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Embarking on More Adventures in New York City

Embarking on More Adventures in New York City


The cruise line offers several pre-/post-cruise, Broadway-focused shore excursions (see page 431), but those hardly scratch the city pavement. We offer here some of the wonderful places and attractions you may want to consider visiting:

Sports: With at least two local teams in every major league, there’s a good chance there’ll be a game in town or nearby. Be sure to check the sports calendar before you visit.

Theater and Music: Between Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway shows, you may have 175 choices! The non-profit TDF web site catalogs them all at http://www.tdf.org. Same-day ticket bargains (20%-50% off) are had at TDF’s TKTS booth in Times Square. Line up, and see what’s available for later the same day. Evening performances go on sale at 3:00 pm (2:00 pm Tuesdays). Matinées go on sale at 10:00 or 11:00 am (Wed., Sat. and Sun. only). It pays to be an early bird! The official TDF smart phone app tells you what’s on sale, right now! Lincoln Center, at W. 63rd and Columbus Ave., is the world’s foremost performing arts center, with nearly 30 theaters and concert halls. Guided tours are $20. Call 212-875-5350 or visit http://lincolncenter.org. Or download the Tour Lincoln Center app for a free tour of the public areas. There’s a bewildering array of live music on tap in New York, of every kind, in intimate clubs and giant arenas. The Village Voice’s online calendar covers music and much more—visit http://www.villagevoice.com/calendar

Museums? New York has over 200, something for every interest. The Intrepid Air and Space Museum is next-door to the cruise terminal, at W. 46th St. and 12th Ave. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) is one of the world’s greatest. Overdose on the Impressionists, medieval armor, an Egyptian temple... the collection is simply astounding. 82nd St. and Fifth Ave. The Met also operates a personal favorite, The Cloisters, which combines Medieval art and entire chapels and cloisters brought over from Europe, in a gorgeous setting way uptown in Inwood Park, overlooking the Hudson. Visit http://www.metmuseum.org. The American Museum of Natural History/Hayden Planetarium is across Central Park from the Met, at 81st and Central Park West. Dinos and dioramas. Need we say more? The Guggenheim, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum is at 88th and Fifth Avenue, a short walk from the Met. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)is on 53rd St., just west of Fifth Ave., an easy walk from Rockefeller Center.

Deals and Tours: CityPASS gets you in to three or six New York attractions at a great discount. Includes: Circle Line cruise or the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (includes special exhibits and a same-day visit to The Cloisters), The American Museum of Natural History/Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Modern Art, The Empire State Building, and either the Guggenheim Museum or Top of the Rock. Cost is $71-$116/$51-$92 ages 6-17)—visit http://www.citypass.com. Explorer Pass lets you choose 3, 5, 7, or 10 attractions and tours from their list of 55 choices. A 3-attraction pass costs $77/$60, a 10-attraction pass is $180/$125—visit http://www.smartdestinations.com. Gray Line is the king of NY hop-on/hop-off tours (and offers a bewildering lineup of combo tours). Each of their basic loop tours costs $49, but for $59 you can ride all four for 48 hours—visit http://www.grayline.com/new_york Circle Line runs the classic cruise around Manhattan, and has Statue of Liberty and harbor cruises, too, all departing just two blocks from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Visit http://www.circleline42.com.

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