See the big city lights of New York! Catch one Broadway musicals and discover how shows are produced with a workshop. Visit iconic sites like Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. This trip welcomes all Cadettes to travel with Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois to experience a new region of the country!
Girl Scout attendees must be entering grades 6-9 in the fall of 2024.
Meet your tour director and begin your travels with a Midtown walking tour.
Take a walking tour through the humming streets of New York’s Midtown which is the home of famous sights such as Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden and some of the city’s most revered museums and institutions.
Then it's time to soar 70 stories into the air and step out onto the observation deck of 30 Rockefeller Plaza for a truly breathtaking view of the city below.
Learn more about the amazing productions that draw audiences from around the world. All workshops are held in Broadway rehearsal studios and taught by Broadway performers or qualified Teaching Artists. The workshop will provide you with an introduction to Broadway and the creativity and skills that it takes to put on these world class shows.
Tour Lower Manhattan, where industry, immigration, and colonial history converge. As the symbol of Western capitalism, Wall Street's modern traders bristle with cell phones, PDAs, and other modern tech accessories. This area's original traders, however, were Dutch colonialists, who gave the street its name by building a wall here to protect themselves from British settlers. Nearby Trinity Church, once the tallest building in the city, holds the grave of Alexander Hamilton and other Revolutionary luminaries who helped shape the emerging United States, and thousands of immigrants, who shaped the modern country, came in through Battery Park, the immigration entry point for the city until the operation moved to Ellis Island.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial
Visit the National 9/11 Memorial which spans across eight of the sixteen acres at the World Trade Center. The memorial honors the lives and memories of those who were lost on 9/11. The Memorial's twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.
Take a tour of the Brooklyn Bridge.
You’ve seen it on TV. You’ve heard about it in songs. You‘ve read about it in poems. Follow in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra and Walt Whitman to create your own magic New York moment with a walk across the 6,016-foot Brooklyn Bridge. Learn all about the bridge’s history (it’s one of the oldest suspension bridges in the world) and discover the neighborhoods—past and present—that it united, such as the Fulton Ferry District and Newspaper Row in Manhattan.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on behind the razzle-dazzle of one of the world’s most famous entertainment venues. A historic theater that was declared a city landmark in the 1970’s, the Radio City Music Hall has also been the venue for the MTV Video Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards and the Daytime Emmy Award shows.
Visit the Museum of Modern Art and celebrate creativity, openness, tolerance, and generosity while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. MoMA has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.
Take in a Broadway show
If it sings and dances, laughs or cries, you'll find it here. The range of Broadway's theatrical productions, from Shakespearean tragedies to sequins-and-feathers musicals, is immense, and the glitter, hype, and talent draw audiences from around the world. See some of the biggest theater America has to offer on one of its most famous streets.
The Metropolitan Museum, known to New Yorkers as the MET, houses a vast permanent collection of over two-million works of art, as well as cutting-edge feature exhibitions from the world’s most prominent artists. Tour the museum’s grand halls, drawing inspiration from the masters. Highlights include European Paintings, Modern Art & Photography, and The Costume Institute, as well as the stunning traditional works of Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.
Take a walking tour of the most famous park in the United States: Central Park! With over 800 verdant acres located smack-dab in the middle of bustling Manhattan, Central Park has been a bucolic oasis amidst the towering buildings of urban New York. Your local guide will lead you through the park, as you make your way past bikers, rollerbladers, and the occasional horse-and-buggy!
In central park this memorial is named after one of Lennon’s favorite songs “Strawberry Fields Forever.” It is located just across the street from the landmark Dakota apartment building, Lennon’s former home and the site of his tragic death in 1980. Like many an Upper West Sider, Lennon would often take walks in this very landscape
Take a ferry boat to Ellis Island & visit the Statue of Liberty
The statue, a joint venture between the U.S. and France, was commissioned to honor the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the friendly Franco-American relations established at that time. Once a gallows field for convicted pirates, Ellis Island became a federal immigration station in 1892. In the years that followed, Ellis Island saw roughly 12 million immigrants pass through its halls to enter the United States of America. In 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson declared the island part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, and in 1990 it was reopened as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Over 40% of American citizens can trace their family heritage to Ellis Island!
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