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New York Holidays

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Enjoy excitement in New York

A holiday to New York has it all, from legendary landmarks and great food to fabulous shopping and luxury hotels. This truly is the city that never sleeps.

The Big Apple is home to some of the world’s best-known sights, with the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty prime among them.

You can find out more about the city’s proud past and rich culture with visits to attractions such as the American Museum of Natural History or the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Take in a show on Broadway or see the skyscrapers from above with an adrenaline-pumping helicopter ride.

Check out our New York holiday packages and prepare for the American adventure of a lifetime.

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Things to do in New York

Experience the energy and excitement of New York holidays with Etihad. This is a city where a new adventure awaits around every corner.

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Take a journey into the distant past

Snap a photo with gigantic dinosaur skeletons at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.

Learn about our distant ancestors and journey billions of years into the past with an exciting array of immersive exhibits and activities.

There are areas dedicated to ocean life and fossils, plus a world-class planetarium for those who want to get closer to the stars.

The museum even hosts sleepovers for adults and children at various times throughout the year.

Where to stay in New York

A touch of class

If you’re looking for a luxury hotel, then New York has definitely got you covered.

There are plenty of five-star options on the famous Upper East Side.

This historic area of the city is also one of its wealthiest. Stay here and you’ll be close to The Metropolitan and Guggenheim museums, as well as Madison Avenue and its high-end boutiques.

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Heart of the action

A stay in Midtown puts you at the heart of New York’s commercial district.

Here you’ll have Times Square on your doorstep, as well as the Museum of Modern Art.

Other nearby attractions include Broadway’s theatres, the Rockefeller Centre, Carnegie Hall and the High Line.

Across the East River

If you’re looking for something a little different then it might be worth checking out the range of accommodation across the East River.

Downtown Brooklyn is home to a decent selection of stylish hotels while residential neighbourhoods such as Ditmas Park offer good bed and breakfast options.

It's worth checking on transport links to the main sights before making your choice.

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All you need to know about New York

Local currency

The currency in New York is the US dollar. Tipping in North America is standard practice, so look to add around 20 per cent onto your bill.

Getting around

Buy a MetroCard to use the convenient subway and bus system. You can also hail a famed yellow cab – or hire a bicycle to explore Central Park.

Languages spoken

New York’s residents collectively speak over 200 different languages, with English being the most common. There are many Spanish and Italian speakers as well.

Public holidays

Dates to bear in mind when you're planning New York packages include the third Monday in January (Martin Luther King Day) and July 4 (Independence Day).

More about New York

Eating out in New York

New York’s food scene has something for everyone. Try Sarge’s, serving up American pancakes with bacon, bagels and eggs every way you can imagine.

Visit long-established Italian restaurants like Barbetta, which has been open for over a century, or explore Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese options across the city.

If you’re on a family holiday it’s worth seeking out Eataly in Downtown Manhattan, Roberta’s in Brooklyn or S’Mac in the East Village.

Treat yourself to a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, such as New York Italian Marea or The Clocktower near Madison Square Park. 

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Parades and events in New York

New York has a packed cultural calendar, with festivals and events taking place throughout the year.

The family-orientated Three Kings Day Parade and century-old New York Boat Show are held in January, with the New York International Children’s Film Festival following in February and March.

Springtime sees various flower shows and the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. Summer brings many free events, such as June's Museum Mile Festival and the Macy’s firework display on July 4.

The New York Marathon takes place in November, as does a high-profile comedy festival.

Thought-provoking sites

New York’s history is woven into the very fabric of the city, its buildings, the diverse neighbourhoods and the people who live here.

Visit the Museum of the City of New York to gain a fascinating insight into the Big Apple’s humble beginnings and its development in the 17th century into a Dutch outpost, as well as its role in the American Revolution and time as the country’s first capital.

One of the city’s most poignant spots is the National September 11 Memorial and Museum – if you decide to visit, be sure to ask about the ‘survivor tree’.

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Why we love New York

“New York is an electrifying city and a place you’ll never forget. Whether you’re shopping, eating, relaxing or exploring, there are always good times to be had and new experiences to savour.”

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