Getting into a “New York state of mind” may be easy to do on your own, but it is certainly much more fun with a group. The energy that a group of people brings to any trip truly makes the difference when it comes to your overall experience. And New York City is the perfect destination for family reunions, girls’ trips, guys getaways, and club outings. Although this group trip will undoubtedly be a time to remember, coordinating a large number of people can be challenging for someone who’s not familiar with the City and its attractions or all of the specific interests of your group. So if you’re planning a group trip to New York, here are five ways to make the most of your trip…
1. Pick authentic meals
Although your favorite chain restaurant may be located in New York, resist the urge to book the familiar. New York offers a culinary scene that is without a doubt, one of the best in the world. Restaurants such as Carmine’s offer out of this world Italian cuisine, while John’s Pizza provides the best pizza that New York has to offer. With just a little research and a few questions from your group to determine culinary tastes, every night you spend in New York can be new experience itself, with countless culinary options available for every meal. Time Out is a great resource, with a list of 100 of the best restaurants in New York City. Yelp, with its crowd-sourced reviews, is also another great way to find out exactly what New Yorkers think about your potential dinner options.
2. Add some culture
Let’s face it, NYC is one of the most important cultural centers in the world. So don’t miss this opportunity to take in a little art and dancing or the latest Broadway show. If your group is interested in visiting a museum or viewing art during their trip, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an absolute must. As one of the most famous museums in the world, the Met offers incredible exhibitions, guided tours, and even world-class food and drink. In fact, the Met has so much available you may want to reserve an entire afternoon for it on your itinerary, and you can even give your group the option to dine there without leaving the museum.
3. Hire a tour guide
NYC is an enormous city and can feel completely overwhelming to out-of-towners, so the best way to get your lay of the land is with a professional tour guide. Although it is possible to put together a trip on your own, the stress of being in unfamiliar surroundings while trying to keep an entire group together may be better left to a professional. Besides knowing how to create efficient itineraries to maximize your day, tour guides will know also the best transportation to take and information about short-cuts and priority access to many attractions. The tour guide will be able to make the most of your time and budget.
4. Allow for free time
Everyone likes to do some exploring on their own—and having everything planned down to the exact minute could make things feel more like a school field trip rather than an adult vacation in New York City. So be sure to schedule blocks of downtime to be used as each traveler prefers. While an overall plan is important, this scheduled free time will help your group unwind and may even result in them enjoying the activities even more.
5. Book with a professional
Working with a travel company that is located in New York City and truly knows all the ins and outs of everything the Big Apple has to offer will make a huge difference for your group trip. The right professional will understand the goals of your trip and will set up events with those goals in mind. If you are interested in hiring a professional to help create a dream trip for your group, then consider Beyond Times Square.