TURN ON THE ROMANCE IN NYC
See the city from from the iconic Empire State building
One of the most recognisable global landmarks, the Empire State Building has been included in films time and time again as a romantic hotspot. Recreate Sleepless in Seattle and visit the main observation deck on the 86th floor, which offers sights across the famous NYC skyline. Take the manually-operated lift to the Top Deck, where you can see the whole city from the 102nd floor, including the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square and more. You can walk there in 23 minutes or grab a cab if you’re in a hurry.
(Photo by Todd Quackenbush)
Listen to world-class musicians at Dizzy’s Club
What is more romantic than listening to jazz whilst overlooking Central Park and the NYC skyline? Dizzy’s Club offers evening performances at 7.30pm and 9.30pm, but the late-night sessions at 11.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday are perfect for a night out. Book a table, drink a speciality cocktail and relax as the night winds down. Dizzy’s Club is a 6-minute drive or a 25-minute walk from YOTEL.
See the Statue of Liberty on a sunset voyage
Watch night fall and the city come alive on a sunset voyage with Manhattan by Sail. The Twilight Sail offers a beautiful night-time tour of the harbour with the unmissable sight of the sun setting behind the famed Statue of Liberty. Toast Lady Liberty and your loved one on board the Clipper City Tall Ship with a delicious cocktail. Manhattan by Sail is an 8-minute drive or a 23-minute walk from the hotel.
GET A BIT ADVENTUROUS IN NEW YORK
Kayak around Manhattan
For adventurous types, seeing the sights on foot can be a little… dull. Instead of walking your way round Manhattan, why not kayak? Enjoy a scenic beginner trip and take to the waters to master a new skill whilst seeing amazing NYC structures from a different angle. For the more experienced kayaker, you can take a more challenging excursion and get a workout at the same time. Manhattan Kayak is a 5-minute drive or a 10-minute walk from YOTEL.
Ride the Beast at 45mph on the Hudson River
Take New York City by storm and hurtle down the Hudson River on the BEAST Speedboat. Racing at 45mph, you’ll feel the wind in your hair as you fly past midtown and lower Manhattan, ending at a screeching halt at the Statue of Liberty. The BEAST Speedboat launch site at Pier 83 is a 3-minute drive or a 10-minute walk from YOTEL.
BEST THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN NEW YORK CITY
Explore ships, shuttles and submarines at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Explore the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, built in 1941 and now part of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Kids can go aboard the submarine Growler and see the missile command centre or see the record-breaking British Airways Concorde up close. For an out-of-this-world experience, children can go to the Space Shuttle Pavilion and learn about this prototype orbital ship from NASA. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is a 7-minute drive or a 12-minute walk from YOTEL New York and let’s face it – it is pretty cool for adults too!
Take a delicious cupcake tour of Greenwich Village
It’s no secret that keeping kids entertained whilst the adults take in the sights can be difficult, but we’re sure this tour will do the trick. Take a two-hour stroll and sample the best of New York’s cupcakes, even making your own at Molly’s Cupcakes. There’s also some delicious Greenwich Village ice cream included as part of the six tastings! This is one of the best things to do in NYC with kids for tired adults looking to get some peace and quiet and see more of the city. The Cupcake Tour start point is a 12-minute drive or a 40-minute walk from YOTEL New York.
(Photo by Brooke Lark)
Make new friends at the New York Aquarium
Kids will love the Aquarium, one of the top things to do in NYC. Get up close and personal with scary sharks and see Glover’s Reef, a 150,000-gallon water tank full of aquatic life from Belize. Keep the kids occupied by asking them to find Nemo in the Conservation Hall or catch a sea otter feeding. The New York Aquarium is a 19-minute drive from YOTEL New York.
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