Where: 89 E 42nd St.
New York, NY
Who: Tweens and Up
Me - The audio tour of Grand Central Terminal was entertaining. I learned a lot. Grand Central Terminal is gigantic. The whisper gallery was fun. You could talk in a normal voice and somebody on the other side of the room could hear you. There are lots of stairs. There's tons of stores and restaurants where you can buy things or get something to eat. There's a museum inside the terminal too. During the holiday season, they have a train exhibit of New York with a tiny Grand Central Station. There was a waiting room with a lot of flowers painted on the walls. It was really pretty. They had tables that looked like old subway tokens. I didn't know what they were until my Mom told me because I had never seen a subway token. They use metro cards now. Over all, the audio tour of Grand Central Terminal was interesting.
Mom- Grand Central Terminal is one of the biggest if not the biggest train station in the world. However, there is a lot more to Grand Central Terminal than that. The terminal has been around since approximately 1871 and there is a lot to see besides trains there and a lot to learn about its history . A great way to get to see everything and to learn a little bit about all that history is to take an audio tour of the terminal. Just go to the GCT Tours window on the main concourse of the terminal to rent a state of the art headset and get a map. The tour is easy to follow. It will take you all over the terminal including the whispering gallery, the main waiting room, and the Campbell apartment which used to be an actual apartment but is now an elegantly restored cocktail lounge. In addition to factual information about the terminal, you will learn interesting tidbits, stories and secrets. If you are just interested in the basics, you can just listen to that. However, if you would like the full tour and you are interested in getting as much information as you can, you are given the option at each stop on the tour to push a button and get additional information, All in all, its a really interesting tour of a really fascinating place. Although there are parts of the terminal that are fun to visit for small children like the whispering gallery, over all, the tour is better suited for older children and adults and those with longer attention spans. It is especially great for anyone interested in history, architecture, or just hearing a bunch of great stories about such a historic place. Audio tours are available every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are interested in a guided tour, tours led by docents are also available once a day at 12:30 PM. However, those tours cost more money and space is limited. For further information about audio and/or docent led tours of Grand Central Terminal go to http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/info/tours.cfm.