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Summertime is the perfect time to head to New York City because there’s so much to do and many of the locals leave for the weekends. You can take a Shoreline Aviation Seaplane Services flight on Thursday and Friday afternoons at noon and 4:00 p.m. from New Haven to New York City with return trips on Sunday night and Monday morning. When we tell people we do this, they frequently say, “That’s fantastic!” But this is usually followed by the question, “What would I do in New York?” So I thought it was time to provide some ideas for fun activities in New York. Some ideas are geared toward adults and others for families.

Everyone should take the opportunity to experience walking High Line Park. It’s a historic elevated rail line which has been converted into a fun hike through about 1.5 miles of the city. Along the way you can make stops for ice cream or drinks. The Whitney Museum lies at the end of the trail if you’re up for checking out some contemporary art. Speaking of art, other great museums you might want to experience are The Guggenheim, MOMA, or the Frick Collection.

The American Museum of Natural History is a source of great fun for the whole family with all sorts of exhibits to explore. Children might also enjoy a stop upstairs at the New York Public Library where they can visit the real Winnie-the-Pooh and four of his friends. Bryant Park lies just behind the library and you can stop for lunch or an ice cream on the corner. Other great activities include Central Park where you can visit the zoo or try your luck sailing model boats on the pond at East 72nd Street. From there up to East 75th you’ll find climbing sculptures, story-telling programs and the site of E.B. White’s Stuart Little. Shopping in New York is always an experience and even children will enjoy it when it involves a stop at Rockefeller Center for the American Girl doll store or the Lego store. For sweet eaters, there’s also Hershey, Disney or the M&M stores in Time Square.

Then of course, there’s the theater. So many great shows to see – Hamilton, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Frozen, the Book of Mormon and for the kids, Matilda, Harry Potter or Lion King just to name a few. On Saturdays you can see two shows; a matinee in the afternoon and then another in the evening. If you don’t have tickets, you can head for one of the discount ticket booths in Time Square. You’re sure to come up with something you’ll enjoy. After the show you might want to stop at one of the many restaurants or head for a nightclub for some music. A good place to find out what’s happening in New York is the website www.timeout.com. There you can find information on nightclubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, festivals, street fairs and concerts.

Shoreline Aviation’s seaplane flights between New Haven and New York City are only available between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If you want to go into the city but can’t stay for the weekend, you can take the train back in the evening. The per person rate is $99 one way or $189 round trip. The view of New York on the way in, by itself, is worth the trip. You can book online at shorelineaviation.com or call us at 800-468-8639 to discuss options.

Happy travels,


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