Among the hundreds of school trips we’ve coordinated transportation for, New York City remains one of the top destinations. It’s an epicenter of culture, history, and entertainment that’s perfect for middle-school students all the way to high-school seniors.
Not sure which of NYC’s sites to prioritize on your next class trip? We’ve compiled a list below of our customers’ must-see attractions, museums, restaurants and more to make your trip planning simpler.
Though some schools we work with are within driving distance from the big city, most groups fly into John F. Kennedy or LaGuardia Airport. Because New York has such limited parking, most hotels near the heart of the city don’t provide complimentary airport shuttles. Even when shuttles are provided, they’re crowded and small, making traveling with hyper students a challenge.
To simplify your hotel and airport transportation (and to avoid students and chaperones getting lost), rent a private charter bus for your group. Depending on the specifics of your trip, the cost of a full-sized charter bus may run between $1,200 and 1,700 per day in NYC, which averages out to only $20-30 per passenger. The peace of mind that comes from knowing that your students, faculty, and chaperones are safe in the Big Apple is priceless.
Though every school has its own unique itinerary based on their curriculum and personal preferences, we’ve put together a sample itinerary below with the destinations that frequent our customers’ itineraries. Feel free to use this as a starting point for your own trip to NYC!
Ride from your hotel to the biggest green space in the city--Central Park. Give your students enough time to ride the Carousel, take a picture with the Alice in Wonderland statue, and wander around the 36-acre park. Hold off on visiting the Central Park Zoo, though--we’ll come back for the lions and tigers and bears on Day 3!
After a few hours of leisure time, meet at the American Museum of Natural Science to see fossils, cultural artifacts, meteorites, plants, animals, and more up close. It’s one of the largest museums in the world, so be prepared to do plenty of walking during your tour.
Central Park S (Columbus Circle)
Address: 59th St 8th ave
Phone: (212) 360-3444
American Museum of Natural Science
Address: Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 769-5100
Since your feet will likely be sore after park and museum tours, ask your bus driver to meet you at Theodore Roosevelt Park and drop you off at your next stop: St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The neo-gothic-style church was built in the 1800s and is a beautiful piece of religious architecture among the concrete jungle. Allow students to reverently explore the cathedral on their own, or stick around for a guided tour.
If time allows, swing around to the famed Rockefeller Center for a climb up to the Top of the Rock. Next, head to Times Square for shopping, people watching, and dinner at an iconic restaurant like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Address: 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 753-2261
Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
Phone: (212) 588-8601
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Address: 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 391-7100
You can’t leave New York City without catching a Broadway show! Check the current showings and provide your students with several age-appropriate options to choose from. Designate a meeting place nearby where your driver can pick up your group after the last performance ends.
Address: 1681 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 239-6200
Start your day early and head to Battery Park. From there, you’ll take a ferry to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty in all its glory. Before you head back to the mainland, stop by Ellis Island to visit the Immigration Museum so your students can learn about the experiences of more than 12 million immigrants who entered the U.S. through New York City.
Address: 75 Battery Pl, New York City, NY 10280-1500
Phone: (212) 417-2000
Statue of Liberty
Address: Liberty Island, New York City, NY
Phone: (212) 363-3200
Address: Battery Park, New York City, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 883-1986
From Battery Park, walk a short distance to the 9/11 Memorial for an unforgettable tour of both tragedy and hope. Allow students to wander around the museum and park for a time of remembrance.
If your students are learning about the U.S. economy, the Museum of American Finance and the Federal Reserve are great destinations to include in your itinerary and are walking distance from the 9/11 Memorial.
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Address: 180 Greenwich St, World Trade Center, New York City, NY 10007-0089
Phone: (212) 312-8800
Museum of American Finance
Address: 48 Wall St, New York, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 908-4110
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Address: 33 Liberty St, New York, NY 10045
Phone: (212) 720-6130
Chinatown has plenty of fun and delicious restaurants like Great NY Noodletown for students to choose from for dinner. It’s a scenic 20-30 minute walk from Wall Street, and you’ll pass by the Brooklyn Bridge along the way. Even if you opt to take your charter bus to Chinatown, your driver will be more than happy to let your group stop at Pier 17 for photos of the bridge!
Great NY Noodletown
Address: 28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 349-0923
Address: 89 South St, New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 732-8257
Ride to the High Line first thing in the morning for a brisk walk along 1.45 miles of urban greenery and views of the NYC skyline. Ask your charter bus driver to pick your group up at the end of the walk so you can head straight to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. By this point, you’ll be thankful for those cushioned bus seats and air conditioning!
The High Line
Address: 91 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 206-9922
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Address: 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 512-9600
Once you’ve gotten a selfie with all of your favorite wax celebrities, grab lunch at a nearby restaurant like Planet Hollywood. Walk or ride to the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd Street where your students will see incredible contemporary sculptures, paintings, photography, architecture, illustrations, and more.
Address: 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 333-7827
Museum of Modern Art
Address: 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 708-9400
For your class’s final destination, head right back to where it all started: Central Park. Visit the Central Park Zoo for a fun and educational experience to tie everything together.
Central Park Zoo
Address: E 64th St & 5th Ave, New York, NY 10021
Phone: (718) 220-5100
It’s our sincerest hope that your school’s class trip to NYC is unforgettable, safe, and fun. Use this itinerary as a starting point, but feel free to customize it with your own top destinations.
When you call our reservation staff at 718-233-4319, they’ll gather your information including your itinerary, how many passengers you’ll have, the dates of your trip, and more. This will help them craft an accurate and affordable estimate for your group’s trip.