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Embark on an unforgettable school trip to one of the world's most exciting cities!
New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and certainly one of our most popular school trip destinations. A leader in finance, art, music and theatre; the Big Apple is a melting pot of activity.
Besides the standard sights you'll want to see, we specialise in curriculum-driven business and economics trips, including guided walks of the financial district giving students an insight into the history and present-day activities of this financial mecca. We also specialise in art and drama trips to New York, including enriching Broadway workshops for your students to delve into.
Our accommodation is ideally located for visiting many of the famous landmarks and attractions on foot. Highlights for school groups include experiencing a live show on Broadway and visiting the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
It's possible to change the itinerary below to suit your needs. Get in touch to find out more
Day 1 – Depart the UK on your day flight to New York City. Arrive in New York, then meet your transfers and check into your accommodation. Explore the local area and then enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2 – Breakfast at a local diner and then make your way downtown to Battery Park, to enjoy a tour of Ellis Island and see the world-famous Statue of liberty. Ellis Island is where thousands of immigrants where first taken to be processed and most US families have a family member who went through this. Afterwards, make your way to the former "Ground zero" site and experience the breathtaking and no doubt emotional National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Walk down Wall Street, the centre of finance and premise of many a film before dinner in a local restaurant
Day 3 – Breakfast in a local diner and then visit Central Park and then onto the most famous shopping street in the world - 5th Avenue! You will pass all the major brands from around the world and stop off at the Rockefeller Centre and why not go to the top of the building for some of the most spectacular views of the city. Afterwards, make your way to Times Square and have dinner in a local hard rock café or why not catch a Broadway show!
Day 4 – Breakfast in a local dinner and then onto the MOMA to see modern and contemporary art in one of the world’s most cutting-edge galleries. Grabs so lunch and enjoy some free time for shopping before meeting your transfer for your return journey back to the airport for your overnight flight home to the UK.
Day 5 – Arrive back the UK.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art gallery in the USA and has more than 5 million visitors on average a year. It was founded in 1870 by a group of wealthy American businessmen, financiers, artists and leading thinkers who wanted to bring art and culture to the American people. It showcases art through time and has everything from antiquity through to the present day. Even if you are not particularly interested in art, the very structure of the museum, its grandeur and Grecian beauty makes a visit worthwhile. Located just on the outskirts of Central Park, on Museum Mile, means that you can round off your trip with a mooch around New York's biggest and most famous park. For those of you who are in search of art, the Met sits nearby the Guggenheim, another architectural wonder featuring modern art, and so you could follow up a visit to the Met with a trip to the Guggenheim.
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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 several exhibitions that take pace throughout the year. The building's construction adds to the whole experience of the museum, making it an excursion not to be missed by art and architecture lovers.
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For a more American focus, visit the Whitney Museum of American Art on Madison Avenue. The museum shows the works of lesser-known contemporary artists at its annual and biennial exhibitions, but in its main collection you will see many important pieces from the first half of the last century.
© Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty, along with the Empire State Building, are probably New York's most iconic monuments. The Statue of Liberty was a present given by the French to the American people, as a symbol of combined strength and solidarity against repressive regimes. It was designed by Frederic Bartholdi and dedicated to the people of the United States on October 28th 1886. The robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman Goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a ‘tabula ansata’ upon which is inscribed the date of American Independence, July 4th 1776. Both the statue and the pedestal are colossal and it is even possible to take a trip up into her crown and experience amazing New York city views.
From 1892 and 1954, Ellis Island was a busy immigration inspection point, and it has hosted an immigration museum since 1990 dedicated to the 17 million immigrants who entered the country through New York. Take a typical yellow Staten Island ferry from mainland Manhattan to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and explore the recent history of the United States, since it won Independence. It's best to catch the early morning ferries in order to avoid the long queues that build up throughout the day.
A tour of the United Nations Building Tours is also possible.
With a total height of 443.2 metres and 102 storeys, the Empire State building remained the tallest building for 40 years. It was designed in a classical art-deco style and has been nicknamed by the American Society of Civil Engineers 'one of the seven wonders of the modern world'. For those of you who can stand heights, travel up to its viewing platform in order to take in the magnificent views of Manhattan and the surrounding areas of New York City.
Take to the ice for a truly magical experience ice skating in Central Park's Wollman Rink (Open October through early April annually.)
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Central Park has been a national historic landmark since 1962 and covers about 3.41km2 of land. The park receives, on average, 37.5 million visitors each year, and as such is the most visited park in the United States. Despite these large numbers, its size means that it never feels busy and so provides an idyll of relaxation amidst New York's busy cosmopolitan atmosphere. Stretching from mid-town to Harlem, the park is a great place to watch everyday life in New York!
Nowhere is the phrase 'Bright Lights, big City' more appropriate than Times Square. Sometimes referred to as the "Crossroads of the World", the square acquired its name in 1904 when the New York Times moved its headquarters there. Ever since, the annual 'balldrop' on New years Eve attracts over a million visitors to celebrate the turning of the year. Bi-sected by Broadway, a trip to the square is a must for every school group for a group photo amongst the futuristic neon advertising.
Considering when this enormous complex was constructed, it still stands proud as one of the most impressive New York landmarks. The Rockefeller Center boasts a huge number of reasons to visit, from the iconic Rainbow Rooms, the NBC studio tour, the Top of the Rock observation deck and of course if your visit is festive the Christmas tree and ice skating rink. The buildings alone are awesome, the 'city within a city', with Art Deco construct and a huge number of unique art work commissions.
Home to the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Buildng (New York's first Skyscraper), Saks, MOMA and the Guggenheim to name just a few, this iconic Avenue is synonymous with all things New York. From the high end boutiques to Museum mile via Millionaires Row, you could spend a day alone wandering the avenue in awe of its variety of uses and epic architecture.
In the context of modern global political history, Ground Zero represents the terrible events of 9/11 in memorial and also acts as a national symbol of solidarity. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is certainly worth visiting for school groups, the sheer scale of the atrocity is impossible not to be moved by.
Indisputably the Big Apple's most iconic river crossing, the Brooklyn Bridge is immediately recognisable due to it's distinctive pointed arches and and suspension/cable-stayed design. The best photo opportunities are from Pier 15 in Manhattan.
Close to all the action of Manhattan. You can walk to Time Square or the Empire State Building with ease from this great location as well as having a number of subway stops nearby. The Pennsylvania has always been a hotel and has been welcoming visiting from all over the world since 1919.
Close to central park and with easy access to the subway to get downtown. This hostel style accommodation has 24 hour security and is perfect for groups. Offering dorms with shared and private facility’s.
2 blocks from central pack and located on the upper Westside of Manhattan. This hotel is perfect if you are looking some somewhere a little more peaceful and away from downtown. With easy links to the subway.
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