Cross-Curricular School Trip To New York
They’ve seen it in the movies….
…and now your students can say “I’ve been there!” for years to come!
New York really is the ultimate ‘unforgettable school trip’ and offers great value for money. Soaring buildings, world-famous museums, Broadway shows, historical landmarks, great shopping – everything you could want from a trip to the US in one amazing destination!
As a cross-curricular trip, you’ll tick off a wide range of learning objectives. And as the iconic ‘young city’, your students will build valuable life skills – such as confidence and independence – as they experience a range of diverse cultures first-hand.
When you book with Travelbound:
- You’ll be met at the airport to make sure you get to your accommodation with ease.
- During main travel periods an on-the-ground city rep will contact you to check everything is going smoothly and meet with you as required.
- 24/7 local help is only ever one phone call away.
- Most excursions can be pre-booked, meaning you get the most out of your time away.
With something new on every corner, New York is the perfect choice to create a unique school trip experience. Add a guided tour of the financial district to inspire business students or dig deep into the prolific street art scene, the possibilities are endless.
We can recommend dozens of excursions popular with other schools, or there’s hundreds more new ones to explore – just let us know what you need and we’ll sort the rest!
A cruise round the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Behind the scenes at NBC studios and Macy’s
The excitement of a Broadway Show
Skyscraping views from the Top of the Rock
Suggested itinerary for your cross-curricular trip to New York(click here to download pdf)
What's included in your trip to New York*
*Please note, entrance fees where applicable are not included in typical price – contact us for more details
Recommended excursions while you're in New York
With views to rival those of the Empire State Building, Rockefeller’s multi-floor observation deck is 70 floors high. A thrilling Plexiglass screen installation shows the construction workers hanging on the high beams, with a chance for you to ‘walk’ across one too, far above the city streets. Exhibits include the history and a model of the building.
Take the Statue Cruise from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty, one of the world’s most iconic structures and a symbol of freedom and democracy. Continue to Ellis Island and be inspired by the history and stories of the immigrants entering America between 1992-1954. This hop-on hop-off service allows you to explore at your leisure.
When arriving in New York, a great way to appreciate the scale of the city and avoid crowds is to take a boat cruise. Students can see the famous skyline and get to know the layout of Manhattan with excellent photo opportunities. The Full Island Cruise takes in over 100 landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Yankee Stadium.
Built at the peak of the skyscraper craze in 1931, the 1250ft Empire State Building is an Art Deco symbol of NYC. A ride in the express lift to the observatory floors gives students an unrivalled view of the city with outdoor decks and restored original interiors. A handheld device acts as an audio and visual companion with engaging videos, image galleries, quizzes and maps.
The memorial quadrant is a poignant reminder of the 9/11 devastation and an inspiring testimony by citizens to honour those who died. Twin reflecting pools and manmade waterfalls mark the spot where the Twin Towers stood, with the names of everyone lost inscribed into bronze panels around the outside.
This vast museum has over two million artworks spanning 5,000 years. It’s one of the most important collections in the world and a fantastic source of inspiration for students of all disciplines. A labyrinth of corridors holds paintings, textiles, ceramics and costume, chronologically reflects global regions in sky-lit spaces and architectural relics
Documenting September 11, 2001, the museum examines the implications of the events and commemorates the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who died on 9/11 and in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing. Using multimedia displays, narratives, archives and artefacts, the museum presents powerful accounts of the monumental struggles faced by a nation and the legacy of that day.
Students can take on a true Broadway experience. Enjoy a workshop led by Broadway stars located next to the audition studios of Matilda. Enter the world of theatre and discover the theory behind movement on stage.
Mural graffiti is a fundamental element of community art in New York, expressing peace and conflict, cultural shift and reflecting zeitgeist. The tour visits a number of major murals in the Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Harlem districts, with knowledgeable guides to discuss the evolution of graffiti and elaborate on the storyboards and memorial walls.
The Broadway Theatre District has all the buzz and glitz that you’d expect from America’s answer to the West End. Rounding off the day with dinner and a Broadway show is a typical New York past time and it’s an exciting way for student’s to feel part of the city’s twilight activity.
Between 1892 and 1954 over 12m people passed through the Ellis Island gateway in search of American citizenship. People came for religious and economic opportunity in America and freedom of speech. This is a culture-defining landmark and the museum has three floors of exhibitions and audio-visual displays telling the history of this significant time.
The world’s largest department store now offers a fun, retail-focused lecture followed by a store tour. An informative discussion follows the story of Macy’s from humble beginnings in 1858 to the 1m square foot of selling space today. Students will also learn about fashion merchandising visual advertising techniques, with plenty of time left over to shop.
America’s first living-history museum dedicated to the life of immigrants, aiming to promote tolerance and awareness of the variety of migrant experiences on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. At the ‘gateway to America’, the partially restored 1863 tenement building runs guided tours focusing on specific character stories related to work and family life.
An icon of global alliance, the 18-acre stretch on the East River is an ‘international zone’. Visitors are welcome to explore the space that benefits from a 1,400 specimen rose garden. Tours take in the council chambers and General Assembly, corridors of diverse artwork and displays on the organisation’s concerns such as peacekeeping and human rights.
The One World Observatory is located within the One World Trade Center providing unmatched views stretching across Manhattan to New Jersey. Groups will be able to learn about the history of the Trade Center in New York, its history and construction.
Follow the Freedom Trail and learn the exciting history of how a band of brave men and women formed the networks that became the Underground Railroad. View a former station of the Underground Railroad and learn about the riots, revolts and dramatic escapes that occurred during the era of American slavery. Listen to tales of courage and and discover the stories of real New Yorkers who risked their lives.
Focusing on the social movements of African-Americans in New York City, this tour includes the slavery abolitionist movement, the civil rights movement, today’s struggles for affordable housing, equal justice, and safe communities. It includes the site of the 1964 Harlem uprising; sites relevant to the civil rights struggle of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and street art dedicated to social justice.
Enjoy a neighbourhood tour of the cultural capital of Black America and experience the soulful sounds of gospel music. Explore the streets of greats like Billie Holiday, Malcolm X, and Michael Jackson while viewing legendary sites like the Apollo Theater, Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Striver’s Row, Hotel Theresa, and much more.
This new attraction is the highest sky deck in the Western Hemisphere boasting a unique design. The angled viewing platform juts out from the main building affording 360-degree views. Suspended in mid-air visitors can see 100 stories down through the glass floor.
Vessel is a new landmark and the centre piece of Hudson Yards, a vibrant redeveloped neighborhood, located on the West Side of midtown Manhattan. The 154 interconnecting flights of stairs are an interactive art work comprising almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings. The ascent gives great views of the attraction itself , the city and river.
Typical New York accommodation
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Learning outcomes gained from a cross-curricular trip to New York
- Experience learning outside the classroom in another country – the culture, history, politics, geography, and the arts
- Gain a deeper understanding of American history and the link to European history
- Develop an understanding of the USA’s economic and political role in the modern world
- Build confidence and learn to value the skills and techniques needed for personal and team success
- Discover, explore and have fun with fellow students and teachers
Students will have an opportunity to:
- Visit a foreign country and experience another culture
- Consider a range of issues around citizenship and history
- Understand more about art and architecture
- Gain a better understanding of the USA’s role in the modern world
- Gain independence and self-confidence
- Strengthen existing friendships and made new friends
- Gain personal organisation skills, co-operation skills and work with others in a variety of environments