As well know as it is Downtown New York City seems to be a forgotten destination. Don’t get me wrong, midtown with Time Square and all the other great sights and sounds can take up an entire vacation. Yet, most people will only venture downtown to check out the Freedom tower and the 9/11 memorial and then catch the next bus heading north. It is sad to see since there is so much more that you can find if you only spend a couple of minutes walking. The great thing about downtown (or the financial district) is that it is the smallest part of Manhattan so you can essentially walk everywhere. This is definitely a great advantage if you are visiting on a budget.
The question you might be asking yourself is: Well how do I find out what is around? That is where the Hilton Millenium comes in.
For vacationers staying at their hotel (located right in the heart of the financial district) you can sign up for the Hilton #MilleniumMemories package. It is for guests staying at least two nights. This program is designed around using technology to make the most of your stay at the hotel.
The program focuses on getting you and your family out of the hotel and exploring together the sights and sounds of downtown. On top of that all, if you complete the scavenger hunt you get 20% off the last night of your stay!
If that wasn’t enough, they fully equip you to go out and explore. Included in the package is the following:
- A draw string bag
- A millenium Hilton Charger
- A millenium Hilton Bluetooth selfie stick
- Upgraded in room Wifi
- Scavenger hunt instructions
For our scavenger hunt we visited:
THE CHARGING BULL (Intersection of Broadway and Morris St.)
Regardless of how many times you visit NYC, checking out the Bull is definitely an experience. I would suggest you go earlier, since it can get a bit crowded. But if you are patient you can take a close up picture from the front and behind of the bull.
THE CEILING OF THE NEW FULTON CENTER SUBWAY STATION (Broadway between Fulton and Dey Streets)
This is the main hub subway station for all of the financial district. It has a number of shops and while from the outside it looks like it hasn’t changed for years, the inside is a cornucopia of colors and lights with a super modern feel.
THE OCULUS (4 World Trade Center)
This is the latest transportation system for downtown NYC. It is almost fully functional and is an amazing architectural design. We had a great view of it from above from our hotel room.
THE SEAGLASS CAROUSEL AT BATTERY PARK (Entrance at State St. and Water St.)
We rode the carousel even though that isn’t required as part of the hunt. Just remember that even adults have to pay to ride though Hilton guests get a discount on tickets.
THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT (Fulton and South Streets on Pier 17)
With different street vendors and local shops great place to grab a bite to eat and walk the pier with fascinating ships.
The #MilleniumMemories scavenger hunt really helps you create new memories. Instead of just riding a bus and snapping pictures as you drive by, everyone gets involved in trying to find and snap the best photos of each location. I loved how it just got us up and outside enjoying the wonderful weather and each other’s company.
We would definitely recommend the package as a great way to experience a new side of New York City. To learn more about the #MilleniumMemories package, visit the #MilleniumMemories package.
Disclosure: We received weekend accommodations so we could share our recommendations and experiences with you and Divina is a Hilton Mom Voyage contributor. As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences.