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The Ultimate 2017 NYC Guide for Teens

Category Ultimate Broadway Itinerary

|by Amy Sapp |


Hey, teens: Make the most of your New York visit with these top 10 experiences

Laura Dreyfuss and Ben Platt in 'Dear Evan Hansen' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Laura Dreyfuss and Ben Platt in 'Dear Evan Hansen' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Traveling with teens? This is the ultimate New York City vacation. We’ve put together the definitive guide for teens, which has a mix of thrill, wonder and nostalgia. Check it out.

Central Park Sightseeing - Bike Tour
Kiddos tend to have more energy than most adults – teenagers are no exception. Stretch your kids’ legs with an iron-pumping, high-speed bicycle tour through Central Park. The 80-acre park between the Upper East Side and Upper West Side of Manhattan houses a slew of historic and beloved sights, including the emerald Sheep’s Meadow, Tavern on the Green and the iconic boathouse. 56 West 56th St.; get tickets to Central Park Sightseeing - Bike Tour

Dear Evan Hansen
The 2017 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, brings to light the great challenges of youth – all told through the conduit of a high school setting. The story, starring Tony Award-winner Ben Platt, follows the dual tale of two teenagers and one lie that spins their lives into a dangerous and precarious web. No doubt, this show, with its dynamic music and thrilling book, inspires and teaches teenagers in a way not before seen on a Broadway stage. Music Box Theatre, 239 West 45th St.; get tickets to Dear Evan Hansen

The Beast
Adventure-seeking teenagers? Take them on a spin around the New York Harbor on The Beast. This 70-foot ship was built for speed, thrilling even the most skeptical of travelers. The extreme ride zips around the tip of Manhattan, takes you past the Statue of Liberty and challenges your courage with its intimidating speeds of up to 45 mph. Pier 83 at W. 42nd St. and 12th Ave.; get tickets to The Beast

Rockefeller Center Tour
Take your teenagers on a walk through one of New York’s famed landmarks, the home of NBC Studios, Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. This unique tour uncovers the beloved center through a new lens, showcasing how John D. Rockefeller, Jr. conceptualized the structure after leasing the space to Columbia University in 1928. Book your ticket early and guarantee your tour through this iconic edifice. W. 50th St., between 5th and 6th Aves.; get tickets to Rockefeller Center Tour

Bronx Zoo
For those teenagers who adore animals and nature, take a trip to the Bronx Zoo, the largest animal habitat in the five boroughs of New York City. The globally renowned wildlife conservation park maintains over 600 species inside its walls. From the Butterfly Rainforest to the indoor Asian jungle and Congo Gorilla Forrest, your kids will uncover facts about creatures from every continent on Earth. 2300 Southern Blvd.; get tickets to Bronx Zoo

NYC TV and Movie Tour
You introduced your teens to shows like Friends, Seinfeld and How I Met Your Mother. You’ve shown them classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Godfather and When Harry Met Sally. Now, walk in the footsteps of these shows’ characters on the New York City TV and Movie Tour from On Location Tours. Create memories of your own as you reminisce on nostalgic moments with your kids. 51st St. and Broadway; get tickets to NYC TV and Movie Tour

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 2017, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 finds its story from 70 pages of the seminal Tolstoy novel, War and Peace. Starring Tony nominee Denée Benton, Tony nominee Lucas Steele and Hamilton original cast member Okieriete Onaodowan, this dynamic musical masterfully blends conventional show tunes with folk, hip-hop and – believe it or not – traditional Russian songs. Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th St.; get tickets to Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Few city skylines are as famous New York’s. Ascend the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and look out at all five of New York’s boroughs with a 360-degree view. The outdoor deck on the 70th floor shows off sights like the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, Central Park and One World Trade Center. West 50th St., at Sixth Ave.; get tickets to Top of the Rock Observation Deck

American Museum of Natural History        
Relive one of your teenager’s favorite films, The Night at the Museum, in person with a visit to the American Museum of Natural History. This museum was first founded in 1869 and has continued to inspire and enlighten millions of visitors. Book a ticket, and don’t forget to snap a photo with the suspended giant blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life. Central Park West at 79th St.; get tickets to American Museum of Natural History

The Ride
Award-winning tour guides, captivating performers and engaging sightseeing are all awaiting visitors aboard The Ride in Manhattan. Dance alongside your hilarious hosts with the backdrop of New York speeding past, including Times Square, Grand Central Station, 5th Avenue, Shubert Alley, Broadway, Carnegie Hall and much more. Bonus: Along several stops on the journey, watch classically trained ballet dancers show off their skills, rappers beat box and hip-hop artists breakdance on the street. 584 8th Ave.; get tickets to The Ride

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