6 Resources To Help You Plan Your Next Trip To NYC

Planning a trip is rarely easy, especially when it's for a place with as many attractions as New York City. If you're looking for some ideas to ensure that your Big Apple vacation is the best it can be, check out the resources here, which offer help with everything from saving money to finding the best hotels, restaurants, and events. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

6 Resources For a New York City Vacation

Name What It Offers
Vimbly Shows available times for thousands of local activities, date ideas, and things to do, any of which can be booked directly
NYC on the Cheap Helps people save money on NYC restaurants, theater, museums, shopping, events, and more
Big Apple Jazz Tours From Harlem to Greenwich Village, it takes small groups of visitors down into the basements where jazz and blues still thrive
The Alliance for Downtown New York Works to enhance the quality of life in Lower Manhattan, providing workers, residents, and visitors with neighborhood services and guides
Eat Your World A guide to regional food and drinks around the globe, specializing in native and traditional food forms in New York City, also offers food tours in Queens
trivago Compares hotel prices and offers from different online booking sites

Big Apple Jazz Tours Salutes the Music

Exceptional Museums in New York City

Organization Borough Mission
Tenement Museum Manhattan Foster a society that embraces and values the role of immigration in the evolving American identity
The City Reliquary Brooklyn Connect visitors to the past and present of New York through permanent displays of artifacts, rotating exhibits of community collections, and annual cultural events
Museum of Jewish Heritage Manhattan Educate diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust
Minus Space Brooklyn Present the past, present, and future of reductive art to the public
Museum of American Finance Manhattan Improve understanding of the influence of financial institutions and capital markets on the US and global economies, and on individuals’ lives

Be Seen in Lower Manhattan

In Depth

New York City is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the United States with countless activities to do, museums to visit, and restaurants to enjoy in all five boroughs. In no particular order, here are 6 resources to help narrow down your plans and make organizing your next trip to New York a bit easier.

First up at #1 is Vimbly, a site that lets users discover and book recreational activities, eliminating hours worth of research when booking things like photography classes, tango lessons, or Italian cooking sessions. All the info is in one place. Vimbly has thousands of activities, classes, and date ideas including dance, pizza making, wine tasting, and more.

Vimbly offers over 30,000 different activities in the New York City area. Some highlights include a Greenwich Village Food Tour where the guide will take guests to various Italian eateries while they learn about the culture of the neighborhood. Another option is a Wine Tasting Sail on the New York Harbor accompanied by an expert who will pair wines with cheeses and charcuterie from the cheese shop, Stinky Bklyn.

Vimbly offers over 30,000 different activities in the New York City area.

Next at #2 is NYC on the Cheap, a one-stop resource to help take an inexpensive bite out of New York City restaurants, theater, museums, shopping, events and more. Publisher and chief guide, Evelyn Kanter, is a native New Yorker and award-winning professional journalist and photographer who tracks down the best free and cheap activities in the city.

Fun and free activities include museums with no admission fees like National Museum of the American Indian and the Hispanic Society of America, taking the Staten Island Ferry to get a close up look at the Statue of Liberty, and getting tickets to late night TV shows. Kanter also wrote an NYC guidebook called '100 Things to do in New York City Before You Die'.

Coming in at #3 is Big Apple Jazz Tours, founded in 1997 as a guide service specializing in the music scenes of New York City. The company is the recognized leader in introducing visitors, businesses, and student groups to the world capital of jazz, from Harlem's history and hidden haunts to the nation's greatest clubs in the Village and Midtown Manhattan.

The company is the recognized leader in introducing visitors, businesses, and student groups to the world capital of jazz, from Harlem's history and hidden haunts to the nation's greatest clubs in the Village and Midtown Manhattan.

Big Apple Jazz Tours welcomes fans wishing to get off-the-beaten-path and down into the alleyways and basements where jazz still thrives in hidden nightclubs. The Harlem Juke Joint, the most popular tour offered, gives guests the opportunity to not only enjoy the music, but to learn about famous clubs like the Apollo Theater.

And at #4 is the Alliance for Downtown New York, which works to provide service, advocacy, research, and information to advance Lower Manhattan as a global model of a 21st-century Central Business District for businesses, residents, and visitors. The Downtown Alliance is striving to make Lower Manhattan a wonderful place to reside, work, and play by creating a vibrant, multi-use neighborhood.

Lower Manhattan offers many different activities and experiences, from visiting landmarks and museums to walking tours of the area. Visitors can take a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, take a bike ride along the Brooklyn Bridge, or explore the many diverse restaurants and bakeries.

Lower Manhattan offers many different activities and experiences, from visiting landmarks and museums to walking tours of the area.

Next up at #5 is Eat Your World, a guide to regional food and drinks around the globe founded on the principle that what you eat depends on where you are. The mission is to spotlight foods and drinks that are native or traditional to particular places around the world and tell readers where to find them.

Eat Your World offers downloadable New York City eating itineraries to help visitors get the most out of NYC's eats. The company also offers a walking food tour in Jackson Heights, Queens. The theme that runs through every tour is cultural diversity, as guests are taken through the foods of many of the immigrants who have landed in Jackson Heights.

Last on the list at #6 is trivago, a metasearch engine that compares accommodation prices and offers provided by many different online booking sites. With trivago guests can easily find the ideal hotel and compare prices from different websites. Over 175 million aggregated hotel ratings and more than 19 million images make it easy to find out more about destinations.

With trivago guests can easily find the ideal hotel and compare prices from different websites.

Trivago offers many affordable options for the New York City area, including the 4-star Arlo SoHo hotel situated near One World Trade Center and popular neighborhoods such as Tribeca and Greenwich Village. Another option is the 5-star Le Meridien New York, Central Park, an upscale hotel located in the heart of Midtown with views of Manhattan.