Day 2 You'll See:
- Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
- 9/11 Memorial
- New York City Ballet Group Adventure
- New York City Ballet Performance
Day 3 You'll See:
- Central Park
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Lincoln Center Tour
- Broadway Play
Day 4 You'll See:
Your group of promising young superstars will thrill to this four-day NYC extravaganza highlighting famous historic landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center and the 9/11 Memorial, and treating them to a smash-hit walking tour, TWO Broadway shows of their choice and a truly informative and entertaining workshop hosted by the pros!
No trip to NYC would be complete without treating yourselves to an evening’s indulgence in this time-honored tradition! Put your heads together and select a production, head to the theatre, settle into your seats and enjoy the show – there’s absolutely nothing like catching a live Broadway performance on one of the World’s greatest stages! P.S.: Don’t forget to linger by the stage door for autographs.
This amazing program gives young entertainers the chance to explore their creativity by offering a series of exciting 90-minute classes focusing on song, dance and drama – even the technical or business sides of Broadway - led by Broadway professionals working to create a magical and memorable educational experience for future entertainers and budding entrepreneurs, alike, pondering a career in the entertainment industry. These classes tender students a great opportunity to engage in a variety of theatre disciplines and were developed in accordance with the National Standards for Arts Education. They can experience the auditioning process, enact Stage Combat, study “The Business of the Business” and check their improvisational aptitude – Broadway-style!
There’s truly nothing like experiencing the vibrancy of Times Square after dark! Its huge digital billboards, brilliant neon lights, and sparkling, show-stopping storefronts are just a few of the amazing sights, sounds, and attractions awaiting visitors opting to explore this world-famous intersection in the heart of the Theater District after sundown. Times Square, depicted time and again in popular cinema, is the home of the legendary New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, the Paramount Building, the Good Morning America show and so much more it also sports another nickname: “Center of the Universe”!
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Day Two of your Big Apple adventure begins with a classic sightseeing excursion! The 151-foot tall Statue of Liberty was a generous gift to our Nation from the good people of France and is one of the most recognized statues in the world. She stands, vigilant, tall and proud on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, a breathtaking monument to freedom and democracy around the globe. Statue Cruises provide excellent traditional tours, ferrying you and your student group out to meet our beautiful blue Lady, then on to landmark Ellis Island’s Immigration Museum for a little family tree research. Did your ancestors enter America through this National Gateway, once a hanging site for pirates?
National 9/11 Memorial
Every NYC student travel itinerary should include a visit to this magnificent memorial, created to observe the senseless - and ultimately incendiary - terrorist attack on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001, and the deadly February 26, 1993, bombing. The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as our country's principal institution charged with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the untold impact of those unspeakably tragic events, highlighting 9/11's continuing significance and honoring the memory of those lost on both dates with a series of moving and relevant exhibitions. Portraits of more than 3000 9/11 victims are displayed on site and a portion of the “Survivors’ Stairs”- the stairwell by which hundreds narrowly escaped with their lives that fateful day, as well as remnants of the twin towers’ structural columns – remain, haunting, sobering reminders of this heinous act.
New York City Ballet
There is an 'unparalleled repertory' here at the NYCB, the dancers athletic and contemporary, the performances diverse and magnificent. One of our favorite things about the NYCB is the programs they offer to groups, students, and the community in general. The art of ballet truly comes alive with NYCB in the Classroom, a program that gives students an in-depth look at the history of ballet, its place in culture, and its figure in art. The educational programs meet Common Core Learning Standards, are taught by professionals, and are geared toward specific grade levels.
There are also Student Theater Visits, Community Programs, and Group Adventures. Your group will certainly want to look into the Group Adventures, each different option available as an add-on to your group performance ticket. Try the Ballet Class, Performance Workshop, Meet the Dancer, Meet the Musician, or Dress Makes the Dance program.
The glorious sun is UP and it’s time to get moving! Grab a nourishing breakfast; you and your young charges will kick off Day 3 of your fabulous 4-Day getaway with a trip to iconic Central Park. A stroll through the Big Apple’s 843-acre backyard is a mainstay of every NYC experience; this familiar landmark - an oasis in the heart of the bustling city - offers a fabulous escape from the frenzied crush of crowds and chaotic tangle of life in the concrete jungle. Our Country’s first real park features two ice skating rinks, a large area of natural woods, twenty-one playgrounds, one of the largest merry-go-rounds in the nation, its own wonderful zoo, a 106-acre reservoir encircled by a running track and a beautiful heirloom rose garden. The Park is wound about with scenic footpaths; birding and wildlife watching opportunities abound, and boat/kayak rentals can be secured at Loeb Boathouse, and carriage rides at all times of day
are an enchanting tradition. An array of open-air performance venues treat audiences to countless concerts and productions – the Shakespeare Festival each Summer is not to be missed!
Metropolitan Museum of Art
You’ve romped and frolicked in Central Park; now it’s time to experience a little culture, NYC-style! You and your students are off to the Metropolitan Museum of Art - the largest art museum in the United States and one of the ten largest in the world, showcasing a stunning compilation of comprehensive collections in more than 400 galleries and hosting endless exhibitions and special events. Your student travel group is welcome to explore this celebrated institution on their own or enjoy “Met” highlights on any one of a variety of engaging, hour-long special tours conducted by trained volunteers that depart every fifteen minutes from The Great Hall throughout the day.
Lincoln Center Tour
Your group of budding young entertainers will thrill to a tour of this stunning, state-of-the-art, multi-venue icon situated on 16+ beautiful acres - home to a dozen performing arts organizations including Julliard School, The New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, and featuring no less than 30 indoor and outdoor performance facilities! Opened in 1959, this mecca for the performing arts welcomes more than five million visitors per year, and “Lincoln Center Out of Doors” brings three jam-packed weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word to the fountain-graced plazas of this historic complex – a fantastically popular annual event that’s absolutely free!
Wrap up Day 3 with a return to the Great White Way; what will you see this time around, O, seasoned audience?
Rockefeller Center Visit
There’s truly no holiday to-do quite like the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Event, and every Winter at The Rink, skaters of all ages partake of one of NYC’s most celebrated Christmas traditions as they lace up, re-tie their scarves and whirl away, with the bustling crowds and twinkling lights a fairytale backdrop to their carefree spin on the ice. Year-round, the Big Apple’s most popular landmark draws the crowds who come from around the globe to enjoy world-class shopping, dining, art, and entertainment. Your group will see some of the city’s most beloved treasures as an expert historian usher you through the 22-acre Rockefeller Center’s renowned gardens, spaces, and buildings. This entertaining and educational hour-long journey opens with an introduction to John D. Rockefeller, detailing his vision for its development, then continues on to highlight the Center’s rich and fascinating history. After your guided expedition, feel free to branch out on your own - wander the lush Channel Gardens and check out the Concourse. Later, you’ll tour NBC Studios, then zip to the top of the “Rock” for the ultimate bird’s eye view of “Gotham City”!
NBC Studio Tour
This sellout tour ushers lucky guests through those hallowed halls at NBC and into the belly of their exciting New York operations! You and your students will have the opportunity to visit famous studios, including Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show and MSNBC. You’ll drop by the NBC/Sharp Globe Theater, check out Broadcast Operations, tour the Make-up Room and visit the High Definition Mini-Control Studio. Souvenir photos are taken at the news desk and two brave volunteers from your group will have a shot at reading the news and giving a weather demonstration in front of the “green screen”!
Top of the Rock
Last stop on this NYC FABULOUS Theatre Tour gets you and your students an absolutely incredible bird’s eye view of the City that Never Sleeps from the zenith of Rockefeller Center. Hop inside a supersonic elevator and soar straight to the twinkling, LED-lit “Top of the Rock” where you’ll enjoy exhilarating, completely unobstructed 360-degree views of Central Park and the iconic city skyline.