Grand Central Terminal’s Summer Send-Off Event

Grand Central Terminal’s Summer Send-Off Event

Grand Central Terminal (©Seth Meyerowitz)

Grand Central is sending summer off with a bang this month by offering seasonal deals and specials at its shops and restaurants. On August 22-24 from 11:30 am-2:30 pm, Grand Central Terminal will host a free, three-day event for the whole family that will be jam-packed with kid-friendly entertainment.


Kids will experience science demos and face painting in Vanderbilt Hall from vendor Kidding Around Toys, as well as Grand Central scavenger hunts and hands-on artifact discovery at the New York Transit Museum and more. Families will also enjoy live performances from the Broadway casts of “Wicked”, “School of Rock”, “Anastasia”, “Once On This Island”, among others.


Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase from Grand Central vendors, so don’t miss Zaro’s Bakery’s hot dogs and soda or Shake Shack’s frozen custard and lemonade. Five Grand Central themed prize packs will be given away daily during the event, but you must enter at the designated booth. Don’t forget to grab your free Grand Central gift with a $10 purchase from a Grand Central Summer Send-Off vendor. (Limit one gift per customer while supplies last. Gift redeemed at time of purchase.) For the full schedule and more information on entertainment and participating vendors, please click here.


In addition to the Grand Central Terminal Summer send-off event happening this month, make sure to take advantage of the daily Grand Central Terminal tours to get an insider look at this iconic landmark:


Official MAS Guided Tours of Grand Central– MTA Metro-North Railroad has teamed up with The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) and Orpheo Inc. to provide daily docent-guided tours of the Terminal. The 75-minute tour highlights the history, architecture, and operation of one of the world’s largest train terminals. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, students, children under 10, members of the military, and MAS members. Tours run daily at 12:30 pm. Private and group tours also can be arranged.


Grand Central Terminal Audio Tours– Available in “local” (one-hour) and “express” (30-minute) versions, this self-paced tour focuses on the architectural highlights of the Terminal, its secrets, famous visitors, and sometimes turbulent history. The tour is available at specially marked “GCT Tour” windows in the Main Concourse and downloadable on mobile devices. Daily audio tours run from 9 am to 6 pm with $9 tickets for adults and $7 for seniors, military, students, and kids. Languages included are English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.  


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