New York History School Trips & Tours - Political History & Civil Rights

New York is a great place for your pupils to learn firsthand about Civil Rights to explore the origins of this movement and its effects throughout American history. 

Providing excellent examples of integration and combined with exciting attractions and world-renowned museums, a visit to the ‘Big Apple’ is an excellent option to stimulate and reinforce pupil understanding of American history.We can arrange for your group to meet a veteran of the movement, as well as other fascinating educational visits.

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Daytime flight from Ireland. Met on arrival by a local Agent Representative for escorted transfer to accommodation Explore Times Square by night
2 Guided walking tour of Midtown Manhattan Harlem Civil Rights Tour. Meet a Civil Rights Veteran Empire State Building
3 Guided walking tour of Lower Manhattan Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Museum cruise with priority boarding Visit the 911 Memorial at Ground Zero
4 Visit St Patrick's Cathedral followed by Grand Central Station Subway across the Brooklyn Bridge & walk back to Manhattan Broadway Show
5 Free time in Midtown Manhattan including shopping on Fifth Avenue Transfer to airport for overnight return flight to Ireland
6 Return in Ireland
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Morning Daytime flight from Ireland. Met on arrival by a local Agent Representative for escorted transfer to accommodation
Afternoon Explore Times Square by night
Evening
Morning Guided walking tour of Midtown Manhattan
Afternoon Harlem Civil Rights Tour. Meet a Civil Rights Veteran
Evening Empire State Building
Morning Guided walking tour of Lower Manhattan
Afternoon Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Museum cruise with priority boarding
Evening Visit the 911 Memorial at Ground Zero
Morning Visit St Patrick's Cathedral followed by Grand Central Station
Afternoon Subway across the Brooklyn Bridge & walk back to Manhattan
Evening Broadway Show
Morning Free time in Midtown Manhattan including shopping on Fifth Avenue
Afternoon Transfer to airport for overnight return flight to Ireland
Evening
Morning Return in Ireland
Afternoon
Evening

On-tour support includes...

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Services of a Local Guide
  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices

Accommodation

Popular options in New York


Top visits

Empire State Building

Venture over a quarter of a mile skyward and observe as your group takes in the scale of the immense urban landscape which opens up before them. This is a great way for your students to gain artistic inspiration away from the hustle and bustle of the streets below. A particularly popular evening visit.

Walking Tour of Midtown Manhattan

Experienced in dealing with school groups, our local guides will bring the history and culture of New York to life. Pupils will be amazed as they walk down world-famous streets such as Fifth Avenue, 42nd Street and Broadway and through Central Park and Times Square.

Walking Tour of Downtown Manhattan

Our expert guides can lead pupils through the neighbourhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo and along Wall Street and Battery Park to give your group an insight into Manhattan life and the history of the city.

Living History - Meet a Veteran of the Civil Rights Movement

Exclusive to NST

NST has developed links with key figures within the Civil Rights Movement who would like to share their unique experiences with our groups. Spend an hour in the presence of men and women who worked and campaigned alongside Martin Luther King and gain an electrifying experience that few, whether pupils or teachers, will ever forget.

Radio City

The largest indoor theatre in the world, this prime spot in Midtown was turned into Radio City Music Hall during the years of the Depression. Radio City is now a leading hall for popular concerts, stage shows, special attractions and media events, including the Grammys, Tonys, and MTV Video Music Awards! More than 700 movies opened here, including the original King Kong.
Here, your group will learn about its history, listen to the ‘mighty Wurlitzer’ and enjoy ‘a masterpiece of American Modernist design’.

 

The Statue of Liberty Cruise & Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Alongside the ultimate landmark of New York and one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy, the Ellis Island Museum is dedicated to the history of immigration and the important role this island claimed during the mass migration of humanity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A 45-minute audio tour invites pupils to relive the immigrant experience as if they were the new arrivals and includes artifacts, photos, interactive displays and videos including the award winning ‘Island of Hope, Island of Tears’.

You will visit the island as part of a short boat cruise passing the Statue of Liberty, which was the first sight for the millions of immigrants.

UN Building Tour

On this guided tour around the UN Building, your pupils will learn about the organisation, its structure and history. Your group will leave feeling enlightened about the broad range of fundamental issues dealt with here, from sustainable development, democracy and human rights, to governance, economic and social development, and more.

Lower East Side (Immigrant Neighborhood) Walking Tours - Outside the Home

See the Lower East Side through the eyes of the immigrants who have lived here for 150 years during this 90-minute tour.
Discover the towering Jarmulowsky Bank building, where immigrants deposited (and eventually lost) their life savings, the Daily Forward building, where socialists fought for worker rights, and PS 42, where generations of immigrants learned how to be 'American'.

 

Lower East Side (Immigrant Neighborhood) Walking Tours - Then & Now

For generations of immigrants, the Lower East Side wasn't just a place to find a cheap home. It was also where they learned how to start a business, build a congregation and educate their children. Discover the fascinating history of this neighbourhood during this two-hour tour and find out why it’s such an ever-changing mix of the old and the new.

Tenement Museum

Highlighting the experiences of poor 19th century and early 20th century immigrants from different cultures, the museum tells the stories of one tenement apartment that was home to nearly 7,000 working class immigrants.

Tours also available including Irish Outsiders, Meet the Residents, and Hard Times.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage

A Living Memorial to the Holocaust - honouring those who died by celebrating their lives - the museum’s core exhibition, personal objects, photographs, and original films illustrate the story of Jewish heritage in the 20th century.

9/11 Memorial Museum

Opened in 2014, the museum explores the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring 9/11’s continuing significance. It demonstrates the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and its impact on communities at local, national and international level. The museum is growing a permanent collection of artefacts, stories, photos, video and other materials.

9/11 Tribute Center

Self-guided visit to museum galleries - learn about the events of 9/11 through authentic personal experiences. Five immersive environments provide first person perspective through videos, artifacts, photos and personal stories. 9/11 memorial guided tours also available with this visit – guided by those who personally experienced the events.

 

9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2011 in a ceremony for victims’ families. The memorial honours the 2,983 who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The memorial allows visitors to come together again in the spirit of unity and courage that emerged in the wake of 9/11. The memorial consists of two pools set in the footprints of the Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of more than 400 trees. The names of the victims are inscribed in bronze around the pools.

One World Trade Center Observation Deck

The 104 storey building stands on the World Trade Center site in Manhattan - giving amazing views of the city as well as interactive exhibitions on the building and the city.  Groups will ascend to the 102nd observation floor in under 60 seconds in one of five sky pod elevators! 

Harlem Civil Rights Walking Tour

Consisting of a multimedia bus/walking tour or a guided walking tour, this experience takes you to the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in Harlem and to the very sites where history happened. Includes the mosque of Malcolm X and the church of Wyatt Tee Walker (top aide to Martin Luther King).


Evening activites

  • Broadway show
  • Top of the RockTM
  • Empire State Building

Study themes

  • The USA during the ‘Roaring Twenties
  • Race relations before WWII
  • Impact of WWII on the USA
  • The Civil Rights movement
  • The US conflict with Vietnam

Transport

We offer flights from a variety of departure airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

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  • Bespoke tour itineraries
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  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
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  • Risk assessment guidance
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