New York Educational Student Tour Attractions

Student travel groups on their way to New York City have more than ever to see. With the opening of the 911 Memorial and Museum, students can now gain a clearer understanding of the history of this national catastrophe through remains and artifacts, and interactive high tech exhibits.  The crown of the Statue of Liberty and access to Ellis Island are now open to the public again, after the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.  The Southstreet Seaport/Museum has been demolished.

New York City has undergone tragedy and change, yet the City bounces back and continues to grow and adapt.  Many student groups will visit Times Square and see a Broadway Musical.  Or, some may want to tour Carnegie Hall and have dinner at the Hard Rock Café after a day of touring.  From Greenwich Village and the Bowery to Chinatown and Uptown Manhattan, the New York City student tour is sure to be fun, interesting and educational. 


Featured Attractions for Student Tours of NYC

9/11 Memorial
The 911 Memorial is a must see for many student travel groups.  The outdoor memorial site is now free and open to the public 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Waterfalls and reflecting pools stand in the place of the former World Trade Center complex and occupy about half of the 16-acre site.  There are 400 trees surrounding this display and the names of the almost 3,000 people who lost their lives that day are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools. 
 

9/11 Museum
Part of the same 16-acre complex as the 911 Memorial, the 911 Museum has much to offer student travelers. There’s a historical exhibition with a replica model of the Twin Towers and a multimedia review of the events that unfolded that day - in the towers, on the planes, and in the Pentagon. The Memorial Exhibition celebrates the lives of the Americans who perished that day, through the use of bios, audio recordings and photographs.  Foundation Hall is where the surviving wall of the World Trade Center still stands as well as a Last Column, a 36 feet high structure posted with messages, reflections and posters by loved ones seeking information on those who disappeared that day.   

American Museum of Natural History offers permanent and changing exhibits. Cultures explored include American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islanders, South American and the Aztec and Mayan empires. The dinosaur halls feature nearly 100 specimens including a Tyrannosaurus Rex and Apatosaurus.

Battery Park was the site of a fort established by the first Dutch settlers in 1624. The park affords views of New York City Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

The Bowery was once the city’s liveliest district and later the habitat of the homeless. Now it is a thriving artistic district in New York City's Greenwich Village. 

Carnegie Hall
Student tours of Carnegie Hall are now available and may be of special interest to performance groups visiting New York City.  There are three performance venues in Carnegie Hall:  Zankel Hall, Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall.  Students will want to stop into the Rose Museum to understand the history of Carnegie Hall, which was renovated in 1986.  Remember - Carnegie Hall is closed from July through September.  Since most student trips to New York City occur in the spring and fall, the closure dates should not be an impediment. 

Central Park in New York City contains 840 acres of wooded and landscaped grounds, lakes, two outdoor skating rinks, a swimming pool and a carousel. Among the more popular stops in the park are Strawberry fields and the Alice in Wonderland statue.

Chinatown. It’s difficult to tell Chinatown in New York City from China itself. Chinese restaurants, shops, and signs line these streets. You’ll never forget the sites, sounds and smells when your group walks the busy sidewalks here.

City Hall Near this spot, in the presence of Gen. George Washington, the Declaration of Independence was read to the Army on July 9, 1776. It was an historic moment for New York City.

Ellis Island was the nation’s main point of entry for millions of immigrants 1892-1924. Exhibits chronicle the history of the processing station and the island. The American Immigrant Wall of Honor is a series of stainless steel panels engraved with the names of nearly 400,000 immigrants. Student travel tour groups learn about the great mixing pot from this nyc destination. Reopened to the public in 2013. 

Empire State Building is one of the world’s tallest office buildings. The 1931 Art Deco building, soaring 1,454 feet, has 2 million square feet of office space. Elevators run to the observatory on the 86th floor (1,060 feet) where visitors can see approximately 50 miles. Another elevator takes visitors to the circular glass-enclosed observation tower on the 102nd floor (1,250 feet). This building defines the skyline of New York City. 

Garment District accounts for one-third of the clothes manufactured in this country. During working hours this is one of the busiest areas of nyc, with workers pushing racks of clothes down the street and transporting bolts of cloth between factories.

Greenwich Village Known for many years as New York City's Bohemian center, “the Village” is famed for its restaurants, curio shops, bookstores, art shows, coffeehouses and nightclubs.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 14-acre complex of educational and artistic institutions. Student performance tours visit this location for a variety of reasons.

Madison Square Garden In 1874 this complex replaced the canvas-covered railroad shed that served as the original Garden. The Garden contains convention space and facilities for seven simultaneous major events. It is the home of the New York City's basketball and hockey teams.

Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the great museums of the world. Among the collections are Egyptian, Greek and Roman art; Near Eastern art and antiquities; European and Oriental paintings and sculpture; arms and armor; musical instruments; arts from Africa, Oceania and the Americas; 20th-century art; ancient glass; and European and American decorative arts. New York City student tour groups must see MOMA.

NBC Studio Tours gives 1-hour behind-the-scenes tours of the production areas of several television shows. NBC Studios are temporarily closed for tours. Renovations are due to be complete by late Spring 2015 and tours will resume then.


New York Stock Exchange Outside stands a tree that symbolizes the buttonwood tree where traders once gathered to exchange stock. A visitor’s gallery and self-guiding tours are available of this famous New York City location. 

Radio City Music Hall This 1932 Art Deco theatre presents musical stage spectaculars with the Rockettes, theatrical productions and live concerts. Also, one hour behind-the-scenes tours are given. Student travel groups are thrilled to see the shows here. 

Rockefeller Center is a model of urban planning and design, housing 24 acres of underground shops and restaurants.  It is one of the major hubs in nyc and should not be missed. 

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the largest churches in the United States, with a seating capacity of 2,400. The rose window is 26 feet across and the pipe organ has more than 7,380 pipes. Twin spires 330 feet high grace the 14th-century-Gothic-style structure.

Statue of Liberty National Monument The statue was presented to the United States by France in 1884 in commemoration of the two countries’ alliance during the American Revolution. Measuring 151 feet high on a 154-foot-high pedestal, it is the tallest statue of modern times. Reopened to the public in Fall 2013. 

Trinity Church was originally built 1696-97, in 1754; it was the first site of King’s College,now Columbia University, in New York City. 

United Nations Headquarters consists of the majestic Secretariat Building, the domed General Assembly Building and the Hammarskjold Library. Each building was designed and decorated by celebrated architects and artisans.

Wall Street the financial keystone of the country, takes its name from the wooden wall erected by the Dutch burghers in 1653 to protect the colony from attack.

Student Travel Groups Enjoy New York City

  • Hotel accommodations (in quads)
  • Security Provided Nightly
  • Complete Sightseeing of the Area
  • Professional Tour Escort
  • 4 meals - 2 breakfast/2 dinner (3 day/2 night trip)
  • 6 meals - 3 breakfast/3 dinner (4 day/3 night trip)
  • All entrance fees and admissions
  • All taxes, tips, and gratuities
  • Coverage under E.T.C.'s Liability Insurance Policy

One totally free teacher / chaperone
for every ten students (in double occupancy)