I love Broadway plays. They are one of my favorite things in this entire world! But when traveling to New York, I found some difficulty, even alongside my New Yorker husband. And so once I had learned them, I promised myself I would pass them on to you!
There are so many choices when it comes to plays, year round. Do not, please, limit yourself to the ones all the morning news shows are talking about around Christmas. There is so much more to the world of plays than just holiday-themed ones. Check out The Lion King, Mamma Mia, The Phantom of the Opera, and even newer selections like Dividing the Estate and the beloved Shrek the Musical! Take a look at Broadway.com for more exciting options!
Make sure to check the times, locations, and of course prices of the plays currently on display in New York city. Familiarize yourself with the locations, because you do not want to be disappointingly surprised when you arrive, find the place, and realize it’s not even Broadway!
SO, check out sites like Ticketmaster.com, which will tell you all the information about what plays are on sale and showing now. Ticketmaster is pretty well-rounded when it comes to pricing, but by all means shop around!
One thing I learned after getting better acquainted with the New York play scene was that you can actually arrive last-minute at your theater of choice and get a great last-minute price on your tickets! They just may not be your seat of choice, but if you are brave and have some time then try it out! Located at the corner of Front street and John street is a great booth to go for half-price tickets. But you may not want to deal with the disappointment of sold-out events or even the hassle that can come with last-minute deals, so like I said if you’re not up for that then I would not recommend it!
And a few tips on dress: here is one of the best times to dress up for an event, but you don’t want to overdo it! Ladies, it’s a great time to pull out the casually elegant little black dress or even to just look cute in dressy jeans, heels, and a pretty scarf. Gentlemen, never wear shorts or anything so casual! Try nice slacks and a dress shirt without the tie. It’s just right for a moment like this. But whatever you do, make sure you have something on hand even in the summer months to cover up with, like a light sweater, because everyone’s body temperature is different.
The world of New York city can be a scary one if you are not a native or a regular visitor.
Keep in mind that while the holidays seem like the best or most convenient times to travel (perhaps your kids are out of school), they really are not. Prices tend to sky-rocket, and there are more people with the same idea as you have. Instead, try to book your traveling when less people are off work, less kids are out of school, and the tourist season is on the low. That’s when you will have the best time in New York city – if for nothing else, than at least because of that smile on your lips only due to the knowledge that you saved a whole lot of money!
If you are booking a hotel right in the city, let me say first of all that that is a GREAT idea, because it is best to be in walking distance of the things you want to do. You really don’t want to have to rent a car or rely completely on the subway or taxi. But here is also a caution: even though you will want to see Times Square during your stay, it’s not exactly the best place to stay the nights because you may not want to deal with all the crowds every time you step foot outside your hotel. Instead, opt for neighborhoods like Chelsea or Greenwich Village, which are also much more kid-friendly!
When you finally arrive there in the airport, no matter which one of the major three you are using, here is a major tip: Get your taxi at a taxi stand, which is a set rate and much safer. Anyone who approaches you when you are in the airport, offering a ride, is not licensed. So please beware of this.
Please just make sure to book as many things as possible online before you even go. Make sure you have all your paperwork for hotel reservations, and also make sure that you don’t need to send a deposit or anything like that before you arrive. This means calling at least once before your trip to confirm reservations. And don’t be afraid to ask your hotel staff for tips and ideas when it comes to your travel.
SO . . . have fun enjoying the beautiful world of art and entertainment in the amazing world of NYC!