New York City Holidays

New York is known as the city that never sleeps, and for good reason: there’s no such thing as a dull moment here. Experience the buzz for yourself on a New York City holiday and feel the palpable energy that pulses throughout the city, from the meandering paths of Central Park to the glass walled skyscrapers that dominate the city’s skyline. 

A sightseer’s paradise, every turn you take in New York City will lead you to more iconic buildings, monuments, parks and bridges that you’ll likely recognise from the Big Screen. Stand beside the Statue of Liberty, as Lady Liberty looks out over the Hudson River, and scale the Empire State Building to the Observation Deck on the 86th floor, with views right across the city. Head to Times Square and experience one of the most vivid, bustling and truly alive places on earth, then take a moment to pause at the site of the original World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial. 

Discover New York City’s Vibrant Neighborhoods 

Against the backdrop of what is possibly the world’s most incredible skyline, the city’s diverse neighbourhoods sit, full of vibrancy and character. Shaped by waves of immigrants that brought with them gifts of colourful customs, traditions and food, New York’s patchwork of neighborhoods makes it a true melting pot. Experience true diversity and visit restaurant filled Little Italy, laid back Greenwich Village, trendy Soho, striking Hudson Yards and the creative borough of Brooklyn. 

The hive of New York is the perfect place to kick off a multi centre trip. Why not compliment your New York City holiday with a journey through nearby New England on a New York, Cape Cod and Boston multi centre, or explore some of the country’s other beloved cities on a New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC multi centre?

Destination Highlights
  • See the iconic Statue of Liberty
  • Admire the city from above on the Highline, an old elevated rail track that’s now a public park
  • Catch an incredible stage show on Broadway
  • Explore the green oasis of Central Park

Time Zone

GMT -5 hours

Flight Time

Approx 7 hours; direct flights from Ireland are available

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required

New York will keep your days full with sightseeing, dining out and shopping. You will need to return to New York more than once to experience and discover all the hidden gems you can easily miss on your first visit. Plus the city is forever changing with new family attractions popping up all the time. So whether you are travelling with friends, as a couple or with family New York has something for everyone.

  • Midtown Manhattan

    Midtown Manhattan is the most popular place to stay with Times Square, neon lights, Broadway theatres, Macy's department store and the hustle and bustle but there is so much more beyond this location. The Theatre District on Broadway is where you'll find all the great shows and musicals.

  • Tribeca and Soho

    Soho’s independent designer stores tempt your willpower, be sure to stop off at hidden gems including the New York City Fire Museum and the Children’s Museum of the Arts. Night owls should pull up a bar stool at iconic haunts such as Fanelli’s, one of the oldest bars in New York. Tribeca is is the home to the Tribeca Film Festival, which sees world-premiere movies brought to the city.

  • Financial District

    Head to the Skyscraper Museum to understand how vertical ambition drove buildings ever upwards. Just next door you can discover the National Museum of the American Indian before heading to the 911 Memorial Park to reflect and be inspired by eye-witness accounts. Explore Lower Manhattan’s drinking spots in Stone Street, a vibrant area filled with bars and restaurants. For quick eats, grab brunch from the abundant food trucks serving everything from Caribbean to Korean flavours. Make sure you book for the One World Observatory this is a truly amazing experience with fantastic views of the city.

  • Upper East and West Side

    These two distinctive neighbourhoods sit either side of Central Park. On the Upper East Side, you'll find some of New York's wealthiest inhabitants as well as the fabulous Museum Mile. Shopping here is unbeatable, try Madison Avenue with designer shopping galore! The Upper West Side boast the famous Strawberry Fields dedicated to John Lennon in Central Park. You'll also find the Lincoln Center is the main attraction with the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera.

  • West Village and Greenwich Village

    This is an exciting area of New York, Greenwich Village is home to artist, writers and musicians. Here you'll find boutique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants and lively bars. If this is your second stay in Manhattan, this where to be to give you a completely different experience of New York. The West Village is full of brownstone houses, neighbourhood restaurants, local bars, coffee shops, boutiques and markets.

  • Central Park

    Stroll through the park, or take one of the many tours. a carriage ride or just rent a bike and explore the park at you leisure. Visit the vintage Carousel, stop by the zoo, sip a cool drink at the Boathouse Cafe or maybe stop off for lunch at the Tavern on the Green. We love Central Park during autumn when the leaves turn to burnt oranges and vibrant yellows, and the crunch of the leaves beneath your feet.

  • Jessica, Destination Manager

    Jessica

    Destination Manager

    "The Boathouse in Central Park is a must at lunch time. You'll need to remember to book though as it's very popular. Turn up early and have a quiet drink overlooking the small lake and, if you are feeling energetic, hire a rowboat."

  • Tejal, Destination Specialist

    Tina

    Destination Specialist

    "Take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge and head to the promenade in Brooklyn Heights, where you'll find the best views of Lower Manhattan."

  • The US Open Tennis Championships

    During the last week of August and the first week of September, New York plays host to the US Open, the last in the year of four Grand Slam tournaments and the United State’s biggest sporting spectacle. It’s a really impressive event with some dramatic matches played by the biggest names in tennis.

  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Held each year on Thanksgiving Day, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an iconic and unmissable celebration of the iconic American holiday. Thousands of people join the parade, marching the streets of Manhattan. With dazzling costumes, giant helium balloon characters, fun floats and marching bands, the parade is quite an impressive and fun thing to witness. 

  • Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree Lighting

    The iconic christmas tree that stands outside of the Rockefeller Centre each holiday season is lit for the first time each year around late November or early December, attracting thousands of visitors and locals. The lighting ceremony features live musical performances and even ice skating performances on the Rockefeller Ice Rink. 

Much like the city itself, New York’s food scene has been shaped by its diverse citizens and the culinary treasures they’ve brought with them.

  • New York Restaurant Week

    Twice a year, some of New York’s best restaurants participate in the New York Restaurant Week. It’s an amazing chance to try out some truly incredible eateries for less, with each restaurant offering at a fraction of their usual prices. 

  • New York Pizza

    Hand tossed dough is topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and then baked to create the fresh, thin pizza that New Yorkers know and love. You’ll find this delicious fast food all over the city, often sold in huge individual slices to-go. Eat like the locals and fold the flexible slice in half before devouring. 

  • New York Bagels

    Brought to New York City by the Polish-Jewish community when they immigrated to the United States, the New York Bagel is the epitome of bagels. They’re hand rolled and boiled in New York water, which makers believe makes all the difference, then baked in the oven, resulting in a chewy, doughy bread. They’re then often filled with cream cheese, sliced tomatoes and onions, smoked salmon and capers, but you’ll find lots of other delicious fillings too.

  • New York Cheesecake

    A New York City holiday is the perfect excuse to sample this delicious desert wherever in the city you go. Dense, creamy and rich, authentic New York Cheesecake is simplistic, with no added extras. 

Types of New York City holidays

New York City Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

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