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Tour New York with Us! April 28, 2015

Here at New York English Academy, every Friday we offer tours to various sites around New York City.  These field trips present wonderful opportunities for our students of all learning levels to socialize and engage in English conversation with their peers from five continents.  Here are some of the places we have visited, or plan to visit:

The Brooklyn Bridge*

Brooklyn Bridge Park*

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Staten Island Ferry*

Picnics in Central Park

The Brooklyn Museum of Art

The New York Hall of Science

The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian*

The American Museum of Natural History

High Line Park

The Museum of the History of New York

Ice Skating in Bryant Park

Ice Skating and Roller Skating in Prospect Park

The Fashion Institute of Technology

Wall Street*

The 911 Memorial*

Battery Park City*

The USS Intrepid Museum

Grand Central Terminal

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Rockefeller Center

The New York Public Library

The Skyscraper Museum*

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS 1

The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel lobby

The Museum of American Finance*

Federal Hall*

The New York Stock Exchange*

South Street Seaport*

*These are places that are only a few minutes’ walk from our Academy.

NYC map

This is only a partial listing.  We could include Times Square, but most visitors to New York walk through that area almost as soon as they arrive here.  We like to provide our students with opportunities to explore places that many tourists don’t think about or even know about.  These activities are usually free or at very low cost.

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