Our favourite ways to spend summer around Penn Station

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Summertime around Penn Station is an exciting prospect, with all the action and events happening in this lively part of the Big Apple. If you will be spending the summer around Penn Station and are searching for travel ideas, read on for some of our favourite things to do.

Madame Tussauds New York

With all of the major personalities that live and frequent New York, some visitors might keep their eyes peeled, for the rare opportunity to take a selfie with their favourite actor or catch a famous singer taking the subway. Fortunately, we can say with Madame Tussauds, there is no need for that. Visitors can instead see a huge number of celebrities here at Madame Tussauds, just a ten-minute walk from Penn Station. Well…. their incredibly lifelike wax sculptures, but to a camera and certainly to your eyes, there might not be much of a difference! The startlingly realistic celebrities resident at Madame Tussauds include Rihanna, Jimmy Fallon, Barack Obama, Lionel Messi, Leonardo DiCaprio and Pharell Williams just to name a few.

National Museum of Mathematics

A more educational and family-friendly experience can be found at the National Museum of Mathematics, an award-winning museum dedicated to giving the public an interactive and memorable introduction to how math impacts everything around us. Some of these exhibits at the National Museum of Mathematics include a smooth ride on a bicycle with square wheels, deciphering messages with an encryption machine from World War Two and driving down a Mobius strip! Here at the National Museum of Mathematics, friends, family and solo travellers alike can all explore the limits of mathematics in fun and creative new ways.

Broadway at Bryant Park

A short walk to Bryant Park, and visitors can experience the talent and wonder of Broadway- outdoors! All summer long, it is a tradition from a number of Broadway productions to perform, dancing, singing and acting the biggest hits from beloved musicals in the park, for the public to see. Some of these hits include favourites such as Beetlejuice, Aladdin, Frankenstein, Jersey Boys and Mean Girls. This series occurs throughout the summer, and admission is free- but better to line up in advance, as spots to watch the performances are first-come-first-serve. Grab a towel, some sunblock and enjoy this moment to share theatre with the people of New York. 

New York Asian Film Festival

With the recent explosion in popularity of Asian cinema, New York and the SVA theatre have benefitted immensely, hosting the New York Asian Film Festival. Directors such as Oxide Pang, Yuen Woo-Peng, Kim Yoon Seok, Sammo Hung have screened their works at this festival, a great moment to see many films before they release in American cinemas. (Or more likely, before their release on streaming platforms.) Major titles from the past and recent releases at the New York Asian Film Festival include the God of Cookery, Furie, Merantau and Rurooni Kenshin. 

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