Day 1 You'll See:
Day 2 You'll See:
- Apollo Theater
- The MET
- Lincoln Center
- Broadway Walking Tour
- Broadway Play
Day 3 You'll See:
- Midtown Walking Tour
- Broadway Classroom
- Macy's Herald Square Behind the Scenes
Day 4 You'll See:
- Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
- 9/11 Memorial
- Lower Manhattan
- Broadway Play
Day 5 You'll See:
- Broadway Classroom
- The RIDE
Student groups will have the delightful opportunity to “Dance down Broadway”, enjoy two Broadway plays, attend an excellent Broadway workshop and explore well-known NYC landmarks and attractions on this exhilarating and undeniably entertaining five-day excursion!
A visit to the Big Apple’s gloriously landscaped 843 acre back yard is a mainstay of any NYC experience; a fixture on paper, the Silver Screen and in the minds and hearts of millions, this iconic landmark is an oasis in the heart of the city, offering visitors a fabulous respite from the frenzied rush. Our Country’s first real park features two ice skating rinks, 21 playgrounds, one of the largest merry-go-rounds in the States, its own Zoo and a stunning heirloom rose garden. Central Park is laced with scenic footpaths; birding and wildlife watching opportunities abound, and boat/kayak rentals can be secured at Loeb Boathouse. Carriage rides through Central Park are an enchanting tradition, and plenty of open-air performance venues treat audiences to countless concerts and productions – the Shakespeare Festival is not to be missed!
5th Avenue Walking Tour
A 5th Avenue walking tour acquaints visitors with the history of this legendary street, including the prestigious stores and iconic landmarks that have made this fabled thoroughfare an enduring favorite destination for NYC shoppers for decades! This five-mile stretch of road beginning at Washington Square and ending at Harlem River is loaded with designer shops and architectural stunners; tours can be customized to include your student group’s very own “NYFabulous” 5th Avenue shopping experience!
Top of the Rock OR Empire State Building
For a bird’s eye perspective of the City that Never Sleeps, beat feet to Rockefeller Center – NYC’s most famous landmark - step inside the waiting supersonic elevator and “whoosh” 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 glorious city skyline from three observation decks. In an Empire State Building frame of mind? Choose a comfortable 86th floor stop with both indoor and outdoor viewing options or continue 200 feet higher to the climate-controlled privacy of the 102nd-floor observation deck –the highest public perch in New York City! Both vantage points will offer unmatched 360-degree vistas from 1,250 feet above the heart of Manhattan – on a clear day you can see forever; well, at least all the way to Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Fun fact: These towering icons house so many businesses each has its own zip code!
Your student group will definitely enjoy the myriad wonders of “The Crossroads of the World” during daylight hours, but there’s 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”!
Popular Amateur Night at the Apollo celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2009 as the quintessential African American talent competition, serving as the model for Star Search and American Idol and as a launch pad for some of the nation’s greatest entertainers. The Wednesday night show marries world-class talent with a distinctive, vaudeville-like atmosphere, and has relied on audience participation since the very beginning as an accurate assessment of competitors’ potential. This acclaimed Harlem showcase for black performers was the home stage of Showtime at the Apollo, a syndicated television variety show which showcased new talent from 1987 to 2008. “Long live the music!”
Metropolitan Museum of Art
No quintessential NYC excursion would be complete without a visit to “The Met” - 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 throughout the year. Your student travel group is welcome to explore this celebrated institution on their own or enjoy Museum highlights on any one of a variety of engaging, hour-long special tours conducted by trained volunteers departing every fifteen minutes from The Great Hall throughout the day, between 10:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Lincoln Center Tour
Your student group will delight in 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 30 indoor and outdoor performance facilities. Opened in 1959, this mecca for the performing arts welcomes over 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 historic Lincoln Center – a fantastically popular annual event that’s absolutely FREE!
Broadway Walking Tour
Dance down Broadway with your student travel group on a super-popular Broadway Walking Tour! These scintillating 90 minute guided tours of the Broadway Theater District in New York City get you an hour and a half with 40 famous Broadway personalities – including producers, actors, directors and industry specialists – their voices are magically woven into a smashing world-class audio track in a stroke of creative genius. You’re treated to the tunes of favorite Broadway shows during no fewer than thirty thrilling stops as talented Walkin’ Broadway Guides regale you and your group with the fabulous-to-scandalous stories of Times Square, including infamous gossip and backstage secrets straight from the heart and history of the Broadway Theater District!
Select a production, get to the theater, find your seat, then sit back and enjoy the show – there’s nothing like catching a live performance on one of the World’s greatest stages! You simply can’t come to the Big Apple and miss out on the Great White Way theater experience. P.S.: Don’t forget to wait by the stage door for autographs.
Midtown Walking Tour
Midtown Manhattan is arguably the busiest, most valuable and definitely most crowded piece of real estate in NYC; a “ frenzied New York intersection scene” is typically what travelers who’ve never been to the Big Apple envision when planning their maiden trip! Midtown is home to many important NYC landmarks; you’ll encounter plenty of that classic “city skyline” architecture on this free tour. Stops include the bustling Times Square Theater District, historic urban respite Bryant Park, the New York Public Library, the MetLife Building, hectic Grand Central Terminal, The Chrysler Building, centerpiece Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral and everybody’s favorite – the Empire State Building. Bring your camera, wear really comfortable shoes and prepare to be impressed by this entertaining and educational two-hour trek.
This amazing program gives young entertainers the chance to explore their creativity by offering a series of fantastic 90-minute classes focusing on a song, dance and drama – even the technical or business sides of Broadway, depending on their interests - led by Broadway professionals working to create a memorable, magical educational experience just for student groups. These classes provide a great opportunity to engage them in a variety of theatre disciplines and were developed in accordance with the National Standards for Arts Education. Participants experience the auditioning process, enact Stage Combat, learn “The Business of the Business” and try out their improvisational skills – Broadway style!
Macy’s Herald Square Behind the Scenes Tour
Iconic Macy’s Herald Square - a beloved NYC tradition, especially around the Holidays – is billed as the largest department store in the world, featuring eleven floors housing a huge inventory of more than half a million items. Built in 1902, Macy's Herald Square was the first building to house the modern-day escalator; it presently occupies an entire city block. Guided tours explore the mega-store’s incredible retailing history and unique architecture; students get insider information on marketing and discover merchandising industry secrets like why products for the home are sold on the top floor and why most mannequins are created without features. Visitor Tip: Isidor and Ida Straus, co-owner of Macy's, perished tragically when the Titanic sank; a memorial plaque honoring the two can be seen on the main floor at the memorial entrance. Bring your cameras!
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
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 tall, unflinching and proud on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, a breathtaking monument to freedom and democracy around the globe. Statue Cruises provide wonderful tours, ferrying you and your students out to meet our Lady, then on to landmark Ellis Island’s Immigration Museum – did your ancestors enter America here? Here’s your chance to do a little research!
Every New York City itinerary should include a sobering stop at this magnificent memorial, created to observe the senseless terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the devastating bombing on February 26, 1993. The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as our country's principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the horrific events of 9/11, documenting their untold impact, highlighting 9/11's continuing significance and honoring the memory of those who lost their lives on both dates with a series of moving and relevant exhibitions; portraits of more than 3000 9/11 victims are displayed on site.
Lower Manhattan Tour
You’ve made it to Midtown; why not spend a little time checking out Lower Manhattan? This iconic center of business in NYC, the fourth largest business district in the Nation and the place American history started deserves a spot on every student group’s Big Apple agenda! It’s where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where our first President George Washington was sworn into office. It’s home of Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange, and it is here, sadly, where the unspeakable 9/11 tragedy occurred, and an important rebirth is underway. Walking tours depart from the Charging Bull Statue, cover approximately one mile’s distance and generally take around 2 hours to complete. You’ll see Wall Street, Trinity Church, Ground Zero, Chinatown and a host of other landmark Lower Manhattan attractions.
It’s time for another thrilling night on Broadway. The “Great White Way” is your oyster; what will you see this time around? Enjoy!
Head back into the Broadway Classroom for another beyond-memorable 90 minutes of trivia, tips, and tricks of the trade from the pros; break a leg!
This super-duper, out of this world, the unconventional limo-bus tour takes you and your student group into the heart of the city in a whole new way for a mind-blowing, unforgettable interactive adventure like no other – what better way to top off your fabulous 5-Day NYC theater tour!?! “THE RIDE” employs all of New York City and its famous landmarks as the backdrop for a spectacular theatrical event; the Big Apple becomes the stage, and the view from your front-row seats on a multi-million dollar motor coach loaded with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, including 40 plasma screen TVs and thousands of dancing LED lights is utterly indescribable! Enjoy the crazy show from the plush comfort of awesome stadium seating and enormous panoramic windows as you cruise a 4.2-mile midtown path dotted with RIDE performers and native New Yorkers, alike, struttin’ their stuff, doin’ their thing and showing guests an entirely new side of The City that Never Sleeps!