Take a two-and-a-half-hour guided bus tour of New York to see its spectacular holiday lights and movie sites. A local New York actor enterains and explains landmark attractions. See the apartment where Buddy the Elf stays in “Elf;” relive a “Home Alone Christmas” moment outside Rockefeller Center, plus lots more. Prices start at $42.
Exhibits covering literary, historical, philosophical and fine art themes are on view at the nation’s most famous library, the block-long Beaux Arts Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
Hours: M, Th-Sa 10 am-6 pm, Tu-W 10 am-8 pm, Su 1-5 pm
Founded in 1754 by the New York Society, a group of six civic-minded citizens, the library was once used by Herman Melville, George Washington and other literary and nonliterary greats. Today, members, for an annual subscription fee, have access to open stacks and the circulating library with over 300,000 volumes in its collection. The first-floor Reference Room is open to all for reading and reference.
Hours: M & F 9 am-5 pm, Tu-Th 9 am-8 pm, Sa & Su 11 am-5 pm
New York Sports Tours’ “New York Game Changers” sports history experience is a luxury tour ride through midtown Manhattan. Guests will be immersed in entertaining, educational stories of how sports-related people, places and events in New York from 1776 to the present have helped shape culture and society in the city, nation and beyond. An English-speaking sports expert leads the tour. Information is also shared through more than 30 exclusive mini-documentaries that play during the ride. Many tours include the option of a meal at Keens Steakhouse hosted by a noted sports figure.
This cultural institution features more than 60,000 objects and works of art focused on the history of New York.
Hours: Tu-Th, Sa 10 am-6 pm, F 10 am-8 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm
Admission: $21 adults, $16 seniors and educators, $13 students, $6 children 5-13, age 4 and under free, pay what you wish F 6-8 pm
See the actual exhibits behind the making of the “Night at the Museum” movies at the American Museum of Natural History. On this self-guided tour, you will visit Rapa Nui (Easter Island), famous for its rows of towering figures of deified ancestors; the famous (and mischevous) capuchin monkeys that live in forest areas from northeastern Mexico to northern Argentina; African Elephants; and of course, and of course, a replication of the Tyrannosaurus rex, complete with its 4-foot-long jaw and 6-inch-long teeth.