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New Year’s In New York: Celebrate in Your New York Luxury Car Rental

It’s that time of year again! We are preparing to bid 2016 adieu and welcome in the new year. It’s time to think about where you’d like to be when the clock strikes midnight. Of course, the obvious answer is New York… the City That Never Sleeps is positively electric on New Year’s Eve. Driving through on New Year’s day in your LaGuardia Airport car rental, you’ll notice the energy immediately. If you’re lucky enough to be in the city for the end of the year, you’ll have your choice of parties, dinners, and amazing events. And don’t forget ‘recovery’ brunch the next day in the comfort of your New York luxury car rental.

And while you may want to avoid driving on the evening itself, you should consider a New York luxury car rental for the duration of your trip. If you book a LaGuardia Airport car rental your airport transportation will be a breeze. Equally important, you’ll be able to see much more of the city and the surrounding areas if you have a vehicle. Plus, when everyone else is trying to hail a cab to their brunch dates on New Year’s Day, you can just get behind the wheel and go.

So, where should you ring in the new year? That depends on your personality, your budget, your interests, and your company. These are some of the very best New Year’s Eve events New York City has to offer.

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Times Square?

For those who have never been to New York or who have grown up watching the televised version of New York’s signature New Year’s Eve celebration, the answer to “Where to celebrate?” might seem obvious: Times Square. But think about it: you’ll have to stand for hours in a crowded street with no food, water, libations or nearby restrooms. If you move, you lose your spot. Also, it’s freezing cold. However, if you decide that this is worth it to rang in the new year in Times Square, arrive at least eight hours early. Not to mention you should dress in more layers than you think is possible!

Additionally, you may struggle to find parking for your LaGuardia Airport car rental! Hunt for it early.

For Couples

Celebrating the start of 2017 with your someone special? Here are a few New Year’s eve parties you might find fun:

Dances of Vice, Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn. This offbeat performance includes fire dancers, puppets, spangled musicians, and an optional feast. Moreover, being in Brooklyn, you’ll miss out on New York City traffic in your New York luxury car rental!

James Brown Dance Party, Gramercy Theater. This party actually starts at midnight, so you can share a kiss and a champagne toast before heading to the theater. The rotating musicians all celebrate the music of James Brown, and tickets start at just $52.

Luxury Three-Course Dinner Cruise. There’s nothing more romantic than dinner and dancing. The cruise departs at 9 PM from Chelsea Piers. It starts with hor d’oeuvres and cocktails and finishes with dancing and champagne (with a five course dinner and fireworks between). Tickets are available at viator.com and cost around $500 per person.

For Families

If you’ll have a younger crew with you this year, you’ll still have plenty of options for celebrating the holiday. Plus, your LaGuardia Airport car rental will ensure you can avoid the hassle of a cab with the family.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Prospect Park. Bundle up for a free low-key party at Prospect Park with hot chocolate, live music, and midnight fireworks. The best viewing areas are at Grand Army Plaza and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

Top tip: find parking for your LaGuardia Airport car rental early in the day.

New Year’s at CMOM. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan will host their annual party where children are encouraged to dress their best. There will be a ball drop at noon, 2 and 4 PM, and an all-ages dance party with DJ Chela from 2:30-4.

Brooklyn Bridge Walk into the New Year. Park your New York luxury car rental and join thousands of New Yorkers for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. If you time it right, you’ll see fireworks from Central Park, Staten Island and Brooklyn. Furthermore, staggered guided tours will take place between 10:15 and 11:15 PM. RSVP at 646-493-7092 if you’d like to join one.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. The David H. Koch Theater will host this enchanting performance through New Year’s Eve. Similarly, your kids will get a kick out of the one ton Christmas tree that “grows” to 40 feet onstage.

For Singles

Flying solo this year? These festivities are perfect for single and for groups of friends.

Knitting Factory New Year’s Eve Party. This annual Brooklyn bash is always a blast, and this year’s party features sets by Savoir Adore, Luxxury and DJ Juan MacLean. Additionally, the hour-long open bar is a nice treat, and the two dance floors will double your chance of meeting someone special.

Tao Uptown. Going for glamorous? Head to this iconic nightclub for a swanky party you won’t ever forget. Enjoy a four hour premium open bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live DJs, and champagne at midnight.

Future Perfect New Year’s Eve Gala. Brooklyn’s House of Yes is a funky venue known for its over-the-top parties, and Future Perfect is no exception. Here, you’ll have three rooms of live music and dancing to choose from, plus live performances and concoctions from the Elixir & Tincture Bar. The best part? Guests are highly encouraged to come as the idealized versions of themselves, so you can expect everyone to be dressed to impress.

Happy (almost) New Year!

Kick off the new year in style and ease when you reserve your LaGuardia Airport car rental or New York luxury car rental from Action Car Rental!

17 Sites to Take New York Luxury Car Rental in 2017

With a new year on the horizon, it’s time to start making some goals. But not all New Year’s resolutions have to be about getting more exercise or finding new jobs—in fact, the focus should really be on fun. A trip (or two or three) to New York should definitely be on that list. And what better way to add fun than add a New York Mercedes for rent to help you see the city?

But once you’ve arrived in your New York luxury car rental, what do you see first? Manhattan alone has thousands of potential experiences awaiting you, not to mention the surrounding neighborhoods and areas upstate. Make sure you’re getting around in the best New York luxury car rental you can find. Driving around in a New York Mercedes for rent would make for a delightful 2017, after all. And in the spirit of the year to come, here are 17 places in or near the Big Apple you should visit in the new year:

Take your New York Mercedes for rent for dinner in style

Russ & Daughters Cafe
This Lower East Side gem has been around since 1914, and it has a pretty amazing history. An immigrant named Joel Russ founded the store and since he had no sons, he recruited his three daughters to help him run it. This is the first business in the United States to have the word “daughters” in its name.

Black Seed Bagels

New York is practically synonymous with bagels, and finding the best ones is no easy task. Black Seed Bagels at 170 Elizabeth Street in SoHo seems to have mastered the recipe.

 

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Grand Central Oyster Bar 

The beautiful oyster bar in the lower level of Grand Central Terminal is an excellent place for people watching as well as oyster-eating. For over 100 years, this has been the place to go for the freshest seafood in the city. You’ll find yourself taking your New York luxury car rental there over and over again.

Glasserie

One of Brooklyn’s most incredible restaurants happens to be located in the old Greenpoint Glass Works building at 95 Commercial Street. The historic building definitely adds appeal, but the real reason to go to Glasserie is the delicious Mediterranean food. They serve the classics (lots of lamb and chickpeas) and they do them well.

Roberta’s

This Brooklyn pizzeria always has a long wait for its delicious Neapolitan-style pizza, but it’s definitely worth it. While you’re waiting for a seat or your takeout order, enjoy a cocktail called Personal Space.

Employees Only

Located on Hudson Street in the West Village, this elegant speakeasy has a kitchen that’s open until 3:30 AM and an old world vibe you won’t find anywhere else. The head bartender was actually a subject in a documentary called “Hey Bartender.” Leave your New York Mercedes for rent at home for this night out.

Caffe Palermo 

Go to Little Italy. Find Caffe Palermo on Mulberry Street. Buy a cannoli immediately. You’ll thank us later.

Cultural Entertainment

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This iconic establishment is always a must-see, whether this is your first trip to New York or you’re a frequent visitor.

The Comedy Cellar

Located at 117 Macdougal Street, this basement comedy club doesn’t look like much from the outside… but a lot of famous comedians have graced its stages. In fact, some comedy veterans like Bob Saget sometimes drop in for surprise shows, meaning you’ll get more than your money’s worth.

The One World Observatory 

In a city with millions of things to experience, the One World Observatory is truly one in a million. You’ll find it on the top three floors of the One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Needless to say, the views of Manhattan are jaw-dropping.

The Strand

There are bookstores, and then there is The Strand. This one-of-a-kind bookstore is located at 828 Broadway in the East Village. It was established in 1927 as part of “bookstore row,” and it’s the only store that remains. Don’t be surprised if you leave with your New York luxury car rental full.

Barcade

Barcade has three locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and they’re basically heaven on Earth. You’ll get to play forgotten classic video games from the 1980s, but while sipping craft beer and eating tasty bar food.

The American Museum of Natural History 

The largest natural history museum in the world happens to also be one of the most impressive sights in the city. The museum spans four city blocks and holds about 30 million artifacts.

Winter Garden Atrium

This 10-story glass vaulted pavilion on Vesey Street was renovated in 2002 (after it was damaged on 9/11) and houses various plants, trees and flowers. Concerts and symphonies are sometimes hosted there, and movie screens are spotted there during the TriBeCa Film Festival.

Take your New York luxury car rental among nature

Washington Square Park

Central Park is amazing, but Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park is also a pretty incredible place. On the west side, you’ll find oversized chess game tables and grassy knolls, while the Eastside has gelato carts and endless entertainment. This park has been seen in a lot of movies, so it will probably feel familiar even if you’ve never been.

The High Line 

This public park is funded almost entirely by a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the dream of turning the old New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. The park features art from local artists, gardens, and amazing views.

Coney Island

This seaside attraction once ranked among the city’s best, and it still retains some of its vintage charms. The decades-old concession stands and amusement park rides will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time in the best way. You can get to coney by your New York Mercedes for rent, or by train, bus, or express bus.

Start your 2017 NYC bucket list when you reserve your New York luxury car rental from Action Car Rental. We have New York Mercedes for rent, among other luxury vehicles to transform an ordinary trip into a spectacular getaway.

10 Places In New York For Perfect Romantic Getaways

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 perfect romantic getaways, look no further than the Empire State and a New York luxury car rental from Action.

Whether you plan to stay in the heart of the city or you prefer a country getaway, you’ll have a much better experience if you book a New York luxury car rental. Not only will you and your sweetie be entirely on your own schedule, 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, and theaters are all at your disposal.

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

Here are 10 suggestions for perfect romantic getaways destinations to escape to in your New York luxury car rental.

The Maidstone, East Hampton

Who hasn’t dreamt of a few perfect romantic getaways 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. Furthermore free yoga, beach parking for your New York luxury car rental, and a library are onsite for convenience. 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 this 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 to 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 decorated 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 slightly different layout and 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 luxury car rental 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 perfect romantic getaways. This 88 room space feels like a peaceful oasis in the middle of the vibrant city. It has a tranquil plant-filled courtyard and an underground lantern-lit pool perfect for taking an evening swim. In addition, a luxurious Shibui spa will 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. Moreover, the four onsite dining establishments range from casual to elegant so you don’t have to leave the property during your stay.

Montauk Manor, Montauk

As a condominium resort, you actually can buy a home here, but it’s much less expensive to stay with your other half for a weekend. The building is a national landmark that has been lovingly restored. It 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 scrumptious 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.

Reserve your New York luxury car rental from Action to complete your perfect romantic getaways.

10 Places For A Perfect Romantic Getaway in New York

Date Night In The City: 10 Romantic NYC Nights

Date Night In a New York Luxury Rental City: 10 Romantic NYC Nights

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

rooftop Surviving New York Summer Ways To Beat The Heat

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).

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On The Water: Check Out New York’s Waterfront Fun

Spring is in full swing, and while New York weather has been slow to warm up, the sunny weather is starting to appear. That means that the bustling streets of New York become even more packed, both with strolling tourists and people who enjoy a nice outdoor meal. And with views like ours, it’s no wonder waterfront dining and activities are so popular.

If you’re planning a visit to the Big Apple this spring or summer, make sure you work plenty of waterfront activities into your itinerary. Whether that means spending a day at the lake, taking a ferry to an island or just enjoying a nice waterfront meal, you’ll love New York’s options. Make sure you find a great rent a car New York special to ensure that you get to see as much as possible.

To get you started, we’ve compiled a guide of some of New York’s finest waterfront fun. Explore one or two of these options and you’ll enjoy some of our state’s best views.

Waterfront Dining

Let’s start with the basics: waterfront bars and restaurants. They’re popular in any season, but during warmer months, people flock to them for their outdoor decks and beautiful water views. Give one of these spots a try:

  • Boat Basin Cafe, Upper West Side – Escape the chaos without leaving the heart of the city. Between the peaceful views of the Hudson river and the delicious burgers, you’ll go into full vacation mode.
  • The Marina Grille, New Rochelle – Deep fried delicacies, seafood and entrees in an unpretentious setting.
  • Dolphin Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, Yonkers – Classic cuisine with amazing views. Go early for brunch or grab an evening cocktail in the lounge.
  • Merchants River House – This American bistro faces the Hudson River and has a beautiful patio ideal for outdoor dining.
  • Il Fornetto, Brooklyn – Amazing food, totally picturesque views and a beautiful restaurant? You’ll find it here. Il Fornetto is one of Brooklyn’s best restaurants.
  • Oaklands, Hampton Bays – Heading to the Hamptons? Oaklands has tasty seafood, a great reputation and wonderful water views.
  • Harbor Bistro, East Hampton – This restaurant is only open during the summer, so get there fast. It’s got an incredible view of the marina from the outdoor seating area.
  • North River Lobster Company, Hell’s Kitchen – Head to Hell’s Kitchen and enjoy seafood and booze on a floating lobster shack. This is not the place for anyone who gets easily seasick!
  • Clemente’s Maryland Crabhouse, Sheepshead Bay – Eat Maryland style crab and sip cocktails from the bayside tiki bar.
  • Grand Banks, Tribeca – This is the go-to spot during summer for cocktails and oysters with a Hudson River view.

Classic Tourist Activities

Coney Island

Coney Island comes alive between Easter and Halloween. It’s a classic must-do for anyone with a family or anyone who enjoys feeling young again. Gather a large group, look for deals on minivan rentals New York, and take the crew to Coney Island for amusement park rides and carnival games right on the water. Despite its name, you can get there easily by car without taking a ferry.

If you can, try to experience Coney Island on a Friday. Every Friday night during the summer (from late June to Labor Day weekend), fireworks shoot off right on the beach. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the waterfront with your family.

Fun fact: Coney Island is actually the birthplace of the hot dog. No matter how many meals you enjoy there, you should save room for a classic Coney Island dog. Tom’s Coney Island, Ruby’s bar and Grill and Nathan’s Famous are some of the most popular spots.

Coney Island

Ellis Island and Liberty Island

No trip to New York is complete without a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. It might be a classic tourist destination, but with its history and symbolism, it’s worth the trek. Ellis Island involves a short ferry ride, and as the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States, it was the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The nearby Liberty Island is where you’ll find lady Liberty, our gift from France in the 1800s.

Ellis Island and Liberty Island

Other Waterfront Activities

Governors Island

Exploring Governors Island means leaving your New York luxury car rental behind, as it is a vehicle-free oasis. You’ll find outdoor art shows, walking trails, beaches, pools and plenty of parks. This is an excellent day trip to make when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Governors Island

Walking Tours

The Municipal Art Society offers a series of walking tours along the shore to look at New York City’s riverbanks and beaches. They are inexpensive, informative and fun.

Walking Tours

Beach Days

You’ll find plenty of surf and sand right next to NYC. Jones Beach offers over six miles of sand, a two mile boardwalk, a couple of swimming pools and miniature golf. You can also see the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, which offers educational tours. Orchard Beach in the Bronx is also a nice option, with concession stands, sport courts and 115 acres of beach.

Jones Beach

Enjoy your time “down by the sea!”

Road Trip To Some Of New York’s Top Hidden Gems

When you visit New York, it’s always fun to check out the popular tourist attractions. There are millions of things to do in New York City alone, and the rest of the state also has plenty of well known spots to see. But there are some places that even people who have lived in New York their entire lives aren’t aware of. The next time you visit in a SUV rental New York (or if you live here and decide it’s time to go exploring), put some of these spots on your list. You won’t be disappointed. Make it really special with a New York Mercedes for rent.

Renting a vehicle is the best way to ensure you see as many attractions as possible. Even if you stay in the city, public transportation means relying on someone else’s schedule, and you’ll be better off exploring at your own leisure. Having an idea of what you’d like to see and do will help you determine what kind of vehicle will be best. If you’re bringing the entire family and you plan to escape Manhattan for some different scenery, for example, look up SUV rental New York. Contrarily, if it will just be you and your other half, see if you can find a New York Mercedes for rent.

Here are some of New York’s top hidden gems to put on your list:

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You’ll find Lucifer Falls, a breathtaking 115 foot waterfall, in New York’s Finger Lakes region inside the Robert H. Treman State Park. However, it is a bit of a trek from New York City. We think it’s worth it, though.

Cornell Plantations

This is one of New York’s most beautiful botanical gardens—and a lot of locals don’t even know it exists! You’ll enjoy serene surroundings and gorgeous greenery here, and it’s a wonderful break from the chaos of the city.

Montgomery Place

This gorgeous mansion is located near Barrytown in the Hudson Valley. It was built in 1803 and has an impressive history. The 380-acre property is open to the public and offers guided tours and beautiful gardens.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery

New York City might be home to some of the world’s most famous museums and galleries, but the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo can hold its own. It’s over 150 years old, and it’s known for its innovative works of art.

Harry Houdini’s Grave

The famous magician’s grave is located in Queens. Fans still gather on occasion to await his escape from death. Admirers often leave decks of Tarot cards for him.

Mmuseumm

No, that is not a typo. Mmuseumm is in Manhattan, and it’s a little more obscure than the rest of the city’s art spots… it’s located in a freight elevator! Their second location is set to open sometime this spring. You’ll find some quirky things at Mmuseumm, including the shoe that was once thrown at President George W. Bush.

The Treehouse Lovenest

A treehouse in New York! Indeed—you’ll find it in the forests of the Putnam Valley. The Treehouse Lovenest has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a lot of character. Best of all: it’s only a two hour drive in your car rental New York from the city.

MoMath, The Museum of Mathematics

Even if math wasn’t your best subject in school, you’ll love exploring this mathematical museum, which is in Manhattan. This place doesn’t try and confuse visitors with a bunch of equations or complex formulas. The objective is to give guests a sensory experience of what mathematical abstractions look like in real life.

The Transit Drive-In

Drive-in theaters are hard to find these days. The Transit in Lockport is an adorable retro theater that has been around since the 1950s. If you go, make sure you’ve got a nice New York Mercedes for rent to enjoy the show in.

Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy

Yes, this is a real place, and it’s as amazing as it sounds. This museum and comedy center is located in Jamestown, about a six hour drive from Manhattan. But if you’ve got a New York Mercedes for rent, it will be a smooth ride.

The Center opened in 1966 and was created to preserve and celebrate the legacy of these wonderful actors and comedians. This is a tourist favorite, but a surprising number of people have never heard of it.

Thacher State Park

If your travels take you to Albany County, a trip to Thacher State Park is a must. Park your SUV rental New York to walk along the Indian Ladder Trail and take in panoramic views from the top.

Have fun going off the beaten path in your New York Mercedes for rent!

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10 Reasons To Visit New York City This Spring

Got wanderlust? Allow us to tempt you with the thought of a fun-filled trip to New York City. There’s never really a bad time to visit the Big Apple, but there’s something about spring that transforms the city into something truly magical. The weather is pleasant, but it’s not too hot. The flowers and trees are in bloom, coloring the city in soft, seasonal hues, and the summer crowds haven’t arrived yet. In other words, spring is the perfect season to hop a flight, book a LaGuardia Airport car rental, and experience the city at its finest.

Not yet convinced? Here are 10 compelling reasons to visit New York City this spring.

The temperatures

You’ll notice a chill in the air in early spring, but by mid-spring the weather will be downright pleasant. Even if you have a beautiful LaGuardia Airport car rental, you’ll do a lot of walking in NYC, so good weather is appreciated.

International culture

You won’t have to visit anywhere else for awhile to get your “travel fix.” You’ve got Little Italy, Chinatown, Flushing (the Chinatown of Queens), international shopping options, international shows, and more culture than you could ever dream of at museum exhibits and shows. New York’s museums have some of the finest cultural relics from all over the world. If you’ve been envisioning a trip to Europe or Asia that isn’t in the cards right now, you can calm your jet-setting urges for awhile by visiting New York.

The flowers are in bloom

Most notably, the cherry blossoms that begin to bloom in early April. They are beautiful, and you can see them on many city streets. Get your fill at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Central Park or one of the city’s numerous small parks. You can also attend the Macy’s Flower Show between March 22 and April 4, when gorgeous flowers overtake the ground floor of Macy’s in Herald Square.

The energy

April and May bring a great deal of energy to the already bustling city. As the sun begins to shine, tables appear on sidewalks outside restaurants, windows of shops open, and people get excited for the upcoming events. Everyone sheds their layers from winter and starts to talk to each other more.

Baseball season

Even if you’re not a Mets or Yankees fan, if you appreciate the game of baseball, you’ll love seeing a game in New York. Opening day in the city is always a fun time.

The TriBeCa Film Festival

There are always festivals happening in the city, and spring is especially full of exciting events. But the TriBeCa Film Festival is a must for any film fan or person who can appreciate the arts. The festival is 11 days long, running from April 13-24, so you’ll have plenty of time to spend enjoying New York. Plus, if you’re a film buff, there will be hordes of wonderful people to talk to and network with.

Food festivals

Speaking of festivals… you’ll find food festivals galore in New York City in the spring. Mac Daddy, a mac and cheese festival hosted by Time Out New York, is held on March 29. Sign up for a one hour time slot between 11 AM and 6 PM to be able to eat and vote for the best mac and cheese in the city. On April 9, head to Staten Island for its annual BBQ Cookoff. This is a family-oriented event that includes plenty of BBQ sampling, awards with cash prizes and live entertainment. And it’s not all about food. Beer and wine lovers will appreciate all the spirits-related events that take place in spring. At the Spring Craft Beer Festival at Belmont Park Race Track, you can sample two ounce pours of 100 U.S. craft brews (though we do not recommend trying them all).

Picnics in Central Park

It’s finally picnic season. If you’ve never enjoyed a picnic lunch or dinner at the Sheep Meadow in Central Park, put it on your NYC bucket list right away. The stunning skyline views are unforgettable. Also, it’s a designated quiet zone, so you’ll enjoy a little bit of serenity in the city. Park your LaGuardia Airport car rental and get out to enjoy.

The deals

Spring break is a busy time in New York, but you also might be able to find some wonderful last-minute travel deals before the summer chaos starts.

Finally…

Because it’s New York… and sometimes, that’s the only reason you need.

Reasons To Visit New York City This Spring

We hope we’ve convinced you to visit! If so, make sure to reserve your LaGuardia Airport car rental from Action today.