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New York City has unlimited access to a wide variety of activities for every taste.
During the day you can visit museums, famous landmarks, take a guided tour, walk down Fifth Ave., bike, rollerblade, or just sit down in Central Park and enjoy the scenery. At night you can go to a Broadway show, eat dinner in one of Manhattan's many fabulous restaurants, or go to a comedy club. Why not try one of the many music clubs where you can see live bands of every style, or go to a bar for a drink or enjoy a street artist performance on a corner.
Whether you go shopping, to the theater or to see a rock band, it will all result in an exhilarating experience.
We strongly recommend that you try these as well:
The streets in Manhattan are always exciting. Walking the streets is the best way to experience and explore every corner. We suggest that you wear comfortable sneakers and eat a good breakfast before heading out. You can combine walking with a subway or a bus trip and visit the many interesting attractions in and around Manhattan. Go to our Places to Visit section for a complete list and check out the walking tours in the Tours section. All the places listed are accessible by foot.
Biking and rollerblading on the streets of New York can be dangerous but if you use the many marked bike lanes on main avenues and ride with caution, there is no reason why you shouldn't enjoy it. Central Park is a beautiful place to bike and on weekends park roads are closed to cars, so its all yours. We strongly suggest that you use the Hudson River bike trail that runs between Battery Park and 90th Street along the Hudson River.
Bikes for rent
River Bikes: Hourly and daily rentals for children and adults, 212-967-5444, Pier 84 (West 44th St & Hudson River) and Pier 63 (West 23rd St. & Hudson River)
Central Park Bike Tour: Hourly and daily rentals. Also offers 2 hour tours of Central Park for $35 (discounts for children) 212-541-8759 www.centralparkbiketour.com
Rollerblading is fun and a great exercise. The best and safest places for rollerblading are Central Park and the Hudson River Park.
Rollerblades for rent
The average price for daily rentals is $20. Blades West: 120 West 72nd St. 212-787-3911
Blades Chelsea Piers: Pier 62, 22nd St. at West Side Hwy 212-336-6299
Pedal Pusher Bike Shop: 1306 2nd Ave. 212-288-5592
The Downtown Boathouse provides free public boat access to the Hudson River. Yes, BELIEVE or NOT, its FREE!!!. You can kayak on the Hudson river for free for 20 minutes and the only requirement is that you know how to swim. This nonprofit organization runs the boathouse on weekends between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm from mid-May to Mid-October. They are located on Pier 26 in Tribeca and on Pier 64 in Chelsea. Visit their web site for more information at www.downtownboathouse.org.
Atlantic City Casinos: Tour length is 12 hours and departs from Sawan Grocery (8th Ave. between 54th St. & 55th St.) and Travel Inn Gift Shop (515 West 42nd St. between 10th & 11th Ave.) at 7:30 am and 8:30 am. Confirm pick up time when you purchase the tickets. Adults: $27.00 (Casino Bonus on arrival). No one under 21 years of age will be admitted to a casino.
Foxwoods Casino Package: Over 6,000 slots and 350 tables featuring 14 different games spread out over six spectacular gaming areas. (You must be 21 years or older to receive a Casino Bonus Package.). Package can be purchased at Grand Central Terminal for $34 per person and includes round-trip rail fare, bus transportation, and Casino Bonus Package (includes $10 for food or full buffet, a $14.25 value; $10 match play, $10 Keno). There are 10 daily train/bus connections, check the schedule at Grand Central Terminal ticket office. Travel information: Take Metro-North's New Haven Line to New Haven Station. Follow the signs to the Greyhound Bus boarding area.
The Rockefeller Estate, Kykuit Cruise: Cruise up the scenic Hudson River to one of America’s castles & the home of America’s richest family, the legendary Rockefeller Estate. This 7-1/2 hour excursion also includes a tour of historic Philipsburg Manor, a working Dutch-Colonial farm. Cruise departs from Pier 78 at West 38th St. & 12th Ave. Fare is $62 per person (includes boat, bus transfers & site admission).
Sleepy Hollow Cruise: This picturesque cruise takes you to two treasures of America’s past; Sunnyside, the charming riverside home of Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Philipsburg Manor, a working 17th century Dutch-Colonial farm, with guides in period costume to demonstrate early American life. Cruise departs from Pier 78 at West 38th St. & 12th Ave. Adults $43, children $22 (includes boat, bus transfers & site admission).
West Point Military Academy: Daily tours leave from Port Authority (42nd St. & 8th Ave.) at 8:30 am and 11:15 am and include round trip transportation, sightseeing tour of West Point and discount lunch coupons. Operated by GrayLine (Port Authority at street Level) and ShortLine (Port Authority, 3rd floor). Adults $38.00, children $19.50.
Woodbury Common Outlets, shopping experience: Woodbury Common features 220 stores offering the largest collection of designer apparel in the world. The tour length is approximately 8 hours. Buses depart at 8:30 am 9:45 am 11:15 am and 12:00 pm from the Gray Line office at the Port Authority Terminal (Port Authority at street Level). Adults $35.00 and children (Ages 5-11) $17.50.
NYTTF: 15 ping pong tables. Open 7 days: Monday to Thursday 1:00PM - 10:30PM- Friday 1:00PM - 11:00PM- Saturday 11:00AM - 11:00PM Sunday 11:00AM - 10:30PM. Hourly Rate: $8.00 per person No extra charge for doubles ($16 per table with 4 players) Paddles available: No Charge. Address: 384 Broadway, Lower Level 1 1/2 Blocks South of Canal Street
Fat Cat: 9 ping pong tables. Sunday through Thursday $5 an hour per player, Friday and Saturday $6 an hour. Address: 75 Christopher Street between Bleecker Street. & Seventh Avenue South.