a look at the production of US television favourites like Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.

thetouratnbcstudios.com

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Opening times Mon - Thurs: 08:20 - 14:20
Fri: 08:20 - 17:00
Select Sat/Sun: 08:20 - 18:00

MSG All Access Tour

Recognised as the “World’s most famous arena”, Madison Square Garden is home to the Knicks Basketball team and the Rangers Ice Hockey team. The garden is also New York’s premier venue for globally renowned music acts. On this behind-the-scenes tour of Madison Square Garden, you’ll learn about moments that have made sports and entertainment history.

thetouratnbcstudios.com

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Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.

paleycenter.org

Price Free
Opening times Wed: 12:00 - 18:00
Thurs: 12:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun: 12:00 - 18:00

Apollo Theatre Historic Tour

The Apollo Theater in Harlem is a music hall and the most famous club associated almost exclusively with African-American performers and was the home of ‘Showtime at the Apollo’, a nationally syndicated television variety show consisting of new talent. Your Historic Tour connects the past, present and future through the entertaining and inspiring storytelling of Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell.  Your tour ends onstage where you can touch the Tree of Hope.

apollotheater.org

Price Weekdays £15pp
Weekends £17pp
Opening times Subject to availability

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image is dedicated to the art, history and technology of the moving image in all its forms. The Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination for audiences of all ages and interests, from fans of classic cinema to avid gamers!
Encompassing the old and new, the museum explores the past and projects the future, from 19th century optical toys to the latest in digital art. Inspire learners of all ages through engaging and interactive exhibits.

movingimage.us

Price Weekdays £15pp
Weekends £17pp
Opening times Subject to availability

Art

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Sometimes hailed as the most influential museum of Modern Art in the world, MoMA’s collection offers its visitors an unparalleled overview of Modern and Contemporary art, from drawings, paintings and sculpture, to architecture, design, film and electronic media. It has recently been redesigned, and is the permanent home to works by Warhol, Picasso and Matisse.
moma.org

Price Under 16s free
Students £11pp
Adults £22pp
Opening times Daily: 10:30 - 17:30
Friday: 10:30 - 20:00

Guggenheim Museum

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim is one of the 20th century’s most unique landmarks. Its permanent collections feature impressionist, post-impressionist, modern and contemporary work and there are also several exhibitions that take pace throughout the year. The building’s construction adds to the whole experience of the museum and the excursion is not to be missed for those art lovers among you.
guggenheim.org/new-york

Price £4pp
+ £27 guided tour group fee
Opening times Daily: 10:00 - 17:45
Saturday: 10:00 - 19:45
Thursday closed

Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

It is impossible to see everything within the 2 million square feet of exhibition space here. Even if you are not an art aficionado, the museum with its grandeur and Grecian beauty makes a visit worthwhile. 
metmuseum.org

Price Students £8pp
Adults £16pp
Opening times Sun - Thurs: 10:00 - 17:30
Fri - Sat: 10:00 - 21:00

The Whitney Museum of American Art

The museum emphasises the importance of bringing lesser-known contemporary artists to the forefront in their annual and biennial exhibitions, but in its main collection you will see many important pieces from the first half of the last century. 
whitney.org

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Opening times Daily: 10:30 - 18:00
Fri - Sat: 10:30 - 22:00
Tuesday closed

Recreation

Times Square

Times Square, one of the most visited tourist spots in the world, is a hive of activity famed for its bright lights and towering illuminated screens. You’ll find an abundance of chain restaurants and clothing stores in close proximity as well as street performers and other attractions.

Fifth Avenue

Known as the most expensive shopping street in the world, from Cartier to Tiffany & Co., you’re more likely to be window shopping when walking down this street! Head onwards and you’ll also find the beautiful gothic St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the famous Flat Iron Building and of course the Empire State Building in your path.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a large Art Deco style complex in Midtown Manhattan. It is home to one of the city’s most celebrated attractions in the winter, when ice skating at “The Rink” opens for the season. However it is a great destination all year round.

Central Park

Central Park has been a National Historic Landmark since 1962 and is contained within over 843 acres of city owned public land. The park receives a whopping 35 million visitors annually, and as such is the most visited park in the United States. Explore the many gems hidden within from sculptures, bridges, the lake and boathouse.

Top Of The Rock

Visit the observation deck at the top of Rockefeller Center and admire New York City from above. The 70 storey tower boasts 3 floors of indoor and outdoor decks with panoramic views of the city, and maybe the preferred option over the Empire State Building because you can get a photo of it amongst the skyline!
topoftherocknyc.com

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Opening times Daily:  08:00 - 00:00

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