Great forum, wish I would have found you months ago!
I am the leader of a Girl Scout troop. Our troop has worked hard and saved for 2 years for our week long trip to NYC, and the girls are EXCITED beyond belief that in 8 days we will finally be there.
Any tips for traveling with a large group? There are 20 of us, 13 girls ages 11-13 and 7 adults. We are staying at the Youth Hostel on Amsterdam Ave. and have an all day, see the sights tour booked through them. We figured that the tour would really just touch on the major sights and those places that the girls are really interested in, we would go back and tour more in depth. On the girls wish list of things to do: Broadway show, Rocketts, natural history museum, China Town, Today show, and most of all SHOPPING! They can't wait to shop on 5th Ave. I've been reading the posts for days now and have read the faq, and done some research. I know about getting the discount Broadway tickets, althought don't really know what shows are appropriate for the kids other than the Disney shows. We know a few places that we will be eating due to reccomendations from friends ( Carmines, Ellens Stardust). Any suggestions for eating out with such a large group?
And finally, what is there to do in the evening with girls of this age group?
We are from a very small, 2 stop light, rural community. Only a couple of these girls has ever been to a city of any size. All of us adults are really looking forward to seeing the looks on there faces when they step out of Grand Central Station!