Tours / ACTivities

ACT has developed a variety of recreational and professional tours for attendees to expand their learning opportunities and to explore the history and culture of New York City.

How Do I Sign Up?

Advanced registration is required. You can sign up during the registration process or login to your account to add a tour to your registration.Your attendee login details are in the confirmation email you received after you registered. Still having trouble? Contact Casey Murphy at: cmurphy@actweb.org or 202.792.5801 ext. 103


Private NYC Highlights e-Bike Tour

Sunday, August 4 | 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | $96.00 per person*

Deadline to register is July 16

Join your fellow ACT colleagues for an exclusive bike tour that will begin through the southern part of Central Park on brand new e-Bikes! The group will then head west to the awesome Hudson River Greenway! This Car Free Bike Lane stretches all along the Hudson River, making for a beautiful waterfront ride. Stopping again at sights such as One World Trade and Battery Park, we wrap around the bottom of Manhattan and end at the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Group will meet in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis at 8:45am. Participants will head toward tour start location

*PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A METRO CARD FOR THE TRIP BACK TO THE HOTEL - COST IS $2.75 (One Way) AND CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE STATION*

Rock the Oculus Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, August 4 | 12:45pm – 3:30pm | $43 per person*

Deadline to register is July 16

Discover the great indoors downtown on a scavenger hunt in the spectacular Oculus, near the Freedom Tower, and in the World Financial Center’s Brookfield Place. Your team will be challenged to follow clues and answer tricky, humorous questions about what you discover in these great spaces. Plus, you’ll take creative Team Photos and find or create a variety of unusual items in activities designed to test your teamwork and your resourcefulness.

Completed in 2016, the Oculus is a dramatic all-white space like something out of a sci-fi movie. An underground hallway connects with Brookfield Place, where a palm court and intriguing places to shop and eat await. Another passage connects with the dramatic Fulton Center, a hub for more stores. These venues provide fascinating, weatherproof places for an indoor adventure downtown.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • A salute to Gemini astronauts
  • Dragons touting a fireproof building
  • A ceramic zoo behind bars
  • Huge murals of exotic harbors
  • Rizhsky khleb and other exotic edibles at Eataly
  • A giant clock reminding you to brush your teeth
  • Spectacular views

No knowledge of the Oculus or the area is necessary to play or to win. You just need to pay attention to details and work with your team.

Group will meet in the lobby at 12:45pm and will travel as group on the subway to head down to the Oculus where the tour will start. Tour will go from 1:30-3pm.

*PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A METRO CARD FOR THE TRIP THERE AND BACK TO THE HOTEL - COST IS $2.75 (One Way) AND CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE STATION*


Underground Subway Tour

Sunday, August 4 | 1:15 - 4:30 p.m. | $40.00 per person*

Deadline to register is July 16

Subway Platform

Lover of history and infrastructure? Well then this tour is for you! Join your fellow ACT colleagues for an underground tour of the NYC Subway! Explore City Hall Park as the birthplace of the NYC subway system, including elements of the famed, decommissioned City Hall Station you can see right in the park. Learn about the comically short route of the mythical “Subway before the Subway,” Alfred Ely Beach’s Pneumatic Transit System. See the architectural ghosts of the now nearly forgotten, and partially abandoned, Chambers Street station then nicknamed the “Grand Central of Downtown”. Use the 6 train as your own time machine as you ride through abandoned subway stations. Discover the remnants of Union Station as you learn about a hidden art installation thousands of riders walk by everyday. Plus much more!

Group will meet in the Marriott Marquis lobby at 1:15pm and will travel as group on the subway to head down to City Hall Park where the tour will start. Tour will go from 2-4pm.

*PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A METRO CARD FOR THE TRIP DOWN AND BACK TO THE HOTEL, AS WELL AS FOR TWO STOPS THE GROUP WILL TAKE ALONG THE TOUR THAT ARE NOT COVERED - COST IS $2.75 (One Way)FOR A TOTAL OF - $11 AND CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE STATION ON THE WAY

Radio City Stage Door Tour

Tuesday, August 6| 3 – 5pm | $25 per person

Go behind the scenes of the Showplace of the Nation! Take a private guided tour of Radio City Music Hall, discover art deco masterpieces, learn the history of the iconic Great Stage and even meet a Radio City Rockette!

Group will meet in the lobby at 3:00pm and will walk over together to the Radio City Music Hall. Tour will go from 3:30-4:45pm.



Columbia University Tour

Wednesday, August 7 | 12:45 - 4:00 p.m. | No Charge - registration required as space is limited

Columbia University

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and is a distinguished place for higher education. Columbia University is an Ivy League institution and has three unique urban campus locations in upper Manhattan in New York City. The tour group will be picked up and returned to Times Square on one of Columbia’s new and state-of-art electric buses. On this tour, you will experience the peaceful and historic charm of Columbia’s Morningside campus, as well as, visit the new and emerging open-concept Manhattanville campus. In addition to learning general information about Columbia, attendees will learn how an institution of such size operates as primarily a compact walking campus with very minimal transportation impact. Through large investment in local housing, access to transit, as well as the recent uptick in new TDM programs, Columbia has achieved improved mode shift results year-over-year and now has an SOV rate of 2% students and 14% employees. Some of the TDM highlights of this tour will include sighting local bike share stations, seeing transit access points, meeting a Columbia carpool group and learning about TDM initiatives for Columbia’s construction workers.

AGENDA

Transportation will be provided to and from the campus on Columbia’s electric bus
Limit: 40 people

  • 12:45pm Meet in lobby
  • 12:50pm – 1:30pm board electric bus and travel to Columbia
  • 1:30pm – 2:20pm walking tour of Morningside campus
  • 2:20pm – 2:40pm free time and optional shopping at Columbia bookstore
  • 2:40pm – 2:50pm board bus and travel to Manhattanville campus
  • 2:50pm – 3:10pm View Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus and meet carpool group
  • 3:10pm – 4:00pm board bus and travel back to Times Square. Optional: attendees can travel back on NYC subway 1 train from Columbia if need to leave sooner.

Sponsored by: Columbia University

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