NYC theater tickets & tours

Old Aug 29th, 2013, 10:33 AM
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NYC theater tickets & tours

While in NYC in early Oct I want to see a play on B'way. What is the best way to buy tickets? Hoping to see Kinky Boots. Yes, I know we can stand in line to get discount tics. But as we only have 3 days in town I don't want to spend much of it in line. The same for for tours. We arrive Sat evening so plan to do some kind of a tour to get the overall picture on Sunday. Any recommendations on tour companies? Then hit the museums etc. Mon & Tu and maybe Wed am before we leave for a cruise. Hubby has a bad leg so the hop-on-hop-off bus doesn't work. We don't usually use guided tours but want to see as much as possible. DH can walk but bad limp slows him a bit. We are active seniors who love the theater experience. Wanted to go to Radio City but nothing playing we are at all interested in. Open to any ideas/ recommendations.
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Old Aug 29th, 2013, 10:40 AM
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Check opening hours carefully for the museums you hope to visit. Many museums are closed on Mondays.
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If you want to see a popular Broadway show, you should buy tickets immediately online (Kinky Boots is popular). The show's web site has a link to the approved ticket-seller (probably Telecharge). You'll need to pay full price (about $140). If you have a choice, pick seats toward the front half of the mezzanine over seats in the back or on the far sides.

I don't know enough about the tour companies to make a personal recommendation, but if you can get one that's not on a big bus, I think you'll be happy. Try a special-interest tour, or you can get the HOHO bus and simply stay on for the duration, which will give you as much of a highlights tour as any other big-bus tour.

It used to be that most museums were closed on Mondays. Well, that's not entirely true now, so you can see a lot if you plan your time well. If you want a nice overview of masterworks, you can't be the Frick (still closed on Mondays), the best small museum in NYC. But that's not a substitute for the Metropolitan Museum or MOMA (now both open 7 days).

If you have time, then a trip to the Cloisters would be a real treat (it's a hassle to get up there but magnificent if you like that kind of thing ... and even in October the park should be lovely).
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The art museums in NYC are many and large. I strongly suggestyou visit the websites and pick out specific departments of works that youwant to see - or you could spend a full dayin each.

For lovers of natural history I think the Am Mus Nat'l Hist is the best in the world - again - check out what depts are must sees.

For smaller places with great exhibits check out the Tenement Museum, NY Historical Society and the main brand of the NY public library (the Reading Room in incredibly beautiful and there are always wonderful exhibits - note this is a research library - not a lending library like the numerous branches.)

I strongly reco a RT on the free Staten Island ferry - great at night to see the city all lit up as you return across the harbor. Outside of rush hours the RT takes about 1.5 hours, the ferries leaves every 25 minutes or so and won;t be too crowded. (Note each ferry can carry about 3500 passengers and they carry about 70,000 total passengers per day.)
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Buy Kinky Boots here
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Buy Kinky Boots as soon as possible at full price from Telecharge. It is FABULOUS. I've been listening to the soundtrack since I got home last week. Check to see what's available and buy the tix - don't wait.

I like the tours.
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I am told the HOHO bus tours are not worth it anyway, as you spend most of your time sitting in traffic. We are spending 4 days here, in the fall and opted for meticulous planning to use the subway and purchasing the city pass to see the big things.

I plan on using to sign up for tours in the neighborhoods I am interested in.

You could sign up for the rockerfeller tour when you purchase tickets to go to the top of the rock - there is a discount when you do both. Sounds like something that might interest you.
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While I certainly agree with this evaluation of the HoHo buses, it's a different story for someone with mobility problems who may wish to simply stay on for a city tour of the whole circuit. I would personally not find this very fun, but if you can't walk around and see the city, it's one of the few alternatives. So I recommend it for this poster with certain reservations.

I would add that for most tourists, City Pass is also not a good investment. And definitely not for these posters.

It's expensive, and you really have to plan on seeing basically everything included in order to make the pass workable and affordable, and few travelers really want or need to see everything that's included. It only saves time on lines in a few places, and you can opt to pay as you wish for some big city-sponsored museums (like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example).
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how about a tour of Radio City Music Hall if there is nothing there you are interested in at least you can see the inside and learn some interesting facts.
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Weird, last night I could get to the website, this morning it's not working. Hope they're just updating their info!
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