School trips to New York
The city that never sleeps, a school trip to New York will be one that’s remembered by all of your students. The city offers a diverse range of award winning museums and galleries, as well as the famous sights, that will ensure your trip is filled with exciting excursions for your students to enjoy.
Perfect for almost any subject matter, a school trip to New York will certainly tick all the boxes for your group. Art & Design groups can gain inspiration at MoMA, Business Studies groups can go on a walking tour of the Financial District and History students can learn about American civil rights on a walking tour around Harlem or learn about the build up to the Iraq War at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Alongside New York City’s many educational excursions, you can’t go to the Big Apple without seeing some of its most iconic attractions. Wander through Central Park, take a trip on the Staten Island ferry to look back at the famous skyline and get up close to the Statue of Liberty, or take in a Broadway show to complete your New York city experience. There’s nothing quite like a school trip to New York City, which your students will always look back fondly upon.
Why choose New York?
- Diverse museums and galleries
- Famous Landmarks
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Cross Curricular Itinerary
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- Flight to New York City
- Evening: Top of the Rock by night
- Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum
- Evening: Broadway Show
- Empire State Building
- Yankee Stadium tour
- Sports game
- Macy's Department Store tour
- Flight home
- Arrive back in UK
This suggested itinerary is suitable for cultural or cross curricular trips, we also have itineraries for subject specific trips SEE SUBJECT SPECIFIC TRIPS
Below is a sample of excursions Equity can organise for your school or college trip to New York - for subject specific excursions have a look at the
recommended educational trips for New York
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Discover the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum via ferry, where your students will enjoy magnificent close-up views of the Statue of Liberty and take in what was once the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States whilst viewing mid and lower Manhattan from a different perspective.
9/11 Memorial and Museum
Observe the largest manmade waterfalls in North America, built in memorial to the events of 9/11. The twin reflecting pools are nearly an acre in size each and built into the footprint of where the iconic Twin Towers once stood. (There is a small administration charge for this excursion as advance visitor passes must be obtained).
One World Observatory
The focal point of the Lower Manhattan skyline, the One World Observatory can be found on top of the One World Trade Center, otherwise known as the Freedom Tower, built in response to the 9/11 terror attacks that brought down the twin towers. Boasting breathtaking panoramic views of New York City, the One World Observatory undoubtedly offers one of the best views of Lower Manhattan. Students can also learn about how the skyscraper was constructed and the meaning the building has to the city at Global Welcome Center.
No trip to Manhattan is complete without experiencing the bright delights of a New York Broadway Show. From timeless classics such as Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera to modern favourites such as Wicked and Mean Girls, there are a wide variety of performances to inspire your students. For many, a Broadway Show is the highlight of their trip. Speak to your Travel Advisor for details of what’s on offer at the time of your school trip to New York.
Spirit of New York Student Dinner Cruise
A Spirit cruise is the perfect way to enjoy spectacular panoramic skyline views of the city of New York in a fun and safe environment and includes a freshly prepared buffet, dance floor, DJ and on board games. The cruise route offers views of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Centre, the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Ellis Island, Governors Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge.
Grand Central Station Walking Tour
Grand Central Station is one of the most recognisable train terminals in the world, perhaps because it has been in so many movie scenes! A guided walking tour will educate your group about the creation, evolution and restoration of this iconic terminal. Stopping off at the many murals, architectural treasures, a secret platform and the Whispering Gallery; famed for its acoustic properties – this tour will definitely not disappoint.
Combine the glitter and glamour of the world’s most famous faces with an interactive educational experience at Madame Tussauds. Located in Times Square, this safe and climate controlled activity is perfect for the day or early evening. Enhance your experience by adding a Behind the Scenes, Business & Marketing or The French Revolution seminar to your itinerary for a small cost.
Macy's Department Store Tour
Discover the history of Macy's, one of America’s leading department stores, and learn about merchandise placement & marketing with a talk in the visitor centre followed by a tour of the store.
Shopping Down 5th Avenue
Stretching from Greenwich Village to Harlem, cutting through the centre of Manhattan, 5th Avenue is considered to be one of the most famous streets in New York City and boasts a vast array of shops – from high-end designer outlets to mass clothing brands. Spend a morning or afternoon here, browsing the shops, which include the likes of Abercrombie & Fitch, Nike, Tiffany & Co., Apple, H&M and MAC Cosmetics.
Walking Tour of the Financial District
Explore lower Manhattan with this scenic walking tour, in an area home to the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Empire State Building
Enjoy the spectacular views from the Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observation Deck. NEW for 2019 - explore brand new galleries with interactive exhibitions about the construction of the building, the fascinating engineering behind the elevators and even a HD multi media animation featuring King Kong!
Located in the Bronx and home to both the New York Yankees (a major league American baseball team) and New York City FC (an American major league soccer team), this stadium was re-built in 2006 and sits one block North of the original site, which is now a public park called Heritage Field.
New York TV and Movie Tour
The New York TV & Movie Sites guided tour will lead you to over 40 of NYC's famous filming locations in TV and films! Students can see where the cast of Glee performed "I Love New York" and visit the apartment building from Friends.
Take the "Super Tour" and visit some of the many locations that have been featured in iconic super-hero films such as Batman, Spiderman and The Avengers.
Top of the Rock
Climb to the top of the Rockefeller centre and take in the dramatic and stunning panoramic views of New York City from the 259 metre high observation deck.
The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York plays a fundamental role in the collecting and development of modern art. Housing a mind boggling collection of almost 200,000 pieces of artwork, your art students will certainly find some inspiration here. Famous art pieces on exhibition here include The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol and The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali.
The Tenement Museum shares the stories of immigrants, migrants and refugees that have arrived in the U.S in pursuit of the “American Dream” and have contributed to the creation of the United States as we know it today. The museum offers a variety of immersive guided tours, educational content and programmes geared towards school groups.
United Nations Guided Tour
A guided tour of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City is a great way for your students to learn more about how the UN works and its contributions to world order. A guided tour will show your group around significant points of the headquarters including the various Council Chambers and the General Assembly Hall.
The Guggenheim is a prestigious art museum, famed for its spiralling staircase, which enables visitors to view artworks from a different perspective. The museum houses a wide selection of works from world famous artists including Vincent Van Gogh, Franz Marc and Vasily Kandinsky.
Quick Tip: If you have an excursion in mind which you don't see listed, please get in touch so we can do our best to arrange it for you!
New York is an amazing venue for a school trip. For many of our students, it is a real once in a life time opportunity. They have not stopped talking about it!
- Prospect School, Activities Week Trip to New York
Jam packed itinerary - feedback from pupils is that they loved all of it, and wouldn't change anything. Highlights for the kids were the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Night Bus Tour.
- St Andrews High School, School Trip to New York
As always, Matthew was extremely helpful and went above and beyond for us. Trip pack recieved both electronically and hard copy in plenty of time. Lots of discussion to ensure that the itinerary was what we wanted it to be.
- The Magna Carta School, Activities Week Trip to New York
New York Accommodation
- Great location near Times Square
- Breakfast included
This newly renovated hotel is located in the heart of Times Square. Offering spacious rooms ideal for bed share which is more common in the US.
Location: This New York hotel is convenient to Rockefeller Centre, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Central Park.
Facilities: The Gallivant offers 2 on-site restaurants, a fitness centre, free Wi-Fi, and a 24-hour serviced front desk.
Accommodation:Single and double rooms are available to staff, and rooms include a 37-inch flat screen TV, and an en-suite with luxury bath amenities. For students, there are spacious rooms ideal for bedshare with bunk beds (non-bed share usage is also available on request).
Meals: Breakfast is included in the rate and local restaurants can be arranged for dinners.
- Great East Side location
- Breakfast included
This hotel is located in New York’s Murray Hill neighbourhood, 3 blocks from the Morgan Library & Museum and 5 blocks from Grand Central Station.
Location: This hotel is located in Murray Hill, a cool and convenient neighbourhood on Midtown’s East Side.
Facilities: The Shelburne has a 24-hour front desk and offers 3 meeting rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, a business centre, luggage storage, multilingual staff, and is a smoke free property.
Accommodation: The hotel’s 325 guest rooms feature flat-screen TVs and remodelled bathrooms.
Meals: Breakfast is included in the rate; local restaurants can be arranged for dinners.
West Side YMCA
- Just off Central Park
- Swimming pool
The West Side YMCA Hostel is located just off Central Park West, close to Times Square and Carnegie Hall.
Location: Moments away from well-known landmarks including Central Park, Lincoln Centre and Broadway, public transport is within easy reach too.
Facilities: This hostel offers free Wi-Fi, full gym facilities, an indoor swimming pool, housekeeping, a 24-hour reception and security service.
Accommodation: Single and bunk bedded rooms are available to staff and students. Same sex bathroom facilities are located on each floor.
Meals: There is a café in the lobby with limited opening hours, breakfast and evening meals in local restaurants can also be provided.
- Trendy Chelsea location
- Well-equipped & comfortable
This recently refurbished, well-equipped hotel is located near Times Square and provides a view of the Empire State Building.
Location: Walking distance from Penn Station, Port Authority of New York, and 23rd Street Station. Numerous sites such as Chinatown, Central Park and the Rockerfeller Centre are close by.
Facilities: Free Wi-Fi, small gym, 24 hour reception.
Accommodation: Single and twins available to staff, a mixture of 4-6 bedded rooms for students on a bed-share basis. En-suite bathroom facilities.
Meals: Buffet breakfast of hot and cold items provided, 24hr tea and coffee making facilities in lobby. Local restaurants can be arranged for dinners.
- Central Manhattan
- Rooms refurbished
A hotel situated in central Manhattan on 31st street, this hotel offers grand décor and welcoming reception. Located just a short walk from the Empire State building the Wolcott Hotel provides all the main amenities along with a shop and small meeting room.
Location: Short distance from public transport stops, numerous landmarks within easy reach.
Facilities: Small gym, small conference room, gift shop, luggage room, free Wi-Fi.
Accommodation: Single and twin rooms available for staff, students are accommodated mainly in triple rooms with individual beds. All rooms en-suite and have a TV.
Meals: Local restaurants and diners can be arranged for meals. Coffee, tea and muffins available in lobby each morning.
Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.
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Recommended Educational Trips to New York
Equity can recommend New York for the following subjects- click on the boxes for more information about subject specific itineraries and excursions.