New York City reigns supreme as one of our favorite student destinations. There’s so much to see and do, it’s hard to squeeze it all in. Our expert staff has some great group tips for getting the most out of New York City!
Stephanie (tour consultant) absolutely loves Rockefeller Center for student groups. It’s a one stop shop for the best of NYC. The observation deck at Top of the Rock is usually less crowded than the Empire State Building and offers a stunning, unobstructed view of the city. The NBC Studios tour is popular with students and tons of fun. If traveling during the winter months, a stop at the ice rink is a must. If traveling during the holidays, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center is a spectacular must-see!
Steven (tour consultant) is a big fan of the Freehand Hotel for accommodations. Located in the historic Flatiron District, the Freehand has an artsy vibe, great food and a unique flair. Students will love this distinctly New York City experience.
Dough and DeKalb Market Hall
Kadianne (operations manager and former resident of NYC) knows its “sweet” spots. A favorite is “Dough,” located in Brooklyn and the Flatiron District. Dough is known for its legendary and mouthwatering doughnuts. DeKalb Market Hall in Brooklyn is also a great option for all kinds of local flavor – students can taste a little bit of everything!
One World Observatory
One World Observatory at the Westfield World Trade Center is another favorite stop for Kadianne. SkyPod elevators climb 102 stories in 42 seconds for a view like none other!
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Keith (chief operating officer) understands The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum offers a rare opportunity for the youth of today to interact with the heroes of the past. Precious few years remain that will allow younger generations to spend time face to face with those who served on ships like the Intrepid. Capture these teachable moments before they slip away.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum and Ellis Island
Keith also has another awesome gem to share with student groups- the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. This landmark building tells the story of immigrants to New York City between the 19th and 21st centuries through the personal experiences of those who lived here. Couple this experience with a trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty to help students understand the role of immigration in our nation’s evolving identity.
Staten Island Ferry
If you just want a great harbor view (and photo op!) of the Statue of Liberty, Michelle (KA consultant) suggests a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Leaving approximately every 20 minutes from Battery Park, the ferry is free and takes your group right past the Statue.
As you plan your student trip to New York City, tuck these tips in your back pocket. Better yet, call Kaleidoscope Adventures directly to chat with our expert staff. More than 25+ years in the student travel industry gives us some serious street cred! We’ll work with you to create a unique itinerary that meets all your objectives. KA really is travel beyond expectations!