Event planners are often sent back to the same city or venue, time and time again. It can be hard to constantly mix it up for your client or especially jaded attendees who return to annual events or locations that are heavily populated with the same, typical tourist attractions.
Instead of always heading straight for the usual sights and activities, why not expand your guests’ guidebook and treat them to unique venues, unusual tours and quirky attractions. These are some colorful tours and excursions you may not find at your usual incentive event, but ones that will keep your guests talking. Featuring highlights in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan - here is: Been There, Do This: New York edition.
Best for Cocktail Hour with a Twist - Industry City Distillery
For both vodka connoisseurs and neophytes, a trip to the Industry City Distillery for a behind-the scenes tour of the vodka-making process is worth the visit. Learn about everything from distilling to bottling, enjoy a complimentary tasting and then order up an artisanal drink or two from the bar. For an impressive view and social media postings, stay to watch the sunset over the city skyline and Statue of Liberty from the sixth floor of their warehouse hub.
Best for Culture Snobs - Shady Ladies Tours
Even if you’ve already been to Manhattan’s famous Metropolitan Museum of Art, most people don’t know about the museum’s sexier side. Join Professor Andrew Lear of classics and gender studies for his Shady Ladies and Nasty Women tours, covering scandalous females of their time from around the world whose likenesses and personal belongings are in the museum’s galleries.
Best for Foodies - Food Cart Tours
New Yorkers love food trucks for more than their convenience. Everyone loves food trucks for their delicious and creative menus. Hop on Turnstile Tour’s food cart tour through the Financial District or Midtown. Each tour features five or six stops, highlighting international flavors, such as Korean barbecue, Belgian waffles and spicy halal chicken. The tours introduce guests to the vendors who make a living from their mobile kitchens. A portion of all ticket sales support the Urban Justice Center’s Street Vendor Project.
Best for Adventure Team Bonding - New York Adventure Club (NYAC)
An urban beekeeping lesson, a visit to a massive recycling facility or a tour of the abandoned hospital complex on Ellis Island aren’t your typical group activities, but introducing your guests to the unexpected is precisely what you want to do. NYAC gives participants a chance to discover the quirkier side during trips that go inside New York’s most unusual venues, including the private, gilded age mausoleums at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Best for History Buffs - City Reliquary
The City Reliquary in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has established itself as the city’s official ‘cabinet of curiosities’ with a permanent collection of New York City artifacts including signs, figurines, old photographs and other ephemera. They are most well-known for “An Accidental Time Capsule,” an exhibition of objects accidentally discovered under the floorboards by a fourth-grader in 2015. The objects are from an old East Village school dating back to 1913 including love notes, spelling tests, portraits of silent film stars and more.