Our top 10 FREE things on a school trip to New York City


Our top 10 FREE things on a school trip to New York City

With lots of our school and college groups away in New York city this week and many more travelling with us to the Big Apple in the coming months, we're often asked for advice on how to enjoy the city without breaking the bank. So, as well as an itinerary as full as you want of educational visits, workshops and other inclusions, here's our guide to some brilliant things to that are completely FREE to enjoy during your trip.

  1. Staten Island ferry - this regular service for commuters and tourists alike connects Lower Manhattan with St. George on the island, taking about 25 minutes each way, both day and night. You'll get great views of the Statue of Liberty too!

  2. The High Line - a wonderful public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan's West side, you'll find comtemporary art, splendid views and diverse plants. Finish at Chelsea Village market, where the Oreo biscuit was invented.

  3. Hudson Yards - a superb new commercial redevelopment project in the Midtown, the centre is home to diverse tendy shops and restaurants. From ground level you can admire the extraordinary spiral staircase called the Vessel or look out across the Hudson River!

  4. Grand Central Terminal - only Times Square can boast more visitors than the 750,000 that come here every day! The famous four-faced opal clock sits in the centre of the main concourse, the perfect meeting place and photo opportunity.

  5. Central Park - a brilliant walk through the green acres, an oasis of tranquility in upper Manhattan and see the statues, waters, monuments and Wollman Rink. It's reputedly the most filmed location in the World!

  6. Greenwich Village - you will recognise the tree lined streets and brownstone properties from TV shows such as 'Friends' - you can take photos outside if you wish - while Washington Park Square, is dominated by its famous arch and fountain.

  7. The 9/11 Memorial - you can visit the World Trade Center site, often referred to as Ground Zero and pay respects at the Memorial. It's just a short walk to the heart of the Financial District where you can spot the bronze Charging Bull of Wall Street too.

  8. Rockefeller Centre - shop in the mall, explore, eat and see the famous ice skating rink. Visit FAO Schwarz's flagship toy store and take a short walk to Radio City Music Hall.

  9. Brooklyn Bridge - the iconic suspension bridge dates back to 1883 and if you take the subway to Brooklyn, you'll then get an awesome view of the Manhattan skyline as you walk back across and some perfect photo opportunities.

  10. Times Square and Broadway - the iconic commercial and entertainment hub of Manhattan, you can immerse yourself in the bright lights and chaotic atmosphere on the junction of 7th Avenue, 42nd Street and the theatreland of Broadway.

For more details on our comprehensive selection of study trips to New York city, visit https://www.absolutetravel.co.uk/school-trips-tours/educational-study/usa/new-york or simply call us anytime on 01279 647566 for some unrivalled advice and support in the planning and organising of your trip.