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New York City itinerary: Vibrant youth scene welcomes students to the Big Apple


The biggest city in the United States, New York City bustles with diverse culture and a vibrant youth scene.

Use these New York City itinerary ideas to create an unforgettable student trip full of captivating shows and lively activities.

A day of sports and fitness

Skyline, New York City itinerary

Skyline, New York City
Photo: © NYC & Company/Julienne Schaer

Ready to burn off some energy? Try a guided bicycle tour with Bike and Roll or Bike the Big Apple. Bike through Central Park, across the Brooklyn Bridge and along the Hudson River.

Bike the Big Apple takes students “off the beaten path” to feel and experience the real New York City.

Head over to the Trapeze School of New York, which offers single-class sessions to help students soar along the skyline. In addition to the school’s classes on Pier 40 in Manhattan, it also offers classes every day at Coney Island in Brooklyn, right next to Luna Park.

Pier 62 features a carousel and a California-style concrete skate park. Multiple gardens and a huge lawn for picnicking on the waterfront make a great lunch stop.

Central Park, New York City itinerary

Central Park, New York City
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Students who want to keep skateboarding should stop by the Maloof Skate Plaza, the skate park at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. The venue hosted the Maloof Money Cup pro-am skateboarding competition, but it’s now a permanent structure open to the public. The 16,000-square-foot complex features stairs and rails of varying lengths and banks.

Did the group have enough of the sun? Stay indoors to go bowling at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge or Brooklyn Bowl, two of the city’s student-friendly bowling alleys.

Has the group worked up an appetite? Enjoy a culinary adventure with Scott’s Pizza Tours or A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours. Both offer excellent (and age-appropriate) fare.

A day of the arts and entertainment

Radio City Music Hall, New York City itinerary

Radio City Music Hall, New York City
Photo: MSG Entertainment

Check out the Gotham Comedy Club for some laughs during a Kids ‘N Comedy program. The show features the funniest kids, ages 10 to 18, who may be future sitcom stars.

In addition to the shows, the Kids ‘N Comedy program offers classes and camps to students throughout the year.

Continue the day’s entertainment with one of the city’s theatrical performances, like Blue Man Group, Stomp or Fuerza Bruta. Celebrating 10 years worldwide, Fuerza Bruta combines live music with breathtaking aerial displays. Or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary Radio City Music Hall.

Also try The Quantum Eye, a show by mentalist Sam Eaton that will leave students wondering how to read their educators’ minds. Eaton explores mentalism, magic, perception and deception. The Quantum Eye holds the world record for the longest running one-man, off-Broadway show.

Inspire future artists at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1, two of the city’s most prominent contemporary-art institutions. And The Panorama, an intricately detailed 1992 scale model of the entire city, is worth a trip to the Queens Museum of Art.

One World Trade Center, New York City itinerary

One World Trade Center, New York City
Photo: One World Observatory

Later on, head to the Empire State Building Observatory, Rock Observation Deck or One World Observatory, where students can check out a birds-eye view of the city.

On Location Tours brings film-loving groups to the sites featured in movies and popular TV shows, like Gossip Girl and The Sopranos. Or, try watching live TV at one of the many New York City TV-show tapings.

ArtsConnection’s High 5 Tickets to the Arts program provides students with discounted tickets to dance, music performances, theater performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. Purchase tickets online.

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