New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

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.)

New York City Fire Museum

Fire-related art and artifacts, including pre-Civil War fire engines. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 adults, $5 seniors/children under 12, under 2 free.

New York City Police Memorial

The names of officers who died in the line of duty are featured on a granite wall. Open-air, 24-hrs. Free.

New York CityPASS

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

New York Hall of Science

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

New York Holiday Lights and Movie Sites Bus Tour

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.

New York Public Library

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

Admission: Free

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Collections and exhibits pertaining to all aspects of the performing arts, including dance, music, recorded sound and theater, reside in the heart of Lincoln Center.

Hours: M & Th 10:30 am-8 pm, Tu-W, F-Sa 10:30 am-6 pm 

Admission: Free

New York Skyride

This 30-minute, virtual simulator gives an exciting aerial tour of the city and over 30 of its sights. Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. $42 adults, $37 seniors (62+), $33 children 12 and under.

New York Society Library

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

Admission: Free


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