tips to organize your trip to New York

8 Tips to organize your trip to New York in 2022

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Every time you travel to a new city it will be important to arrive with an organized plan, where you have your accommodation and itinerary ready, so you will not be wandering through the streets since it will always be very easy to get lost in the crowd and you can have a hard time. To avoid this type of mishap, travel with a map of the city and a data plan, for your phone, to use a GPS, if necessary.

Especially if you are in the streets of Manhattan where it is not advisable to stay still at any time since people, with their typical anxieties, are dragging you with them and, in the blink of an eye, you will have changed streets.

Regardless of whether you travel alone, with friends or family, today we will share a list of practical tips to organize your visit to New York, with the purpose that, in addition to knowing and falling in love with the city, you have a rewarding experience and enjoy this destination 100%.

With these 8 steps we assure you that your trip will be organized so that you can enjoy any trip through New York, even if it is a Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour or any other, without any complications. Let us begin!

1. Verify the required documentation

Plan Your Trip to New York City

To make your trip to NYC it is essential to have your valid passport and visa, do not buy tickets without first having this documentation ready as you could lose your money.

 

2. Check which is the best travel season for you

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Actually it all depends on the type of trip you want to make, because each season offers something unique that can catch your attention. For example, during winter you can enjoy a NYC Christmas Lights Tour in Dyker Heights, but during summer you could have fun during a night tour or participating in the different activities and concerts planned for you.

Besides, you have to verify what you are looking for during your trip, since it is not the same to organize a trip for a young person traveling alone than for an elderly couple, or an itinerary for a family with children than for an adventurous couple of newlyweds.

To define what you are looking for on your trip you must ask yourself a few questions which will confirm what is most important to you:

  • Have good weather?
  • Find cheap rates?
  • Enjoy Christmas and snow?
  • Less people?

After you have this clear, knowing some of the characteristics of each season will make it easier to choose.

  • WinterDecember to March – It is one of the seasons with the fewest number of people on the streets, so since it is low season the rates are lower and you will find good prices on flights, attractions and hotels. This season is very cold, some days have temperatures below zero and, even, in the first months of the year it usually snows. This change in weather makes it dark from 4:00 pm but the night in New York is also beautiful, so it won’t be much of a problem. About tours, you could enjoy a Christmas lights excursion through the city and see some of the most decorated spots in all the boroughs.
  • SpringMarch to June – With spring the streets fill with color and the rhythm of life returns to normal. The temperature begins to rise (from 14 ° C to 20 ° C at the end of spring), little by little, as does the influx of people, so even though this travel season is average, prices go up without a peak, except during the Easter season. In the spring the weather goes crazy, that is to say that there are days when it is very hot but there are others when it rains, so it is better to go out with a coat and an umbrella to avoid surprises.
  • SummerJune to September – This is the warmest season of the year and, therefore, it is full of activities and events. However, it is a high season and, likewise, the most expensive of the whole year. Thanks to the weather, during summer New York is full of tourists everywhere.
  • AutumnSeptember to December – During autumn the days turn cold again – especially from mid-November -, days are shorter and with a high probability of rain and strong winds. Since the end of September the prices of hotels, flights and excursions go down, except during the NYC Marathon (the first Sunday in November) where the high season returns. The city is full of reddish parks, Halloween pumpkins and ice skating rinks, but at the end of November you start to experience the atmosphere of Christmas.

3. Buy the tickets in advance

Tips For Planning a Trip to New York City

Now that you know which is the prefered season to travel to New York, it’s time to book the airline tickets. If you do it in advance you can find better rates than when you do it from one day to the next.

The maximum time you can reserve your tickets is 6 months in advance so, in addition to ensuring good prices, you can secure places with your friends or family.

Do not trust yourself thinking that later you will find discounts, this is not always possible and sometimes the prices are not as comfortable as you think. This way you also limit the travel dates and conditions.

 

4. Take out a travel insurance

tips to organize your trip to New York in 2022

It never hurts to have a good backup to prevent you from any kind of unforeseen event. This is a tip that you should keep in mind when traveling to any destination.

Travel insurance can be an additional expense but it is a smart one, without a doubt assuming the costs of an accident can be more expensive. In fact, in the United States health care is very expensive, for example appendicitis care can cost about $ 60,000 USD.

Sometimes, by having a credit card you can ask your bank for a free or a low-cost travel insurance. Check with your bank, it can be very useful.

 

5. Find accommodation

Everything You Need to Know for Your First Visit to New York 2022

This is one of the most annoying steps and one that will probably take you more time, but it is undoubtedly one of the most important.

First of all, you should know that accommodation in New York tends to be very expensive, regardless of the type of accommodation you are looking for (hotel, hostel or apartment rental). However if you book in advance you could find considerable rates, despite that much of your budget will go to this purpose.

We recommend you to look for your accommodation thinking about how much time you plan to spend in the place; if you want something to rest and spend most of your day or if, otherwise, you will only go to sleep.

Taking into account the activities that you will do, the locations that you will visit and the tours of New York that you will take, find the location of your accommodation, so you can save a few dollars in transportation and walk to each attraction to visit.

Also, remember that, sometimes, the published prices for accommodations do not include taxes (additional 14.75%) and the tourist fee ($ 3.50 USD per room).

 

6. Plan the activities of each day

Tips for Your First Trip to New York City

Make a list of the locations you want to visit and read a little about some recommended ones that you did not consider. As soon as you know what places you are going to visit, you will be able to organize them by zones and create a travel route, so you make the most of your days and don’t waste time on long journeys.

Making a list of locations to visit is a very extensive job, however here we share some guides that we have created so that you know which places you should include in your next excursion through New York.

By the way, another simpler and more comfortable option is to use an agency, such as Intertravel NYC, to organize different tours in New York and visit its boroughs aboard a comfortable vehicle, joined by an expert guide.

Or, if you have more time, you can also take a Day trip to DC from NYC, Philadelphia, or a NYC to Niagara Falls tour.

 

7. Get the money ready for your purchases and snacks

New York City Travel Tips

In New York you can easily pay with your credit card, so remember to notify your bank so that you can make your purchases without problems or withdrawals at ATMs with your debit card.

In any case, it is always important to carry cash to make small payments, pay tips, buy in small markets or street stalls, etc. But, keep in mind that, as in hotels, any product includes taxes in the price, so you must add 9% to the value of any product that you are going to buy.

As for tips, these are mandatory without exception, so you should leave 15 to 20% of the total value of the invoice. Sometimes this is included in the total invoiced value, but it does not always happen so check the receipt before leaving. The tip is not limited to restaurants and food stalls, sometimes taxis also demand it and if you do not give it, your purchases could be in danger and you will end up in a heated argument.

 

8. Get a mobile data plan

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Staying connected will help you use a map at all times, find immediate information and even publish your photos on your social networks. Getting WiFi in New York is very simple and allows you to save some money, but if you want to have internet available 24/7 we recommend buying a temporary data plan through a SIM card.

You may think about acquiring a roaming plan with your mobile service operator but this turns out to be much more expensive, so much so that just looking for an address on a map can cost you up to $ 70 USD.

Avoid taking surprises when you return home, so better buy a SIM card and you will save yourself a lot of headaches. Of course, remember that the idea is to enjoy the experience, so avoid looking at your cell phone and appreciate the landscapes of New York or resort to the traditional way of getting a paper map.

 


 

Remember that New York is a very big city and, as in any other place, you can take risks. Therefore we invite you to verify which are the best neighborhoods to visit and avoid walking alone at night and in very dark places and little crowded.

Take advantage of your trip to visit the best places in this concrete jungle, organize your trip in advance and avoid leaving everything to improvisation. Things do not always go well and you can lose a lot of valuable time or leave out excellent must-see locations. However, as another option, you can use our excursions in New York to guarantee an organized, comfortable and complete tour of this great city.

Finally, pack your suitcase and get ready to enjoy and live the experience like a New Yorker.

 

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Guide to Visiting the Washington Monument

Learn how to climb to the top of the Washington Monument

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As soon as you make a Day trip to DC from NYC, the central axis of the tour will undoubtedly be to visit the National Mall as it is the place where most of the city’s museums and historical monuments are concentrated. At each end of this location is the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol, but right in the middle is one of the most majestic memorials in the entire city, the Obelisk – Washington Monument, which we will talk about today.

HISTORY OF THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT

The Washington Monument's Stairwell

This monolith is about a 170 meter high piece of architectural art that pays tribute to the first president of the United States, George Washington, as one of the most iconic figures in the history of the country.

At the end of the 18th century, the president wisely led the North American troops during the independence war. He won by working lightly armed and without expert men, granting him total respect from the entire American community. So much so that they wanted to proclaim him “king” of the nation, to which he refused.

In 1789 he obtained the position of president and began the first of his 2 terms, a period during which he created a solid government, providing support to the national bank, the army and the navy. All for the needs of the community, therefore, as a result of his exploits and his fight for the country, since 1783, the congress began to plan the creation of a monument in his honor. They proposed “that an equestrian statue of George Washington may be erected in the place where the residence of the Congress is established” although, at that time there was not yet a definite place for this purpose.

In 1797, the population requested that George Washington remain in the presidency for a third term but he refused, he retired to his rest home and died there 2 years later.

After his death, the congress decided that the ideal would be to create another type of monument, perhaps a tomb inside the Capitol but, as a result of a lack of funds and the contradictory decision of the family, disagreements were created that forced them to search for a new option.

Finally, in 1833, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the former president, different projects were started to gather donations and thus build the National Monument to Washington; about two years later they had raised nearly $ 30,000 so they announced a contest to submit a design for the monument.

In 1848, Congress donated 150,000 m2 of land to develop the project, an area perfect for its great view of the Potomac River and that, thanks to its height, could be seen from almost anywhere in the city and also, when being a public land, it would be protected from any type of visual obstruction.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE MONUMENT TO WASHINGTON

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The obelisk was designed by Robert Mills, an important architect who devised and began the work on July 4, 1848, when the first stone of the obelisk was installed after a ceremony by the Masons, an organization to which the former president belonged. The architect did not have the opportunity to see his work completed as he died in 1854, the year in which the first stage of construction was halted when donations ran out.

The construction took 40 years to complete since the state could not cover all the costs of the work, therefore they chose to request, to different states, stone donations so that they felt part of the construction, reducing costs. This change made the obelisk have different types of marble in its structure, causing, after the first 50 meters of height, some color changes that are noticed on its surface. On December 6, 1884, the last stone was laid.

Until October 9, 1888, the obelisk was open to the public, where they could access to the top and appreciate the best panoramic view of the city.

It may not appear to be a very striking monument at first glance, but the importance to the country goes beyond its appearance and focuses on what it means. In any case, its 169,294 meters high and its marble and stone structure give it such an impressiveness that it is still considered the tallest stone structure in the world.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT

  • Until 1889 it was considered the tallest structure in the world, until the construction of the Eiffel Tower was completed.
  • The Washington Monument is an obelisk taller than those erected in some cities in Europe and Egypt.
  • The Washington Monument has 893 steps to the top.
  • In 1888 about 55,000 people went up a month, currently it exceeds 800,000 visitors a year.
  • In 1966 the monument was inscribed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • In 1982 the monument was taken as “hostage” by a protester who claimed to have explosives on him.
  • In 2005 a fence was installed to allow the passage of pedestrians and cyclists, but prevent the passage of vehicles.
  • During 2005, 2 false bomb threats were obtained at the facility.
  • From the base to the viewpoint there is a height of 152 meters.
  • In 2011, after a strong earthquake, the monument had to be closed to the public as several cracks occurred and it took 2 years to recover the structure.
  • At the base there are 50 flags that represent each of the states.
  • It weighs more than 70 million kilos.

IT IS POSSIBLE TO CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE OBELISK

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It is possible that during your next Washington D.C. one day tour from New York you will be able to climb or get to the top of the Washington Monument, the advantage is that now it has an elevator that will help you avoid the fatigue of climbing more than 500 steps to reach the terrace, but if you are a sports lover and time is not pressing, we invite you to go up on your own and write a “check” on your list of things to do.

To have a successful visit to the monument, we recommend you to take into account the following:

Schedule:

The Washington Monument has its doors open every day of the week except on July 4th and December 25th. The access to the terrace is from 9 am to 5 pm, the last allowed ascent is at 4 pm. During the summer season it is open until 10pm.

If you go on a Washington DC day trip from NYC, keep in mind that access times to the observatory may vary depending on the weather.

Tickets:

The entrance to the Washington Monument and its observatory is FREE, but it is a very popular plan among tourists and locals, therefore tickets are sold out in a short time. Although the ticket offices open at 8:30 am, in high season it is common to see lines from 7:00 am, so it is likely that before noon the tickets are already sold out.

If you want to avoid lines and possible disappointments, we recommend making an online reservation for your tickets, you can do it up to 3 months before your visit and you can book up to 6 tickets at a time. This service has a cost of $ 1.50 per ticket and you can choose the time of your visit in advance.

This option is perfect to ensure access to this plan, especially if you travel during high season. For a better experience, we recommend you to book your ticket for the afternoon hours, just when the sun begins to fall, so that you can see the panoramic view of the city during the day and at night, in less than an hour, you can even appreciate wonderful sunsets. *

IMPORTANT! Due to the pandemic, the visit to the monument is suspended until further notice.

* Another option:  When you can’t get tickets online or at the ticket offices, if you’re lucky, you can go to the school groups that visit the monument between March and June. Schools often reserve more tickets than they actually require, so when they have left over, instead of throwing them away, they give them away by standing right at the base of the obelisk. If on your next Day Trip to Washington DC from New York you find a group of children dressed alike, and you still do not have tickets, do not hesitate to ask the guides of those groups for excess tickets, it will be worth it.

Security measures:

Before the pandemic, it was mandatory to go through a security filter before entering the monument, so it is essential that you be there about 30 minutes before the time stipulated on your ticket.

Once you get to the obelisk, look for one of the security employees, dressed in a green shirt and beige hat, who will join you to the security or the waiting area, in case you arrive very early. 10 people enter at the same time.

It is worth mentioning that the waiting area is outdoors, therefore you should go with everything you need to accommodate the weather.

NOTE: There is no storage area in the monument, therefore you must take only the implements you need. What you cannot enter will be discarded.

Remember that you cannot enter with:

  • Food
  • Baby carriages
  • Large backpacks or bags
  • Weapons

How long is the visit to the Washington Monument?

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From the time you arrive at the National Mall until you leave it can take an hour, including the time it takes to pass the security filter, the elevator wait time (there is only 1 elevator available), etc. If you are one of the few people who visit the temporary exhibition, it can take an additional 20 to 30 minutes.

As you go up 152 meters in the elevator, in about 2 minutes, a ranger will give you a brief summary about the history of the monument and some curious facts.

What to see from the observation deck of the Washington Monument?

As soon as you exit the elevator you will have the possibility to walk freely on each side of the monolith, from there you will be able to observe:

  • The White House
  • Downtown Washington
  • The capitol
  • Smithsonian museums
  • The memorial to Thomas Jefferson
  • Part of the state of Virginia, weather permitting.
  • The memorial to World War II
  • The Abraham Lincoln memorial

You will also find a museum, on the next floor, where you will find images and information about the construction and maintenance of the obelisk. You will also see information about the times that the monument has been at risk from natural events, such as the 2011 earthquake or strong storms.

During the descent in the elevator, the guard will turn off the lights so that you can detail the memorial stones, those that were donated by different states and civic organizations during its building. To get a good photo, we recommend you to avoid being in the center of the booth.

 


 

Will you be one of the lucky ones to climb to the top of the Washington Monument? We hope that, on your next Washington 1 day tour from New York, you will have the opportunity to create the best memories and photos to show your friends and family. If you require advice to prepare your vacation, contact us, we will be happy to help you plan your visits to the United States.

 

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Top 8 most impressive waterfalls in the world

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Nature has the ability to provide us with everything we need to live comfortably and peacefully, as it offers us everything from food to materials to create a home, but also allows us to enjoy incredible landscapes that have been created over the years and that leave us, to more than one, with our mouths open.

This time we are going to share with you a list of the best waterfalls in the world, a show that for years has attracted the attention of artists, cinematographers and tourists who travel the planet in order to capture the best images and create excellent memories.

To encourage you to pack your suitcase and travel to see these wonderful natural formations, here we share 8 of the most impressive waterfalls in the world:

1. Niagara Falls

Best Waterfalls of the World

Located on the border between the United States and Canada, Niagara Falls is one of the most famous water formations in the world since, despite not being one of the highest – it is just over 50 meters -, it is one of those with greater amplitude (56 kilometers) and, therefore, you can witness a spectacle with its strong waterfall. In fact, in the Iroquois language, the term ” Niagara ” means ” thunder of water “, a name that was given to the huge waterfall due to the noise that is constantly produced.

Most tourists arrive thanks to a Niagara Falls one day tour from New York or other cities in the United States and Canada, so if you are walking around the Big Apple or one of the cities closest to the border, do not hesitate to take one of these excursions, you will surely be fascinated by this great sparkling water festival.

2. Kalandula Falls

Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the World

These are another natural wonder found in the municipality of Kalandula, in Angola. This is one of the largest waterfalls in all of Africa – along with Victoria Falls – as it has a height of 105 meters and more than 400 meters wide.

From January to April you can see the waterfall in its greatest splendor, as it is the rainy season and, in addition to the fact that the jungle that surrounds it becomes more lush, the amount of water that falls is much greater than the rest of the year. The Kalandula Falls are not a very crowded place for tourists so if you are looking for hidden and relaxing paradises, surely this is the ideal place.

To get there you can do it from the Melanje town which is an hour away by car, even in Kanadula there is a hotel, in case you want to disconnect for one or more days.

3. Iguazu Falls

Best Waterfalls In The World Every Traveler Should Visit

Another of the most renowned waterfalls, and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, are the Iguazú Falls, located on the border between Argentina and Brazil. They attract your attention because of their greenish color, their shape and the wonderful rainbow that stands out from the foam. The falls are created by the union of 275 waterfalls – 80% of them are on the Argentine side -, the largest is the Devil’s Throat, 80 meters high and you can see it from a viewpoint that is 30 meters under the top.

To visit them you can do both on the Argentine (Misiones) and the Brazilian (Paraná) side, you can even find hotels in Foz do Iguaçu or Puerto Iguazú so you can enjoy the place calmly.

4. Dettifoss waterfall

most stunning waterfalls around the worldAt the north of Iceland is the Dettifoss waterfall, one of the European waterfalls with the largest volume of water and, likewise, one of the most attractive in the country. The water of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river falls on the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon from just over 40 meters high, forming a dense wall of water 100 meters wide.

The place can be visited through a tourist route called ” Diamond Circle “, you can access a part by vehicle and then walk through a short path. It is ideal that you visit the waterfall during the spring, summer or autumn seasons, since in winter the roads are closed.

5. Victoria Falls

Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the World

Victoria Falls, or “The Smoke That Thunders”, is located on the border between Zambia (Livingstone) and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls), in Africa. Its depth is almost 130 meters which, during the rainy season, causes a huge curtain of water that makes them look even more exuberant than they already are.

Along with the falls they have arranged a path for tourists to appreciate this wonder up close, however, the foam can bathe visitors and complete the experience.

If you are going to take a trip to southern Africa, we invite you to take a walk through the Victoria Falls to see first-hand a 100% natural spectacle that you will fall in love with. Don’t let someone else tell you about it!

6. Angel Falls

most impressive waterfalls in the world

In Venezuela there is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Latin America, discovered in 1933 by the American aviator James Ángel. The Angel Falls have earned the title of being the highest in the world for having a depth of more than 900 meters.

To get to them it is necessary to take transport to the Canaima National Park, from where exclusive excursions are made to see this masterpiece.

7. Gitgit waterfall

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Bali is an Indonesian city with wonderful landscapes everywhere. One of its many tourist attractions is the GitGit waterfall located in the north of the city, that has a height of 35 meters, very little compared to those mentioned above. But, what makes it impressive is that the water makes its way over a lush layer of tropical forest.

The volume of water is constant throughout the year and a small lake forms at the base, perfect for a relaxing bath after a day of hiking. But, be carefull! Wild monkeys live in the area, so as a precaution, it is better to go with an expert guide.

8. Trummelbach Falls

Greatest Waterfalls in the World

From April to November you can be encouraged to visit the Trummelbach Falls in Switzerland, this waterfall is born from the union of 9 waterfalls and there is something that makes it the only one of its kind, the waterfall falls inside a mountain and, as if that were not enough, to access it you must take an elevator that takes you from the parking lot, located at the base of the mountain, to the top.

The falls are located precisely in Lauterbrunnen and are the product of the melting of the Jungfrau glaciers, this climatic effect, in addition to maintaining the flow of water, produces up to 20 tons of stones that fall incessantly and produce a noise so loud that the entrance to Children under 6 years of age is prohibited, as their eardrums may be affected.

 

The list of amazing waterfalls goes on and on, because in every corner of the world there are eccentric and natural settings that are magic in the eyes of anyone. So don’t put aside the idea of ​​visiting any of these destinations in order to create memories and cross off destinations to visit on your wishlist.

 


 

If you are interested in making a Niagara Falls bus Tour from NYC, do not hesitate to contact us. Go ahead and spend a luxury vacation joined by the best! DON’T LET THEM TELL YOU, LIVE IT.

 

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places you shouldn't miss in Brooklyn

13 Best Things To Do In Brooklyn

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At the east of Manhattan is the District of Brooklyn, also known as Kings County. To people who never leave Manhattan, each borough may seem like a foreign land, and it is, without a doubt. If Brooklyn were its own city, it would be the third most populous city in the country.

However, if you have not seen Brooklyn it is important that you do since it is definitely one of the greatest places to discover. It is home to iconic New York attractions such as Coney Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and Prospect Park, in addition to some of the best New York pizzas.

There are many things to do in Kings County, like visiting one of the best flea markets in Gotham, having brunch in Brooklyn or taking a Christmas lights in NYC Tour. From Gowanus to Williamsburg, be sure to add these stops in your itinerary.

Now, let us share with you some of our favorite things to do in Brooklyn…

1. Brooklyn Bridge

Best Things to Do in Brooklyn

Sure, the Brooklyn Bridge serves a practical purpose for millions of people that may travel from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn, but it is also one of the most iconic structures in the city. You can walk and bike on it, but be careful, the crowds are serious! So, go early in the morning or late at night to avoid the hustle and bustle.

If you dare to do a tour in New York, you will have the option to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy the panoramic view of Manhattan or Dumbo.

2. Brooklyn Bridge Park

things you shouldn't miss in Brooklyn

This stretch of the revitalized industrial waterfront that runs from the Manhattan Bridge to the Brooklyn Bridge attracts kids and adults alike. Dotted with playground equipment, picnic and game meadows, local business concessions such as Ample Hills Creamery, Lizzmonade, and Fornino. The park also features sand volleyball, a full basketball court, kayaking, and swimming in the pop-up pool (equipped with changing rooms, a sandy beach and a tiki bar and grill) and roller skating. Spring highlights from this venue include the Ed Center with a scale model of the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the 250-gallon aquarium park filled with bugs from the East River and ping pong tables on the Pier 2.

3. Prospect Park

Things to do in Brooklyn

A walk through Prospect Park is an easy way to spend a memorable day. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted after the completion of Central Park, Prospect Park features 90 acres of wide open fields for baseball and soccer, jogging trails (the loop is 3.35 miles), bike rides and horseback riding; summer concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell; an all-season ice skating rink at the LeFrak Center; and several playgrounds. The park also features a zoo that houses goats, chickens, horses, alpacas, sheeps, a sea lion show, prairie dog burrows, stuffed meerkats, a duck pond, and a huge aviary. Just steps from the zoo is the magnificent 1912 Carousel Prospect Park, and one of the city’s largest green markets is set up every Saturday at the north entrance to Grand Army Plaza.

4. Coney Island

coney island

From the turn of the century until World War II, Coney Island was considered the playground of the city. Years of neglect followed, but the arrival of the Luna Park amusement park restored the living nature of the area. Today, hundreds of thousands of people visit what has become one of the best beaches in New York, offering a variety of great things to do in the summer. From movie nights to concerts to the wild Mermaid Parade, there is always something for everyone.

5. Brooklyn Botanical Garden

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Those looking for some peace and quiet would do well to spend a few hours in this green oasis. The garden, which is supported by two other gems of the neighborhood (the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park) was founded in 1910 and features thousands of types of flora, spread over 52 acres. Every spring, crowds descend on the space for the Sakura Matsuri Festival, during which more than 70 trees bloom along the Cherry Esplanade. But equally impressive are the serene spots like the Japanese Hill Garden and Pond, the first Japanese-inspired garden built in the US, and the Shakespearean Garden, filled with plants (like spring and crocuses) mentioned in the works of Bard.

6. Brooklyn Historical Society

Things to Do in Brooklyn

Founded in 1863, the society is housed in a landmark four-story Queen Anne-style building that houses numerous permanent exhibits, including “It Happened in Brooklyn,” highlighting local ties to pivotal moments in American history. The institution offers weekend and after school programs for children.

7. Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights

There are many great Brooklyn neighborhoods to explore on foot, in fact Williamsburg, Park Slope, and Cobble Hill are all solid options. But perhaps the most inspiring neighborhood to walk around is the oldest: Brooklyn Heights. It is on these tree-lined streets where a Revolutionary War battle was fought, and where many of the city’s most notable writers lived: Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Norman Mailer, and WEB DuBois, to name just a few.

The Brooklyn Heights Association offers guided tours of the interiors of many of the neighborhood’s iconic buildings, but you can take your own walk, making sure to hit the Promenade, a mile-long walk that will put you face to face with the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. This turns out to be a great location to make a Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour in New York since you will be able to appreciate the traditional spots brighter than usual.

8. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Featuring local and out-of-town businesses, BAM is one of New York’s leading cultural institutions. The Howard Gilman Opera House, with its federal-style columns and carved marble, is a beautiful dance venue. In fact, the Mark Morris dance group usually performs there each spring.

The Harvey Theater of 1904 (651 Fulton St between Ashland and Rockwell Pls), formerly called Majestic, has presented the work of John Jasperse, Wally Cardona and Matthew Bourne. Each fall, BAM’s Next Wave Festival highlights established and experimental dance groups; in the spring, there is a variety of African and modern dance and ballet.

9. Brooklyn Boardwalk

Brooklyn Boardwalk

Are you looking for an ideal place to enjoy a panoramic view of everything the city has to offer? The Brooklyn Walk, a one-third-mile stretch along the East River, is one of the favorite destinations for residents, tourists, and couples looking to distinguish themselves from an unforgettable stretch of the New York City skyline. Stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty are visible from here.

10. Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Founded by Steven Hindy and Tom Potter, Brooklyn Brewery not only makes some of the best beers in the nation, but also pays tribute to its hometown with an unconditional dedication to the craft beer process brought to these shores by immigrants from Germany, Belgium and Ireland. Under the guidance of brewmaster Garrett Oliver, the team brews their signature Brooklyn Lager, along with approximately 50 different craft beers, including Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat, Brooklyn Best Bitter, Brooklyn Summer Ale, and Brooklyn Local 1. Small batch tours of the brewery are offered from Monday to Thursday at 5 pm, and the brewery also organizes cooking classes and tastings.

11. DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass)

brooklyn DUMBODUMBO, which stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is packed with talent, and its galleries are fortunate to capture much of it. You can visit United Photo Industries, which features public installations and has a permanent exhibition space with a variety of photographs. Then take a look at the mixed media, street art, and sculpture displayed at Masters Projects, and all the reductive contemporary abstract art you love at Minus Space. AIRE, The Gallery (Artists in Residence), which opened in 1972 as the first cooperative women’s gallery in the United States, presents shows, talks and lectures. In addition to the galleries, DUMBO is also home to many studios that host open studio weekend visits each year. Take a look at Sharp-Walentas and Smack Mellon.

12. Greenwood Cemetery

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Yes, you have to visit a cemetery. This 478-acre National Historic Landmark located between Prospect and Sunset Parks was founded in 1838 and is New York City’s answer to Paris’s Père Lachaise. Legends like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein, Horace Greeley, and William “Boss” Tweed are buried there. The Green-Wood Historic Fund organizes a number of walking tours, concerts, book lectures, exhibits, and other educational activities, but you can take a self-guided walk or hop in a car to learn about the history of the cemetery and get a good view of the green parakeet monkeys that have been nesting there since the 1960s. With its hills, valleys, ponds and glacital trails, and one of the largest collections of statues and mausoleums from the 19th and 20th centuries, it feels unexpectedly festive.

13. Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights Brooklyn

During the Christmas season take the chance to experience one of the most festive experiences of the year, full of lights and snow. Take a New York Christmas Lights Tour in Dyker Heights and enjoy the last month of the year with love and surrounded by a holiday environment.

 


 

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Is it safe to visit Washington? Tips and recommendations for your trip

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Washington DC is a world-class metropolis that has all the grandeur needed to be the capital of the United States, being the seat of the three government branches and the federal district of the nation.

The city has an incomparable number of free public museums that you can visit, such as the Smithsonian or the Air and Space Museum. It is also the home of the most beloved monuments by tourists and locals, such as the Washington Monument or the famous Lincoln Memorial.

Moreover, visits to the National Mall, passing through the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial, are required by anyone who gets to know this city, since they are world famous monuments and recognized as pillars of one of the largest nations in the world.

Washington DC is not only a political and cultural center of the country, the city has everything that tourists would want to experience and know, especially if they take a Day Trip to Washington DC from New York. In fact, there you’ll find plenty of options for shopping, dining, or nightlife, with places suitable for all tastes and budgets. The kind of places that you would expect to find in the United States capital.

Now, we are convinced that you have already made a decision regarding your visit to Washington DC, and surely you already have a list of things to do and places to visit, but have you taken the time to review the safety aspects? Regardless of the city or country you visit, it is always necessary to take a few minutes to learn about the safety of the place, as well as its customs and cultural aspects, so you will avoid having a bad time due to misinformation.

So, how safe is Washington DC?

How Safe Is Washington DC for Travel?

In the 1990s, Washington was known as the “murder capital” with an extremely high number of homicides per year. However, these numbers have dramatically dropped,  and as a tourist you are unlikely to experience anything similar to a violent crime.

In general, in the United States, random killings are not frequent and, in Washington DC, these types of violent crimes are generally limited to certain dangerous neighborhoods which are often related to personal account settlements.

Even so, all tourists should take the usual precautionary measures, just as they would in any other city or even in their own hometown or residence. With this we refer to avoiding walking through dark alleys in any area or having any interaction with strangers.

As for property theft crimes, they are problems in neighborhoods where nightlife is common, for example in the areas near Shaw, Adams Morgan, Near Northeast and the areas around the Gallery Place-Chinatown metro station. Although, we must mention that in some of these neighborhoods or streets you can also find places of interest, so if you must go through any of these locations try to walk carefully, be accompanied, and always watch and keep your belongings in sight.

Keep in mind not to use your mobile phone in an unsuspecting way, as you would in any other place, since they are the objects that are most commonly involved in theft, especially in subway stations and on trains.

To summarize some important information, here is some useful data if you are going to make a Day trip to DC from NYC or from any other city.

Safety Guidelines WashingtonGeneral Risk: Medium

Washington DC is a generally safe city. With a rating of 69%, the US is ranked 51st out of 162 in the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries in the world, despite having some robbery-prone areas.

Theft Risk: Medium

There are risks related to so-called “pickpockets” in the touristy areas of DC and in some places of the North Central area. Be very attentive if you travel in the Metro, this is one of the most common places where thefts of mobile phones and wallets occur. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being robbed.

Assault Risk: Medium

Tourists who regularly visit Washington DC generally have good experiences, but be aware that in some areas of the city there is a high risk of being mugged, especially in dimly lit areas, usually at the exit or near bars. Don’t go alone, especially at night.

Transport and risk in taxis: Low

Transport in general and especially taxis are usually very safe.

Natural disaster risk: Low

There are no natural hazards present in Washington, although in some rare cases, heavy blizzards have occurred, especially during winter and fall.

Terrorism risk: Medium

Terrorist attacks in the city of Washington have been very rare, since by being the capital of the United States it has a very high level of security, especially in airports. In any case, being the political and governmental capital of the country, it is usual for protests and public disturbances to occur.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

How To Plan A Safe Trip To Washington

Visa:

The United States is famous for its tough policy to acquire a visa, even as a tourist, not to mention a resident visa. US embassies generally request interviews before granting tourist visas and they generally have to pay up to $ 160 USD to obtain the document. If you are not sure about the status of your visa, visit the embassy of the country to which you wish to travel beforehand, there they will inform you whether or not you need a visa according to your nationality and / or residence.

Currency:

The US dollar is the official currency in Washington DC and in the rest of the country. Credit and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. Prices vary, but budget for at least $ 100 to spend per day.

Climate:

The weather in Washington DC is very pleasant, mainly during the spring and fall. The northern subtropical climate produces cool breezes and moderate temperatures, so in many places you can see the famous cherry blossoms grow.

Winter temperatures are also relatively mild, with occasional snowfall. But summer is not the best time to travel, as it is very hot and with a high level of humidity.

Airports:

Dulles International Airport is located in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, Virginia, 42 km west of downtown Washington DC.

Travel insurance:

As in any other place, we recommend you to obtain travel insurance as it covers, not only the costs of medical insurance, but also in case of theft or loss of valuables.

 


 

Now that you know a few aspects that you should take into account when visiting Washington DC, grab your bags and join us in the experience of touring this beautiful city. Take a Washington D.C. one day tour from New York, you will surely love it.

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Niagara Falls: Winter Festival of Lights

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Every year in November, December and January – during the winter season – an impressive festival of lights is held over Niagara Falls, bringing the Christmas season to life amidst snow and several degrees Celsius below zero.

To appreciate the lush waterfall, it is not necessary to get wet, since surely you will not want to be soaked in such a cold environment, however, if you are one of those who want to “live the full experience” and decide to take the risk, you can walk through the falls in one of the boats arranged for this purpose or you can ride directly under the waterfall in the Spanish Car. (Check in advance which attractions are available in each season)

Making the decision to take a Niagara Falls one day tour from New York during this season is really risky, since the weather is freezing and inclement, but it is still a spectacle since the changes in temperature due to the fall of the water, added to the icy winds cause a mist that catches the attention of the spectators, in addition the upper layer of the water, sometimes, freezes in the air and it is something that leaves you with your mouth open. Now, take advantage of such a natural spectacle and add a light show to that … WOW! It leaves us speechless. 

What is the winter festival of lights in Niagara Falls about?

Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls

The purpose of the event is to bring Christmas to life and encourage tourism during the winter season. With the help of 3 million points of direct light towards the falls, a giant light source is created on which figures and films, allusive to Christmas, are reflected, most of them are for children.

The event begins in mid-November and lasts just over two months, becoming one of the most amazing in North America and causing more and more spectators to attend this annual event. In fact, about 2 million attendees were registered last year.

What is most striking is the opening show, as they combine music with 25 fireworks, lights and theater shows, something extravagant but worthy of a show that deserves it. In addition, the Fallsview Casino becomes an accomplice and makes impressive screenings alluding to the theme of the end of the year, Christmas.

As a complement, more than 8 kilometers are decorated to create the so-called “route of happiness”, in which more than 50 trees are given light and 3 stages of almost 4 meters are created, each one, with gingerbread houses, angels, a Noah’s ark and a whole Christmas space is evoked.

If you want to explore a little more of the area …

Winter Festival of Lights Niagara Falls

In addition to Niagara Falls, houses on the Dufferin Islands and some of the nearby resorts and monuments such as Queen Victoria Park, the Oakes Garden Theater, the Floral Showhouse and the Table Rock Center are decorated.

Appreciating the festival of lights has no cost, however you should check the itinerary since the show runs only a few days a week, except for the last week of December, in this it is appreciable every day.

You can also go on a parade with Santa Claus, participate in an athletic race or enjoy classical music concerts.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THE WINTER FESTIVAL:

Winter Festival of LightsAccording to a statistic established by The US News, January and February are the perfect months to travel to Niagara Falls without spending too much, since it is the date after the Christmas celebrations and the cold is exaggerated, so there are not so many tourists and, therefore, demand goes down along with transportation and accommodation fees. It’s a perfect time to do a Niagara Falls day trip from New York, isn’t it?

Of course, it is essential to wear comfortable but warm clothing, preferably special for cold climates.

 


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7 reasons to visit Queens

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Upon arriving in New York City, Manhattan undoubtedly receives most of the attention thanks to its iconic skyscrapers and neighborhoods. Brooklyn has been increasingly on people’s minds over the past decade, especially because of its Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour. But anyone who limits himself to just these two boroughs is missing out on another of the best parts of New York… Queens and the other boroughs.

Continuing with Queens, in this district you will find a lot of old and ancient New York: the neighborhoods of Flushing and Jamaica have structures that date back to the 17th century. Queens hosted the city’s two most prominent World Fairs, in 1939 and 1964, and the remnants of those massive events remain in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (including the iconic Unisphere).

Delve into the neighborhoods of Queens and you will find a treasure trove of fascinating historical sites, like Louis Armstrong’s home, located in Corona; the place where President Theodore Roosevelt delivered a speech near Forest Hills Gardens, a beautiful Tudor-style planned community. The Queens Historical Society in Flushing is a great place to learn about the city’s past.

Take a look at these 7 reasons to visit Queens, where you will see how fantastic this district is.

 

1. Outdoor activities

Reasons to Visit Queens Right Now

Some of the best parks in New York City are in Queens. The largest is Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, home to the Queens Museum and the New York Hall of Science. At the west end of the city is the Gantry Plaza State Park, which sits on the East River and has Instagram views from the Manhattan skyline. And Astoria Park has plenty of space to hang out, plus a lap pool that is one of the most popular in the city during the summer. Besides, during Christmas it’s a spectacle to have a NYC Christmas Lights Tour because of the passion that citizens put during this season’s decoration.

2.The food

Wonderful Reasons For Falling in Love With Queens

Queens is known for being the most culturally diverse district which has led it to become a great place to eat: New Yorkers regularly travel to Flushing to buy Chinese food or Astoria for Greek dishes. But you can go beyond those spaces and you’ll find even more culinary goodies: the Mexican Michelin-starred in Long Island City, the authentic Thai in Woodside, and a host of cuisines (Himalayas, Ecuadorians, even French bistros) in Jackson Heights, one of the most diverse neighborhoods of the place. You could eat in a new place in Queens every day for a year and you will never get bored.

3. Beer

Reasons why Queens (NYC) is worth visitingQueens was once a hub of New York City’s brewing industry and, in recent years, the borough has seen a craft beer renaissance. Local breweries like SingleCut, Finback, and Transmitter have put Queens brewers on the map, while bars like Alewife and Sunswick 35/35 offer great craft selections to please fans. And of course there’s Astoria’s Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, a Czech-style bierhaus that has been a neighborhood staple for decades.

4. The nightlife

REASONS TO VISIT QUEENS

Queens has quietly become one of New York’s best comedy destinations: The Creek and the Cave in Long Island City have hosted an impressive roster of fun-loving people including Colin Quinn, Louis CK, and Donald Glover. Meanwhile, in Astoria, new venue QED offers a variety of events, including trivia nights, open mic shows and more. And comedy isn’t the only thing Queens has going for it since the summertime, MoMA PS1’s Warm Up is one of the hottest dance parties in town, with big names and an attractive site-specific sculpture as the backdrop. In December you can even take a Christmas lights Tour in NYC to enjoy some of the most particular activities or to check the New York Skyline, a must do on your checklist.

5. The art scene

Why Queens is New York's most underrated borough

For decades, artists have repurposed once-abandoned spaces in Queens to create stunning creative hubs. The Socrates Sculpture Park, located on the water in Astoria, was a landfill; MoMA PS1, the contemporary art center, is housed in a former public school; and a museum dedicated to Isami Noguchi is located in his old home. Long Island City has also attracted artists looking for more studio spaces and cheaper rentals, although rising costs in that neighborhood may soon make a big change.

6. The Museums

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Art isn’t the only thing Queens has going for it. One of the city’s finest institutions, the Queens Museum, is located in Flushing and houses historic art and artifacts. Don’t miss the New York City Panorama, a scale model of the city built for the 1964 World’s Fair dotted with tiny versions of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and other landmarks. In Astoria, the Museum of the Moving Image is a haven for fans of popular culture, with exhibits and events dedicated to films, television, the Internet, and other media.

7. The sport

Queens Sports

The New York Mets have called Queens home since 1964, playing first at Shea Stadium and then Citi Field in 2009. Just across the way, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the USTA Billie’s National Tennis Center. Jean King hosts the US Open tennis tournament each year, attracting celebrities to the neighborhood.


 

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Winter in Washington

What to wear in Washington for the winter?

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The end and beginning of the year is the coldest time in most cities of the United States, so much so that there are places where several degrees Fahrenheit below 40, snowfall and heavy blizzards can be reached. If visiting one of these icy destinations is among your plans, we recommend that you take into account a few clothing indications so that you can enjoy your vacation regardless of the weather.

One of the biggest problems when traveling is the limit on the weight of the luggage, so if you are going to take a Day trip to DC from NYC you could wear your heaviest clothing (jacket, jacket, scarf, or others accessories) while in the suitcase you load light garments, in this way you free up space and weight. It is a good trick, isn’t it?

Now, to make this a good trip, below we share details about what clothes are ideal to spend during the winter season:

What to wear from the waist up

What to wear in Washington for the winter

The shirts, sweaters and jackets are perfect choices to keep you warm from the waist up, besides, it’ll also make you look good every day. So if you can take at least two or three different jackets you’ll look great in photos.

One of the most recommended garments are flannel shirts, this material helps you to stay warm but at the same time allows you to perspire, in this way you can maintain the appropriate body temperature level. Flannel is resistant to odors, wrinkles and humidity, and most designs have pockets that will be very useful to carry documents or technological equipment during each trip.

Another option to cover yourself from the cold is to wear sweaters or yarn sacks, they do not take up much space, they are light and can be easily combined using a scarf or a turtleneck shirt. If the sweater is made of wool it will be much better since you get heat and avoid bad smells.

Something that you cannot forget is to carry a long-sleeved shirt in your luggage, preferably made of thin and elastic fabric, they are perfect to combine with vests and allow you to raise your body temperature without exaggerating, ideal for those cold days that are not icy.

As a basic element, regardless of the weather, you must bring a waterproof jacket, an essential element when making a Day Trip to Washington DC from NYC because the jacket will cover you on days of extreme rain or simply for those days when the temperature can extremely lower in seconds. In the market you can find thick and padded or thin and thermal jackets, look for the one that best suits your style, budget and taste.

A wool coat can also be a great option, they look great and are easy to combine while performing their function, however they usually take up a lot of space in the suitcase so it will be one of those garments that you should wear on the day of the trip, just as with a coat you will look very good in your stay in Washington.

What to wear from the waist down

What To Wear To Washington, DC This Winter

One of the most common garments to wear on your Washington D.C. one day tour from New York are jeans, however they are not the best option when it comes to improving body temperature, but they are really comfortable and functional thanks to their pockets. In fact, some of these pants are elastic, which will allow you to feel more comfortable especially if you are going to spend a full day touring the city, visiting museums or other tourist sites.

Under your pants you can wear socks or leggings, with them you will feel a little more heat, also if the temperature rises and the weather is not so cold you can use them alone.

Accessories ideal for the cold weather in Washington

What to wear in DC in January?

A wool hat is never left over among your accessories, it is easy to wear, takes up little space and is easy to combine, so you can take several hats that fit your outfit. This garment helps you keep your head temperature at the perfect level even in gusts of wind or heavy snow, in fact there are options that cover up to the ears and neck.

The hats, in addition to being a practical and useful accessory, make you look fashionable while protecting you from low temperatures.

Additionally, scarves should also be part of your luggage, there are a variety of materials, styles, sizes and designs, so depending on your outfit you can wear a good garment that will keep you warm in the neck, shoulder and chest area. As for the material, it is ideal that they are made of wool, which will keep you cool but warm at the same time, also in case of feeling hot you can easily remove it at any time.

Finally, a good pair of gloves are the final touch that your winter outfit needs, wool is still the best material, which will allow you to have your hands warm but fresh. Also, look for them to work on touch screens, since nowadays no one likes having to remove their gloves during a snowfall just to use their mobile phone, and you don’t want to miss a single detail during the Washington City Tour.

Other tips to dress in winter in DC

What to Pack for Washington in winter

To maintain your body temperature, while you are on the street, wear garments under your clothes. Its objective is to keep your body heat stable and avoid sudden changes in temperature especially when you enter into a heated place. Look for clothes that give you comfort, because every time you wear more clothes on you and the important thing, in addition to your health, is comfort to take walks or endure the whole day.

As for the materials, the best option is to use cotton garments, if you do not find that they are 100% cotton at least opt ​​for those that have a higher percentage of this material among its components. In addition to controlling your temperature during the cold, it keeps you cool in the heat and, in case of sweating, it regulates and absorbs moisture, so you won’t be wearing wet clothes for a long time.

Having a good trip requires taking into account transportation, lodging and food, but what you should never put aside is to think about your clothes, since in addition to looking good you must ensure your health and comfort. When enjoying an trip to Washington from NYC you must confirm the temperature that will be during each day of your visit in each city you go to. This way you will always wear a perfect outfit. Have you already packed your suitcase? Do not wait any longer because it is time to leave.

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Niagara Falls Family Vacation

Plans to Enjoy a Family Vacations in Niagara Falls

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Taking an Niagara Falls one day tour from New York is an incredible plan that amazes young and old, since the immensity of the waterfall usually leaves everyone with their mouths open. But, if you are going to spend family vacations with children, and among your plans is to visit this destination, then we are going to recommend some activities that the little ones will love and that will help you to learn more about the area around Niagara Falls.

It is clear that according to the season in which you travel you will find different activities, because due to the weather some excursions are closed but other events are inaugurated so in any month of the year you will find something to do, these are some of them:

 

1. Clifton Hill

The Perfect Family Vacation in Niagara Falls

When we talk about Clifton Hill we refer to one of the most visited streets on the Canadian side; to give you an idea, those who have taken a NYC to Niagara Falls tour, or from another city in the United States, have compared Clifton Hill to a small version of Las Vegas but for children, although it also turns out to be very fun for grown ups.

This touristic promenade is full of museums, rides, hotels, gift shops and restaurants that amuse themselves in abundance, so much so that it has been called “The Street of Fun”.

Some of the places you can visit there are:

  • The Guinness Record museum
  • The Ferris Wheel
  • The Louis Tussaud’s wax museum
  • The Movieland wax museum
  • The Mini Golf Dinosaur Park
  • The Frankenstein’s house
  • The Ghost Blasters – House of Terror
  • XD Theater
  • Brick City
  • Ripley’s believe or not

2. Bird Kingdom

Tips for Planning a Family Vacation to Niagara Falls

Bird Kingdom is the largest indoor aviary in the world, so much so that the birds that live there have ample space for free flight. What’s more, joined by hundreds of tropical birds you can explore trails within a tropical jungle with a high chance of encountering several of these friendly animals head-on.

Visiting the aviary is perfect for people of all ages, since meeting bats or owls while walking through the Night Jungle is not something you do every day. On the other hand, in Lorikeet Landing you can interact with parrots and feed them, something that becomes really fun and that disconnects you from the outside world, reconnecting with nature.

The park is located just a 5 minute walk from Niagara Falls and is open year round. If you travel early, you can plan a group visit to learn a bit of natural history or interact with the birds and other animal species found there.

NOTE: As it is the “home” of dozens of animal species, you must respect it, so if you come across any of the birds or other animals that reside there, avoid causing them any harm or leaving garbage around.

 

3. Butterfly Conservatory

Tips for Families Travelling to Niagara Falls

On the Canadian side, not far from the falls, in the Botanical Garden of Niagara Parks there is a space that houses more than 2,000 butterflies of 50 different species. They decorate the place, fill it with color and harmony, as it seems to be floating in the air.

It does not matter if you are a butterfly lover or if you are just curious to visit the place, here you must make a stop to contemplate part of nature since the main objective of the conservatory is to educate and entertain those who visit it, this way all can learn about butterfly habitat and its life cycle.

Most of the lepidoptera that are part of the conservatory, 60%, have come from El Salvador, Costa Rica and the Philippines, but the remaining 40% are raised in a private greenhouse that is part of the Botanical Garden.

The space is fully air-conditioned allowing them to keep their doors open to the public for 364 days of the year, the only day they are not open is December 25.

TO KNOW: If you want the butterflies to interact with you, remember to wear a little cologne and wear bright clothes, also try to walk slowly so as not to scare them away. You’ll love it!

 

4. Magic show

Plans to enjoy with the family in Niagara Falls

In the vicinity of Niagara Falls you can enjoy, together with your family, magic shows that captivate.

One of them is the Mind Trix Show by Edward Stone, an event in which magic is combined with psychological illusions, astonishing the entire audience for 75 minutes. It is not a typical magic show, it is something out of the ordinary where you will be surrounded by illusion and deception while Edward plays and interacts with the public.

Another magic show that you can enjoy is Wild Magic, a show with typical Las Vegas style where illusions and playing with exotic animals will take your breath away. In this case, it is Greg Frewin who is in charge of directing the show in a theater set up for 650 people.

 

5. White Water Walk

niagara falls White Water Walk

Walk along the boardwalk through one of the most impressive stretches of water in the world, where the water is wild and crystal-clear in color, drawing the attention of hundreds of tourists every year. On the White Water walk you can appreciate how the narrow, but deep, Great Niagara Gorge was created, an area where trillions of gallons of water take relentless speed in route to the falls creating an impressive sight in the eyes of anyone.

In this area you will be able to witness the power of the rapids that travels at 30 mph and relax with the apparent calm provided by the roar of the water, creating an ideal environment for a quality ride and out of the routine.

The White Water promenade is located just 4 kilometers from the falls, to the north, once you have reached the initial station you must go down 70 meters in an elevator and then walk through a tunnel of just over 70 meters in length. The entire promenade is 300 meters long and has two stairs that lead to observation platforms on the river’s edge.

IMPORTANT: The attraction is only open from April to November, but the exact opening dates are determined by the weather, so it is best to inform yourself through their social networks or their website to ensure your trip. Access hours are from 11 am to 6 pm, depending on the day.

 

6. Rainbow Bridge

Family Guide To Niagara Falls

The Rainbow Bridge is the bridge that crosses into the two countries over the falls, this makes it one of the best observation points of both Niagara Falls and the river, so going through there will turn out to be incredible. You can cross the bridge on foot, by bicycle or by car, any day of the year, 24 hours a day, however there you must pay a toll that costs about US $4 if you go by car (round trip) and US $1 for pedestrians.

The bridge was built in 1940 and its inauguration was the following year. It measures 61.5 meters, above the water level, and is almost 300 meters long. The current of water that passes under the platform runs at approximately 30 mph, and its depth exceeds 50 meters.

Before the Rainbow Bridge there was the HoneyMoon Bridge, but it was destroyed in January of 1938 as a result of the damage caused by the winter ice, so as soon as they built the new bridge they left the abutments 15 meters from the water to avoid further accidents.

 

7. Skylon tower

Planning Family Vacation to Niagara Falls

Among the many attractions that are available around the falls, this is one that you cannot miss. For example, if you take a day Niagara Falls day trip from New York, without a doubt you should visit the Skylon tower, because the view from there is unique.

In a journey of only 52 seconds you can climb up to 230 meters high to see the magnificence of the falls, this initial tour is done in an elevator with glass walls known as the “Yellow Bug”, on this journey you can appreciate how the falls are decreasing in size but you also notice their immensity, and that is when you realize that climbing the Skylon tower has been an excellent idea.

The tower has internal and external observation decks from where you not only see Niagara Falls but also appreciate the Great Gorge, the urban landscape, the Niagara district and the panoramic view of Buffalo and Toronto, getting to see even more than 6,200 miles from Canada and the United States.

At night it is an impressive show, because when the daylight goes away, the lights of the city and those of the other surrounding areas come on, leaving nothing but the sound of water and a remarkable sense of calm. At the end of the year you can enjoy a light show and a fireworks show, it is simply beautiful!

NOTE: The tower has a revolving restaurant, if you book your dinner in that place you can go up to the observation deck completely free.

 

8. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

niagara falls Fallsview

If you are going to spend more than a day sightseeing in Niagara, you can visit the Fallsview Water Park and Resort, just 2 minutes away from the falls. It is a space of more than 2 acres that includes all kinds of games and fun areas for children and adults.

The park features giant slides of 20-foot-tall, a wave pool, a 1,000-gallon dump bucket, a deck and outdoor pool for some summer sun, a dipping bowl, 2 large hot tubs – just for adults – and an exclusive area for children. In addition, there is a game house on the jungle beach and an excellent quality restaurant called “The Beach Club”.

 

9. Falls Incline Railway

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This is a fast and convenient way of transportation between the Fallsview tourist area and the Table Rock Center. It is open all year round and it is air conditioned. It also provides a unique view of the Horseshoe Falls as you ascend or descend.

NOTE: It operates from 9 am to 9 pm.

 

10. Niagara’s fury

The Perfect Family Vacation in Niagara Falls

Niagara’s Fury is an attraction that you find in the Table Rock Center, it is a 4D show that offers a multisensory experience to visitors, especially enchanting children.

The show begins with an 8-minute video that shows a bit of the history of the falls with the help of animated characters, who explain how the Ice Age led to the natural formation of this geographical spectacle. Afterwards, visitors are taken to a 360-degree theater where you will experience different audio, video and movement effects that will awaken your senses. The idea is that you experience, first-hand, the formation of the falls as it happened some 10,000 years ago.

This simulation lasts about 6 minutes, visitors will have to stand on a 10 meter wide platform and while you are there you will begin to feel how the temperature begins to drop, water falls from everywhere and little by little it begins to snow. Then the platform tilts and moves strongly simulating the tectonic fault that led to the creation of the falls, while you feel the changes in the environment the screens are showing each event so that you get 100% involved with what is happening.

Next to the platform there are support bars to help you in case you lose your balance and, in addition, they provide you with ponchos to save your clothes from the constant fall of water, it is actually a totally interactive experience.

 

11. Marineland

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In Marineland you can share with aquatic and terrestrial mammals, which will invite you to promote the protection of animal life and inspire new generations. It is a perfect place to share with the kids, as it offers you interactive activities that will help you rethink about the current state of the planet and where we will arrive if we do not make a change. The areas that comprise Marineland are:

Sea mammals

With the help of the marine mammals housed in Marineland, they seek to encourage young and old in the protection of the oceans and all the animals that live there, through education, conservation and research, they promote the concern of humans towards different Marine species. The place has an “ocean” that you can see from the outside and inside, thanks to a glass tunnel that allows you to feel as if you were submerged at the bottom of the sea, while beautiful and gigantic beluga whales join you.

Land mammals

In this area you will be able to appreciate the representative animals of Canada, getting closer to the wildlife and the national culture. Here you can share, in a safe and familiar way, with black bears, bison, elk, red deer and fallow deer, which will allow you to appreciate and learn about each of these emblematic animals of this North American country.

In most exhibits of terrestrial animals they will allow you to interact with the different species, but keep in mind that you must be very aware of children to avoid accidents.

Polar splash

In addition to the animal exhibits, Marineland has a water park that, besides offering fun, will keep you cool every summer day. Splash with your children amid polar bears, dolphins, walruses, sea lions, caves and icebergs, enjoy 10 slides for children and don’t miss their pools.

Picnic

In Marineland there are many open spaces equipped with tables in the shade so you can have picnics with the family, it is a safe, fun and outdoor experience, perfect for a half day break.

 

12. Firemen’s Park

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If you prefer a more natural plan, we recommend you to visit the Firemen Park, an area of ​​more than 123 acres located at the north of the falls. If you take an Ontario or Niagara Falls bus Tour from NYC and want to get away from the crowds a bit, this is a beautiful place to visit, as it has areas to share with the family while enjoying the outdoors, there you can find:

  • Basketball court
  • Dog park
  • Baseball diamond
  • Walking trails
  • Children’s park

13. Waves Indoor Waterpark

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This is another water park perfect to enjoy with the family, located just 3 miles from the falls. It offers an area of more than 7,000 square meters in which it promises a lot of fun for the whole family thanks to its wave pool, slides up to 3 stories high, children’s pool and dump bucket. In addition, the park has a sliding glass roof that helps you enjoy the summer heat as if you were in an outdoor pool, while during the winter it remains closed and the place is fully heated.

For all events, it is essential that children under 15 years of age enter with a responsible adult. In some of them, children under 3 years old can enter for free.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Remember that many of these plans have modified their dynamics as a result of the current health situation that the planet is going through, be sure to check the website or social networks of each place to visit so that you know the possible modifications. Your health is the priority!

 


 

Whether you take an Niagara Falls one day tour from New York or Ontario, do not miss the opportunity to visit some of the tourist locations that surround the falls, as they will complement your trip and allow you to open your mind while you disconnect from your routine and you get attached to nature.

 

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6 Best & Beautiful Parks in New York City

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Despite the fact that much of New York is absorbed by its architecture and the running of its residents, the city has places that help you forget the tumults and daily worries while enjoying a bit of silence and nature. If you are about to spend some Trip from New York, we invite you to visit one of these parks so that you can learn about the most practical way that New Yorkers have to abandon their routine and take time to relax.

It is well known that as soon as we mention the parks of New York, the first thing that comes to our minds is Central Park, and with good reason, since it is an icon of the city and one of its largest parks. However NYC also counts with smaller and more intimate parks that fulfill a great recreational function in areas further away from the center.

So, if you decide to take a tour around New York, take the opportunity to stop for a while at one of these natural stations and enjoy as the locals do, with a little music, food and appreciating the contrast that the trees make against the imposing buildings.

To cheer you up, here we share the 6 best parks in the Big Apple and its surroundings, join us on this tour.

 

1. CENTRAL PARK

Best NYC Parks to Enjoy on Beautiful Sunny DaysObviously Central Park is the first option and a must when you spend a few days in this concrete jungle. Whether taking a tour of contrasts or an excursion through the city, you will surely come across one of the entrances to the largest green lung in Manhattan. Its 840 acres captivate almost 30 million visitors every year, as the place has different settings, waterfalls, lakes and trails that have been the main characters of dozens of films, series and photographic sessions.

The calm that characterizes Central Park makes both locals and tourists come together in there for all kinds of sports and recreational activities that disconnect them from the chaos that is lived a few blocks away.

So that you can enjoy the park 100%, we recommend planning a whole day to explore it calmly or, if you prefer, visit the most important points in several days throughout your trip.

Besides, during christmas it is a must do, since the place turns romantic, perfect and full of fun. Remember that, during that season, you could also take a New York Christmas Lights Tour in Dyker Heights.

 

2. THE HIGH LINE PARK

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This park has gained much recognition for its design as it is an urban linear park, with an architectural style that highlights the value of creating new and fresh public spaces in the city. The park has gardens, an urban theater, picnic areas, food areas and spaces to rest, but what is most striking is that it is built entirely of wood.

Previously, The High Line was a railroad that stopped being used since 1980, so in 2009 they decided to restore 2.3 kilometers to create one of the best urban linear parks in New York that continues to grow.

If you are wondering what activities you can do in The High Line Park, let us tell you that you can take walks over NYC (literally), perceive the architectural contrasts of the city and admire the modern buildings in front of the old industrial factories, such as the historic Chelsea building Market (1890) where the Nabisco factory was located and where the famous Oreo cookie was invented.

At night you can take a break to see the stars with high-powered telescopes in one of the Night Star Observation Sessions, held every Tuesday evening and presented by experts from the Association of Amateur Astronomers, who are in charge of installing telescopes between West 15th and West 16th streets. The night is usually the perfect time to visit the park and tends to be less crowded than during the day.

You will surely be able to see the park and tour it as soon as you take one of the excursions through New York .

  • Hours: Every day from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: West of Manhattan, between Gansevoort Street and 34th Street.

How to get to High Line Park:

  • Bus: lines M11, M13, M23 and M34.
  • Subway: Nearby 8th Ave – 14th St Station, lines A, C, E and L

3. RIVERSIDE PARK

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Located along the Hudson River, Riverside Park is four miles long and stretches from 72nd Street to 158th Street. Not only does the park have a great view of the river, it is also a great place to visit as a family since it is a perfect place to take long walks, bike rides or rollerblades. Its facilities include sports courts, a grass field, a pet area and a skate park, as well as a port located on 79th Street.

The park has been considered the “home of summer festivals” as each year the New York Department of Parks organizes the Summer on the Hudson event that includes concerts for children, outdoor movie screenings, public art, fitness workshops and loads of performances and activities that allow you to experience the contrasts of New York first-hand.

In addition, there are monuments and memorials of great importance such as:

  • Eleanor Roosevelt Monument
  • Soldiers and sailors Monument
  • Joan of Arc statue
  • A reproduction of the Halicarnassus Mausoleum – Also tomb of President Ulysses Grant
  • Warsaw Ghetto Monument – To remember those who died during WWII.

If you are a nature lover, you will find a Bird Sanctuary that has robust trees with particular characteristics that attract birds and butterflies, in fact, throughout your walk you will be able to hear them sing.

If you prefer water sports, there is a sports area over 79th Street where you can rent a kayak or enjoy with your family the more than 15 playgrounds that include the children’s favorite, the Hippo Playground.

This place is also fantastic if you want to take a New York Skyline at Night Tour, from there you can see how Manhattan shines during the night. Marvellous!

  • Hours: Open every day between 6 am and 1 am. Sports venues starting at 8 am
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: Between 72nd Street and 158th Street

How to get to Riverside Park:

  • Bus: lines M11, M13, M23 and M34.
  • Subway: The nearby 8th Ave – 14th St Station, lines A, C, E and L.

4. BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

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Another of the most visited parks in New York is the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which – with more than 70 acres – stretches along the East River while offering one of the best panoramic views of the city, especially of the New York Harbor, the Downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.

When you take a tour in New York you will appreciate this place, because to get there you just have to cross the Brooklyn Bridge, heading towards Brooklyn, and go down the stairs at the end of the bridge.

The park consists of multiple recreational activities, for adults and children, always taking care of sustainability and environmental exploration. Whatever your passion is – athletics, swimming, fishing, rock climbing, roller skating or kayaking – you can do it while enjoying the glory of the Manhattan skyline, which makes it another great place for having a NYC night tour.

These are some of the activities that you can practice there:

  • PIER 1. has lawns and an extraordinary view of Manhattan.
  • PIER 2. offers a basketball court, a gym, a rollerblading area, play areas and kayaking.
  • PIER 3. has magnificent green spaces.
  • PIER 4. has a beautiful sandy beach.
  • PIER 5. has sports fields, fishing, playground and hibachi-style barbecue.
  • PIER 6. There you will find extensive play areas with sand, water, swings and climbing, besides the ferry to Governors Island.

 

  • Hours: 6:00 am to 1:00 am
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: 334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

How to get there:

  • Bus: B25 and B63
  • Metro: lines A, C, 2, 3, 4, 5, F and R.
  • The water taxi: Operates seasonally.
  • Ferri: East River Ferry

5. PROSPECT PARK

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Located in the heart of Brooklyn, Prospect Park is a public park with more than 494 acres. This park is artistically recognized for being a work of engineering and landscaping planned by the same creators of Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

It offers activities for each member of the family, as its different locations provide fun for adults and children:

  • There is a zoo run by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
  • Every summer they organize a performing arts festival, the largest in NYC.
  • It has sports facilities including 7 baseball fields in the Long Meadow, a tennis center, basketball courts, soccer fields and the New York Petanque Club at the Parade Ground where you can take lessons with experienced players and even compete in tennis tournaments, not only at the Parade Ground but also at Bryant Park.
  • The Boathouse, home to Brooklyn’s finest events with stunning natural surroundings and one of the city’s first buildings to be declared a heritage site.
  • If you love to fish, this park has the largest lake in New York and is one of the most popular fishing spots.
  • And to top it off, there’s the Society of Friends private cemetery on Quaker Hill, near the ball courts, where actor Montgomery Clift was buried.

 

  • Hours: From 5:00 am to 1:00 am
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: Brooklyn, New York 11225

How to get there:

  • Bus: lines B12, Parkside Avenue / Ocean Avenue stop; B16, several stops on Caton Avenue; B68, Coney Island Ave / Park or Coney Island Ave / Caton PL or Coney Island Ave / Caton Ave stop.
  • Subway: lines F and G, station 15 St- Prospect Park; Line Q, Parkside Station; lines B, Q; S, Prospect Park Station

6. BRYANT PARK

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Located in the heart of Manhattan, Bryant Park is one of the city’s liveliest summer spots with plenty of free activities throughout the day and throughout the season.

This small and cozy park is an obligatory step that you should not skip from your plans since it is ideal for a break in the middle of the city tour, because there you can access free WI-FI while enjoying a coffee or a snack in some of its benches. Additionally, it is a place where popular events are held throughout the year, such as the famous open-air cinema in summer, which in winter becomes a large ice rink.

Other activities that you can do there are:

  • YOGA: Yoga fans should visit the park on Tuesday mornings (at 10am) or Thursday nights (at 6pm) to attend the free classes, alternatively held on the lawn or on the upper deck .
  • PETANQUE: There is an exclusive petanque area where, during the summer, you can meet the people of “La Boule Newyorkaise”, a club that promotes this sport (for free). Also, with just half an hour you can get to know a bit of French culture… Ahh! and don’t miss out on trying the classic drink, Pastis.
  • MOVIE MONDAY: In the summer months, Bryant Park and its sponsors set up a large screen on the west side of the lawn where on Mondays you can enjoy a movie that will start at about 8:30 pm, or later, make sure to arrive before. You can take advantage and have a picnic joined by a refreshing drink and delicious sandwiches, they will make an ideal time to enjoy with friends or family.
  • SHAKESPEARE: Central Park is not the only place in New York where you can see a Shakespeare play outdoors, as Bryant Park has its own stage. Shakespeare in Bryant Park brings several plays throughout the summer!
  • CAROUSEL: If you travel with children, the carousel should be on your agenda, it is located on the south side of the park.
  • READ A BOOK: This is one of the quietest spaces in Manhattan so ending the day here with a book is not a bad idea. Did you forget your book? No problem, the park has some from the library available to you.

 

  • Hours: From 7:00 am to 7:00 pm in winter | From 7:00 am to 11:00 pm in summer
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: New York, 10018 USA From south to north, between 40th and 42nd streets. From east to west, between 5th and 6th avenues.

How to get:

  • Subway: The closest ones are 42nd St – Bryant Park (B, D, F, M) and 5th Ave (7)

 


 

As soon as you arrive in New York, separate a space in your agenda to visit one of these parks, it will be a relaxing and pleasant experience that you may experience and enjoy. To learn a little more about the city, do not hesitate to take a tour of NYC, as it is the most practical way to see each of the districts and the multiculturalism that they represent up close. Do not forget that you could also take a tour of contrasts, a Night Tour around New York, or a Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour at the end of the year.

Make your bag and enjoy one of the most particular experiences in the USA. ¡Have fun!

 

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