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If you follow me on social media, you know that my family recently spent some time in New York City.  A good bloggy friend, Melissa from The Staten Island Family, invited my family to her son’s Bar Mitzvah. When she first told me that an invitation was heading my way, I was really excited and when it dawned on me that it fell during my kids April school vacation I got wicked excited.  None of us have ever attended a Bar Mitzvah before and I thought it would be a wonderful thing for my family to experience.  And it was even more wonderful than I could have imagined. Her son impressed the hell out of us with all the Hebrew passages he read (there were a lot) and a speech he gave, which was far beyond his years.

Since it was school vacation week, I wanted to extend our trip by a few days and make the most of our visit. My husband and I go down to NYC a few times a year, but don’t usually take the kids with us.  Since they came with us this time, we wanted to make sure they had an amazing time. I decided to go to my trusted resource, TripAdvisor, to see what we should do while we we there.

Did you know that you can book activities and experiences directly through TripAdvisor? It’s super convenient to be able to look through all the things they offer to do in the city you’re traveling to, read reviews while you’re there AND book whatever catches your eye – all in one spot.  I mean, you are going to TripAdvisor to look at the reviews anyways, so why not take it one step further and book your experiences right on their site.  It’s easy peasy and that way your itinerary will be set before you even leave for your trip (or staycation).

Once you complete your booking through TripAdvisor, they will email you a voucher which you will present once you get to your scheduled activity. Most will accept the voucher on your phone, but a few experiences need an actual printed voucher.  Don’t worry because it will say in the confirmation email (with your vouchers) if something needs to be printed. I only mention this because one of the experiences I booked for us to do in NYC required a printed voucher, so I wanted to pass that on.

I have to say that I found some seriously cool things for us to do while we were in NYC and want to tell you a little bit about them in case you are heading that way. Let me start by saying there are a lot of experiences to choose from if you are planning a trip to New York City.  I mean a lot.  They offer pretty much anything you can think of, so take your time and read through all the descriptions and reviews carefully before you make your decision.  I went back and forth about what I wanted to book a few times before I made a final decision.

One of the things I didn’t have any trouble deciding on was a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.  For a set price ($32.49 each) we all got to choose an entree off of a prefixed menu, got a non-alcoholic drink, and dessert. My boys love eating at the different Hard Rock Cafes when we travel and the one in Times Square was one of the best ones we’ve eaten at. Plus, the voucher I booked through TripAdvisor included taxes and gratuity, too, so it was one less thing for me to worry about.

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The menu I chose included options like burgers, salads and a few selections off their sandwich menu – and that was perfect for my family. We are pretty easy and all ended up getting burgers.  There was an option to purchase meals from a different menu that had things like ribs and steak tips, but that’s not our style, so we went with trusty old burgers & fries.

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I also ended up getting tickets to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, which was also located in Times Square.  It made it easy to go from lunch at the Hard Rock right to the museum. I had been to the Ripley’s in Niagara Falls years ago and knew that my boys would love going to the one in NYC – and they did.

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The final thing I booked was the one that won me the most cool mom points – an hour of unlimited play at Modern Pinball.  My boys were in heaven as they walked in and saw all of the pinball machines lined up.  They sold the experience as a one or two hour timed experience (not a set time to show up, but an hour or two from the time you walk in the door).

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I booked us for one-hour of play and it ended up being just right for my boys (although my husband and I could have easily stayed for a second hour).

Book your vacation Experiences Directly Through TripAdvisor! They offer more than 56,000 bookable experiences in 2,500 destinations worldwide and with that many experiences it's safe to say there is something for everyone.

All of these experiences that I booked were really easy to book online. I searched by date and ended up finding exactly what I wanted on the TripAdvisor site. They offer more than 56,000 bookable experiences in 2,500 destinations worldwide and with that many experiences it’s safe to say there is something for everyone.  Plus, all the reviews you went there to read in the first place are all right there so you can make an informed choice.

Book your experience online or using TripAdvisor’s free mobile app or online, like I did. TripAdvisor also has a low price guarantee: If you find a lower price for the same tour or activity within 72 hours of booking, or if you arrive in your destination and find your activity offered at a lower price by our operator, let them know and they will refund the price difference.

Book your vacation Experiences Directly Through TripAdvisor! They offer more than 56,000 bookable experiences in 2,500 destinations worldwide and with that many experiences it's safe to say there is something for everyone.

I am so happy with the experiences I ended up choosing and my boys loved the things I picked out for us to do on our trip.  I can’t wait to check out TripAdvisor for my next vacation.

  34 Responses to “TripAdvisor Helps Make Adventuring Easier”

  1. Trip Advisor is the best! I’ve used it on my last few trips, and it’s made life soooo much easier.

  2. I do like to check out Trip Advisor on fun things to do in the cities I go to. I think I’m always getting at least one email a day from them.

  3. I am so glad you enjoyed your time on Staten Island during your trip to NYC we loved having you all. I have to use Tripadvisor on my next vacation to enhance the experience.

  4. Trip Advisor is a great service! If one can use a service to plan and execute a great trip, they’d be foolish not to use it!

  5. Using Trip Advisor sounds like a no-brainer. I would recommend it to anyone looking to book a trip.

  6. This is going to save me hours planning for our next vacation’s activities. Although we won’t be going out until late summer, it would still be great to start checking things out through TripAdvisor now.

  7. We are a family that loves to go! So anything that makes planning our adventures easier gets a huge high-five from me. TripAdvisor sounds awesome!

  8. This sounds like such a great place to get tips of places to visit from. I have to admit I thought Tripadvisor was just for places to stay!

  9. Wow I love how easy your time in NYC was thanks to TripAdvisor! I really need to check them out for our next getaway!

  10. Your trip looked like so much fun. I love using Trip Advisor for all of our trips!

  11. I always check out Trip Advisor on fun things to do! I love the emails with tips too! Loved seeing your pictures!

  12. I think it’s awesome that you were able to enjoy the Bar Mitzvah and made the most out of your trip as well thanks to TripAdvisor. It’s really nice to plan a trip for the family that’s packed with so much fun!

  13. This is so true! Tripadvisor has been our go-to whenever we are planning to travel! Such a great help!

  14. I’ll have to remember to use Trip Advisor the next time we go somewhere. We’re headed to Ohio this summer, so I’ll check it out.

    I love NYC! I hope to take the kids one day. There’s so much I want to do with them.

  15. We’re about an hour out of NYC but don’t get in there very often. Glad Trip Advisor worked out for you. We’ve eaten at NYC Hard Rock, my oldest loved it.

  16. I recently started checking trip advisor for some of our upcoming adventures. I think it’s a great resource.

  17. I always read reviews on trip advisor but I never knew you can book directly through them. They also seem effective based on your experiencing in arranging your trip.

  18. I always lead with travel advisor has on their website whenever I go to a new city. There’s so many things to see and trip advisor has such great ideas to help narrow down the search of what I want to do.

  19. I love pinball! my wife has been wanting to go to NY for the longest time. This should save some serious planning. thanks!

  20. We use Trip Advisor for all our getaways. It’s a great way to find some out of the ordinary places to visit. Looks like you and your family had a wonderful time in NYC.

  21. TripAdivsor is such a wonderful resource when planning family vacations. I use it all of the time.

  22. Trip Advisor sounds like an amazing tool to use when you’re traveling. Sounds like your family had a great time!

  23. When looking for vacations I have always looked on TripAdvisor however never used it. I will have to use them the next time! Glad I had someone explain it a little better to me 🙂

  24. I’ve never used tripadvisor but need to look into it the next time we plan a trip. You now have me craving a good hamburger and fries. I don’t eat them often enough (can’t get a good one around here).

  25. My son would love it there, looks like a super fun place. The burger is making me hungry!

  26. I always use TripAdvisor to help plan my trips. It’s great to find places to eat and fun things to do.

  27. I personally check out reviews on TripAdvisor before booking or checking out a new spot. I love the real reviews and recommendation there.

  28. That’s really cool and sounds like a great trip! I’ve used Trip Advisor myself in the past but not for anything locally or even on the East coast. I have also been wanting to take my kids to NY so this is a great tip for me:)

  29. I know that TripAdvisor is a great site for those who are planning a trip. I used a lot in my trips. But you gave me a great sugestion!

  30. I have heard nothing but great things about TripAdvisor so I’m not surprised! I would for sure use it if I were going on a trip anywhere, such a help!

  31. Trip advisor sounds like a really great tool when planning a trip. Going to check it out.

  32. My husband and I use Trip Advisor all the time when on trips.

  33. I use Trip Advisor when I go to travel, I love how easy they make finding deals and booking a hotel. Your trip to Hard Rock looked like a lot of fun, they sure do have great fun and so much to look at there.