Things to do in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge this St. Patrick's Day

Are you coming to New York City this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? If so, you don’t want miss out on some awesome experiences that this City has. Yeah, you know about the parade, but what else are you planning? Here, we’ve compiled a list of a few of the best things to do during St. Patrick’s Weekend so you won’t miss a thing:

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Go to a service or just visit for the architecture.  One of the most beautiful Catholic Churches in the world, St. Patrick’s Cathedral has plenty to offer.

McSorley’s Old Ale House

McSorley’s in the East Village boasts being New York’s oldest continually operating saloon. A classic pub, there is no place better to grab that Pint of Guinness that you’ve been craving

Brooklyn Bridge

Take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, the landmark built by many Irish American immigrants.

Top of the Rock

Have you ever wondered what NYC is like on St. Patrick’s Weekend?  Well go to the Top of the Rock and you can see the whole thing! With arguably the best view in Manhattan, it’s tough to find a reason not to go!

Irish Arts Center

On Sunday, March 18th, the Irish Arts Center will be holding a free celebration.  From 12-5 p.m., all are invited to enjoy music, dance, culture and many performances.

2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Of course we cannot leave this out.  You have to go to the parade, even if just for a short while.  It’s one of New York’s greatest traditions, so don’t miss out.

Spring is in the Air This Weekend

A Beautiful Weekend is on the Way!

This winter has not been what New Yorkers have come to expect from recent years.  The temperatures have gotten chilly, but never truly cold and we barely saw any snow flurries, let alone a blizzard.  After last years ‘Snowpocalypse,’ this season has been weak, to say the least.  And if you are hoping that it will turn around and NYC will become a winter wonderland yet again, don’t get too excited.  With forecasts for this weekend calling for sunny skies and temperatures reaching up to 60 degrees on Sunday, I’m willing to admit that spring has come.  And boy, am I thrilled.

It’s not that I have anything against winter in New York.  I mean, you have the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and a snowy Central Park is one of the most picturesque scenes that The Big Apple has to offer, but it’s cold.  Often, too cold.  But now that the weather is warming, there is no more bundling up just to go down the block or avoiding long walks to keep out of the cold.  Now, we can take off our hats and gloves and leave our big coats behind; spring is here!

If you’re lucky enough to be spending time in Manhattan for this beautiful weekend, then get ready for some fantastic activities.  There are always a ton of things to do in New York, but this weekend seems to have an extra boost to it with the way that the weather is shaping up.  So, without further ado, here are a few of the best ideas for your weekend schedule:

Armory Arts Week:

The Armory Show in New York has a fantastic display of contemporary and modern art exhibits. Whether you are an art enthusiast or a first timer, this show has something for you.  If you hop off our Uptown Loop at Columbus Circle and walk west to the piers, you’ll have no problem finding this fantastic event.  The show begins today, Thursday March 8th, and continues through Sunday the 11th.

Chinatown Restaurant Week

17 restaurants are participating in this year’s Chinatown Restaurant Week, which is set to kick off on Friday, March 9th.  This nine day event will help celebrate the Chinese culture and present nice discounts for traditional Chinese cuisine.  If you’re hungry this weekend, hop off of our Downtown Loop at the Chinatown stop and eat up!

Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament

Are you a sports fan? Well the Big East Tournament, college basketball’s premiere conference championship, is a must see.  Thursday all day, as well as Friday and Saturday night, The World Most Famous Arena will host some of the most exciting athletes in the nation as they all vie for the crown.  Just hop off our Downtown Loop at the Macy’s/Madison Square Garden stop, and don’t forget your tickets!

Gray Line New York All Loops Tour

With the weather warm and the sun shining bright, this weekend will be a fantastic time to grab your family and friends to sit atop our world famous double-decker buses.  The All Loops Tour includes our Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn and Night tours, and your tickets will be valid for the whole weekend! (Tickets valid for 48 hours) Do you want to know the best part about hoping on and hoping off of our bus tours this weekend?  You can hop right off of our bus and be within walking distance of all of the above suggestions!

Don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity to see all of the sights and experience a wonderful weekend in New York City.

Promoting World Literacy From the Top of Our Bus

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Here at Gray Line New York we have always taken pride in lending a hand to our community.  Whether it be carrying the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants through the Canyon of Heroes or offering our services to the NYC Marathon, we love being part of The Big Apple.  On Wednesday, we’ve been given that opportunity yet again as we team up with LitWorld help to support World Read Aloud Day.

At 9:30 a.m. in front of Books of Wonder, we’re going to use one of our famous double-decker buses to set the stage for this extraordinary morning.  The event will feature readings from the top of our bus with the help of Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and, of course, Clifford the Big Red Dog.  The entire Gray Line New York family is honored to team up with such a great organization in the ongoing battle to promote world literacy.

For more information on the event itself, or if you would like to take part in World Read Aloud Day, check out

Don’t forget to follow us Wednesday morning on Twitter (@GrayLineNewYork) where we will be tweeting live updates and pictures of this special event.

Where To Hop-Off and Celebrate Mardi Gras in NYC

From beads, to Bourbon Street, celebrating Mardi Gras in New York City will change your life.

After your NYC tour, make sure to visit a few of our favorite New Orleans’ inspired bars and restaurants in the heart of the City That Never Sleeps.

Where To Celebrate Mardi Gras in NYC:

  • Bourbon Street Bar & Grill – Stop by Midtown West for $5 Happy Hour Hurricanes, Endless Jambalaya Bowls and Dixie Blackened Voodoo beer.
  • Johnny Utah’s – Fat Tuesday Texas Style with $5 Hurricanes and Hand Grenades. No cover in Midtown with your Mardi Gras mask and free bull riding all night long.
  • Billy Hurricanes – This rowdy New Orleans’ inspired bar in the East Village is known for their $6 Hurricanes and Sweet Tea.
  • Great Jones Cafe  – Tasty Creole Wings, Jambalaya and Shrimp Po’Boys in the East Village? Yes please.
  • Delta Grill – Hell’s Kitchen: $25 for admission, 1 Hurricane, All You Can Eat Cajun Buffet and live music.
  • Bourbon Street – Head on over to Queens for their famous Jambalaya Pasta.
  • Silver Moon Bakery – Every Mardi Gras party needs a vibrant King Cake and this Upper West Side bakery delivers the goods.
  • Bourbon Street – Hop-off the Uptown Loop and score some beads at this French Quarter inspired Upper West Side bar.
  • Two Boots – Who doesn’t love a good Po’Boy? Venture over to Brooklyn for this N’awlins specialty.


Valentine’s Day Special in NYC

Looking for last-minute Valentine’s Day plans in NYC?

If so, we’re excited to announce this exclusive special for you and your sweetheart:

Click here to book this romantic tour in the “City that Never Sleeps.”

New York Giants Super Bowl Victory Parade in NYC

In honor of the New York Giants winning Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots, Gray Line New York will host the players and their families during Tuesday’s parade in New York City.

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Over 10 buses will transport the New York Giants along the parade route to celebrate their incredible 21-17 win in Indianapolis.

New York Giants Super Bowl Parade Information:

  • Date: Tuesday, February 7th
  • Start time: 11:00am EST
  • Route: The parade begins at Battery Place and Washington Street and continues northbound up the Canyon of Heroes to Worth Street.

Follow us on Twitter and tweet us pictures of the G-Men on the red, double-decker bus!

Learn more about the parade here.