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NYC Trade Show Spouse & Guest Tours


The constant travel of trade show and expo life can put a strain on your partnership, marriage, or family. If you’re thinking of bring a guest or several family members to your next event, New York City is one of those bucket list destinations that can also provide a wealth of opportunities to keep them occupied while you’re at Javits Center. If the convention you’re attending doesn’t offer a spouse program—and if self-guided tourism in the New York seems intimidating to your significant other—consider this list of the top guided tours:

HOP-ON, HOP-OFF BUS TOURSTrade show guests can hop on and hop off at more than 30 stops around New York City with an open-top Big Bus tour, and visit NYC attractions at their own pace. This double-decker bus goes past world-famous landmarks including the Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Central Park, as the bus loops around Manhattan with audio narration from an expert guide.

LANDMARK BOAT TOURSExperience the New York skyline on a cruise of the Hudson River. Five different cruise options give trade show guests the chance to see everything from famous Manhattan skyscrapers to the Statue of Liberty or a harbor lights tour.

ARCHITECTURE WALKING TOURSIf you’d rather get up close and personal with the New York citiscape, consider a walking tour of NYC architecture with the Center for Architecture. Members of the American Institute of Architects guide small groups of visitors through some of New York City’s most distinctive neighborhoods, with a special focus on modern and contemporary architecture.

9/11 AND GROUND ZERO WALKING TOURSThe new World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial are living tributes that honor the lives lost and celebrate New York City’s resilience. This 9/11 and Ground Zero walking tour is led by New Yorkers who have personal connections to 9/11, who will recount their experiences of that day.

QUEENS FOOD TOURSNYC’s boroughs offer an amazing variety of culinary adventures. Queens is arguably the epicenter of the Big Apple’s gastronomic opportunities, as it is considered one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in America. From Long Island to Jackson Heights, a Queens Food Tour is a fantastic way to get a taste of the city, showcasing globally inspired recipes that tell the story of Queens as the most diverse county on the planet.

TV AND MOVIE TOURSThis NYC TV & movie tour will lead your trade show guest on a tour of New York City’s best filming locations. A 3.5 guided sightseeing bus tour takes you to more than 60 NYC locations featured in your favorite TV shows and movies.

BROADWAY AND TIMES SQUAREYour trade show guests will likely want to explore Times Square, Broadway, and the surroundings with an expert guide. These tours show how a New York City became the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

MADE IN BROOKLYN TOURSMade in Brooklyn Tours are award-winning neighborhood tours with a “Made in Brooklyn” theme. Your trade show guests will enjoy a unique walking tour that is a cross between a factory tour and a shopping tour featuring artists, artisans and crafters literally “makin’ it” in Brooklyn.. Tours are designed for small to mid-sized groups for an especially good time together. Guests will discover Brooklyn’s Industrial Revolution history and celebrate creativity, ingenuity & entrepreneurial spirit of today’s Brooklyn.

ENCOUNTER OCEAN ODDYSSEY TIMES SQUAREFor trade show guests looking to take a break from New York’s winter cold or summer heat, there is an indoor escape into an ocean of fun at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, in Times Square. Developed and produced with the creative minds at SPE Partners, with a team of Academy, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning artists, Encounter is a first-of-its-kind immersive experience certain to thrill every visitor.

With five distinctive boroughs and a rich urban history, New York offers countless other specialty tours catering to every interest, from art to history to the outdoors. If you’ve been thinking about bringing family or friends to your next trade show, there’s no place like the Big Apple to keep them entertained while you’re on the trade show floor.

About the Author

Vera Goodman was an Exhibiting Consultant with Skyline Exhibits & Events in New York City.

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