New York: Holidays

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Backpacking

Backpacking in New York

With New York having one of the best public transportation systems in the United States, the city is great for a backpacking holiday. The city is designed as a walking city so backpackers are easily able to spend a backpacking holiday full of sights and activities with little to no travel cost. There are many hostels in many neighbourhoods around the city allowing backpackers to never have to travel far from lodgings.

This also allows for consistent availability of hostel accommodation at competitive rates with dorm rooms as low as $25 and private rooms as low as $40. MetroCards can be purchased where bus and subway rides are only $2 and run continuously throughout the day and night. Cafes, bars, and grocery markets are never too far from hostels making life easy for the backpacker. During summer months, there are many free concerts, plays, performances, and events throughout the city’s theatres, parks, and museums. Backpackers are able to take advantage of many inexpensive or free venues making their backpacking holiday in New York one to always remember.
 

Beach

Beach in New York

New York is not usually the first choice for vacationers taking a beach holiday. With that said, New York still offers a unique experience at the shore for visitors looking for a beach trip. In Brooklyn you’ll find Coney Island where the classic east coast boardwalk and carnival meet a quaint strip of sunny beach. Beachgoers can ride a thrilling amusement rollercoaster, drive crazy bumper cars, and eat all kinds of beach fare like hot dogs, salt water taffy, pretzels, and NY pizza. All this fun with the boardwalk, sea air, sunbathing, and cool Atlantic surf just steps away. Not your typical exotic beach holiday but definitely a beach experience New York style. Check postings for lifeguards, restrooms, picnic areas, and rules on pets.

Camping

Camping in New York

Although New York State is great for a camping holiday and there are a number of campgrounds and camp sites within an hour’s drive from the city, New York is not initially thought of as the perfect camping holiday. However, big cities can be deceiving. During the months of July and August on Friday and Saturday nights, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation invites campers to enjoy a camping experience for free in any one of the city parks in the five boroughs. Campers will enjoy a cook out, a variety of evening activities such as stargazing and night hikes, sleep under the stars, and then awake to the sound of birds chirping. Reservations are required and participating parks include Central Park, Pelham Bay Park, Marine Park, Prospect Park, Blue Heron Park, and more.

City Breaks

City Breaks in New York

New York was meant for city breaks or weekend getaways. With 3 major airports servicing the city, it is very easy to book discounted weekend fares to New York any time of the year. Taking a city break in New York is a dream since the city is full of so many cultural and artistic events such as museums, shows, concerts, exhibits, and performances. Travellers on a New York City break are also provided with an endless amount of national landmarks and historical sites to visit. And to wind down the day during your city break to New York, visitors can enjoy fabulous food and restaurants as well as a dynamic nightlife. A city break in New York will undoubtedly lead to many more return visits... there’s no way to do it all in one city break!

Corporate Weekend

Corporate Weekend in New York

New York is the headquarters for countless companies and businesses. It is recognized as a global hub for business, commerce, and finance which makes it a very popular destination for a corporate weekend. New York City is also home to the United Nations. With thousands of square feet of meeting space, New York is able to cover any business need for corporate weekends. If you’re entertaining clients on your corporate weekend, take them to golf, to a spectacular restaurant or to a Broadway show. With easy access to major airports like JFK and Newark, 24 hour subway and trains, and taxi cabs on every corner, visitors on a corporate weekend will have no trouble with transportation in New York. No matter your company size, New York is the perfect city for a corporate weekend.

Cruises

Cruises in New York

With all but one borough being islands, New York is surrounded by waterways whether they are rivers or a harbour. So it’s entirely understandable that New York is a great city to take a cruise. Cruises in New York can be a sightseeing tour of New York Harbor, entertainment on a dinner cruise, or a romantic evening to celebrate a special occasion. Cruises can be day or night, small or large, dancing and dining or just enjoying the view of the fabulous New York skyline. Check out cruises available online. Rates vary from about $40 for lunch cruises and $80 for dinner cruises – tax and gratuity not included. Be sure to verify where cruises depart from and drop off as there are just as many cruises leaving Chelsea Piers in Manhattan as there are from Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, NJ.

Culture and Arts

Culture and Arts in New York

Saying New York is rich in culture and arts would be an understatement. With such a large and diverse population of nationalities and ethnicities from all over the globe, New York culture & arts is overflowing with influences and ideas. This is seen in its authentic neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Little Italy, and Hell’s Kitchen. There is probably no other city in the world with the repository of art and sheer number of museums available in New York.

Visitors should at least try to wander through such prestigious art museums as the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA – Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Natural History. Do your homework as there are hundreds of museums in New York and you’re bound to find a unique and amazing experience at each one you visit.

Disabled Needs

Disabled Needs in New York

With the American Disabilities Act of 1990 and compliance from government building codes, travellers with disabilities find few problems with accommodations and activities in the United States. New York has retro-fitted many of its landmarks to easily accommodate disabled visitors and provide a number of services and guides for visitors taking a disabled holiday.

Many subway stations contain elevators, ramps, visual display signs, accessible public telephones, and tactile and audio features on vending machines; passengers with disabilities pay reduced fares on most trips. Taxi cabs are required to provided the same service to disabled fares and must allow assistance animals and stow wheelchairs. For the hearing or visually impaired, HandsOn is a New York organization that assists with accessibility to many of the city’s cultural and artistic events.
 

Family Holiday

Family Holiday in New York

Families on holiday in New York will find an endless amount of activities to delight both parents and children. Families wishing for an outdoor family holiday can spend sunny summer days at Coney Island where sand, ocean waves, a busy boardwalk of games, and amusement rides are spectacular fun. Days spent at the Bronx zoo, Central Park, and the New York Aquarium will add a touch of the animal kingdom to your family holiday. Evening fun for families on holiday in New York can be spent between local events, children’s museums, and taking in a fantastic Broadway show where Disney themed musicals are popular with adults and children.

Gay and Lesbian

Gay and Lesbian in New York

New York and the Gay/Lesbian community have made it through quite a bit of history and turmoil to become the vibrant and flourishing relationship that it is today. From conflicts in the 1960’s, the Gay/Lesbian community has made its place in the city’s neighbourhoods and daily life. Travellers on a Gay/Lesbian holiday in New York will find many venues from hotels to shopping to restaurants to special events that cater to their lifestyle and interests. Greenwich Village, the Meatpacking District, and Chelsea are filled with shops, restaurants and bars that gay/lesbian travellers will spend hours of enjoyment. Try visiting the city during one of many gay/lesbian events like the LGBT Pride Fest and March or the NewFest.

Hen Destination

Hen Destination in New York

New York is the perfect city for hen or bachelorette holidays and parties. The city is famous with so many ladies because of shows like Sex and The City and Confessions of a Shopaholic where groups of best friends shopping, dining & cocktails, and dancing until dawn are glamorized. Hen holidays are looking for that exact experience - the quintessential woman having a night on the town to remember for the rest of her life while surrounded by her best girlfriends. New York is definitely the city to deliver a hen party for all time! And when it’s time to recover from the night before, New York features some of the best spas in the country for pampering and recuperation!

Stag Destination

Stag Destination in New York

Stag or bachelor parties in New York are full of action and excitement. The city is full of sports pubs, gentleman’s clubs, and cigar bars – a favourite among stags and bachelors looking for a party for their stag holiday in New York. Nightclubs provide many VIP and private party deals so be sure to make arrangements ahead of time to ensure you get the best seats in the house. For stags who favour a tamer but just as exciting evening, there are many sporting event venues in the city like Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, or CitiField. Golf and chartered fishing trips are also a great way for the guys to celebrate a stag holiday to New York.

Honeymoon

Honeymoon in New York

There are countless romantic ways for Honeymooners on holiday in New York to celebrate their recent commitment. A carriage ride around Central Park and taking in the city lights and skyline from the observation deck on the Empire State Building made famous by Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in “An Affair to Remember” are just a couple ways for Honeymooners to spend the first moments of their new life together. Charter a sailboat around New York Harbor or book first class tickets to see a once in a lifetime performance on Broadway. Honeymoon holidays in New York are very popular because the city is alive with meaningful and iconic experiences portrayed in film and literary masterpieces.

Party Holiday - Singles Life

Party Holiday - Singles Life in New York

New York is second in the country to Hollywood in the amount of famous celebrities that walk its streets making a party holiday here very popular. With an abundance of music studios and theatres on and off Broadway, there is a large young and single population in New York – perfect for a party holiday and singles life in New York. The entire downtown area of Manhattan if overflowing with pubs, bars, nightclubs, pool halls, and lounges where singles and party-goers frequent every night of the week. Look for happy hour specials where food and drinks are their lowest priced of the evening. Special singles life events like open mic, karaoke, and poetry and literary readings allow many singles to meet and converse outside of loud venues like bars and clubs that are more common on a party holiday.

Couples Holiday

Couples Holiday in New York

New York has a personality and character all its own. Couples taking a holiday to New York will marvel at how the city will come to life for them. The city sights are very popular for couples to experience together. No matter what time of couple holiday you wish to have, New York is full of activities for you both. If romance is in the air, take a carriage ride around Central Park or a dinner cruise in the harbour. If you’re a couple more interested in art and entertainment, wander through a museum or two or take in a show on Broadway. Or if sports or the outdoors is more your style for a couples holiday, catch a baseball game at Yankee Stadium or cycle around Battery Park. Visitors on a couples holiday in New York will be amazed at all there is to do and see.

Golf Activity Holiday

Golf Activity Holiday in New York

Most people think of New York as a bustling city of towering skyscrapers. It’s hard imaging golfing in such an urban landscape. But if taking a golfing holiday is your goal, there are surprisingly great options for golf activities in New York. Chelsea Piers has Manhattan's only multi-tiered, year-round, outdoor golf driving range. There are also great golf courses like LaTourette and South Shore on Staten Island; Dyker Beach in Brooklyn; Clearview in Queens; and Pelham/Split Rock in the Bronx. For the better part of the last decade or so, New York mayors have been avid golfers making the city more in tune for a perfect golfers holiday.

Sailing Activity Holiday

Sailing Activity Holiday in New York

New York is a great city to take a sailing holiday. With the famous New York Harbor just off Manhattan, dozens of sailing companies await visiting sailors for a peaceful and relaxing tour. There are many types of sailing excursions to choose from for your sailing holiday: Day Sails; Brunch or Afternoon Tea cruises; Sunset or City Lights cruises, Chelsea Picnic or Wine Tasting cruises; and many more. Visitors on a sailing holiday wanting to get their sea legs can select from classic sailing schooners to vintage Manhattan yachts. Cruises can range from $40 to $90 per person. Be sure to check on weather conditions in order to dress appropriately for sun or cool winds.

Hiking Activity Holiday

Hiking Activity Holiday in New York

It’s amazing how such an urban landscape as New York is still able to retain so much natural habitat for visitors who want to take a hiking holiday in the city. There are dozens of trails and paths in Central Park offering spectacular views of Manhattan in the background. The park is over 800 acres of meadows, ponds, hills, and lawns for your hiking pleasure. Don’t forget about the other boroughs with many other parks such as Pelham Bay Park, Marine Park, Prospect Park, and Blue Heron Park – all perfect for hikers to get closer to nature. Be sure to check online for available trail maps and hiking tours available through groups or the park service. Take plenty of water and snacks and make sure to only hike during the daytime unless you are part of a planned event and are hiking in a group.

Cycling Activity Holiday

Cycling Activity Holiday in New York

Three of the best places in New York for a cycling holiday in the city is at Central Park, Riverside Park and Battery Park in Manhattan. In Central Park from spring to fall, cyclists navigate the wide road called Park Drive, which is the 6-mile circular road that runs around Central Park. The Drive is completely closed to cars Monday to Thursday from 10am-3pm, and 7pm-10pm, and from Friday at 7pm to Monday at 6am. A cycling holiday at Riverside Park will give you hours and hours to traverse the scenic promenade stretching along the Hudson River. And in Battery Park, cyclists have a great view of the harbour while cycling the newly paved promenade there.

Shopping Holiday

Shopping Holiday in New York

Taking its cue from recent films like Confessions of a Shopaholic and The Devil Wears Prada, New York is a bastion of fashion and style making it a top choice on a shoppers holiday list. Shopping and New York are inherently synonymous as it is virtually impossible to separate the two.

If you visit New York, you will undoubtedly be drawn in to the famous department stores, chic boutiques, trendy shops, and vintage stores that are scattered all over the city. New York’s Fashion District is rivalled by few, Madison Avenue is a shoppers iconic heaven, and every year in Bryant Park, New York’s Fashion Week displays the latest from designers enticing shoppers from all around the globe to lay siege to the city.

Well-being and Spa

Well-being and Spa in New York

With all the hustle & bustle in a city as fast-paced and high-stressed as New York, it’s no wonder the city is full of relaxing well-being centres and rejuvenating spas – perfect for the visitor wishing to take a spa holiday in New York. You may wish to spend your time at a cosy, off-the-beaten-path spa like Haven or for those wishing for the ultimate spa experience, try a classic “spa before there were spas” Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door spa.

There are also day spa resorts for a total well-being holiday experience try Cornelia Day Resort which boasts a rooftop garden for relaxing in the sun and enjoying the summer breeze during your treatments. New York has many other spa and well-being facilities for your perfect spa holiday.

Wine Tasting Holiday

Wine Tasting Holiday in New York

New York houses probably the largest selection of wines in one city on the planet. Between private collections, restaurants, bars, cellars & shops, wineries, and culinary institutes and educational facilities, there are many places for visitors to spend their wine tasting holiday in New York. There are countless restaurants and bars with extravagant and very respectable wine lists. Tasting and festival events are held throughout the year all around the city. Tours are often given in and just outside the city for visitors on their wine tasting holiday. You can enjoy tasting wine or seeing how it’s made or better yet, take a trip out to the City Winery and make it yourself!