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School Trips to New York

What better way to educate and inspire students than by taking them on an unforgettable college or school trip to New York? 
Known as ‘The Big Apple’ or abbreviated as NYC, school trips to this sprawling metropolis offers students a magical experience at the heart of one of the world’s most famous cities. 

The benefits of an educational trip to New York 

An educational trip to New York offers so many events, experiences and landmarks. Its five boroughs are home to some of the world’s most famous and recognisable attractions which makes school trips to New York City hugely popular. With a plethora of iconic landmarks and historic attractions to inspire and excite your students, New York offers educational opportunities like few other places on the planet. 

Let’s explore the best sights a New York school trip has to offer that your students will simply love. 

Our New York school trip highlights include: 

We’ve compiled a list of the New York City school trip highlights that provide educational experiences to wow your students and create long-lasting memories of their trips for many years to come. Take a look at our selection below: 

  • The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island 
  • Brooklyn Museum 
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • One World Observatory 
  • Central Park
  • Times Square 

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island 

Embark on unforgettable history trips to New York with a ferry ride across New York Harbor, offering breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. At Ellis Island, students explore American history and immigration firsthand, gaining invaluable insights. The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of American freedom, provides a poignant backdrop to learn about the country's founding principles. These iconic landmarks offer enriching educational experiences that deepen students' understanding of history.

Brooklyn Museum

A vast museum that comprises a stunning collection of historical artworks and ancient artefacts, Brooklyn Museum takes students on a journey to discover the fascinating evolution of contemporary art. Notable highlights include the portrait of George Washington by 18th-century artist Gilbert Stuart and the iconic Doge’s Palace painting by French artist Claude Monet. 

The museum's diverse collection offers an exploration of artistic evolution, from historical artworks to contemporary pieces, giving students a comprehensive view of different art movements. Students on a cultural trip to New York can engage with various cultures through the museum's extensive collection of artefacts and artworks.

9/11 Memorial and Museum 

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a poignant and powerful tribute to the victims of the September 11th attacks. The museum exhibits carefully document the events of the day with impactful stories and experiences. Visiting the memorial and museum is a sombre but important experience for students to learn about one of the most significant events in modern American history. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Known colloquially as ‘The Met’, this world-renowned museum showcases one of the largest and most comprehensive art collections in the world. With over two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, The Met is a must-visit for art students, where they can explore a diverse range of varying artistic styles, and cultures and understand the inspirations behind artwork spanning different periods throughout history. 

With an extensive collection spanning various cultures and periods, students can analyse and appreciate different artistic styles, techniques, and cultural influences. The museum's collection showcases diverse cultures, allowing students to gain insights into the historical, social, and cultural contexts of different societies.

One World Observatory 

Situated at the One World Trade Centre, the tallest building in the western hemisphere is the One World Observatory. The breathtaking panoramic views mean students are a surefire highlight of any tourism school trip to New York City. Interactive exhibitions showcase the development of New York’s famed skyline, with a section dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 attacks a touching tribute that provides students with an empathetic understanding of the impact of that day. 

Central Park 

Sat deep in the heart of the urban oasis of Manhattan, Central Park combines scenic beauty and educational value. Its range of ecological landscapes provides Science students with a wonderful chance to explore the environmental side of this amazing venue. Enjoy the Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge landmarks or take a guided tour that focuses on wildlife and conservation and the role of Central Park in the New York community. 

Central Park's ecological landscapes provide an opportunity for science students to study and explore environmental ecosystems, wildlife, and conservation efforts.

Times Square 

Bright lights, entertainment and a cinematic-like experience embody the dazzling environment of Times Square. Media students can explore the history of commercialisation, learning about the evolution of advertising, media and consumer culture. The vibrant atmosphere and diverse crowds make Times Square an engaging destination for students. 

Times Square's commercial environment offers insights into the evolution of advertising, media, and consumer culture, providing media students with a historical perspective on media and its impact on society.

Contact us today, to plan your perfect school trip to New York!

Top School Trip Visits in New York

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New York City Museum

<p>Broadway Show</p>

Broadway Show

<p>Ellis Island</p>

Ellis Island

<p>Empire State Building</p>

Empire State Building

<p>Top of the Rock</p>

Top of the Rock

<p>Yankee Stadium Tour</p>

Yankee Stadium Tour

<p>Statue of Liberty</p>

Statue of Liberty

<p>Central Park</p>

Central Park

<p>Staten Island Ferry</p>

Staten Island Ferry

<p>Grand Central Station</p>

Grand Central Station

<p>9/11 Memorial and Museum</p>

9/11 Memorial and Museum

Popular New York Itinerary

Day 1


Check in to your UK Airport for your flight to New York.


Touch down in the city that never sleeps!  Head to your accommodation to drop your bags and check in.


Head back up into the sky to get your first views of the city from the top of the iconic Empire State Building.


Day 2


Begin your day with a TV and Movie sights Tour, for a light-hearted look at the New York venues made so familiar on screen.


Take a walk along Fifth Avenue to enjoy some retail therapy or take a behind the scenes tour of Macy's department store.


Evening meal at Ellen's Stardust Diner for an dining experience with a difference!


Day 3


With 3 million artworks it is impossible to see it all, so view the collection highlights at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Enjoy a stroll through Central Park, taking a break from the hectic pace of the city.


Complete your day by grabbing a bite in Times Square before seeing a hit show on Broadway!


Day 4


Get down to Battery Park early to take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty with a stop at Ellis Island to learn all about the immigration that built the city.


Take some time for reflection at the 9/11 Memorial or take a tour of the United Nations Headquarters.


Transfer to the airport for your return flight.


Day 5


Early morning arrival at your UK airport.


Arrive back at school.


Top Tips From our Travel Experts

"Try not to plan too much on the first evening,  students will be tired by 8pm following the flight. Walking is actually the best way to see NYC – you can cover lots of ground and see sites along the way, but don't forget the subway is also your friend, and pretty easy to understand. We would always recommend a four-hour sightseeing tour as a great way to see the main sights and get your bearings, whether you are pressed for time or not it is well worth doing as an introduction to the city."


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What We Can Offer You

Knowledge and Experience

  • We continually invest in our teams product and destination knowledge to be able to offer you the best advice and support when planning your tour.
  • We create itineraries are bespoke and individual to your needs
  • FREE teacher inspection visits so you can feel completely secure when leading your group
  • We're only a phone call away 24/7 whilst you are on tour


Safety and Assurance

  • We are assured and founder members of the School Travel Forum.
  • Our Learning Outside the Classroom accreditation ensures we have your safety at the heart of everything we do and ensures the highest possible safety standards.
  • Externally verified Safety Management System
  • Risk assessment guidance and advice

Financial Security

  • Our ABTA membership ensures that we offer you and your parents the best financial protection available. 
  • All flights sold in our packages are covered under our ATOL licence providing further peace of mind
  • Committed to sustainable and responsible educational travel. Working to offset carbon emissions, reduce deforestation and provide wildlife habitats.

New York Gallery

<p>Statue of Liberty</p>

Statue of Liberty



<p>Central Park</p>

Central Park

<p>Brooklyn Bridge</p>

Brooklyn Bridge

<p>Dance Studio Workshop</p>

Dance Studio Workshop

<p>Central Park</p>

Central Park



<p>Bethesda Fountain, Central Park</p>

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park

<p>Rockefeller Centre</p>

Rockefeller Centre

<p>The Metropolitan Museum of Art</p>

The Metropolitan Museum of Art