We took our 8 year old granddaughter on the downtown loop of the Big Bus Tours and it was a major disappointment. New York is a city filled with history and fascinating stories but all the passengers were told about the Empire State Building is that it was the location for the filming of King Kong. Rockefeller Center, it turns out, is know only for the wedding of Liza Minnelli where Michael Jackson and his monkey Bubbles were best men. We were told to look at the board at Madison Square Garden to see what was doing he did mention as an after thought that Penn Station was underground.
We were told that you needed 'a lot of money' to shop in Lord and Taylor and that Korea town had a great Italian restaurant- 2 blocks after we passed Korea town.
I could continue but we got off the bus and toured NY on our own. We have taken these tours in other cities and came away with a sense of the history and culture. This tour was nothing more than an expensive taxi for tourists to get around the city.
Doing what: Big Bus New York Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Had to drop off two blocks away from Jolly Madison bcos the bus had no permit to enter into 38th street East
The photographer (Kennedy) was fantastic. The trip was booked for my two daughters Mackenzie and Madison and they enjoyed the time with him immensely! We can't wait to see the photos.
My trip was fabulous. We stared off with the NBC tour. next Ellen's stardust diner for lunch. We walked up to Central Park then over to Madison Ave. to 75th St. to the Whitney museum to see Ed Hopper's oil paintings.
next the subway back to 42nd St.
Up to The Top of The Rock, the highlight of our trip. I took exceptional pictures of NYC and a gorgeous sunset.
I always try to do something different while visiting NYC.
Doing what: Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York
Easy ti renew the pass at all of the locations that we chose, Only issue was at NBC and Madison square garden where you had to book in for the tours and had to wait a day or so. No benefits in terms of waiting for the Statue or Liberty, Cruise and Empire State Building. Difficulty is using the pass in the time frame. Only plan on using two of the attractions per day due to waiting times which can be up to an hour or more. Definitely saved some money using the pass.
Doing what: New York City Explorer Pass
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