Kitt’s Tips to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Trip to New York City

Posted on Jun 6, 2013

The 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season on Thursday, November 28, 2013 in New York City with lots of fun activities for the whole family.  The parade starts at 77th Street and Central Park West and ends at Macy’s at 34th Street and Sixth Avenue. Yes, the streets are extremely crowded, but the excitement of the festivities can be arranged to make sure it’s an easy trip.

  • DESIGN THE TRIP FIRST
    • Must See/Must Do List: Use the Shared Stories to create a list of must see/must do so that everyone in the family has at least one specific thing they wish to do: museums, theater, sporting events, shopping, the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular.
    • Activity Level: Discuss the pacing of the trip and how many activities to include each day.  Consider your family’s energy level by everyone’s ages.  Take nap time into consideration.
    • Timing: Agree to an ideal start and end time for each activity and remember your time zone difference between home and New York City.
    • Dining: Meals can be a fun way to learn about other cultures by exploring a variety of tastes.  Please let us know any allergies that so the restaurant selection meets your needs.
    • DETERMINE YOUR BUDGET
      • Spend What You Can Afford: Select a budget that is reasonable for the trip.  Watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade can be seen in a variety of ways including from the street, a hotel room or a private venue.
      • Hotels: Hotel room descriptions can be extremely misleading.  Many hotels call their room types a suite, yet it is simply a room with a small sofa for sitting rather than a separate room.  Your DNY team knows the rooms that work best at each property for you to see the Parade in comfort. Be prepared that some hotels charge from 3 – 5 night minimums per room.
      • Entertainment:
        • Theater Tickets: Tickets to a sold out show are going to run significantly more than to a show that has availability and has been playing a long time.  Determine what you want to spend per ticket and that will determine whether you sit in the VIP first 15 rows or side or rear orchestra.  Remember that the sides of the theater provide angled viewing between people. Therefore, if you have small children, side seating may be preferable than center orchestra where it is difficult to see over someone’s head.  DNY’s team of experts knows where you should sit in each theater based upon the size of the production and the size of the theatre.
  • Museums and Galleries: With over 125 museums and 400 art galleries, there is truly something for everyone.  Your DNY expert knows how to suggest exploring each museum so that it is a fun experience for the whole family.
  • BOOKING THE TRIP:
    • Travel Professionals: Use a travel professional that you know will stand behind what they offer with personalized service rather than booking something on the Internet and hoping it works.
    • Travel Insurance: Purchase travel insurance so that you are protected in case you must cancel the trip.

 

 

 

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