With the government shutdown affecting famous landmarks nationwide, lots of travel plans are getting disrupted - don't let your New York City vacation be ruined by poor planning.
Any landmark run on federal funding will be closed indefinitely, until the shutdown is resolved. In NYC these include the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (which was already closed for repairs, but will remain closed for the duration of the shutdown, and presumably experience delay in repairs due to the closure). However, despite closures, there are still ways to see national landmarks in NYC, plus tons of other great attractions and activities in the City That Never Sleeps.
Visitors to New York City can find lots of things to do, as long as they plan their vacation around non-federally funded NYC attractions.
- Top of the Rock offers unparalleled views of New York City, so head to the top and pack your camera! It can get a little cold up top, so bring your scarf - but the chill is well worth it. Located on the 70th floor of Rockefeller Plaza, Top of the Rock offers beautiful skyline views of NYC right from the heart of Manhattan. This is a must stop for anyone visiting the Big City.
- Central Park remains open! Enjoy NYC's beautiful fall weather and foliage up close, after viewing the changing leaves (and the rest of NYC) from the Top of the Rock! Central Park is a great place to picnic and unwind after touring the city.
- The Statue of Liberty may be closed, but you can still see her from the water with the Statue & Skyline Cruise by Classic Harbor Line. This water tour of NYC features daily afternoon departures, and has discounted rates for kids (and kids 3 and under ride free!) making it a great family-friendly activity. The fall is a beautiful time to view New York City as you can take in the beautiful changing of seasons.
- If you'd like a more luxurious visit in NYC, Grand Gotham Tours is the way to go. These private tours are chauffered in the vehicle of your choosing - pick from luxury sedans, SUV's and limousines and they'll design a tour based on your preferences, interests and what you'd like to see in NYC.
- Broadway shows are of course unaffected by the shutdown, and are a main stay of New York City tourism. Grab tickets to a new show like First Date the Musical or to an old favorite like Newsies. These shows will have you leaving the theater singing and dancing and forgetting all your troubles!
While two Smithsonian Museums in New York are out of commission for the duration of the shutdown, NYC's most popular Museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum are still up and running.
So don't worry about booking your NYC Hotel and going ahead with your New York vacation - there's still tons to do and see in the Big Apple!