10 Places In New York Perfect For A Romantic Getaway

10 Places For A Perfect Romantic Getaway in New York

When you think of romantic places, cities like Paris probably come to mind. But New York is a pretty magical place when it comes to romance, and we don’t just mean Manhattan (though the Big Apple certainly qualifies). If you’re ready to surprise your special someone with a trip for two, look no further than the Empire State.

Whether you plan to stay in the heart of New York City or you prefer a country getaway, you’ll have a much better experience if you rent a car. Not only will you and your sweetie be entirely on your own schedule, but you’ll be able to explore the area you stay in at a moment’s notice. Think of all the hidden gems you can find with your New York luxury car rental… hiking trails, restaurants, day spas, theaters, anything you can think of. Look up New York car rental specials so you can get the best deal.

Once your chariot has been reserved, all that remains is deciding to find the perfect hotel, resort or bed and breakfast to visit with your other half. And rest assured, you’ll definitely have your share of charming options.

Here are 10 suggestions for romantic getaway destinations in New York

The Maidstone, East Hampton

Who hasn’t dreamt of a perfect romantic getaway in The Hamptons? The Maidstone has created an eclectic place for couples to enjoy. The hotel is designed to make you feel welcomed and has a “Scandinavian cozy” theme you’ll love. You and your partner can enjoy comfortable bedding, aromatherapy, an in-room French press and complimentary champagne as well as free yoga, beach parking and a library. The onsite restaurant, The Living Room, is delightful. Call 631-324-5006 to book.

Mount Merino Manor Bed and Breakfast, Hudson

With stone pillars throughout the Victorian home and multiple fireplaces, the Mount Merino Manor seems more like a castle than a bed and breakfast. But this place is anything but stuffy… couples enjoy charming and relaxing vacations here. The seven luxurious suites feature whirlpool tubs, candlelit fireplaces and individualized decor. Wrap yourself in a plush robe, take a sea salt bath and enjoy your evening. In the morning, you and your mate will be treated you a full breakfast in the dining area.

The Inn at Erlowest, Lake George

The Inn at Erlowest is a turn-of-the-century Queen Anne stone castle, and it’s incredible. Located in the Adirondack Mountains on the tranquil Lake George, this sanctuary has ten guest rooms that have been restored and decked out with antiques from the early 1900s. You’ll be treated to complimentary champagne when you arrive, and you and your sweetie will have access to plenty of modern amenities like free WiFi and flatscreen TVs.

The Inn at Green River, Hillsdale

This historic farmhouse dates back to 1830 and features seven guest rooms with features like whirlpool tubs, two person showers and fireplaces. Each room has a slightly different layout and slightly different amenities. Guests can stroll through the peaceful gardens or sit on the lush green lawns. In the morning, a delicious and healthy breakfast is served.

The Plaza, Midtown West, New York City

There are times when nothing but Manhattan will do. When the urge for romance in the City That Never Sleeps strikes, book a suite at New York’s most iconic hotel. The Plaza is synonymous with New York elegance, and you and your sweetie will be spoiled by 24 hour service from the concierge, room service and butler. Cozy horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park are available right outside your door, but we recommend driving up in a New York Mercedes for rent when you check in.

The Greenwich Hotel, TriBeCa, New York City

For a slightly more “boutique hotel” experience in the city, head to the Greenwich Hotel for your romantic getaway. This 88 room space feels like a peaceful oasis in the middle of the vibrant city. It has a tranquil plant-filled courtyard, an underground lantern-lit pool perfect for taking an evening swim, and a luxurious Shibui spa to help you relax.

High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid

The High Peaks Resort was rated one of the best honeymoon resorts on TripAdvisor. It’s got all the amenities you’d hope to see in a high end destination hotel, like a fitness center, pools and a day spa. The four onsite dining establishments range from casual to elegant and ensure you don’t even have to leave the property during your stay.

Montauk Manor, Montauk

As a condominium resort, you actually have the opportunity to buy a home here… but it’s much more inexpensive to stay with your other half for a weekend. The building is a national landmark that has been lovingly restored and now includes 140 condos, a private tennis club, indoor and outdoor pools and complete hotel services like housekeeping.

Akwaaba Mansion, Brooklyn

Located just 20 minutes outside of Manhattan, this 1860s landmark mansion has been meticulously restored, and it’s absolutely beautiful. You and your significant other can enjoy a quiet stay in a historic neighborhood rich in culture, not to mention the Southern breakfast served in the dining room each morning. Onsite couple’s massages are also available.

Batcheller Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast, Saratoga Springs

Looking for a romantic vacation that’s also affordable? Rates here start at just $151, and you’ll certainly get your money’s worth. Each room in the inn has beautiful period finishings, high speed internet and plush robes for you and your sweetie to use. This place definitely combines old world elegance and modern amenities.

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Little Italy

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New York is full of historic, wonderful and eclectic neighborhoods, each with their own unique characters. The city’s rich immigration history and constant influx of new people gives it a culture that’s totally unique. Part of the fun of visiting New York, especially Manhattan, is exploring its neighborhoods in depth. And it doesn’t hurt that one of Manhattan’s most notorious neighborhoods is known for its incredible authentic Italian food.

Of course, in order to properly explore all those neighborhoods, you’ll want to look into getting a rental car. Making a car rental Manhattan reservation ahead of time ensures you’ll get the best deal on your vehicle of choice. Look up plenty of New York car rental company reviews to see which companies have the best reputations. That way you can enjoy a nice, hassle-free experience—and once you’ve picked up your car, you’ll be free to see New York City at its finest.

We recommend spending as much time in Little Italy as possible. Located in Lower Manhattan occupying a three block stretch of Mulberry Street, it’s a mecca for delicious food and local shops. Little Italy is the living reminder of the great wave of Italian immigration that came through New York City beginning in the late 1870s. The neighborhood once extended as far south as Worth Street and as far north as Houston Street, but now it’s condensed into just a few blocks.

Little Italy originated as Mulberry Bend. Strangely enough, this wasn’t even the biggest Italian neighborhood in the city—East Harlem had a larger Italian population. Mulberry Bend was a poorer Italian neighborhood, with about 10,000 residents just trying to get by. In fact, Jacob Riis once described Mulberry Bend as “the foul core of New York’s slums.”

At the turn of the 20th century, over 90% of the neighborhood residents were of Italian origins. After World War II, many residents of the Lower East Side started moving to Brooklyn, Staten Island or New Jersey. Around the same time, Chinese immigrants became an increased presence in the city after the U.S. Immigration Act of 1965 removed immigration restrictions. Little Italy slowly started losing square footage to Chinatown. Around 2004, real estate prices skyrocketed and forced even more people out.

What remains are some of the neighborhood’s oldest businesses, a charming atmosphere, and a group of residents committed to preserving the neighborhood. You can find apartments in the area for below market value, and the crime rate in Little Italy is actually 70% below the national average. It is one of Manhattan’s safest neighborhoods. And some Italians that are direct descendants of Little Italy’s first residents still call it home.

Explore Little Italy

Want to explore Little Italy? Head to Mulberry Street and make sure you arrive hungry. You’ll find the blocks lined with authentic and charming restaurants, and sometimes there are penny hawkers who are paid to get you to come in. For lunch, visit Parm, a sandwich shop with the best parm sandwiches and turkey clubs you’ll find in the city. The wait time can get a bit long at dinner time, so going for lunch is your best bet.

After lunch, take a stroll through Di Palo’s for an authentic Italian market experience. Since 1925, this family-owned store has sold incredible cheeses, cured meats and olive oil to locals and tourists. Get some provisions to take back to your hotel room if you have a mini fridge—the mozzarella is like no other.

One place that’s definitely worth visiting is Ferrara Bakery & Cafe, which dates back to 1892. Originally opened by Enrico Scoppa and Antonio Ferrara, the bakery is still family-run (fifth generation!) and uses the same recipes. Sip a glass of Prosecco and treat yourself to a little gelato or something from the bakery.

Little Italy and the neighborhood to the north, which is known as “Nolita,” have a few great shops worth checking out. Condor is a boutique decorated with plants and greenery that’s full of clothing from local and international designers. Creatures of Comfort is a Los Angeles-based boutique, and Scotch & Soda is a must for preppy-with-an-edge male apparel. For souvenirs, head to Il Coccio on on Hester Street for Italian ceramics and NYC Gift Shop on Mulberry Street for all the classics.

Where to Have Dinner?

Deciding where to have dinner in Little Italy can seem like an impossible choice. And to be honest, it is—you’ll have your pick of perfectly prepared Italian food. A few of the best of the best, reputation-wise: Rubirosa (especially if you’re craving pizza), Pellegrino’s, Casa Bella Italian Ristorante, and Lunella. Many of the restaurants will have their menus prominently displayed or would be happy to let you take a look. Expect the restaurant staff to turn on the charm to try and entice you—they all know the competition is stiff.

Another impossible but necessary dream: Saving room for dessert. Caffe Palermo serves cannolis so incredible that celebrities like Ryan Seacrest have taken notice of them. If you can’t enjoy them in the bakery with a glass of vino, box them up and take them back to your hotel room. You won’t want to pass them up.

Little Italy has certainly grown much smaller over the years. But what remains of its vibrant city blocks are just as inviting as ever. Be sure to see our article for a romantic night out in New York City to impress your special someone.

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Indeed, the city’s few remaining independents including Aamcar Discount Car Rental, Prestige Car Rental and Action Car Rental typically offer lower rates than the majors. Action, for example, usually has midsize weekend rentals available for $95 to $135 a day.

“People don’t know Action Car Rental like they know Hertz and Enterprise, so we get them in with a lower rate,” says general manager Luis Cintron. “Once they see the service, we keep them.”

Date Night In The City: 10 Romantic NYC Nights

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It probably goes without saying that The City That Never Sleeps is incredibly romantic. With New York’s fine dining options, rooftop terraces with breathtaking views, cruises, charming hotels and endless entertainment options, how could it not be? If you’re heading to The Big Apple with your special someone, make sure to take some time for some good old-fashioned romance.

Of course, the romantic experience should start as soon as you step off the plane. Treat yourself to a New York luxury car rental so you can really pamper yourself and your other half. Imagine driving around the city in a New York Mercedes for rent. It’s a pretty picture, isn’t it? By renting a car, you’ll have quicker access to all the best things the city has to offer. And then you’ll be fully on your own schedule, ready to explore New York with the person you love.

Need some ideas? Here are 10 romantic nights you can have in New York City.

Feel like a kid again… but then grow up again.

Jane’s Carousel is a refurbished carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and it’s totally romantic. Take a ride or two before taking a sunset stroll along the waterfront. There are plenty of great options for a post-park dinner in the area. The River Cafe on Water Street was voted one of New York City’s most romantic restaurants, while the tequila cocktails at Gran Electra make it a perfect place for a nightcap.

Explore your sultry side at The Slipper Room.

The Slipper Room on the Lower East Side is a hot spot for burlesque and variety shows. It’s a wonderful place to take a date, but if burlesque isn’t really your scene, go on Tuesdays nights when they have stand up comedy. The Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya serves delicious sushi right up the street in the lobby of the trendy Thompson LES Hotel, so you can go to the show with full bellies.

Kayak around the city.

Are you and your mate the adventurous types? Manhattan Kayak offers super-easy tours (or advanced, if you’ve been kayakers for years). Their New York After Dark tour is an hour long experience that involves learning basic strokes before paddling out into the sunset with a guide. So you’ll get a romantic experience and a workout all in one!

Learn to be your own bartender.

When you get home from your trip to NYC, you’ll be able to have plenty of in-home date nights if you can mix your own drinks. At Apotheke Academy you’ll have your choice of courses, from Prohibition era cocktails to Absinthe drinks. Have fun, and remember to designate a driver and let the passenger do most of the tasting.

Learn to fly.

Did you know that New York has a trapeze school with two locations, in Williamsburg and Manhattan? You and your sweetie will love the Flying Trapeze class, where you can learn to fly. All that leaping will surely work up an appetite, so change into something nice after your lesson and head to the nearby Spotted Pig, a Village eatery known for its European-inspired menu and celebrity sightings.

Enjoy some classic comedy.

The Comedy Cellar on Macdougal Street is an iconic New York City spot. A lot of great comedians got their start here, and if you go, you’ll more than likely see faces you recognize if you’ve ever watched Comedy Central. They have shows seven days a week ranging from moderately naughty to “The Nasty Show.” Upstairs, the Olive Tree Cafe & Bar serves tasty food in an intimate setting.

Can’t decide between drinks and dessert? Do both!

Butter & Scotch, the bar and bakery of your dreams, is located in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. They pour delicious cocktails and serve tempting desserts, and sometimes they combine them in boozy shakes. You can even blend a piece of pie with ice cream for a pie shake. Yes, a pie shake. Don’t worry, you and your other half can jog around Central Park the next day and burn off the calories.

Head to Broadway.

A Broadway show might not be a unique date, but it’s a quintessential New York experience. To keep the romantic mood going, see a “date night” show like Phantom of the Opera, An American in Paris, or Hamilton—if you can get tickets, of course. Tons of restaurants nearby have special prixe fixe menus for theater guests, like Oceana on 49th Street.

Go the affordable route.

On a budget? You can still have a romantic evening with your sweetheart without spending a fortune. Take a nice stroll through Gantry Plaza State Park, a waterfront part with a beautiful midtown Manhattan backdrop. Then head to the nearby Blend on the Water and share some small plates.

Take a spin at Spin.

SPiN is a ping-pong bar with classic diner food, small appetizers and a great drink menu. It also happens to be owned by Susan Sarandon. Play a game of table tennis with your love, then enjoy some delicious flatbread pizza.

Enjoy your date night in the city. With romantic spots around every corner, you really can’t go wrong.

Surviving New York Summer: 10 Ways To Beat The Heat

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Despite the minor unpleasantries of a New York City summer (yes, we’re talking about the garbage smell), we wait all year to enjoy the longer days, warm nights and beautiful weather. If you’ll be visiting the city this season, come prepared for humid days that make the temperatures seem higher than they really are. But fear not, because there are plenty of ways to beat (and embrace) the heat.

Make sure you have a good New York luxury car rental, because sometimes you’ll need to escape the city to truly appreciate summertime in New York. Besides, with dozens of amazing attractions located just a few hours (or less) away, you’ll want to take advantage of all the state has to offer. If you’re traveling with a group or you’d like to explore some of New York’s tougher terrain, consider an SUV rental New York. Otherwise, anything you feel like driving will suffice.

Once you’ve arrived, here are 10 fun ways to enjoy the summer in New York:

Enjoy a meal and a beverage on a rooftop.

Summer is outdoor dining season in New York, and we’ve got some wonderful options. STK Downtown & Rooftop, Gallow Green and Juliette are all great places to go for a cocktail and some food. The Top of the Standard offers unforgettable view. And for a delicious Mexican meal, head to the Cantina Rooftop on West 48th Street.

Go on a river cruise.

Care for a dinner cruise? A boat ride around Hudson Bay? You’ll find it all in New York, especially in Manhattan. Cruise around and see the city skyline from a different perspective.

Drive up to Niagara Falls and join the tourists.

Pick a weekday, and get there early—very early—if you want to take the Maid of the Mist tour. Niagara Falls is typically packed with tourists, and it’s a long way from New York City. But if you’ve never seen it, it’s definitely worth the trip.

Cool off at a museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MOMA. The Museum of the City of New York. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Whatever kind of art you’re in the mood for, New York will have it… and it will probably be air conditioned.

Get out of the city and find a swimming hole.

Outside of Manhattan, New York has some incredible natural beauty, including plenty of lakes and swimming holes. Take a less crowded dip in the water and enjoy a day escape.

Go whitewater rafting.

Feeling a little adventurous? Drive to the Adirondacks, which are located about 270 miles north of Manhattan. The Hudson River, which winds over 300 miles from metro New York City to Mount Marcy’s Lake Tear of the Clouds, was deemed one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the United States. Since it’s such a long drive from the city, this is something you’ll want to allow a couple of days for—but if you’re up for the adrenaline rush, it will be an unforgettable experience.

Hit the beach (an underrated one).

Everyone knows about Coney Island and the Hamptons. And those spots are amazing. But for a more relaxed day, head to one of New York’s more out-of-the-way beaches. Wildwood State Park will give you stunning views of the Long Island Sound while surrounding you with white, sandy beaches and beautiful bluffs. And Jones Beach, which is close to the city, is known for its outdoor theater—but you’ll also find miles of beautiful shoreline to explore.

Find some of the city’s best ice cream.

It doesn’t matter how old you are. Nothing cools you off on a hot summer day quite like an ice cream cone. Try the gourmet Sundaes and Cones on East 10th Street in Manhattan, the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (yes, really!) for some quirky combinations, or Eddie’s Sweet Shop for a classic, retro experience.

Go for a scenic drive.

Climb into your car rental New York, crank up the AC, find your favorite tunes and go for a drive. There are a number of scenic byways in New York, and some of them are fairly close to the city. The Kittatinny Ridge Loop, for example, will run you along the Delaware River and around the flat-topped Kittatinny Ridge, a haven for wildlife watching and exploring charming historic towns. The whole loop takes about two and a half hours without stops, so you could do it all in a day and make it back to Manhattan before bed.

Spend the day at Central Park.

Central Park is a place that both tourists and locals love. Even when it’s hot and muggy, there’s something fun for everyone to do. You can enjoy a picnic with your favorite cool treats, rent a rowboat at the Loeb Boathouse, explore the Central Park Zoo or enjoy a meal at Caffe Storico (or Tavern on the Green if you’re feeling fancy).

Only In New York: 4 Experiences You Can ONLY Have In The Big Apple

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“Only in New York” is so much more than just an expression. While every city has its unique traits, there really, truly is no other place on Earth like New York City. From our incredible history to our world famous museums. Our city ia a cultural melting pot of our neighborhoods. You won’t find anything like the big apple NYC anywhere else. So the next time you’re in a “New York state of mind,” indulge the craving, because nothing else will do.

Read on for examples of four experiences you can’t have anywhere else. To properly pull them off, first do your research on a car rental New York deal that will work for you. This will make going from place to place more convenient and save you tons of money on subway, taxi and town car fees. If you have a large family, finding a minivan rental New York special will be surprisingly easy and very convenient.

Once you’ve got your ride secured, buckle up and prepare for the experience of a lifetime. Here are a few adventures that will leave you saying, “Only in New York!”

Dine on legendary Jewish food and sing your heart out at a bar with “grocery” in the title.

The story behind the iconic New York staple “Russ & Daughters” is fascinating. In 1907, a man named Joel Russ immigrated to New York from Germany in hopes of a better life. His older sister was already here and encouraged him to come, although when he did, she accidentally forgot about him and made him wait for two days at Ellis Island before she picked him up! Joel worked hard selling strings of Polish mushrooms, and during that time he also married a woman named Bella and had three daughters with her.

Joel opened his first store in 1914, and in 1920 he opened a bigger one. One by one, his daughters began to learn the business from him and worked alongside him. He changed the name of his business to “Russ & Daughters” in 1933, and with hard work and sacrifice (including selling their house!), the business survived. Even after Joel Russ’s passing, it remained family owned and operated, and you can still enjoy purchasing high end groceries and appetizers at Russ & Daughters or have a meal the nearby Russ & Daughters Cafe. Theirs is a story like no other.

And you’ll find Arlene’s Grocery in the same neighborhood as both Russ & Daughters locations, which is a former bodega that has been a showcase for local NYC bands since 1996. On Monday and Fridays, their famous karaoke band will give you a taste of the limelight. The people watching is amazing here, and it’s an experience you’ll only find in the Big Apple.

Walk the High Line.

Also known as High Line Park, the High Line is a mile and a half long linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of an old NYC railroad spur called the West Side Line. Better yet, it’s a testament to community activism and urban beautification efforts.

The High Line was almost demolished in 1999. But Robert Hammond and Joshua David, two locals, started a nonprofit group called Friends of the High Line. They advocated for the line’s preservation and use a public open space, and soon fundraising events were organized by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. Over $150 million was raised, and the battle was won.

The High Line gets more than 4.4 million visitors every year, and it’s being called this generation’s Central Park. And you can only walk it… you guessed it, in New York. Just make sure you walk it during a weekday if you can to avoid the biggest crowds.

Experience the Statue of Liberty.

We’re pretty proud of Lady Liberty in New York, especially since we’re the only city to have anything like her. And if you want the full experience, make a day of it and take the ferry to Ellis Island. You’ll love having the chance to explore the statue and read about history, especially if you have older children or history buffs with you.

That being said, there are a lot of poor, tired, huddled masses waiting in line most of the time. So for a less exhausting way to see the Statue of Liberty, you can hop on a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. They depart daily from Pier 83 down the Hudson River, and the boats pass right by Lady Liberty before heading under both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. We highly recommend this cruise for beautiful views you won’t see anywhere else.

Experience a Yankees game.

We understand that most non-New Yorkers are not Yankees fans… in fact, most have a less than favorable opinion of the team. But even if you’re not a fan of baseball itself, you’ll see that watching a Yankees game in Yankee Stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Why not see a game in the House that Babe Ruth Built?

Tickets aren’t cheap, and this experience won’t be for everyone. But when the Yankees win, the crowd goes wild and the sound of Frank Sinatra belting out New York, New York can be heard over the celebration, you’ll smile and say, “Only in New York.”

 

 

Fourth of July Festivities in New York City

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You might not think of Manhattan or Long Island as the best place in the USA to spend the 4th of July. But just like most things, New York does Independence Day well, and boldly. If you’ll be spending the 4th of July in the City That Never Sleeps, you’ll have your choice of celebrations.

Keep your options open by reserving a car for your trip. This way if you decide to leave Manhattan for the holiday, you won’t have to rely on alternative transportation. Look up New York car rental specials for the best deals.

Of course, you don’t have to leave the city to have an amazing 4th of July. New York City has three different fireworks shows, and they’re all spectacular. The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks over the East River begin at 9:20, and the Statue of Liberty and Jersey City fireworks shows start at 9:30. All three of them last around 30 minutes. In the event of rain, the start times could be delayed.

If you’d like to enjoy a nice fireworks display, you’ll want to stake out your spot before the sun goes down. Be aware that you may not be allowed into some viewing areas with backpacks or lawn chairs and that your belongings may be searched. But with a little patience and planning, you’ll be able to have a great view of the show.

Here are some of the best viewing areas:

Brooklyn Bridge Park

With 85 acres of open spaces and mountain views, Brooklyn Bridge Park is the perfect place to see the fireworks.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

The view from the promenade takes the breath away of even the most jaded New Yorker. The ⅓ mile long promenade will have excellent firework views, though you’ll want to arrive early.

The Corner of FDR Drive and East Houston Street

Head toward the East River Baseball Field.

The corner of Furman Street and Old Fulton Street

This viewing area is close to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and Brooklyn’s Pier 1 Playground, so if you have children with you, you can occupy thh3 until the show.

Lower Manhattan’s East River Park

Head to the waterfront area between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

Of course, if you’d rather not wait for hours for the best fireworks views, you can celebrate the 4th of July in plenty of other ways. Here are some events happening in the area:

Firework Spectacular at Surf City

Hop in your car rental New York and head to Jersey City, where the megabar Surf City will be serving frozen drinks and tasty food. There’s no cover, and you’ll have a great view of Jersey City’s fireworks show.

Coney Island’s Annual Fourth of July Beach Party

It doesn’t get much better than spending the 4th of July at the beach, especially when that beach is Coney Island. From 9 AM on, you’ll enjoy live music, food and beverages. Coney Island is also home to the world famous Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. At dusk, you’ll be treated to a beautiful fireworks display. The party usually goes until midnight, so stay hydrated and keep applying sunscreen.

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruises

Watching the fireworks from a cruise ship will be unique and special, although it’s also pretty expensive. Still, a $150-$200 ticket usually buys you a five hour water cruise with food and drinks available. And there’s really no better way to see the show than from a boat.

Revolutionary New York Walking Tour

Independence Day certainly holds a special significance for history buffs. Big Onion Walking Tours usually hosts a tour on the 4th showing significant New York City landmarks from the Revolutionary War. If you’d like to stay historically connected on the 4th of July, this tour is the way to do it.

Head to the Hamptons

The 4th of July in the Hamptons is always an exciting time. Though the area is always packed with New Yorkers ready to escape Manhattan for a few days, you’ll still find a more laid back vibe here than in the city. Enjoy some lobster rolls, catch the Southampton Village Independence Day Parade and watch the fireworks from the beach. Just plan in advance if you want to spend the night, because you won’t be the only one with that idea.

Make it a Staycation

Some hotels, like the Millenium Hilton at 55 Church Street, have rooms with firework views. If nothing else, the show is available on NBC, and you can order room service. Because sometimes celebrating America means enjoying its little luxuries.

Playing Tourist: 10 Tours You Should Take In New York

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If there’s one city where it’s always fun to play tourist, it’s New York. Whether you call the Big Apple home or you’re just going to visit, tours offer a whole new way to explore the area. Our entire state is jam-packed with amazing tours, from the Manhattan city limits to the upper state countryside. And if you’re visiting this summer, you’ll want to check some of them out.

Despite Manhattan’s abundant Taxis, public transportation in some parts of New York is somewhat scarce. Your best bet is to look up Rent a Car New York options, decide what will be best for you and rent a vehicle that will take you wherever you need to go. If you’re traveling with your family or a large group, look up minivan rental New York specials. It’s much easier to have everyone in one spot than trying to chase children or friends down on the subway.

Once you’re in the city, you’ll have hundreds upon hundreds of options for tours. We recommend choosing a few from this list:

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

Whether you’re a New Yorker or a first time visitor, this tour is worth taking at least once. Lady Liberty has played a big role in our history, after all. Tickets are $59 and include a 4.5 hour guided visit to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, priority boarding on the ferry and viewing exhibits inside the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island.

Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise

This guided 2.5 hour tour offers a cruise around Manhattan Island and the chance to learn about its history. You’ll enjoy the live commentary from a tour guide, breathtaking views, and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are normally $41.99, but you can often find them on sale.

Free Tours By Foot: A Pay-What-You-Wish Experience

“Free” and “New York City” often do not go hand in hand. But this amazing company offers several tours that are free, though donations and tips are certainly accepted and encouraged. The belief is that everyone should be able to enjoy what the city has to offer. For some tours, subway fare will be needed, and reservations are required to guarantee your spot. Still, this is one of the best and most affordable ways to see the city.

The New York State Capitol Tour in Albany

This tour will require a bit of a drive—Albany is between two and three hours from the city. But touring the beautiful capitol is something everyone should experience, especially history buffs or anyone who appreciates architecture. Tours are free of charge and are available Monday-Friday at 10 AM, noon, 2 PM and 3 PM.

Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany

If your travels take you to the Rochester or Buffalo areas, carve out some time to tour this creepy old asylum. Known as one of the most haunted places in the country, you just might experience some paranormal activity—but either way, you’re in for a spooky time. Tours cost $20 per person and last about two hours.

Joyce Gold History Tours of New York

A favorite recommendation of hotel concierges everywhere, history buff Joyce Gold’s walking tour is an incredible experience. You can schedule a private tour for a more customized experience, or sign up for a public scheduled tour for $20 per person ($15 for those over 62).

The Bannerman Island Walking Tour, Pollepel Island

Located just 56 miles north of Manhattan, the beautiful Bannerman’s Castle sits on an island about six acres in size. The castle was once used as a military surplus warehouse, and these days it’s available for exploring on your own.

The East End Bike Tours of Mattituck

Heading to the Hamptons this summer? This tour is close to Long Island, and it offers the chance to put your rental car in park and cruise along by bike. The best part? This tour will quench your thirst for wine as well as information, and you’ll see plenty of historic sights along the way.

The NY See it All Tour

This is exactly what it sounds like! This six hour tour has won numerous awards, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll be able to see Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and so much more, all from the comforts of a cruise. Tickets start at $59.99 per person and depart twice a day.

The Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride in Lockport

Did you know the state of New York has some incredible caves? Skip the crowds at Howe Caverns and head to Lockport instead, which is a 382 drive from Manhattan that will allow you to see a good portion of the state. The 70 minute guided tour includes and underground boat ride, and you’ll be able to view ruins from the industrial revolution. Feeling brave? The company also offers ghost tours at night.

Explore New York this summer with a guided tour (or two or three). You won’t regret it!

 

 

Five Road Trips From NYC You Can Take On One Tank Of Gas

Five Summer Road Trips From NYC Mohonk

There’s just something about summer road trips that make them so special. And in New York especially, June, July and August are wonderful months.  Get in your car and drive away for a little adventure. If you’re planning on visiting the city this summer, or if you live in New York City and need to get away, search for New York car rental specials and find your perfect road trip match.

Speaking of driving… it’s not cheap to fill your gas tank, especially during summertime. Luckily you can explore quite a few destinations using only one tank. The average car can go from about 300 miles on one tank of gas, and all of these road trips are shorter than that.

Whether you call Manhattan home or you’ll visiting New York from out of state and you’d like to explore. Renting a vehicle will give you better freedom to go at your own pace. If you have a large group, you can look up van rental New York deals.  The best way so that everyone can travel together. Otherwise, a New York luxury car rental might be nice so you can ride around in style.

Once you’ve settled on your vehicle of choice, all you have to do is pick a destination and fill your tank. And unless you continue your journey, you’ll only have to fill that gas tank once.

Here are five places close to New York City you can visit:

  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Philly is about 100 miles from New York, so you can get there and back safely and still have some fuel left for cruising around the city. You can also park your car and use public transportation while you’re there if you want to save gas. Aside from eating a classic Philly cheesesteak, you’ll want to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Constitution was signed) and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. If you’re traveling with children, don’t miss out on seeing Franklin Square. It’s a beautiful public park with a great playground, a carousel and miniature golf course. Another great family-friendly option is the Please Touch Museum, a hands on experience everyone can enjoy. Since New York to Philly is a two hour drive (even with traffic), you can go there and back in one day.

  2. Atlantic City, New Jersey.

    Las Vegas is an incredible city, but it doesn’t have Atlantic City’s boardwalk or laid back vibe. It’s also not a 130 mile, two hour drive like it is from Manhattan. Whether you’re going on an adults-only or a family-friendly trip, you’ll find plenty of exciting things to see and do. Stroll the boardwalks and the beaches, try your luck at one of the many casinos or spend some downtime relaxing in a spa, like the Red Door Spa at Harrah’s or the Immersion Spa at the Water Club. If you get the chance, enjoy a meal at Buddaken, one of the city’s top rated Pan-Asian restaurants located inside Caesar’s Palace. The Cape May Whale Watcher is the largest whale and dolphin watcher in New Jersey, so if you hit the town during the right season, you can get a glimpse of some majestic creatures.

  3. Cold Spring, New York.

    Located on the banks of the Hudson River, Cold Spring is just 55 miles from the heart of Manhattan. This is the perfect place to go if you need a relaxing break from the bustling city. Enjoy spectacular scenery from the gorgeous gazebo, stroll the waterfront and explore the Hudson Highlands State Park. This is another destination where you can park your rental car when you arrive if you’d like. The trolley will take you around the village for mere pocket change.

  4. Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York.

    While you can easily make this 90 mile trip from the city in a day, we recommend making an overnight trip out of it to fully enjoy all the Victorian castle has to offer. This gorgeous haven offers horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, carriage rides, fine dining and an award-winning spa. You might try to make a day of it, but you’ll probably decide to stay in one of the beautiful rooms or suites.

  5. Fire Island, New York.

    Though Fire Island is a mere 62 miles from New York City, you’ll want to allow yourself two and a half hours for the drive due to traffic and tolls. But once you’re there, you’ll love being surrounded by a stretch of coastline that feels like you’re a lot further away from the city. Spend your day beach combing, hiking or looking for wildlife along the shoreline. If you have time, head to Great South Bay and go on a guided tour or go canoeing.

Enjoy your summer travels!

 

 

 

The Ultimate New York City Summer Bucket List

The Ultimate New York City Summer Bucket List

The City That Never Sleeps is especially energetic in the summertime. The sun is out, the air is warm and every rooftop and patio in Manhattan is full of happy patrons. If you’ll be in New York this summer, you’ll have a lot of fun to have in a short amount of time. You might be busy, but you’ll never be bored.

Your options for entertaining yourself will be endless, and renting a vehicle will ensure that you’ll have access to anything you’d like to do. Look up New York Car Rental specials to see if there are any deals available during your trip. Keep it simple and keep your rental for the entire duration of your stay. Booking a LaGuardia Airport Car Rental will be easier (and more affordable) that flagging down a cab.

Once your rental car is booked, make a New York City summer bucket list and try to check off as many things as you can. Needless to say, we’ve got some suggestions for what the ultimate summer bucket list should be.

Go to Coney Island.

Is there anything better than the beach in the summer? No matter how old you are or what you like to do for fun, going to Coney Island is a blast. There’s a lot to do, but you can always choose to just relax by the water.

Watch a baseball game.

Yankees or Mets? Unless you’re a diehard fan, it doesn’t really matter. Both teams are fun to watch and tickets aren’t difficult to get.

Discover a new hidden gem.

New York is so jam-packed with things to do that you could spend a lifetime there and never experience everything. This summer, find a coffee shop, bar, park, bookstore or other small business that’s located off the beaten path. You’ll be so glad you did.

Visit at least one popular tourist attraction.

Hidden gems are charming, but sometimes you just have to act like a tourist. Check out the Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or another iconic New York attraction. If you’re worried about the crowds, find out when the off-peak days of the week and times are and go then.

Go to Central Park.

Speaking of New York icons, this one is perfect in the summertime. Take a picnic, rent a rowboat, or lace up your sneakers and go for a jog.

Watch a performance.

Even if Broadway shows aren’t your thing, you’ll have tons of options for live entertainment i the Big Apple. Central Park hosts several free Shakespeare in the Park performances every summer, and you’d be surprised by the gems you can find way, way off Broadway.

Walk the High Line.

The High Line, which is built on a historic freight rail line, is like a small park floating above the city streets. There are plenty of places to stop and relax or grab something to eat.

Take a day trip.

Escape the city for a day and check out some of the many nearby places that surround New York. Governors Island, Cold Spring on Hudson, Beacon and Warwick are all great options.

Go to the Hamptons.

Yes, it’s a popular destination for New Yorkers and it might be crowded there. But the Hamptons signify summertime, and they’re popular for a reason. If you book a New York luxury car rental for your trip, you have to drive it to the Hamptons and live lavishly for a couple of days.

Visit the Sunken Forest on Fire Island.

The Sunken Forest, a magical place on Long Island, is the perfect spot for enjoying nature. You can explore on your own, walking along the boardwalk, or you can take a guided tour of the area.

Conduct an ice cream taste test.

Since it would be impossible to sample the goods from every ice cream shop or gelato stand in the city, this basically involves stopping for ice cream every time you come across Rough life, right?

Enjoy a meal or drinks on a patio or rooftop.

Summer is short. Take advantage of the warm weather and find one of New York’s many rooftop or patio dining options. This is a list item you might want to check off more than once.

Watch a movie outdoors.

New York City is full of summertime outdoor cinemas, and the warm nights are so beautiful that you won’t even miss your theater seat.

Go on a boat cruise.

Set aside some time for a scenic cruise. You’ll have options ranging from a short guided tour to a lengthy dinner cruise.

Slow down and spend some time people watching.

New York may be a busy, fast-paced city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t slow down and relax (just don’t do it when you’re in a native New Yorkers way). People watching is the most fun way to pass the time there, so get comfortable and enjoy.