Expand Your Horizons with a Short Bus Trip to New York City

Do you wonder what to do when the weather slows down your world? After the holidays, it seems as if stores roll up the sidewalks. Retail businesses in smaller cities and towns take a break from the holiday rush, even if the weather is relatively mild. That’s not the case in New York, the city that never sleeps. There’s always something appealing to do, even if you just come in to shop the post-holiday sales. Consider taking a short bus trip to NYC for exciting January events.

January 2020 Events in New York

Of course, there’s always the elephant in the room, but in this case, it’s roaming around Times Square. The New Year’s Eve celebration in New York is one of the busiest- and most crowded – events in the world. A bus trip to NYC can be far more convenient than traveling by car this time of year. It’s definitely something you should see, but you probably only want to deal with this event once or to show it to someone else. The city has hundreds of appealing events in January of 2020 for you to enjoy, and these include smaller venues and events in other boroughs than just Manhattan:

1. Arcadia Earth

Even though Arcadia Earth has been running since August 30, it’s an event that you could easily have missed. Arcadia Earth is an immersive event that uses virtual reality and augmented reality to transport exhibit visitors to incredible worlds, such as underwater environments, fantasy worlds and artistic animations of extraordinary visual appeal. The exhibit was recreated by a collective of sustainable artists, and it continues to run through January 14, 2020, at 718 Broadway daily, except Wednesdays.

This is a great event that adults and kids can enjoy together and bring back the sense of wonder that adults sometimes lose. Some of the exhibits show how small environmental changes could impact the environment and alter the world’s living conditions. Interactive environments give visitors a startling glimpse into alternative worlds.

2. Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival in Brooklyn is just a short subway ride from Manhattan, and the event takes place on January 18, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn Expo Center, which is easily accessible to visitors. The event sells out quickly, so you should reserve your ticket right away.

General admission tickets entitle you to admission, souvenir tasting glass, barbecue dinner plate and unlimited samples of beer and bourbon for $79, but admission starts at 2 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. VIP admission costs $109 and entitles you to a 12 p.m. admission sneak-preview, all the benefits of general admission, unlimited samples of 15 barbecue specialties and access to the Beast Cage and Shrine of Swine. The Beast Cage features unusual barbecue meats, such as alligator, beef, lamb and other exotic meats. The Shrine of Swine features whole barbecued hogs

3. NYC Winter Lantern Festival

Staten Island often gets shorted when visiting New York attractions, but it’s a great place to visit for the NYC Winter Lantern Festival. Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Exhibit and Botanical Garden is totally transformed into a whimsical display of lights that feature highlighted artistic displays, topiaries, cultural exhibits and interactive exhibits. You can travel by ferry, which is a great experience in its own right, and the festival showcases some of the most bedazzling lights that you’ll ever see.

The show runs through January 12, 2020, and it’s a great way to extend your holidays in a more casual viewing atmosphere – without all the holiday distractions. The dinosaur on the Cultural Center’s South Lawn is worth the trip, and the Chinese-style lantern festival is an extraordinary cultural attraction for the whole family.

4. Winter Jazz Fest

The Winter Jazz Fest features signature performances over 10 nights across Manhattan and Brooklyn clubs, and it runs from January 9 to January 18. The musical marathon features 150 groups and more than 600 artists. January 10 to January 11 showcases a multigroup experience at 10 Manhattan venues, and January 17 is the date for the multigroup experience at five venues in Brooklyn.

You can listen to a sampler of the extraordinary musical performances at the link in the above paragraph and get further information on specific performances in the Lineup tab. You can enjoy signature performances of the best jazz performers during the event that’s sure to become a treasured memory of any New York visit.

5. BroadwayCon

BroadwayCon runs from January 24 to January 26, and the event gives you access to the BroadwayCon marketplace, programming and an enhanced Broadway experience that includes interacting with your favorite Broadway stars. You’re guaranteed personal autographs from three stars or photographs of your choice. There are many extra experiences for admission holders, and the event is held at the Jacob J. Javits Center.

You can browse and meet Broadway stars and see what the stage door reveals – on stage and behind the scenes. You can enjoy singalongs of your favorite show tunes, performances, interviews, panel discussions, workshops and more.

Plans Change; People Don’t

When it comes to choosing how to travel, the bus probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but maybe it should be. Cheaper, convenient and comfortable, bus travel gets you where you’re going in style. Day trip, weekend jaunt or regular winter vacation, New York offers plenty of shopping and attractions to chase away the winter blues. Book your bus trip to NYC at Martz Trailways, and find out how appealing bus travel can be.