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How Christmas is celebrated in New York

Christmas in New York: How to celebrate

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“The city that never sleeps” has received its name thanks to the many activities that it offers 24 hours a day, both to residents and visitors. But what happens during the end-of-the-year seasons? Well, more and more people choose to travel and learn more about other cultures and customs, which is why the Christmas celebration is one of the most special events in the city, due to its decoration and cozy atmosphere.

Hundreds of people gather at the main tourist spots in the city for the sole purpose of celebrating surrounded by snow, lights, lead soldiers and Christmas carols, as we have detailed in hundreds of Hollywood films that recreate this holiday.

If this is one of your plans during the end of the year, below we share 7 activities that you can do during the Christmas season, activities that will surely be very useful for you to take advantage of the time while visiting this huge city, been the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour in New York one of the favorites of the families.

What to do at Christmas in New York?

The Big Apple and the other districts have plans everywhere, plans that start from the month of November to January, starting with the Thanksgiving Day by the famous Macy’s store, continuing with the turning on of the tree lights from Rockefeller Center to the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. In addition, dozens of windows of the best shops in the city are filled with color to illuminate the commercial corridors, but also excursions like the Night Tours in NYC turn out to be the most wanted ones.

Every year, it is expected to welcome around 7,000,000 visitors from different destinations around the world, who hope to have the best experiences of each New Year’s season.

1. The Rockettes

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Year after year the Radio City Rockettes dress up to dazzle adults and children with their performance of the Christmas Spectacular, a Broadway event held at Radio City Music Hall. This show is full of glitter, costumes, Christmas music, and perfectly timed dancing.

  • Date: From November 8 to January 5
  • Place: Radio City Music Hall

 

2. Illumination of the iconic Belmont tree BID Arthur Avenue

In the district of the Bronx, you will be able to appreciate a neighborhood full of lights and food in the best Italian style, the little Italy is in the Belmont BID Arthur Avenue neighborhood where they, annually, light up one of the largest trees in the area, joined by Santa Claus and some good cookies with hot chocolate. This is one of the espectacles that you will see during the New York Christmas Lights Tour.

  • Date: November 30
  • Location: Belmont BID Arthur Avenue, Bronx

 

3. The nutcracker

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This renowned play can be seen in 3 versions and in 3 different districts:

  • Queens dress up in magic at the Salzburg Puppet Theater in the Flushing neighborhood, with a handcrafted puppet show presenting The Nutcracker in a play for all ages. ( Date: December 4 – Place: Salzburg Puppet Theater)
  • Manhattan brings this classic to life at Lincoln Center Plaza with choreography and music based on the work of George Balanchine. ( Date: From November 29 to January 21- Location: Lincoln Center Plaza)
  • Brooklyn opens the doors of the Kings Theater to present a new version of The Nutcracker, representing the traditions and cultures of the melting pot of this district with characters and scenes typical of this classic. ( Date: December 14 – Location: Kings Theater)

4. Times Square at New Years

This is one of the most anticipated shows by hundreds of spectators who yearn to see the ball fall from the Waterford Crystal Times Square just minutes before midnight on December 31st. People come to wait for hours in this place, because everyone wants to have the best location but there are so many spectators that the place becomes totally crowded, however seeing the famous sphere of lights fall excites more than one.

  • Date: December 31
  • Place: Times Square

 

5. Thanksgiving with Macy’s

The famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a classic New York event that kicks off Christmas. In this event dozens of giant balloons parade through the main streets of Manhattan joined by floats with Broadway musicals and celebrities. Starting at 9 am, one of the most important events in the country begins, passing through 77th Street and Central Park West to 34th Street and Seventh Avenue.

  • Date: November 28
  • Location: Manhattan

 

6. Dyker Heights

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It is one of the best decorated places in all of Brooklyn, a complex of huge houses that since 1986 have been decorated from floor to ceiling, with thousands of lights and Christmas decorations that will dazzle anyone. Every year a new owner joins the tradition, because the atmosphere is such that everyone goes out a little more for Christmas than when they arrived. To learn more about this plan read about Christmas in Dyker Heights or you could participate on a Dyker Heights christmas lights tour.

  • Date: December 1-30
  • Location: Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

 

7. Rockefeller Center Tree

Lighting the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is quite a ceremony, as it is a tradition that has illuminated Rockefeller Plaza for more than 80 years. During the great ceremony, classic Christmas performances are performed with typical Christmas carols and musicals. It is also a perfectly romantic and emotional setting, because next to the tree there is an ice rink on which you can skate from October.

  • Date: Confirmed annually
  • Location: Manhattan

 


 

The list of plans goes on and on, New York offers activities for all tastes, budgets and for every day, in fact every corner of the city has something new to fall in love with and you can discover all this on a NYC night tour. Some of the events that you can enjoy these days are:

  • Fireworks in Brooklyn to celebrate New Years.
  • Enjoy the Lantern Festival on Staten Island.
  • Walk through the illuminated Bronx Zoo.
  • Train show in the Botanical Garden.
  • Black Friday and Empire Outlet sales.
  • Attractions at the Apollo Theater.
  • Classic Twilight Tour of Staten Island.
  • Illumination of the largest Menorah in the city.
  • Presentation of the play “Scrooge’s Ghosts”.

Plan your trip and have the best Christmas of all, let yourself fall in love with the Christmas spirit, be part of a Brooklyn Christmas lights tour, take the time to visit each of the districts and enjoy their events. Make your hotel, transportation and excursion reservations in advance to guarantee availability.

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Must-See Washington, DC Events & Festivals

12 Best events & festivals in Washington, D.C.

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Washington DC is considered as a purely political and cultural destination, however several times a year there are fairs and festivities that you cannot miss.

If you are planning to tour this city or you just want to take a Tour to Washington from New York, then we will share you the dates on which the most popular festivals in the city are held. So, if you have the opportunity to attend, you will not regret any of these events.

1. Independence Day, July 4th

July 4th is an important date for the entire nation, but if your days of tourism fall around this date, that is excellent news, as this is one of the most memorable holidays for the US capital.

Every year, Washington DC puts on its best look and creates a great parade for children and adults to celebrate Independence Day in style, as a revelry is programmed through Constitution Avenue, touring the most significant monuments of the city, all the way to the Lincoln Memorial. At nightfall a fireworks show is created with the sole purpose of commemorating each of the heroes who fought in the battle for independence.

2. Memorial Day, May 31st

Every May 31st a tribute is paid to veterans who fought in the nation’s battles and those who fell in war, this makes it one of the most memorable days in the entire country, so annually ceremonies and activities are offered focused on honoring hundreds of men and women who were part of its military forces. As on 4th of July, on Memorial Day an organized parade crosses Constitution Avenue and ends with a tribute concert where dozens of musical bands and families of the honorees congregate.

3. National Cherry Blossom Festival

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More than 100 years ago, Japan gave the United States about 3,000 cherry trees that were arranged to decorate the streets of the District of Columbia, each year in spring, for 15 days, a festival is held in honor of this present, so joined by music, parades, dances and fireworks shows, the population settles down to see how a bright pink color takes over the streets and gives life to the city.

4. Jazz Festival, June

In June, year after year, the most important jazz festival in the city is celebrated. It brings together about 125 , local and international, musicians in different meeting points, making it the largest musical event in Washington DC and one of the most important in the country.

5. Capital Pride

Civil rights and gender diversity are celebrated for a week with events that bring together almost 300 thousand people, from all over the world, on the streets of the North American main city. It is an event full of folklore, parades and a street festival organized with the support of entities that are in favor of this cause. Here you can enjoy 3 stages, one for shows and concerts, another to enjoy a picnic and drinks, and another with food trucks and a more familiar atmosphere. The stage surrounds the Capitol, making it participate in the different artistic representations and in the presentations of politicians and activists.

6. Smithsonian Folklife Festival, June

The last weekend of June on the National Mall is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a free event in which products and activities from different regions of the world are presented. This is a completely cultural fair designed to share the diversity of customs of each country.

7. ¿Where to next? Race DC

Best Cultural Events and Festivals in Washington DC

Once a year an ideal cultural and recreational activity is held for sports lovers and culture consumers, since, through an athletic race, it seeks to encourage participants to get to know the best locations in Washington DC with a route that crosses through the most important cultural and historical monuments while culminating challenges in areas that have great panoramic views. “It’s a new way of running, a new way of traveling and a new way of experiencing” this is the motto of the event and we admit that it serves to get to know the capital in an interactive way, so if you take a Washington D.C. Day Tour From New York and, besides, you like running, this is still a good plan to learn while you exercise.

8. Date Night in DC, February

Valentine’s Day is a date in which hundreds of couples come out to celebrate their love. Since the main city is not the exception, during this date some special sales appear helping you to have a pleasant night. The DC date night plan includes discounts on hotels, restaurants, attractions and bars, places always ready to make this romantic night the best.

9. Book Festival at the Library of Congress

The book festival is a space designed to offer and encourage the habit of reading in adults and children. Each year it invites more than 100 writers from different literary fields and allows visitors to witness and share with their favorite authors, either listening to one of their works, signing autographs or even taking a picture with them.

10. Passport DC, May

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Every May a trip around the world is organized for 31days. Where, 70 embassies and more than 50 cultural institutions allow access to the public, of all ages, to learn more about the culture of each participating country. With the support of events, exhibitions and workshops for all audiences, they manage to share something of their customs.

11. International Equine Show, October

For a week, Washington DC recreates an equestrian scene presenting world-class horses and riders. In this event, the public is amazed by the jumps and acrobatics that each pair – rider and horse – has prepared for their audience. Along with the horseback riding shows there are musical festivals, terrier races, equine competitions, bull riding and freestyle equine dancing. If you are a horse lover, you will love this plan.

12. H Street Festival, September

This is a festival arranged purely for fun. It takes place on H Street, an area known for bars and nightclubs that perform stage arts for the entire day.


 

If one of your plans is to stay one or more nights in Washington DC, we recommend you to experience one of these events, it will be a day not to forget and it will allow you to celebrate with the locals. Are you up for it?

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Visiting Niagara Falls: Everything You Need to Know

All you need to know before traveling to Niagara Falls

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If you are in the Big Apple and want to try a unique and different experience, which you will remember forever, take a break and get out of the routine with a Niagara Falls One Day Tour from New York. This tour will allow you to experience something really fascinating near one of the wonders of the world.

Niagara Falls is located on the border between Canada and the United States. With a depth of 54 meters and a width of 1000 meters, added to its exuberance, they have made it one of the most visited natural attractions in the world. Also, according to the time of year in which you decide to visit it you will see a different natural spectacle.

To make this excursion something phenomenal, you should take into account some tips when planning your trip, so you will avoid situations out of control.

How to get to Niagara Falls?

If you decide to take the New York to Niagara Falls bus tour for 1 day, we recommend you to do it with an organized group that has the experience needed for this kind of expedition, so, in addition to having transportation, they will teach you the different essential points of the visit.

Practical Tips for Visiting Niagara FallsThe bus tour is approximately 6 hours long each way, or you can also go by plane in a 1-hour trip. The decision is yours, however here we leave you a good option to choose: Niagara Falls Tour

What to see in Niagara Falls

Once you are in the place, you cannot ignore the following activities:

  • Go under the falls on the Maid of the Mist boat.
  • Tour the tunnels behind the falls with the “Journey behind the falls” plan.
  • See the Horseshoe Falls, the horseshoe shape that encompasses the falls.
  • Visit the Goat Island lookout.
  • Stop by the Cave of the Winds to see the Bridal Veil Falls.
  • Enjoy the view, from the Canadian side, at Table Rock.

Lodging

If you are staying in Niagara Falls, we recommend you to make a reservation in advance, especially if you travel in high season when the demand for hotels exceeds the supply and makes it almost impossible to find an available room. Take the time to schedule your visit, review the available hotels and choose the one that best suits your plan so you can have a wonderful excursion.

Weather

Keep in mind the season when you plan to make your trip, because even though any month of the year is interesting, it depends a lot on your tastes, interests and budget. In addition, according to the weather and the state of the river, some attractions will be disabled, besides sometimes the influx of public is greater, and hotel prices begin to change.

The high season is in summer, between June and August, so the visits increase for being the vacation season. However, the weather is perfect, the falls produce a mist that are part of a complete show and the attractions are fully available, but the prices of the hotels are through the roof and there are long lines to access any attraction.

In autumn, from September to December, the temperature remains below 68 ° F, therefore the visitors and, likewise, the hotel rates decrease. Autumn is considered a romantic season since the influx of people has dropped significantly, and makes it easier to access the attractions. In addition, the forests turn on a typical color of the time, making the environment as attractive as the waterfalls themselves.

What You Need to Know Before Your Trip to Niagara FallsIn winter, from December to February, the influx of people is minimal given that the temperature is also low. In this season some of the attractions are closed due to the freezing of the river, but the hotels have the most comfortable rates. Despite becoming an area rarely visited these days, winter makes the fall show some natural spectacles joined by ice and frozen mist, something that for some may be striking and worthy of admiration.

In spring, between March and May, the first months tend to be very cold and there is still ice on the river, so mid-May is when the attractions are 100% resumed. In this season you can enjoy the parks that surround the falls as they begin to bloom, and take advantage of the time to take bike rides or enjoy festivals and fireworks shows.

Additional attractions

In addition to seeing the scenery offered by the Niagara Falls tour from New York City, you can take a helicopter ride over the area, take advantage of Clifton Hill and its plans to hang out, and tour the wineries and vineyards of the region. Find out all about these additional plans as soon as you are planning your trip, so you can book early and take a better price.

Passage between Canada and USA

If you want to do the complete excursion, it is necessary to have the required papers to cross the border (passport, pet permit, etc.), in this way you can spend some time seeing the landscape from the American side, full of forests and nature reserves, to then cross the border and tour the falls from the Canadian side, full of commerce.

If the visit to the falls is a single day, we recommend you to cross the border by the pedestrian bridge, since the vehicular bridge usually presents traffic jams at certain hours. But if your plan is to stay there for several days, the vehicular option is ideal for you.

Schedules

The Niagara Falls have no restrictions for visitors, are 24 hours open and available to the public, so it’s a matter of you to plan and organize what you want to do and what you want to see. For attractions, it is better to go early in the morning, to avoid lines; or find a cruise ship that sails during nightfall, the busiest time.

All you need to know before traveling to Niagara Falls

Food

You will find world-renowned restaurant chains (Hard Rock Café, Ihop, Wendy’s, etc.), or also proposals for tasty restaurants in the different hotels or in Niagara on The Lake. There you choose if you will go for something you already know or bet on trying new flavors.

The indispensable

Check the weather that will be during the days of your visit to choose the appropriate clothing, bring sunscreen – it is essential – as well as an umbrella or a raincoat to use when the breeze from the falls suddenly arrives. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, the walks can be long.

 


 

We hope that these tips will help you plan a good Trip to Niagara Falls from NYC, remember that many of the plans that exist are totally in Spanish, so you can appreciate the place while you understand everything that the tour guide has to teach.

Get ready to enjoy this great trip and let us take you on a tour full of a great natural wonder.

 

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The Five Boroughs of New York

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New York City is made up of five different boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island) that bring nearly endless options of entertainment and activities for the entire family.

Each borough has its own personality that derives from hundreds of small communities whose cultures take over the environment. So, each of them has its own vibe, culture and culinary scene.

We hope that the next time you visit the Big Apple you take the time to visit each of the boroughs and enjoy the vibe. In fact, a NYC night tour is an excellent option for it, since you are able to meet the most representative areas of each borough accompanied by an expert guide throughout the tour.

Each of these districts has its own vibe, culture, culinary scene, and entertainment. The next time you visit the Big Apple, I hope you will take the time to discover the five boroughs of New York.

The 5 boroughs or boroughs of New York City are:

  • El Bronx.
  • Brooklyn.
  • Manhattan.
  • Queens.
  • Staten Island.

¡Join us in this adventure and let’s start this journey!

 

The Bronx

We know that The Bronx has had a bad fame, provided by movies and TV series. So maybe the name may sound like a red flag to you, but don’t worry, the Bronx is a huge borough with all kinds of neighborhoods and cultures that have been changing through the years.

It is located in the northernmost borough of New York City, and it is the only one of the 5 that is not an island. In fact, it is a highly residential district, home to 1.4 million people, that makes it the fifth most populous county in the state and the 26th most populous in the country.

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The borough borders Manhattan to the south, Yonkers to the west, and New Rochelle to its northeast. It has a land area of ​​42.4 square miles and is bordered by the Hudson River, Long Island Sound, and the Harlem River.

The Bronx was named for Jonas Bronck, a 17th century Dutch immigrant. Who, in 1641, bought 500 acres of land at the northeast of Manhattan. By the time the area became part of New York City, people said they were “going to the Broncks.”

Nowadays, since The Bronx was the cradle of hip hop, it is also currently experiencing an explosion of culture and art everywhere, so when you walk through the Fordham, Arthur Avenue, Belmont or Woodlawn neighborhoods, you will witness the works of art, most of them graffitis, that line the streets and some places that you would never imagine.

It is known for being the home of the New York Yankees. But It is also home to some popular venues such as the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Wave Hill. We can say that the neighborhoods are full of hidden gems and attractions.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in the Bronx, check out the Opera House Hotel. This historic place is close to Yankee Stadium, the subway, and was once the popular Bronx Opera House.

On the other side, we can’t ignore the Bronx culinary scene. From Italian food on Arthur Avenue to seafood on City Island, the Bronx has its fair share of dining options. For exceptional Italian food, try Tra Di Noi on East 187th St. Arthur Avenue is a little Italy after all.

 

Brooklyn

Brooklyn, also known as Kings County, is a borough with 2.5 million residents, almost 30.7% of the city’s total population. Brooklyn’s 71 square miles are home to a diverse and growing retail, entertainment and residential market.

You may have heard that Brooklyn is the up and coming area of ​​New York, which is completely true. This New York City district is gaining a resounding reputation from the creative and caring young adults and families who call Brooklyn as their home. Neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Bushwick have quickly gained popularity for the modern art-filled vibe.

The Five Boroughs of New York City

Head to Brooklyn by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll spy views of the Statue of Liberty and the stunning Manhattan skyline, one of the main spots on a Night Tour in NYC.

Brooklyn is home to one of the most progressive arts communities in the city, as well as trendy restaurants. Actually, in DUMBO, a neighborhood whose name is not a tribute to a flying elephant but an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, you will find a complete variety of places to enjoy.

At Brooklyn you could also:

  • Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Walk the Celebrity Trail named after famous Brooklynites like Barbara Streisand.
  • Visit the Brooklyn Academy of Music that rivals the best of Manhattan performance venues.
  • Visit the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the oldest children’s museum in the country that keeps kids smiling.
  • Take a look at the sea lion show at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island which is worth the price of admission
  • Take a trip to Coney Island, the legendary amusement parks in this section of Brooklyn are filled with rides, games, catalogs, and more.
  • If you travel with children, or you are one of those who love outdoor activities, you must visit Prospect Park, where you can do everything from pedal boats to horseback riding.

Manhattan

When people think of New York City, Manhattan is the first place that comes to mind. It’s no wonder the borough is home to top attractions like Central Park, the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the High Line, One World Observatory, world-class museums, restaurants, concert halls, the bright lights of Times Square and Broadway. Nevertheless, there is more to discover in Manhattan beyond the popular sights, the borough has many green spaces hidden in fabulous neighborhoods, where you can also go to the best fashion boutiques and classic bars.

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Even if you think you know Manhattan, with its world-class museums, great restaurants, and unforgettable sights, it always has something new and exciting to do.

Manhattan is the smallest borough in New York City, based on land area. It covers 10,890 acres (only 7.1% of NYC), of which 24.9% are open space and 37.5% are under residential use. Home to 1.6 million people, or one-fifth of the population of New York City, the district is the 19th most populous county in the US and the 5th most populous in New York State.

With its high population density, the majority of real estate in the municipality is residential, predominantly in the form of multi-family units rather than single-family homes. Manhattan is the largest county-level economy in the state, employing 61.6% of the City’s workers, with a high concentration in the Services, Finance, Insurance and Commerce sectors.

 

Queens

Queens is one of the most culturally diverse boroughs in New York, it is the location of the Citi Field and the Mets, the Museum of Image and Motion, and Kaufman Astoria Studios (where the famous series Orange is the New Black and Sesame Street are filmed).

Due to the city’s location and eclectic neighborhoods, Queens is becoming the ideal place for young professionals and their families. This population increase has attracted creative restaurants, breweries, businesses and more to put down roots in the borough.

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Whether you prefer a day at the beach or have a craft beer with friends, Queens has it all. With international cuisine, incredible parks and world-class sporting events, Queens offers attractions to suit just about everyone.

Here are some of the main activities that you could enjoy on Queens:

  • When visiting Astoria, be sure to visit the Bohemian Hall and the Beer Garden. The century-old beer garden is one of New York’s largest open-air drinking spots.
  • Sports enthusiasts can watch the New York Mets play a game of baseball at Citi Field
  • Watch the United States Open where the best tennis players in the world participate.

Queens covers 35% of the city’s total area with 109 square miles of land, being the largest of the 5 boroughs of New York. Its vast space allows for one of the busiest industrial areas within the five boroughs, 7,000 acres of parks, and home to the two largest airports in the tri-state area.

Queens has a diverse economy with major industries including services, commerce, manufacturing, and construction. Every day can be an event, whether you’re tasting delicious Greek food in Astoria or authentic Chinese food in Flushing.

Staten Island

Take a free ride and escape to the island filled with historic architecture, where you’ll enjoy stunning views, gardens, and many family-friendly attractions.

At more than 30,734 acres, Staten Island is the third largest district in the city. It has a fifth of the city’s coastline, and half of it was designed for industrial use. There are more than 170 parks covering more than 12,300 acres, with 4,000 acres on the coast.

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The city’s economy is locally oriented, with large concentrations in healthcare and social assistance, as well as retail.

Staten Island is renowned for its museums, historic sites, beaches, and parks, including the city’s largest forest preserve in the Staten Island Green Space. As in other counties, there is no shortage of things to do and places to see on Staten Island. In fact, there you could:

  • See NYC’s southernmost borough on a free ride aboard the Staten Island Ferry, an attraction in itself.
  • Enjoy the game of baseball at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark
  • Learn a part of colonial life in Historic Richmond Town
  • Visit the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, with exhibits that pay tribute to the local maritime heritage.
  • Visit the Staten Island Greenbelt which is the largest forest preserve in the entire city and features High Rock Park and Willowbrook Park. Don’t forget to visit the Nature Center or take a ride on the Carousel at Willowbrook Park for unforgettable memories of New York City.
  • If you’re exploring New York with kids, be sure to make time to visit the Staten Island Children’s Museum.
  • History enthusiasts should visit historic Richmond Town and immerse themselves in this 100-acre living history and museum complex.
  • Sports fans, who do not have the opportunity to participate in a Major League game while in New York City, can watch the Staten Island Yankees for nine great innings.

Go ahead and visit these boroughs with us and get to know all of the city. We also invite you to have a Night Tour through New York City to enjoy the skyline and the bright places that the city owns.

 

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Must See Tourist Attractions In Washington DC

10 Must See Tourist Attractions In Washington DC

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If you count the most important capital cities of the world, Washington D.C could not be counted off the list. It is not as large as some other capital cities, however it is the main city of one of the most powerful countries in the world. DC itself is an attraction for tourists due to its extended and versatile go-to places.

If you make a Washington Tour from New York by bus, or if you travel on your own, take a subway and head to visit this list with the best things to do and places to visit in Washington and make your stay in DC worthwhile. Let’s start this journey!

 

1. WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

The church and state are usually separated by the U.S government, that’s why there is a formal national cathedral in the state which is also considered as the nation’s spiritual home. The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, also known as the Washington National Cathedral, is the sixth-largest cathedral of the world and is based on Neo-Gothic architecture. Since it is one of the main religious places in DC, the Funerals of Presidents Reagan, Eisenhower and Ford, were held there.

The cathedral’s worship services are free; however, there is an admission charge to visit other areas of the church.

 

2. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

If you love going to libraries then you should visit the Washington DC’s Library of Congress since it is the biggest library in the contemporary world and the one that keeps more information about the nation.

It was founded in 1800 and had some humble beginnings. In its starting year, it had the early documents for the United States and for nearly 100 years it was used as a reference library for Congress. However, nowadays it has around 158 million items, including 36 million books, written in 460 different languages; it also has 69 million manuscripts. It is open for the public and is considered to be a paradise for the book lovers and history lovers, besides the books that are rare in the history of North America can be found there.

The Washington DC’s Library of Congress is a mandatory stop on your next one day trip to DC from New York.

 

3. GEORGETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD

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This town is historical and was established even before the U.S government established Washington, D.C. as the capital city of the Nation. It is one of the trendiest places to live in the United States of America since it is full of old stone houses and is close to the top university.

Some historical characters, such as Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy and the famous writer Francis Scott Key, used to live there and made the place a must-go.

 

4. NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

You don’t have to be a kid to be amazed at the National Air and Space Museum since it exhibits pieces such as the 1903 Wright Flyer to Apollo 11 moon landing, which will also excite adults and entire families. The museum has too much to offer and, amazingly, the basic museum entrance is free, you only may pay for specific activities or to visit some areas of the place.

 

5. JEFFERSON MEMORIAL

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Thomas Jefferson, who was the third US President, has got a lot of history in Washington, D.C making the Jefferson Memorial another important go-to place in the city. In fact, this memorial could be one of the places that you can visit on your Washington DC day trip from NYC, to get a bit of flavour of politics and American history. Also, if you visit at the right time, you can participate in Washington’s annual cherry blossom festival which is hosted by this memorial.

 

6. LINCOLN MEMORIAL

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America who deserved great respect for all of his work and achievements, thus his memorial is another great place to visit in Washington D.C. Besides, it holds another important element which is that it is the same place where Martin Luther King Jr. had his famous speech.

The memorial is open 24 hours a day, with National Park rangers on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

 

7. WASHINGTON MONUMENT

If I can name the best-known obelisks here on earth, the list couldn’t be completed without the Washington Monument being listed in it. This is a monument to the military achievement of George Washington during the Revolutionary War. It can get you the stunning top view of the entire city, but that part of the monument is not accessible for 24 hours, in fact it is open only in the daytime.

 

8. UNITED STATES CAPITOL

The United States Capitol is the place where Congress meets and holds the sessions of the House of Representatives as well as sessions of the Senate. It was one of the first buildings constructed by the fledgling U.S. government following the Revolutionary War, which makes it one of the most important buildings in the USA.

Visitors need passes to visit The Capitol, although they are free but are required to be collected from the Congressmen’s Office. At the same time, you can get tickets to tour the Capitol building or to have guided tours to see the legislators in action.

 

9. WHITE HOUSE

Must-Visit Attractions in Washington State

Who in the world would be unaware of the White House? The home of the President of the US is considered to be the symbol of the United States of America to the entire world. Good enough reason to visit it during a day trip to Washington from NYC.

This place holds a number of formal meetings of foreign leaders and other such important personalities of the world. However, the registration to visit this place should be done 6 months prior to your visit through the Congressman’s Office.

 

10. NATIONAL MALL

Visitors to Washington, D.C., won’t want to miss a stroll on the National Mall, a greenway that will take them past many of the capital’s important sites.

Located downtown, the National Mall stretches on the west from the US Capitol building to the Potomac River and on the east from the Jefferson Memorial to Constitution Avenue. Across the streets from the mall, but still considered part of it, are a variety of Smithsonian museums and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. To the east, nearby attractions are memorials to Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and James Garfield, but also the Reflecting Pool. With about 24 million visitors a year, it is the top tourist attraction in Washington that you may not miss.

 


These are some of the most important and attractive places that tourists, from all around the world, can visit while they are in Washington, D.C., even during a tour from NYC or traveling by themselves. These 10 places are the perfect blend of enjoying your time along with exploring the historical, cultural and political backgrounds of the United States of America.

 

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Best Times to Visit Niagara Falls

Best season to travel to Niagara Falls

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Actually, any time of the year is perfect to visit Niagara Falls since each weather season provides a unique magic to the immense source of water and the park that surrounds it. However it is necessary to know the difference between each season, so you can choose the one that best suits what you are looking for.

You can take a trip to Niagara Falls from New York whenever you want, they never close and admission is free.

First of all, you may know that the temperature and the amount of clouds vary according to the month of the year, and also, this climatic activity can affect the main tourist attractions. For example, during winter most of the tours that take place in the water and some of the parks are closed, while during the summer prices increase significantly, but regardless of the weather you can make a day trip to Niagara Falls without any problem.

On the other hand, your interests, budget and taste are what define the best date to visit this wonder, so here we will tell you everything about what you will find according to each season:

 

SUMMER – June to August

Summer season is the most acclaimed by tourists, the climate is hot – from 68 to 86 ° F – with little humidity. It is a holiday season that fits perfectly for those who travel as a family. In addition, most of the attractions, if not all, remain open as well as the tours, so those looking for a great experience can approach the viewpoint and get wet without any regrets.

Best Time To Visit Niagara FallsAlthough vacationing during the summer may sound great, it has its disadvantages, since the prices of restaurants, hotels and transportation rise, so it is essential that you make reservations with plenty of time to find good prices. On the other hand, the number of people traveling at the same time as you is innumerable and the lines are excessively long at each of the attractions, especially at the water ones such as the Maid of the Mist, the Journey Behind the Falls or the Cave of the Wind.

So, if you want to enjoy any of these plans, it is better to do it early in the morning, especially if you go with children. There are not so many people and, in addition to the fact that you can “easily” enter the attractions, there is less risk of losing one of your children in the crowd.

If you are passionate about photography and sunset, waiting for sunset will be fantastic, but remember that you won’t be the only one waiting for it, so don’t complain about crowds or not being able to capture perfect photos.

Although the prices of the Niagara Falls day trip from NYC are maintained throughout the year, it is important that you reserve your place so as not to be left out, since the volume of tourists is such that it is difficult to find a trip overnight.

And, if you are looking for other plans in the area, in June you can enjoy a wine festival ( Niagara’s New Vintage Festival ) and in August you can enjoy Niagara on the Lake .

 

AUTUMN – September to November

It is believed that this season is the most romantic of the year, the temperature drops a little – between 32 and 68 ° F -, the number of tourists decreases and, along with them, the rates of hotels and restaurants. However, a short volume of visitors remains, who still seek to enjoy their vacations with greater tranquility since the bustle has gone with the summer.

The weather is still comfortable so the attractions remain open, although sometimes there are sudden variations that can cause changes in plans, for the safety of tourists.

It is said that autumn is romantic thanks to the copper tone that takes over the landscapes, nature begins to dress in red, orange and gold, it is like an eternal sunset. In addition, in the vineyards there are new harvests, good wines and farmers markets begin to proliferate, if you want you can visit the wineries, pick fruits or take oenological routes.

If you like festivals, you can attend Oktoberfest (the famous beer festival), but you can also have a more cultural moment at the Shaw Festival dedicated to theater or the Annual Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival held in Jordan.

 

WINTER – from December to February

Winter in the northern countries of the American continent is really cold, the temperature can be between 26 ° F and 41 ° F, it has even been established that the coldest day is January 29 with a temperature that reaches up to 17 ° F and does not exceed 30 ° F, so if you plan to travel in winter it is mandatory that you wear special clothing for sub-zero climates.

Niagara Falls: When Is The Best Time To Visit?From December to February it is considered low season in Niagara Falls and therefore prices are favorable for all budgets, except in December when, despite maintaining low prices, rates go up for Christmas celebrations. According to the US News, the best dates to travel cheap are January and February.

About 1 million people visit the falls during the winter to appreciate a unique spectacle. Giant pieces of ice fall into the bottom of the cold waters, producing a huge roar and a visual spectacle. On rare occasions the environment temperature has dropped so much that the falls seem to be completely frozen, which has been quite a show for tourists and locals. In addition, the mist takes over the viewpoints and covers, with a white layer, everything that surrounds the falls creating attractive scenes.

Given the low flow of visitors and low temperatures, the main attractions are closed in their entirety until the beginning of March, but, in order to attract and distract the visitors who have chosen the winter season, the local authorities organize an admirable Lights Festival ( Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland ), which runs from November to January and provides a Christmas atmosphere to the tourist districts that surround the park.

 

SPRING – March to May

It is possible that on this date, on the Canadian side, the occasional snowfall will continue, so it is important that you check the weather forecast when you make your day trip from New York or Ontario. The temperature at the beginning of March can continue around 32 ° F but at the end of May it can reach 68 ° F, so you should wear comfortable clothes but do not forget to carry a coat, gloves, a hat and good shoes, just in case.

At the end of March the main attractions restart their activities, but sometimes they begin in mid-April. Anyway you can enjoy the outdoors and the flowers that take over the forests, excursions are popular again, but also are the bike rides, food festivals and cruises.

As for prices, it is possible that they will start to rise, anyway it is mid season and at the end of May it becomes high season, so at the beginning of spring you will surely find good rates but at the end of the month they will intensify welcoming the summer. After all, during the spring the volume of visitors is still low but they are preparing for the high bustle of the summer.

Best season to travel to Niagara FallsDuring this season the festivities increase and some fireworks shows are presented. You can also visit the Butterfly Conservatory and the Journey Behind the Falls is really attractive, because throughout the area the greenish tones intensify and nature takes over again.

 


 

Remember to always book in advance, do not trust or wait until the last minute to reserve your places, both in hotels and excursions. We want you to travel around the world and to have the opportunity to appreciate everything that nature has to show you. Choose the date that you like the most and take an excursion to Niagara Falls from New York, you will love it.

 

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This is Christmas in Dyker Heights

This is Christmas in Dyker Heights New York

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Finding an amazing destination to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve is something that hundreds of families do each year. Their purpose is to get out of the routine and fall in love with the typical celebrations of each country they visit, and the United States is no exception.

How many times have we seen in Hollywood Christmas movies that there are extravagant decorations everywhere? Well, some of those striking decorations can be found in New York; precisely this city has one of the most decorated and devoted neighborhoods to these festivities in the entire country, Dyker Heights.

If you spend Christmas in the Big Apple, we highly recommend you to take a Dyker Heights Christmas lights tour, so you will be able to know details of the city that otherwise you will surely overlook. For you not to miss anything, below we share a few details that you should keep in mind about this amazing neighborhood.

What is Dyker Heights about?

Dyker Heights is a neighborhood located in the south west area of ​​Brooklyn, very close to Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge. This is an Italian-American neighborhood, 100% residential, therefore it tends to be very quiet, away from the hustle and bustle that characterizes the Big City.

Once you start to walk through its streets, you will find gardens and houses decorated from corner to corner, lit by thousands and thousands of small bright lights. Personally, it seems to be a dream place, as some of the owners put gigantic decorations and put together a theatrical stage that captivates.

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The tradition began in 1986 when Lucy Spata, owner of one of the places, decided to decorate it from floor to ceiling, something that was not well accepted by the neighbors at that time because the amount of lights affected them at night, however, through the years, those same neighbors were attracted by the Christmas spirit and began to join the initiative to the point of promoting competitions among themselves. Each year the decorations get more flashy and voluminous, so it certainly does cost a few thousand dollars paying the bills, but it’s worth it.

Not all homeowners crowd their gardens with lights or inflatables, but those who do tend to hire companies that are professionally responsible for the decorations, paying between $ 2,000 and $ 5,000 for each. The goal is to have the most striking house, the brighter and with more viewers.

In those places where they have paid for the decoration you can find an advertising poster of the company in charge, so, at the end of the day everyone wins.

When do they start decorating?

The lighting formally begins on Thanksgiving, the last thursday of november; however mid-December is the best time to visit Dyker Heights until the end of the year or the first days of January. You must know that the best lighting brights especially on weekends.

As they are family homes, they turn off the lights at around 9:00 pm, therefore the ideal is to arrive at dusk to be able to cover more land. A 3 or 4 hour tour is perfect for walking through the neighborhood streets.

To plan your trip well, we recommend you to check the official Facebook page of the “event” ( Dyker Heights Christmas Lights ), so you will be absolutely sure about the dates.

How to get to Dyker Heights?

There are several ways to do the tour, you can hire an excursion to Dyker Heights or do it on your own, the first option allows you to learn more about the history of the place and the most amazing houses in the neighborhood without worrying about long walks or transportation, but the second option allows you to go on your own and at your own pace.

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If you decide to go on your own you must get to Brooklyn by subway to Bay Ridge on R Line there you get off at 86th St., or you can also get to Bensonhurst on D Line at the 79th St. station, the route from Manhattan takes about 40 minutes. From any of these stations you must walk almost 20 minutes, 1 kilometer and a half, to get to Dyker Heights. As soon as you see the lights, you will know that you have reached your destination.

Now, some tips for you to keep in mind:

  • In December New York tends to be very cold, therefore it is ideal that you wear appropriate clothes for the weather, don´t forget to wear gloves, a hat and a scarf.
  • Dyker Heights is a residential sector so you will not find cafes or shops nearby, our recommendation is that once you get to a metro station buy drinks or snacks for the road. It is also important that you take advantage to go to the bathroom since there will be no place later.
  • If you decide to book an excursion through Dyker Heights do it in advance, at once you can take the opportunity to take another tour through New York and thus know the other destinations that the rest of the boroughs have to offer.
  • In December night falls at 4:30 pm, keep that in mind when preparing your trip.
  • Include in your agenda a visit to the most famous houses in the neighborhood, in fact one is opposite the other. The first is Lucy Spata’s house located at 1152 84th Street, at the entrance it has dozens of lead soldiers, snowmen and angels surrounded by hundreds of lights. In front of it, at 1145 on the same street, you will find the Polizzotto house that has a gigantic Santa at the entrance accompanied by a couple of huge lead soldiers.

This is a plan that you cannot miss if you pass through the Big Apple during the Christmas season, whether you do a New York Christmas Lights Tour or if you tour the city on your own, you will have an incredible experience. Pack your bags and let’s go!

 

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Best Free Things in Philadelphia

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The city of Philadelphia, also known as Philly, is the main city in the state of Pennsylvania and the fifth largest city in the United States. Thanks to its location, the excursion to Philadelphia from New York has become one of the most desired activities by tourists, because at a low cost and in a one-day tour, with all the comforts, you can meet one of the largest historical centers in the nation, after Washington DC, and witness its cultural and artistic appeal.

The city of brotherly love is a highly welcoming destination with all the advantages of today, this and its past full of history has made Philadelphia part of the list of cities not to miss in the United States.

This city has the ability to offer plans for all tastes and ages. That is why today we have taken the time to specify to you 9 of the free activities that you can do when you come to Philly. Whether you do the day trip to Philadelphia from NYC or you come on your own. Let´s begin:

1. National Museum of American Jewish History

This is a space dedicated to celebrating the life and achievements of 19 famous Jewish-Americans who have changed part of world history, for example you can see the pipe used by the theoretical physicist Albert Einstein or the famous Super 8 camera by filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Admission is free, however it is ideal that before attending the place you check the opening times and dates.

2. Once Upon a Nation

“Once upon a time a nation” is a social space where real stories of historical events are told by expert narrators, completely free. The tour brings together 13 stories, told in 13 different settings, around the Historic District, where there are chairs arranged to sit and listen carefully. Each story lasts from 3 to 5 minutes and in each narration spot they allow the kids to collect a story flag and a star from each storyteller, these gifts can be kept as reminders or redeemed for a History Hero certificate plus a carousel ride at the Parx Liberty Carousel in Franklin Square.

Storytellers are often found around Valley Forge National Park, specifically at:

  • Independence Visitor Center
  • Independence Square, behind the Independence Hall.
  • Signer’s Garden
  • Carpenters room
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • The Powel House
  • Elfreth’s Alley
  • Franklin Court
  • The church of Christ
  • Betsy Ross House
  • Arch Street Meeting House
  • The Lincoln Financial Storytelling Bank at the National Constitution Center
  • Franklin Square

3. United States Mint

Top Free Things to Do in Philly

For free, you can learn about the coins production at the US Mint by touring the factory floor and the first coin minting press from 40 feet up. The tour is self-guided, so wherever you go there are posters and screens that tell a little about the history of the place and the manufacture of commemorative coins and medals. This is a purely cultural visit and is of great interest to collectors.

4. Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park is one of those commemorative spaces that you must visit. It shows a little of what the War of Independence was by having structures from the time that gave rise to the encampment site of General George Washington and his army in the winter of 1777 and 1778. The most important monuments of the place are the National Memorial Arch and the Barracks used by General Washington.

You can visit the park by car or bicycle, although if you prefer to hear some of the history, you can visit it on foot and obtain a telephone guide by calling (484) 396-1018.

5. Mummers Museum

Best Free Things to do in PhiladelphiaAlthough it is not a completely free tour, at the exit of the Mummers Museum you must give a voluntary contribution to help maintain the place and the works that are exhibited there. The aim of the museum is to present collections of costumes and pieces brought by Swedish settlers before the year 1900, since one of the traditions that the Swedes of South Philadelphia positioned is to celebrate the New Year with an event full of dance, pantomime and flashy outfits, so the Mummers Museum has taken it upon itself to preserve memories, explain customs and relive the iconic parade to its visitors on any day of the year.

6. Science History Institute

It is a museum created in an old building that houses an old bank during the Civil War. There are objects created from the 18th century to the 20th century; objects full of history that helped change the world, because among them there are stories of successes, failures and scientific discoveries full of surprises.

7. Barnes Foundation

If you are an art lover, on the first Sunday of each month the Barnes Foundation allows free admission to adults and children to appreciate the different most important art collections in the world, about impressionism, post-impressionism and modernism. It even offers an hour of art stories, ideal for children between the ages of 2 and 5.

8. The Fabric Workshop and Museum

What are the best things to do for free in Philadelphia?

It is a museum of avant-garde and contemporary art that dedicates its installations to artists who create new works on canvas or other materials. The FWM is the only museum in the world that has permanent collections by renowned artists such as Robet Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Morris, Carrie Mae Weems, among others. Throughout the year they present exhibitions on specific artists or themes, making their installations always remain fresh and dynamic.

The recommendation is to take advantage of the visit to tour the studios where the resident artists work, attend lectures about working on canvas or watch a couple of video presentations. In addition, the museum has its own gift shop where you will find simple pieces such as ties, napkins, canvas bags or umbrellas, with pieces made by the artists.

9. Curtis Institute of Music

It is an ideal space for those passionate about music, there you can see free presentations or solo recitals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.

 


 

Actually, the list goes on and on, because in Philly you can enjoy activities and public exhibitions throughout the year, which although not all are free, can be very low cost, up to $5 per ticket.

However, to be able to see them in their entirety you will need a couple of days to be worth it. Now, if you do not have much time to visit this wonderful destination, we recommend you take the one-day excursion to Philadelphia from New York, where, joined by an expert guide, you will get to know the most important places in the city. Well, even if you decide not to stay there, walking through its streets and monuments will make your day.

 

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All you need to know about the Statue of Liberty

All you need to know about the Statue of Liberty

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One of the greatest references of New York is the Statue of Liberty, a gift that France made to the United States in 1886, which, to date, is an emblematic monument of the country. When you think about the United States, the first thing that comes to mind is this immense monument that has become one of the most popular tourist destinations for locals and visitors. In fact, if you take a NYC night tour, visiting or seeing the Statue of Liberty is a requirement, whether you enter it or simply appreciate it from a distance.

In order to satisfy your curiosity and encourage you to visit this wonderful monument, below we will tell you everything you need to know about it.

Pack a suitcase, put on comfortable clothes and join us on this tour!

 

FIRST A BIT OF THE HISTORY OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

As we mentioned a while ago, the monument was a gift from France to emphasize its friendship with the United States in addition to celebrating 100 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The idea was born in 1875 by the French sculptor Frédéric Gustave Bartholdi who, with the support of the historian Edouard Laboulaye, decided to create the sculpture and have it ready just before the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. To manufacture the structure he had the support of Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, who years later built the Eiffel Tower.

Despite the fact that the piece or art was a gift from France, the money that had been raised for the construction of the statue was not enough to build the pedestal, therefore the cost of the sculpture was assumed 100% by France while the United States Unidos took care of the complete logistics. To manage the transport, installation and build the pedestal, it was Joseph Pulitzer, editor of the New York World newspaper, who was in charge of raising the rest of money needed by requesting donations; those who donated were publicly thanked in his newspaper.

 

 In 1924 the Statue of Liberty was declared a National Monument of the United States and in 1984 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, reason enough to keep the structure up to date.

 

THERE ARE 2 OTHER STATUES OF LIBERTY

On the occasion of the celebration of 200 years of France, the United States gave them a scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, this is located in Paris on the side of the Seine River, on the Pont de Grenelle. This piece maintains the exact design of the original but it measures 11.5 meters in height, is made of bronze and its position looks directly at its replica in NYC. All the attention is taken by the Eiffel Tower, however this work of art continues to commemorate the union between the USA and France.

Everything You Need to Know about the statue of libertyOn the other hand, also in Paris, in the Luxembourg Gardens there is another replica located in the extreme southwest; in this case it is the first scale model manufactured in 1870.

 

LOCATION OF THE STATUE

At first there was the idea that the most suitable location to install the statue was Central Park, however, in 1871, Bartholdi visited New York and while touring the city he found the perfect place to accommodate the artistic piece, Bedloe’s Island (today known as Liberty Island). Which is located in the upper part of NYC near the port, 2.6 km from the south of Manhattan, so it would be the first thing that the crew of all the arriving ships would see .

Initially, the work was called “Freedom Enlightening the World”, since being located right at the entrance of the port, the torch served as a lighthouse until 1920, welcoming hundreds of European immigrants. It was regulated by the US Lighthouse board and its light could cover a distance of up to 39 kilometers, making it necessary to install an electric generator to supply power to the entire structure. Over the years, thanks to its symbolism, it began to be recognized as the “Statue of Liberty”, a name maintained to date.

It is worth mentioning that her location and position was not given at random since, in addition to symbolizing freedom, the woman stares in the direction of France, emphasizing the brotherhood with the United States.

 

THE STATUE OF LIBERTY SYMBOLISM

  • It is 305 feet tall, including its pedestal, making it the largest statue in the world.
  • In her left hand she raises a torch that illuminates the world and symbolizes freedom. Since 1986, after its restoration, it was covered with 24K gold sheets to make it shine permanently. The original torch is kept in the museum.
  • In her right hand she holds the “boards” signed during the Declaration of Independence, in which says July IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776), the date on which the declaration was signed.
  • The crown has 7 points that represent the continents and the 7 seas.
  • With her left foot she is undoing some chains that symbolize the end of oppression.
  • Her posture indicates that she is taking a step forward, moving into the future, and taking a step toward freedom.
  • The crown has 25 windows that represent the gems found on Earth.
  • There are those who claim that the crown is similar to the one of Helios, personification of the Sun in Greek mythology.
  • At the end of the 19th century, millions of European immigrants arrived in the United States and the one who welcomed them was Miss Liberty. That is why she became the symbol of immigrants and empowers the ideals of freedom, slavery abolition, democracy, peace and support to human rights.
  • The Statue of Liberty was made of copper, so during the first years it kept a reddish tone, however due to the passage of time and the effects of the weather it took on a greenish tone produced by the natural oxidation of copper (patina), which is the one we see today, this tone has become part of her identity.

MANUFACTURE OF THE STATUE

The works of classical culture were a source of inspiration for the artist and that is the main reason why the piece has a woman’s body, however the face, although there are several theories about it, is said to be the graphic representation of Chaarlotte Bartholdi, the artist’s mother.

Bartholdi was in a dilemma to find the perfect material to build the statue, since it had to be light to be transported but also had to be weather-resistant. He found inspiration in the Colossus of Rhodes , a hollow statue made of bronze, only in this case the sculptor chose to use 2 millimeter thick copper sheets.

things you might not know about the Statue of LibertyInitially, the statue was manufactured in 3-meter pieces that were extended until reaching 11 meters, creating a sectioned sculpture but internally supported with a central support structure made of iron by Gustave Eiffel. Finally the Statue of Liberty is 46 meters high and weighs 225 tons.

The statue arrived in the United States on July 4, 1884, but had to be kept packed for 15 months while the construction of the 45.7-meter-high pedestal was finished, once it was ready, the assembly of the work began in sections – of bottom up – without using external scaffolding. It was on October 28, 1886, that the flame of freedom was finally lit in New York City.

 

SEVERAL RESTORATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE

  • In 1916 they made a change in the torch, initially it was made of copper but they decided to replace it with 600 yellow glasses to enhance the light. This project was in charge of Gutzon Borglum, the same sculptor from Mount Rushmore. On July 30 of the same year, the Black Tom Explosion was carried out, an act of sabotage at the hands of German agents that led to the closure of the entry of people to the torch.
  • In 1937, they replaced part of the stairs on the statue’s pedestal, reinforced pieces of the support that were rusted, and rebuilt the crown frames.
  • In 1980 they checked the state of the monument and noticed that it had a high level of wear and corrosion, forcing a total restoration process to be carried out. In this event, the torch was replaced by gold sheets and the internal and external supports were reinforced, making a reopening on July 3, 1986.
  • On different occasions the lighting system has been updated, in 1916 the statue had 246 light projectors. To illuminate the base of the monument and other points of the island 250 W lamps were used, while in the torch 500 W lamps were used. Between 1931 and 1945 they intensified the light inside the statue, eliminating shadows and giving an effect of greater amplitude.

THIS YOU SHOULD KEEP IN MIND TO VISIT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

If after taking a New York City tour at night you want to visit the Statue of Liberty, we inform you that you can go up to its crown. However, to achieve this it is important that you make a reservation months in advance to guarantee a place, otherwise it will be impossible to find available tickets.

It is literally on an island, therefore to get there you must take a ferry that leaves from Battery Park, but pay attention when taking the ferry since there are some going to Liberty Island and others towards Staten Island, back you can take any that goes to Manhattan.

Before boarding you will go through a first security check and then another when entering the monument. Keep in mind that you cannot enter with suitcases, large bags or baby carriages, so you must leave them at the entrance lockers and pay for their care. These security protocols were increased after the 9-11 attack.

To get to the crown of the statue you must queue for 2 to 3 hours, but you must be within the first 240 people in line to get a place – unless you have a reservation. Then, you must climb 22 floors (354 steps) to reach your destination. Not recommended for people with health problems.

If you want to appreciate an excellent view, you can get to the pedestal that has an observation platform, from there you will have an excellent panoramic view of New York Harbor. To get to this point you can use the elevator or you can also go up the staircase (192 steps), from there another spiral staircase begins and it leads to the observation platform at the crown of the statue.

In case you are just passing through, or you are doing a quick tour of New York, you can enter the museum that is located on the pedestal of the statue, there you will learn a little about the history and construction of this majestic work.

Everything You Need to Know About the Statue of LibertyAnother option to avoid crowds and long waits is to see it up close but without reaching the island. If you are aware of the costs, the lack of reservations and the delays to enter, you can take a FREE ferry to Staten Island and see it on the way, from there you can take great photographs and appreciate the art from a safe distance without possible hassles. This ferry does not stop at Liberty Island.

 

SCHEDULE

FERRIES. They start operating between 8:30 am and 9:30 am. To return from Liberty Island the last departure is at 4:30 PM.

STATUE OF LIBERTY. Monday to Sunday from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Hours may change seasonally and during holidays.

Closed on December 25

 

HOW TO GET

Departing from Battery Park, NY – New York (Manhattan)

Parking is limited near Battery Park so public transportation is highly recommended for your visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum. If you are leaving from New York:

  • Metro: Take the 1 train to the “South Ferry” station, the 4 or 5 train to the Bowling Green station or the R train to the “Whitehall Street / South Ferry” station.
  • Bus: Take the M15 (East Side) bus called “South Ferry” or the M6 ​​(West Side) from 57th Street.
  • Car: Take FDR Drive South, 1 Exit – South Ferry Battery Park. West Side – Take Westside Highway South (9A) until Battery Park.

Leaving from New Jersey from Liberty State Park

The emission and departure areas at Liberty State Park are located on New Jersey’s historic Central Railroad Terminal near the water. If you travel by car, caravan or private bus, there you can park for a comfortable rate.

Liberty State Park is also accessible by taxi, ferry, and public transportation.

  • Light Rail:  Take the Hudson-Bergen (HBLR) train to Liberty State Park Station, then walk. Another option is to walk 1 mile on Audrey Zapp Drive to the ticket office area located near the CRRNJ Terminal. For departures, walk 1/3 mile to the ferry port, from the ticket booth / security shopping areas.
  • Car:  From the New Jersey Turnpike take Exit 14-B and follow the signs to Liberty State Park.
  • Ferry:  Liberty Landing Ferry Service – from the World Financial Terminal in New York to the Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park, NJ. Visitors with ferry tickets to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will receive a $ 2 discount on Liberty Landing Ferry Service tickets.

ENTRY PRICES

By Ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Duration 3 hours approx.

  • Adults………………………………. $ 25.50
  • Adults over 62 ………… .. $ 21
  • Children between 4 and 12 years old ……… .. $ 16

By Ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, with access to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

  • Adults ……………………………… $ 25.50
  • Adults over 62 …………. $ 21
  • Children between 4 and 12 years old: ……… $ 16

Access to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty + access by ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

  • Adults …………………………… .. $ 28.50
  • Adults over 62 ………… $ 24
  • Children between 4 and 12 years old ……… $ 19

NOTE: If your ticket says “Statue of Liberty – Grounds Only”, you will only be allowed to visit the island, it does not include entrance to the Statue.

 


New York is full of art and culture everywhere, it is a city where hundreds of artists have gathered and have left their mark to give it that special touch that attracts us. To get to know all the corners of the city, you can take a New York City night tour that will allow you to see up close each facet of the city, its districts, its colors, its people and its customs. Dare to visit one of the most important and memorable cities in the United States.

 

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things you didn't know about Abraham Lincoln

9 things you didn’t know about Abraham Lincoln

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In the United States, there is no city that pays more tribute to all its presidents than its capital does, and that is the most important reason why Washington DC has so many places to visit. If you are touring the country do not hesitate to take the opportunity to make a day trip to Washington from NYC to soak up a little more of the North American culture and enjoy more miles traveled.

In each monument built in this city you will find very interesting data about the history of the fathers of the country, so today we will dedicate this article to tell you 10 things that you may not have known about the sixteenth president of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln.

1. The former president is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Abraham Lincoln was an innate fighter, because thanks to his long limbs he managed to dominate the ring very well and it is said that he was defeated only once in about 300 matches.

2. Lincoln created the Secret Service hours before his assassination.

On April 14, 1865, Lincoln signed a law to formally create the United States Secret Service. But, curiously, that same night he was shot inside the Ford Theater facilities and, it is believed that, even if the Secret Service had been previously established, it would not have been able to save his life, since the original mission of the agency was to combat the widespread currency counterfeiting. It wasn’t until 1901, after the assassinations of two other presidents, that the Secret Service was formally assigned to protect the commander-in-chief.

3. The grave robbers tried to steal his corpse.

Things You May Not Know About Abraham Lincoln

The Secret Service was finally on a mission to protect Lincoln, but only in death. In 1876, a Chicago gang of counterfeiters attempted to snatch Lincoln’s corpse from his grave, which was protected only with a padlock in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. The gang’s plan was to retain the body and collect about $ 200,000 for its ransom plus the release of the gang’s best forger, who was in jail. At the time, Secret Service agents infiltrated the gang and hoped to disrupt the operation, meanwhile the former president’s body was quickly transferred to an unmarked grave before being locked in a steel cage and buried under 10 feet of concrete.

4. Abraham Lincoln tested rifles outside the White House.

Lincoln was commander-in-chief of the military troops and had a great interest in artillery devices used by Union troops during the Civil War. At this time he attended artillery and cannon tests, meeting at the White House with inventors who taught him various military prototypes. Although there was a standing order against firing guns in the District of Columbia, Lincoln tested muskets and even rifles on the stretches of lawns around the White House, now known as the Ellipse, and the National Mall. One of today’s most coveted tourist spots and a must on any excursion to Washington.

5. John Wilkes Booth’s brother saved Lincoln’s son’s life.

A few months before John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln, the president’s eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was on a train platform in Jersey City, New Jersey, where a crowd of passengers began to push the young man backwards, making him fall into the open space between the platform and a moving train. Suddenly a hand reached him out and grabbed him by the collar of his coat, saving his life. Robert Todd Lincoln immediately recognized his savior, the famous actor Edwin Booth.

6. His mother died from drinking poisoned milk.

When Abraham was 9 years old, in 1818, his mother, Nancy, died of a mysterious “milk disease” that swept across southern Indiana. Over the years it was discovered that the strange disease was due to drinking milk from a cow that ingested contaminated plants, which turned out to be poisonous.

7. Lincoln didn’t move to Illinois until he was 21 years old.

Interesting Facts About Abraham LincolnIllinois may be known as the Land of Lincoln, but it was in Indiana that the 16th president spent his formative years. He was born in 1809 in Kentucky, in 1816 his father Thomas moved the family across the Ohio River to a 160-acre parcel in southern Indiana, however Lincoln did not immigrate to Illinois until 1830.

8. He was always very skeptical of religion

Despite being raised in a Baptist and highly believing environment, Lincoln never became a member of any church, preferring to keep his beliefs to himself and respecting those of others.

9. For years there has been speculation about his sexual inclination

From November 4, 1842, until the day of his death, he was married to Mary Todd with whom he had 4 children. Even though it has been said that Abraham Lincoln was homosexual as a result of the affective relationships he had with several men throughout his life, and for some poetry he wrote.

From his leadership he has been considered one of the most important presidents of the United States, as he achieved many improvements in the country’s infrastructure and helped its evolution after the Civil War. He also generated great political impact for the freeing of slaves, reason enough to be one of the most commemorated characters in the North American capital.

 


 

Go on a tour to Washington from New York and visit the most representative monuments and museums in the nation.

 

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