Quick trips into New York City to attend special events, celebrate holidays, or just to sightsee can be magical. There’s ice skating at Rockefeller Center, Valentine’s Day magic, special events, and all the incredible tourist attractions New York City has to offer, but without all the crowds. If you don’t have experience driving in New York–and even if you do–taking the bus can relieve many of the problems associated with traffic, high parking fees, and the pain of finding street parking in the city. Tolls and parking fees alone can add up to more than the cost of budget hotel accommodations in some cities. Not to mention that parking in the city can be confusing. Due to randomly posted street cleanings, the space you just found could likely get your car towed.
NYC: Easy to Get Where You Need to Go
You don’t need to a car to get around in New York–in fact, cars can be a handicap and a source of vacation frustration. Local bus lines deliver you to the center of New York City at Port Authority where it’s easy to catch public transportation to anywhere you want to go. City buses, the New York Subway System, rail services, and taxicabs all connect at Port Authority. The subway is safe and for just around $30, you can ride anywhere for a week without limits. If the subway isn’t your style, you can always call an Uber or another car service.
Wondering where you can go in New York during February?
Here are five examples of the world-class attractions New York has to offer–all just a short bus ride away:
NYC Broadway Week
Broadway Week continues in the Big Apple through February 10, 2019. You could get two tickets for the price of one to enjoy the world’s leading theater experience. There are also discounted prices on tickets to some of the biggest Broadway hits like Aladdin, Wicked, The Cher Show, The Book of Mormon, and Kinky Boots. Make a week of it for a theater experience you can brag about for years to come. You can also enhance your experience by catching some shows off-Broadway, at comedy clubs, or at an experimental theater showcase. Maybe you’ll even see a rising star in his or her debut. Broadway Week is just the tip of the iceberg while you enjoy local sightseeing, tours of Central Park, and magnificent dining at celebrated restaurants or the gourmet food trucks that blanket the city.
Billy Joel Rocks the Garden on February 14, 2019
There couldn’t be a better event to encourage a bus ride into NYC than a live Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden. Still going strong at 69, the pop singer has created songs that would be an ideal memento of any romantic Valentine’s Day celebration. Travelers can get a double dose of New York hospitality with a concert and many other Valentine’s Day events. Tickets are available and on sale now, so hurry to confirm your seating.
Madison Square Garden–at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza in Manhattan and near the Port Authority–continues to host some of the most celebrated entertainment events in the city as well as serving as the home of The New York Rangers. Considered by many as the most famous arena in the world, Madison Square Garden is a venue completely worth the cost of a bus ticket. Especially, to see Billy Joel, the quintessential New Yorker, play piano and sing his most popular hits.
Romantic Valentine’s Day for Two
What could be more romantic than a trip to New York City with your special someone for Valentine’s Day? You’ll enjoy your time together during the bus trip and the subsequent festivities, which can be as romantic or casual as you choose to make them. You can enjoy a decadent dinner, a night in a romantic hotel suite, a walking tour of Manhattan or Greenwich Village, or some of the most romantic clubs in the world. You could even nurse a broken heart with a wild, anti-Valentine’s Day celebration in the city that never sleeps. Cruises, dancing, champagne, and maybe even a celebrity sighting are all on the table along with chocolate favors and aphrodisiac foods. Here’s an idea: Enlist the bus driver and propose marriage on the bus trip!
Take an Evening Cruise
The Champagne City Lights Cruise on Yacht Manhattan provides spectacular views with a 1.5 hour tour of lower Manhattan. You’ll enjoy 1920s ambience while seeing Manhattan and its unforgettable skyline. Enjoy your cruise and the full bar where specialty cocktails and New York State wines are available. Departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers, the cruise runs on Saturday evenings through February 23rd— and are subject to availability.
Amateur Night at the Apollo
Opening night of Amateur Night at the Apollo is February 20, 2019. The Apollo Theater at 253 West 125th Street has served as an entertainment icon for more than a century. Many world-famous musicians, dancers, comedians and singers got their start at the Apollo. The theater now showcases new talent on Wednesdays with the upcoming season beginning at 7:30 p.m. on February 20, 2019.
Preparing for Your Trip
You can take a bus for a day trip to the city, spend a weekend, or just play it by ear. February is probably the easiest month to get reservations, tickets, and hotel bookings with the lowest prices of the year. Even though there is always the possibility of a major snow event, bus drivers are professionals who are accustomed to dealing with New York winters. Bus rides are the safest form of travel and can get you right into the heart of Manhattan without incident.
Dress in layers because New York’s winter weather can vary. You might be lucky enough to enjoy some early spring temperatures, but the weather is usually crisp. However, the subway system is warm year-round, and the traffic and crowds reduce the ambient heat. So, you’ll never know when you might want to discard a layer, take a dip in a fountain, or rush to Tiffany’s for breakfast in a fur coat. No matter what, your climate-controlled bus ride with Martz will always be comfortable with room to stretch and relax.