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New York City: Grandparent Adventures by Land and Sea

Program Number: 11559RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/18/2013 - 7/23/2013; 6/19/2016 - 6/24/2016; 7/31/2016 - 8/5/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: New York City, New York
Price starting at: $1,267.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 9; 5 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age.

Discover the excitement of America’s greatest, most energetic city together with a grandchild. Enjoy expert-led field trips by land and sea to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, Chinatown and Little Italy. Learn why New York City is one of the greatest places on earth and take home wonderful memories of your time together.


• Explore the “Kids End” of Central Park
• At the American Museum of Natural History, enjoy the prehistoric thrills of the Hall of Dinosaurs and delve into space at the Hayden Planetarium.
• Take a boat excursion to the iconic Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, gateway to America for millions of immigrants.

Activity Particulars

Participants should be prepared for six hours of physical activity every day, involving extensive urban walking of up to 5 miles. The program also makes heavy use of public transportation across New York City. This includes taking the subway, and therefore going up and down a lot of stairs.

Date Specific Information


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Coordinated by Explore New York, Corp.

New York City

The City That Never Sleeps, The Capital of the World, The Big Apple: Whatever you call New York, it is undoubtedly one of the world’s great centers for culture, food, finance, style and entertainment, from Broadway to the Bronx.

Midtown hotel within walking distance of Times Square and the Theater District.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Tom Bernardin

As a National Park Service Guide at Ellis Island, Tom Bernardin became an avid collector of Statue of Liberty memorabilia — and his association with Ellis Island inspired him to write "The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook: The Story of Our Past Told Through the Recipes and Reminiscences of our Immigrant Ancestors." He has made guest appearances on National Public Radio, the TV Food Network, Arts and Entertainment and the History Channel.
Angela Christensen

Angela Christensen is a licensed New York City excursion leader who has extensive experience in event planning and hospitality. She worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society managing events in the Bronx Zoo, Central Park, Prospect Park, the Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium. Now, she loves showing off her city with lifelong learners from around the world!
Meals and Lodgings
   New Yorker Hotel
  New York, NY 5 nights
 New Yorker Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center and a fitness center.
  Contact info: 481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
  Room amenities: Flat panel HD televisions, Movies on demand (surcharge) and free HBO, Hair Dryer, Iron & Ironing board, Desk and chair, Free wireless internet, Premium Broadband Wi-Fi up to 5mb ($9.95 for 24 hrs.), Complimentary access to Fitness and Business Centers.
  Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, guest laundromat, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Market rate. Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Market rate. Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3 p.m. is hotel check in, then register with Road Scholar at 4 p.m. in the hotel meeting room. You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Our program ends by 10: 30. 12 noon is hotel check-out. You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Driver's License or photo ID
  Parking availability:
Hotel parking starts at $35/day
  Train or bus availability: Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, and Long Island Railroad all serve Pennsylvania Station. MetroNorth serves Grand Central Terminal. Most highway coach lines serve Port Authority Bus Terminal.
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York, NY
  Nearest highway: I-95, I-78, I-87
  Nearest airport:  JFK, LaGuardia, Newark (NJ)
  Transportation to site: There is public transportation from LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports in bus/train/subway combinations. You can also call a Super Shuttle from baggage claim to take you to the hotel from the airport and costs about $25 per person. Taxi fares from LaGuardia are approximately $50+tip, from JFK $60+tip, and Newark $65+tip. There are 5 subway lines that service the hotel which can be accessed at JFK and Newark Airports via monorail. Direct subway service is available from Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal. Explicit directions for public transportation will be sent in a welcome letter 6 weeks prior to the program. Websites: Metropolitan Transportation Authority:; Port Authority of NY & NJ:; New Jersey Transit:
  From End of Program
  Location: New York, NY
  Transportation from site: Shared car services and taxis are available directly from the hotel; otherwise directions via public transportation will be given during the program.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Driving Directions
  FROM NEW JERSEY Take the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan. Follow the signs to 34th Street. Turn left on 34th Street. Turn left on Eighth Avenue.
  FROM THE EAST I495 to Midtown Tunnel Exit East 34th Street Right onto 34th Street proceed to 8th Avenue
  FROM THE NORTHEAST I95 to I278 West Exit 6B toward Triboro Bridge Exit toward "RANDALLS-WARDS ISLANDS/MANHATTAN/FDR DRIVE" Merge onto Triboro Bridge Merge onto FDR Drive Exit #8 toward I495/MIDTOWN TUNNEL/East 34th Street Right onto 34th Street proceed to 8th Avenue
Elevation Note: None

Equipment Requirements: None
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Orientation/Movie Night
(Thursday, July 18)
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in available after 3:00pm. 4:00pm: After checking in at the hotel front desk, come to the meeting room to register with your Program Coordinator and pick up your arrival packet. Programs are planned far in advance, so local circumstances may require changes from time to time. We will notify you as quickly as possible should there be any changes and appreciate your understanding.
 Dinner: 5:00pm: Enjoy your first meal at the colorful Tick Tock Diner, located just off the hotel lobby. This 24-hour diner features classic American cooking. White and black checkered floors and shiny chrome columns enhance the all-American ambience. Dinner in the diner is available and included even if you arrive late.
 Evening: 6:15pm: We begin our orientation to the program and introduce staff and members of the group. We’ll review the schedule and any updates and answer any questions you may have. Following orientation, to prepare us for the next day's activities, we will watch the comedy "Night at the Museum" with Ben Stiller.
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Spend the entire day at the Museum of Natural History and the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Re-live the Night at the Museum or make new discoveries of your own!
(Friday, July 19)
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in the hotel Meeting room
 Morning: Travel with your guide to the American Museum of Natural History, where you'll be able to visit thousands of exhibits. Learn about things like dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, or how the solar system was formed!
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Museum
 Afternoon: Journey to the Stars with the museum's very own space show! Projected onto a domed screen with state-of-the-art technology, this show is not to be missed. You'll have some more time afterward to fit in a few more exhibits before leaving the museum and view the latest IMax movie.
 Dinner: Chinese food!
 Evening: Learn about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from a former Park Ranger assigned to the islands.
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Start your day off and be greeted by the Statue of Liberty just as millions of immigrants were greeted before! Then, make your way through Chinatown and Little Italy to dinner; two of New York's most famous immigrant communities!
(Saturday, July 20)
 Breakfast: This morning we will start with a hot "American" breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner. You can choose eggs with all of the sides, waffles or pancakes, or if you prefer a healthier fare, fresh fruit and yogurt is available.
 Morning: We'll get an early start for our trip to the Statue of Liberty.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in lower Manhattan
 Afternoon: With Ellis Island closed due to damage incurred by hurricane Sandy, we will explore lower Manhattan
 Dinner: We'll follow in the footsteps of the arriving immigrants to Manhattan's Lower East Side and visit Chinatown on our way to dinner in Little Italy
 Evening: Spend more time exploring this interesting neighborhood and maybe sample some gelato or cannoli.
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Adventure through Central Park with a scavenger hunt!
(Sunday, July 21)
 Breakfast: Start with the "American Breakfast" in the Diner
 Morning: Get your map ready! A scavenger hunt is a great way to learn the trails and discover the sights of the Central Park!
 Afternoon: Afternoon free to see a Broadway matinee, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and just spend time together in New York City.
 Dinner: Free evening.
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Go on a guided tour of the United Nations. Then take a walk through Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Have time to explore the 5th Avenue and Times Square area this afternoon, too!
(Monday, July 22)
 Breakfast: "American Breakfast" in a the Tick Tock Diner
 Morning: Step outside of the United States for the morning and visit the United Nations. See how this peace-keeping organization brings hundreds of countries together to make decisions that affect people world-wide.
 Lunch: Have lunch on your own at Grand Central Station and have your choice of vendors all originating in New York City.
 Afternoon: Take a walk over to beautiful Rockefeller Center; a building complex full of unique architecture and history. Cross the street and visit Saint Patrick's Cathedral; another historic site in Gothic style. Get a bird's eye view of Manhattan from The Top of the Rock and have the opportunity to do some exploring on your own!
 Dinner: Near Times Square
 Evening: Have the evening free to do some last-minute exploring before you leave or walk across the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge as the sun sets over Manhattan!
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap Up, check-out of hotel and depart
(Tuesday, July 23)
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel meeting room
 Morning: Say your farewell and conclude the program with a discussion and re-cap of what you learned about your heritage throughout the week.
 Afternoon: Check out is 12 noon or you can store your bags in the hotel for a later departure
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  New York, NY General Overview
Hotel is centrally located. Within walking distance is: Times Square, Empire State Building, Penn Station, and everything else is a short subway ride away. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York

Author: Clifton Hood

AIA Guide to New York City

Author: Norval White and Eliot Wilensky, eds.

Downtown: My Manhattan

Author: Peter Hamill

Fiorello H. La Guardia and the Making of Modern New York

Author: Thomas Kessner

Five Points

Author: Tyler Anbinder

Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898

Author: Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace

Guide to New York City Landmarks

Author: Andrew S. Dolkart, Matt Postal, et al.

La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience

Author: Jerry Geralando

The Epic of New York City

Author: A. Robb Ellis

The Great Bridge

Author: David McCullough

The New York Irish

Author: Ronald H. Baynor and Timothy J. Meagher, eds

The Rise of New York Port

Author: Robert Greenhalgh Albion

The Wedding of the Waters: the Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation

Author: Peter Berstein

Water for Gotham: A History

Author: Gerard T. Koppel

World of Our Fathers

Author: Irving Howe

Writing New York: A Literary Anthology

Author: Phillip Lopate, ed

Description: Recommended: F. Scott Fitzgerald's "My Lost City" pp 569-580 Jan Morris' "Manhattan"

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