New York 5-Day Boroughs Itinerary

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5 Days in NYC for New Tourists: Exploring the Five Boroughs

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A church group from a local church from Albany was planning their annual trip with their hearts set on the Big Apple. They were planning a five-day trip, giving them the opportunity to explore each unique borough and what it had to offer. 

They called Ally Charter Bus to help them organize all their transportation needs, and we found them a comfortable minibus rental equipped with air conditioning, reclining seats, WiFi, and an on-board radio system for utmost comfort and entertainment as they ride through the city. From booking a bus rental in Manhattan to reserving a charter bus in Brooklyn, Ally Charter Bus has this group covered for every spot on their trip. 

Why Rent a Charter Bus?

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New York City offers some of the most reliable, comprehensive transportation options in the nation with efficient taxi cab drivers and public transportation systems. However, when traveling with a group, these transportation methods aren’t always the most viable options. Staying organized can be a challenge, and costs can quickly add up the bigger the group gets.

Charter bus rentals are the best way to keep groups together and on time without breaking the bank. When you work with coach bus companies like Ally Charter Bus, all the transportation planning is left to the professionals, giving you the time to focus on bonding and planning an unforgettable trip. With a wide range of bus rentals, from compact minibuses to full-sized motorcoaches, we can match any group with the best transportation solution fit to their needs. Because we only work with local, licensed drivers, you won’t ever have to worry about planning routes, securing parking, or facing New York’s hectic traffic on your own.

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Explore the Best of Each Borough


Day 1: Manhattan

central park manhattan

Places to Stay:

            Address: 790 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 581-3300


            Address: 1605 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

            Phone: (212) 977-4000


            Address: 125 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

            Phone: (212) 430-8500


            Address: 125 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

            Phone: (212) 430-8500


            Address: 687 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

            Phone: (212) 355-0100


Central Park

Address: From North 110 Street to 59th Street, New York, New York

Phone: (212) 310-6600

You can’t visit New York without basking in the glory of Central Park, where our group decided to start their trip. Their bus dropped them off near the park, and they walked together to explore the beautiful paths, the zoo, the many memorials, and the unique mix of locals. Because it can be quite a tricky place to park, they were thankful for their bus to take care of all the transportation hassles while they got straight to exploring.


Metropolitan Museum of Art

Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Phone: 1-(800) 662-3397

Just a short walking distance away from Central Park sits the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art, prominently known as “the Met.” Known for being the nation’s largest museum, it holds a wide variety of art from all over the world. The group walked over to the Met together after a lovely morning stroll through Central Park. Because they had a larger group, they reserved a private group tour for themselves before their trip. They heard that the Met’s rooftop featured jaw-dropping sights of Central Park and the New York City skyline. Afterward, they decided to stay on the ground for lunch and coffee at the Met’s Great Hall Balcony Café & Bar.


Times Square

Address: Broadway, 7th Avenue, 42nd and 47th Streets, Manhattan, NY 10036

After a busy morning in the Upper East Side, the group headed over to Times Square for an afternoon of classic tourist sightseeing. Times Square is known for its hectic traffic and confusing infrastructure, and the group saved a lot of stress by having their bus drop them off near the destination. They walked around and shopped, participated in pop-up activities, and admired the beauty of the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps.


Empire State Building

Address: 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 1011

Phone: (212) 736-3100

Afterward, the group walked over to the Empire State Building, where you can catch some of the most beautiful sights of NYC. For the best views of the Manhattan skyline, make sure to stop by the 86th and 102nd floor. On top of that, the Empire State Building has been featured in over 250 movies and TV shows, so tourists can take shots of where their favorite actors once stood!


September 11 Memorial & Museum

Address: 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

Phone: (212) 312-8800

Before dinnertime, the group took their bus rental to the September 11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan to commemorate the September 11, 2001 attacks. The best place to park is at the Battery Parking Garage nearby, but luckily, the group was able to avoid that extra hassle by being dropped off directly in front of the memorial. Their bus waited for them until it was time to head to their next destination.


Dinner at Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem

Address: 328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027

Phone: (212) 996-0660

As the group’s day ended, their minibus drove them to Harlem in Upper Manhattan for dinner and exploration of the city. They tried out Sylvia’s Restaurant, a Harlem landmark that serves classic Southern comfort food. The restaurant was founded in 1962 by the Queen of Soul Food herself, Sylvia Woods. After dinner, the group walked around Harlem to explore the diverse streets full of friendly people, jazz clubs, and hip bars before going back to their hotel.

Day 2: The Bronx

the bronx new york

Places to Stay:

            Address: 1922 Boston Rd, Bronx, NY 10460

            Phone: (718) 589-2222


            Address: 3070-72 Webster Ave, Bronx, NY 10467

            Phone: (718) 654-5500


            Address: 2477 Third Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

            Phone: (718) 402-5555


            Address: 500 Exterior Street, Bronx, NY 10451

            Phone: (347) 202-6140


            Address: 681 Elton Ave, Bronx, NY 10455

            Phone: (718) 924-2100


Bronx Zoo

Address: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460

Phone: (718) 367-1010

After a wholesome breakfast at their hotel, the group started their 2nd day in New York’s more green borough, the Bronx. Their bus dropped them off at the Bronx Zoo, located in Bronx Park, where they explored 265 lush acres home to more than 600 different species.


New York Botanical Garden

Address: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: (718) 817-8700

Right next door sits the New York Botanical Garden where you can find trees that date back all the way to the Revolutionary War. This 250-acre historic landmark is the perfect place to relax and get fresh air after a hectic day in Manhattan. Before heading to their next destination, the group enjoyed the great outdoors and snapped some pictures together.


Lunch at Antonio’s Trattoria

Address: 2370 Belmont Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: (718) 733-6630

Afterward, the group picked out a favorite pizzeria across the street top enjoy fresh, authentic pizza. Antonio’s Trattoria is known for its thin-crust, brick-oven pizza sure to satisfy everyone in your group.


Bronx Museum of Arts

Address: 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456

Phone: (718) 681-6000

The group then visited the Bronx Museum of Arts, located in the Grand Concourse district. Known for its wide selection of contemporary art by New Yorkers of Latin, Asian, and African American descent, the group easily spent the rest of their afternoon exploring the different masterpieces.


Game at Yankee Stadium

Address: 1 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451

Phone: (718) 293-4300

Yankees fan or not, you can’t visit the Bronx without experiencing the excitement of America’s favorite pastime. The group wanted to spend the remainder of their time in the Bronx cheering on their favorite team and munching on the ballpark’s concession food. While subway lines run all over the city, the group was thankful to have their bus drop them off and pick them back up to bring them back to their hotel, especially after a few beers.

Day 3: Queens

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Places to Stay:

            Address: 3916 College Point Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354

            Phone: (718) 358-8897


            Address: 29-11 39th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

            Phone: (718) 440-9933


            Address: 3934 21st St, Long Island City, NY 11101

            Phone: (718) 880-3853


            Address: 29-15 Queens Plaza N, Long Island City, NY 11101

            Phone: (718) 786-0003


            Address: 27-05 39th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

            Phone: (718) 786-8500


Flushing Meadow Park-- Corona Park

Phone: (718) 760-6565

In the middle of the concrete jungle sits Corona Park, also known as Flushing Meadows. This public park is the perfect escape from the city action and is home to many popular events, like the Sakura Blossom Festival. The group wanted to start their day with a nice walk through the park before jumping into the next few activities.


Queens Museum

Address: New York City Building, Queens, NY 11368

Phone: (718) 592-9700

Formerly known as the Queens Museum of Art, Queens Museum is an art museum and educational center that features a room-sized replica of the five New York City boroughs, originally built for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Because it’s located in Corona Park itself, the group figured they might as well walk over and explore the museum before lunchtime.


Lunch at Leo’s Latticini

Address: 46-02 104th St, Corona, NY 11368

Phone: (718) 898-6069

The group picked out a popular lunch spot near the Queens Museum to refresh before the rest of their day. Leo’s Latticini features fresh mozzarella, homemade pasta, and handmade sandwiches for a delicious and filling lunch.


New York Hall of Science

Address: 47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368

Phone: (718) 699-0005

Also located in Corona Park, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is a science museum with hands-on experiences for groups of all ages. Because the group contained some children, they decided to stop by to indulge in the family-friendly fun. Popular exhibits include the Design Lab, Search for Life Beyond Earth, and of course, the gift shop. Luckily, the group was able to store all their purchases safely on their bus while the explored the rest of Queens.


Museum of Moving Image

Address: 36-01 35th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

Phone: (718) 777-6800

Their bus then drops them off at the Museum of Moving Image, located in Astoria, Queens, where the group can explore the art and history of moving images. This unique attraction is not your average museum-- here, you can make your own still motion video, learn how to add sound effects to movies, make flip books, and learn all about the history of the movie industry.


Dinner at Monika’s Cafe Bar

Address: 32-90 36th St, Astoria, NY 11106

Phone: (718) 204-5273

Because Queens is one of the most diverse boroughs in the city, it’s the best place to explore different authentic cuisines. This group decided to try some delicious Greek/Mediterranean food at Monika’s Cafe Bar, right across the street from the museum. This cozy cafe also features a full bar to complete a fun evening out.

Day 4: Brooklyn

coney island brooklyn

Places to Stay:

            Address: 229 Duffield St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            Phone: (718) 254-7800


            Address: 125 Flatbush Ave Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            Phone: (718) 875-8800


            Address: 216 Duffield St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            Phone: (718) 256-3833


            Phone: (718) 855-1900


            Phone: (718) 552-3800


Coney Island

Address: 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Phone: 718-372-5159

As one of the most renowned amusement parks in the world and the most vibrant area in Brooklyn, the group’s first stop in this borough was Coney Island. There, they rode rides, played games, and spent quality time with one another until it was time to each lunch.


New York Aquarium

Address: 602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Phone: (718) 265-3474

Along the Coney Island boardwalk sits the New York Aquarium, the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States. The group stopped by to explore the 266 different species after an eventful morning of rides and carnival games.


Lunch at Nathan’s Famous

Address: 1310 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Phone: (718) 333-2202

This Brooklyn-born fast-food chain is a Coney Island staple, offering American classics like hot dogs, fries, burgers, and more. After a long morning of exploring the amusement park, the group decided to indulge in a Coney Island classic before hopping on their bus to their next destination.


Brooklyn Museum

Address: 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Phone: (718) 638-5000

After lunch, the group visited the Brooklyn Museum, NYC’s third largest art museum. With over 1.5 million works, this group was easily able to spend their whole afternoon exploring art and a variety of intriguing exhibits. If you’re visiting, be sure to check which temporary exhibits are occurring so you can get tickets!


Dinner at BAMcafé

Address: 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone: (718) 623-7811

Sitting on the rooftop of their next destination, the BAMcafé offers live music and readings whilst enjoying a delicious meal underneath enchanting fairy lights. The group enjoyed wine and an elegant meal before their next activity.


Show at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Address: 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone: (718) 636-4100

After dinner, the group then heads downstairs for a show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This music venue is known for its progressive and avant-garde performances, making it the perfect destination to end your day in Brooklyn.

Day 5: Staten Island

staten island

Places to Stay:

            Phone: (718) 477-2400


            Phone: (718) 477-1600


            Address: 310 Wild Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314

            Phone: (718) 370-8555


            Address: 535 Gannon Ave N, Staten Island, NY 10314

            Phone: (718) 619-4712


            Address: 290 Wild Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314

            Phone: (718) 698-8811


Statue of Liberty

Address: Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004

Phone: (212) 363-3200

The group starts their last day in NYC exploring Staten Island by hopping on the Staten Island Ferry to catch beautiful views the Manhattan skyline and of the Statue of Liberty. They participated in group tour of the historic statue before getting back on the ferry to Staten Island.


Fort Wadsworth

Address: 210 New York Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305

Phone: (718) 354-4606

The Staten Island Ferry transported the group to Fort Wadsworth, an old fort that dates back to 1663 as a point of defense of the Upper Bay and Manhattan. The group was able to explore the unique history and architecture of the fort while seeing amazing views of the city.


Lunch at Ruddy & Dean

Address: 44 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Phone: (718) 816-4400

For lunch, the group decided to try out Ruddy & Dean, a classic chophouse that serves dry-aged steaks complemented with a wide selection of wine and delicious sides like lobster mac & cheese and french onion soup. On top of that, the restaurant offers a rooftop patio with gorgeous views of the city’s skyline.


National Lighthouse Museum

Address: 200 Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island, NY 10301

Phone: (718) 390-0040

After lunch, the group walked over to the National Lighthouse Museum for a history lesson on lighthouses and their keepers. This small museum holds exhibits on lighthouses with an emphasis on local examples. Make sure to call ahead to schedule a group tour for the full experience!


Alice Austen House

Address: 2 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

Phone: (718) 816-4506

Before finishing up their last day in NYC, the group toured the Alice Austen House, also known as Clear Comfort. Set in one of the oldest homes in New York, this museum is dedicated to the life and works of Victorian photographer Alice Austen, one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers who captured over 8,000 photographs in her lifetime.


Staten Island Yankees Game at Richmond County Bank Ballpark

Address: 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Phone: (718) 720-9265

As the last hurrah before ending their trip, the group decided to spend their last night cheering on the Staten Island Yankees at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark. With hotdogs and a beverage in hand, they watched a good old ball game-- and with one of the best views a stadium could have, their last night in NYC was definitely one to remember.

Explore NYC With Ally Charter Bus

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