If you’re planning on taking a bus from Scranton to New York City, your time in New York will likely begin at the Port Authority Bus terminal right in Midtown Manhattan. From there, the day is yours to decide. New York is a great time to visit any time of year. From sunny days to snowy nights, there’s always something to do, but choosing exactly what to do or which part of the city to visit can be tough, especially for first time travelers. To help you decide which area to visit first, we compiled a brief list of some of the most popular neighborhoods and districts in New York City.

Theater District & Times Square

Best for high-energy seekers, entertainment and excitement, concerts and theater productions, shopping, and dining

Located in Midtown Manhattan and just a quick 5-7 min walk from the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, the Theater District is a popular location that includes the iconic Times Square and is packed with flashy billboards, street performers, and lively crowds.

As the name would suggest, much of the Theater District, which runs from 6th Ave to 8th Ave and 40th to Central Park, is focused on the performing arts. While there, you can choose to see a play or musical at one of the 41 official Broadway theaters scattered throughout the district. There’s also plenty of dining options, including upscale and unique restaurants as well as more familiar franchises and chains.

Heading to the city specifically for a show? Check out the list of Martz Trailways Broadway trips currently scheduled.

Central Park

Best for a leisurely stroll, open space, kid-friendly attractions, and art and history exhibits.

New York is filled with skyscrapers and all sorts of commercial and residential structures, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill of greenery in Manhattan. Central Park offers residents and visitors alike a full 2.5-mile expanse of trees, shrubbery, and open space to explore; there’s even lake and a pond.

There’s plenty to do in and around Central Park, so it’s easy to spend some serious time in the city’s biggest green space. Kids will love checking out the Central Park Zoo or The Carousel, both of which make up the Children’s District. Art and history lovers will also enjoy the acclaimed architecture and sculptures throughout the park. Many of New York’s best museums also dot the perimeter of the park, including, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rose Center for Earth & Space, the Guggenheim, and the American Museum of Natural History. Even MoMA is nearby.

Looking for a bit of relaxation? It’s easy to find a spot in Central Park, but if you’re looking for the most iconic views, be sure to head to The Lake, the Bethesda Terrace Fountain, or Bow Bridge, all of which of offer a scenic spot to kick back and enjoy the sights and sounds.

 Rockefeller Center        

Best for shopping, dining, seasonal activities, entertainment, families, and visitors looking to accommodate groups

Though Rockefeller Center isn’t considered a district on its own, at 22 acres, it’s certainly big enough to be one. Within this historic New York landmark, you’ll find over 100 stores, dining options to accommodate a quick bite, sit down dinner or cocktails into the evening, and plenty of other attractions.

In the winter, the Rink at Rockefeller Center becomes the primary focus as visitors gather to gaze as the tree or ice skate, and in the summer the area transforms into an outdoor gathering area with gardens, outdoor gardens.

While there, you can also check out some of the most popular attractions, including the NBC Studio Tour, Radio City Music Hall, the LEGO Flagship Store, and the American Girl Store. With so much to do in one place, Rockefeller is a great place for families and groups.

 The Financial District 

Best for American history lovers, a glimpse at the heart of U.S. trading and commerce, and those wishing to visit the 9/11 Memorial or museum, Battery Park, or Ellis Island.

Located at the southern tip of Manhattan, also known as Lower Manhattan, the Financial District is home to Wall Street. There, you can find some of the nation’s most well-known financial institutions. This includes the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. You can also pose for a pic with the famous charging bull statue that has become synonymous with the area.

The Financial District, however, has far more to offer, especially when it comes to history – both distant and recent past – of our nation. Hiding throughout the district are plenty of historical sites, many of which have withstood centuries of city development. This includes the Fraunces Tavern Museum (1719), Trinity Church (1697) and, St. Paul’s Chapel (1766), as well as the Federal Hall National Museum, which pays tribute to our first president, George Washington, and the birth of our nation.

The Financial District is also home to the World Trade Center, and as such where thousands flock to pay their respects and learn about the tragic event at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

At the very tip of the Financial District, you’ll also be able to step into another one of the city’s green spaces, Battery Park. Battery Park is filled with sculptures and pieces of history, but it’s also where the ferry departs to take visitors to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Ellis Island & Liberty Island

Best for history lovers, families, students, and anyone wishing to learn more about immigration in the 19th and 20th century United States. 

Between 1982 and 1954, Ellis Island acted as a port of hope for the over 12 million immigrants that sailed across the Atlantic and landed in the United States. The island no longer serves as a port of entry, but thanks to the National Park Service, much of the island has been restored.

Today, visitors can take a brief ferry ride over to the island where they can explore the Main Building, where immigrants waited to be processed, and the newly opened Peopling of America Center.

Located just beyond Ellis Island is Liberty Island. There, you’ll be able to get up close to the Statue of Liberty, one of the most symbolic sculpture in the United States. While there you can tour the magnificent monument as well as the Statue of Liberty Museum.

Both the Liberty Island and Ellis Island offer guided and audio tours or visitors are free to roam accessible areas at their leisure.

 Little Italy & Chinatown

Best for an authentic dining experience, shopping, and a trip into 20th century New York

Located right next to each other, Little Italy and Chinatown both offer a glimpse at how neighborhoods formed during the immigration boom. Today, both Manhattan neighborhoods have decreased in size, but they still are a favorite spot for visitors and residents looking for great food and a look into the past.

If it’s Italian fare you’re after, check out some of the oldest and tastiest landmarks in Little Italy, including Alleva Dairy, Ferrara Bakery & Café, or Lombardi’s Pizza. In the mood for Chinese cuisine? Then take a brief walk to Chinatown, where you can grab a bite from Nom Wah Tea Parlor or Wo Hop and Hehe, two of the district’s oldest restaurants, and dessert from The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.

Of course, both neighborhoods have more than food to offer. So, if you’re in the area, be sure to take note of architecture and other cultural offerings, including the Museum of Chinses in America, the Museum at Eldridge Street, or the Italian American Museum. Or, if bargain shopping is your thing, consider a trip to Canal St., which runs right through Chinatown.

 South Street Seaport

Best for shopping, dining, enjoying the arts, maritime and commerce history

The Seaport District dates back to the 17th century, and though undergone many changes, it remains a bustling hub of commerce. Located in Lower Manhattan, the Seaport District has a little something for everyone and offers a unique twist of old and new.

The waterfront space still holds much of that “seaport” charm, but now is also home to trendy boutiques, restaurants, and cocktail bars. But there’s plenty of other things to do. The popular Pier 17 is home to all sorts of events, including concerts, musicals, and even a skyline ice skating rink in the winter.

The district also includes the South Street Seaport Museum; landmark ships like the restored 19th century Schooner Pioneer; several laid-back eateries and bars; and a spectacular view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Taking a bus from Scranton to New York City

There are plenty of ways to get to the city but taking a bus from Scranton to New York City is often the easiest and most affordable option. You won’t need to worry about driving into the city – a hassle in and of itself – and you won’t have to worry about paying for tolls or finding affordable and safe parking. Plus, with WiFi access, DVD players, and reclining seats, your trip will be as enjoyable as it is convenient.

Chartering a bus from Scranton to New York City

Traveling with a group? Why not consider chartering a bus from Scranton to New York City. With buses that can accommodate up to 58 passengers, we can get your entire group to the city and save you the hassle of coordinating travel. Plus, when you charter a bus, you can pick both the pickup and drop off locations, meaning you and your guests can get on and off the bus as close to your destinations as