Monday 2 Mar, 2015

12 To-Dos at Rockefeller Plaza and Fifth Avenue

Visiting New York City for the first time is a lot like walking into an all-you-can-eat buffet at dinner when you’ve only had breakfast—everything is enticing and you want to fit as much as you can on your plate. But don’t worry, we’ll make sure you get to sample a little bit of everything!

Your student trip will be planned to make sure you get the most of each and every site, especially for any built-in free time!

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Visit one of the most impressive American Gothic cathedrals in the world. This massive church, built in 1858, took almost half a century to complete. Be sure to explore its vaulted interior, chapels and crypts.

FAO Schwartz and Apple Store

Find your inner child and expect to be awed in the ultimate toy store, which comprises every toy imaginable from the latest action hero to the newest game in the market. Be sure to check out the floor piano on the second floor, where you can hop on and create your own tune while hopping from keyboard to keyboard. Next door, the mega Apple Store contains the latest gadgets!

Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Plaza

Throughout the year, the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens bloom with unique-themed plants and flowers that transform it with the seasons. It is the leading pathway connecting 5th Avenue to Rockefeller Plaza.   

 

 

Grand Army Plaza

This decorated plaza, across Central Park and the splendid Plaza Hotel, contains fountains and romantic horse-drawn carriages. Be sure to explore the lobby of the Plaza, and stop for coffee or restrooms inside its extravagant lobby.

Prometheus Golden Statue and Sunken Garden

A bronze and gold leaf statue of the Greek titan Prometheus (who in mythology gifted fire to mankind) overlooks the sunken gardens at Rockefeller Center. In the winter, this outdoor venue becomes an ice-skating ring while in the summer it doubles as a ritzy outdoor café.

 

 

5th Avenue Boutiques and Flagship Stores

Known to contain some of the most expensive real estate retail blocks in the world, 5th Avenue is home to designer shops like Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton, along with affordable chic shops like H&M and the Gap, to iconic stores with impressive window displays like Saks Fifth Avenue. Pose with catalog models at the Abercrombie and Fitch or explore other fashionable shops like A|X Armani Exchange and Cartier. For those not interested in fashion, be sure to check out Midtown Best Buy or the Disney World Store.

Tiffany’s & Co.

Made famous in the Audrey Hepburn movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this is an American icon primarily known for its jewelry designs. Try on a wedding ring valued at $40,000 dollars or simply gawk at the extravagant collection of jewels.

NBC Studios and Store

Visit the headquarters of NBC Studios, or simply shop inside its store. NBC Studios is home to live-tapings of the Today Show, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live. 

 

Shopping Concourse – Rockefeller

Shops (like the Lego Store) are found inside and underground the G.E. Building, which includes a food court, coffee shops, and restrooms. Be sure to stop and see the exhibit chronicling the history of Rockefeller Center.

 

Radio City Music Hall

Visit this Art Deco architectural masterpiece and former movie palace, now home to the famous Rockette dancers. 

 

 

Saint Thomas Church

This beautiful Gothic revival church contains one of the most elaborate altars and stain-glass windows in the U.S., paralleling those of the great cathedrals of Europe. On special weekday afternoons, you may even catch the choir performing.

Trump Tower

Enter the glitzy lobby of Trump Tower, prominent as the site of the Donald Trump show Celebrity Apprentice and its apartments of the rich and famous. The waterfalls, moving stairways and expensive window shops paint a good picture of the Trump lifestyle.

With everything to see in the Big Apple, you’ll be sure to come across at least a few of these iconic places on your educational tour to New York.