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New York Holidays

Go on, add a bit more pink to your life. Enjoy the sights and sounds of New York City as you stroll through iconic Central Park, ice skate at the Rockefeller Centre and stumble upon some of the many art fairs, markets and christmas events that fill the city streets.

From skyscrapers to hotdog stands, yellow cabs to burger shacks. Bright lights and a big personality welcome you in the city that never sleeps. Fly to the Big Apple and discover vibrant nightlife, world-class museums and diverse restaurants on holidays to New York.

One of the world’s most exciting and unique cities, New York has something to offer for everyone, whether you’re interested in fascinating galleries and museums, amazing theatre, cool nightlife, or even stylish shopping.

Vibrant, trend-setting, full of art and architecture, short breaks and holidays in New York really do have something for everybody.

Holidays to New York from your local UK airport

Things to do

On New York holiday packages or all-inclusive stays, you can dip into a gastronomic scene, visit world-class museums and art galleries, spend a night at the opera or enjoy urban wandering through the city's diverse neighbourhoods.

New York City's top neighbourhoods

In Manhattan, you'll find diverse districts including trendy SoHo and arty Greenwich Village. Brooklyn is home to Coney Island and Prospect Park while in Queens you'll discover a rich culture that takes in over 170 languages. Catch a New York Yankees professional baseball game in the Bronx or visit Staten Island Zoo.

Museums and galleries

Holidays to New York in wouldn't be complete without visiting NY's world-class museums and galleries. To view the entire collection of art held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) would take several visits. Particularly fascinating for children on family holidays are the American Museum of Natural History and the Transit Museum. For a spot of culture, try The American Museum of Natural History, renowned worldwide for its collection of historic artefacts. Or, head to Ellis Island Immigration Museum to hear the stories of immigrants who flocked to the city from across the globe. Perfect for the art lovers, The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses a collection of fine art spanning most of human history.

Things to see in New York City

Iconic buildings and monuments

A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Empire State Building. Once the world’s tallest buildings, it remains a definitive feature of the cityscape. Get back to nature with a stroll in Central Park, with over 800 acres to enjoy. While a glimpse at the Statue of Liberty is also a must. Step onto Ellis Island for a poignant reminder of America's former gateway or ride to the top of the nearby Statue of Liberty, the nation's symbol. The beau-art Grand Central Terminal is more than just a train station with its Tennessee-marble flooring, frescoed ceilings and Italian-marble counters in the ticket office. Other iconic buildings and sights on your itinerary should include the Empire State and Chrysler buildings as well as Brooklyn Bridge.

Nightlife in New York City

Happy hour is a big deal in New York. If you’re looking for a good stout at an Irish pub, check out Molly’s Shebeen for the authentic experience. If you’re into jazz, swing into The Village Vanguard or the Blue Note jazz club and take in some of the city’s hottest talent. High end clubs tend to be exclusive affairs, but there’s plenty on offer during a night in Chelsea or the Meatpacking district. NY takes cocktails and clubbing seriously. Cocktails can be enjoyed everywhere from hip lounges to dive bars that started life during Prohibition or party the night away in Brooklyn clubs that never shut. Take a stroll along Broadway and try and take in a show in America's theatreland or for something a little more lavish on luxury holidays to New York City, book tickets to the Metropolitan Opera House.

Beaches

You are never far from family-friendly beaches in New York. Long Island with its white sandy stretches is just a short train journey away while the fun never stops at Brooklyn's Coney Island, often considered the birthplace of the amusement park. Walk along Coney Island Boardwalk before relaxing on Brighton Beach.

Accommodation in New York City

International hotel chains and stylish boutique hotels to some of the most luxurious accommodation in the world can all be found in NY City. Whether you're looking for all-inclusive and luxury holidays or cheap New York holidays, you'll get the best prices when you book your accommodation and flights together. When booking New Yorkflights and hotels together you can also be sure of the exact travel dates you want.

Best time of the year to visit New York City

There's no right or wrong time to visit NY City. The summer months are packed with cultural events and music or art festivals while experiencing a white Christmas in New York can be truly special. Spring and autumn are probably the best times for city exploring on short breaks.

Visa and migration

Visitors from the UK can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) providing they have a machine-readable passport and have completed an online ESTA application that costs $14. Once accepted it's valid for two years or until your passport expires (whichever comes first).

Food and gastronomy in New York City

New York is a true melting pot, and this is obvious when you look at the food on offer. Wander to Little Italy for Italian with an American twist, to Curry Hill for sumptuous Indian dishes, or to Chinatown for Dim Sum. If you’re on the hunt for the best burger in New York, Donovan’s is reputably one of the best. 

As a vibrant multicultural city, it's hard to define any particular cuisine as being unique to NY. The food stalls of Chelsea Market are a great way of sampling dishes from around the world while trendy food trucks take casual dining onto the streets. The gastronomic scene of Brooklyn offers everything from global chains to Michelin-starred restaurants or if cooking and food are real passions then holidays in New York can be combined with food tours and cookery courses.

Be inspired!

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