Enclosed behind the Meandering Cloud Wall, the garden is a veritable journey over fishponds, through pavilions, in between bamboo plants and into a peaceful teahouse. Apr. 1-Oct. 31: Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1-Mar. 31: Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, children under 12 free. (Tickets include admission into Snug Harbor’s Connie Gretz Secret Garden.)
The discount pass provides prepaid access to six New York City attractions:
• Empire State Building
• American Museum of Natural History
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art
• A choice between Top of the Rock Observation Deck or the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• A choice between the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise
• A choice between the National September 11 Memorial & Museum or the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Although designed primarily for children, this hands-on learning center appeals to the scientist in everyone. Visitors explore biology, physics, chemistry and technology through more than 450 permanent exhibitions.
Hours: M-F 9:30 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-6 pm
Admission: $16 adults, $13 seniors (62+)/college students/children ages 2-17
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