The Peninsula New York Peninsula Academy

Exclusively designed to provide unique and unprecedented access to historical, cultural and local lifestyle experiences in New York City, The Peninsula Academy offers a collection of bespoke programmes for both adults and children. Explore New York City as never before with the style, elegance and sophistication that only The Peninsula can provide.

 

Academy PROGRAMME

  • Participants will experience one of New York’s greatest natural treasures, Blue Island oysters, first-hand as they learn about what goes into raising, harvesting, and of course, enjoying the regional delicacy.  

    Spend the day at the sea oystering, fishing and clamming on Long Island’s Great South Bay, renowned as the home of the Blue Island Oyster Farm. Guests will be transported from New York City via seaplane, where they’ll spend the day learning about the delicate ecosystems that support oyster life, finishing with a private dockside gourmet dinner. The day concludes by returning back to the city in a luxury vehicle
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    • Taking Flight

      Guests will enjoy a private Seaplane flight from the East River to the Blue Island Oyster Farm. Highlights of the incredible trip include aerial views of The Brooklyn Bridge, The Statue of Liberty and the Rockaways Beach.

    • Landing on Long Island

      Guests will be met by the owner of Blue Island Oysters who will lead them on a guided tour of the farm and facility. There, they will learn about the delicate ecosystem, sustainability and the variety of oysters raised on the property.

    • Sea Oystering
      Once guests are oriented with the farm, they have the chance to get into the ocean and collect oysters with provided attire and equipment. 
    • Catch of the Day

      After time in the water, guests will enjoy a fresh, dockside seafood dinner prepared by a gourmet chef. Luxury transportation will whisk guests back to the hotel.

    Prices

    US$ 9,000 for up to eight persons

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 3-6 hours depending on guest preference
    • Available Memorial Day through Labor Day
    • Advance reservation of two weeks is required
    • The maximum number of persons is eight
    • Minimum 6 years of age
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • This Peninsula Academy brings the thrill of the theater up close with the Behind the Curtain experience.  The journey begins with a chauffeured MINI Cooper transfer to a mid-morning private tour of the historic Times Square theatre district, where a real Broadway actor will offer insight into what goes on behind the velvet curtains, from Broadway’s early days to current productions.

    Later that day, a chauffeured MINI Cooper will whisk guests to see the Broadway production of your choice, with the evening culminating in an intimate “talk back” which is an industry term for a meeting with one of the key cast or production members after the show. A portion of the proceeds from the Broadway adventure will be donated to a local charity associated with the production.

     

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    • Your Journey

      The Behind the Curtain programme begins mid-morning at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will be introduced to the tour guide and travel in a bespoke MINI Cooper S Clubman to the historic theatre district.

       

    • Historic Broadway

      Experience a VIP guided tour by a real actor who will literally walk you down the famed strip while pointing our historic theatres, sharing history as well as uncovering mysteries about current and past productions. A MINI COOPER S Clubman awaits to take the guests back to the hotel or another location in the city.

       

    • Curtain Call

      The hotel’s house car will whisks guests to the Broadway production of their choosing where they will take in the performance.

       

    • Talk Back

      After the final bows, guests have the VIP opportunity to participate in a post-show meet-and-greet with a key member of the cast or production member.  Hotel transportation will be waiting outside the theatre to whisk guests back to the hotel.

       

    Prices

    US$ 780 for up to four persons
    *Note: The cost does not include ticket prices for Broadway shows. Tickets are an additional per-person fee

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 5 hours between 10:30 am and 11:30 pm
    • Advance reservation of two weeks is required
    • The maximum number of persons is four
    • Minimum 5 years of age; children must be accompanied by parents
    • This programme is subject to availability
    • 1The Peninsula New York

      The Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Peninsula New York is ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City's most prestigious shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood, in Mid-town Manhattan. A 23-story, 1905 landmark building, The Peninsula New York features 185 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and 54 suites, decorated in a classic, contemporary style.

       

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  • This Peninsula Academy pairs historic and contemporary Harlem for a vibrant tour through this dynamic neighborhood. The journey begins with a private car and a personal tour guide who will highlight the rich history of the ever-evolving Harlem. The guests will attend a gospel church service, followed by a walk or ride, dependent on weather, to a classic soul food restaurant for an unforgettable brunch.

     

     

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    • Your Journey

      The Harlem Gospel Brunch programme begins Sunday morning at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will be introduced to the tour guide and travel by private vehicle to and from Harlem with historic, cultural and culinary stops along the way.

       

    • Historic Harlem Tour

      Guests will travel by car along Central Park West with an experienced guide who will tell the story of Harlem: the origins, development, community and current-day goings-on of this once hilly, summer getaway location.

       

    • Gospel Church Service

      The tour will take the guests to an inspiring church service with harmonious choirs and a joyful congregation. Guests are requested to dress in respectful attire as they are guests in this spirited Sunday celebration.

       

    • Soul Food Brunch

      After the gospel church service participants will take a short walk or ride in a private car with the tour guide to a classic soul food restaurant for brunch. Brunch is a must in New York on Sundays, and the delicious soul food will be a meal guests will not soon forget. Guests are then transferred in the private car back to the hotel.

       

    Prices

    US$ 580 for one person
    US$ 1,220 for two persons
    US$ 1,560 for three persons
    US$ 1,836 for four persons
    *Note that the price may increase due to public holiday celebrations

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 5.5 hours from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
    • Advance reservation of two weeks is required (one month for major holidays)
    • The maximum number of persons is six
    • Minimum 10 years of age. Guests are requested to dress in respectful attire when they participate in this spirited Sunday celebration
    • This programme is subject to availability
    • 1The Peninsula New York

      The Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Peninsula New York is ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City's most prestigious shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood, in Mid-town Manhattan. A 23-story, 1905 landmark building, The Peninsula New York features 185 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and 54 suites, decorated in a classic, contemporary style.

       

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  • This Peninsula Academy brings true beauty and glamour to brides with this exceptional experience with bridal stylist Julie Sabatino. Guests VIB (Very Important Bride) journey begins with a chauffeured transfer to designer bridal stores where Julie will have pre-selected gowns and a personal consultant will be on hand for fittings and styling.

    The day continues with appointments at top designer ateliers. The next day, the chauffeured transfer will whisk the bride to select the gown of her dreams and take her back to the hotel, where a reserved table awaits at rooftop bar and terrace Salon de Ning for a celebratory Champagne toast.

     

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    • Dress Up

      The first day is filled with well-paced appointments and fittings, where the bride and her guests will enjoy gowns pre-selected by Julie and the attention of a personal consultant at top designer stores. Between appointments, brides will consider the gowns with Julie over lunch.

       

    • Yes, That's the Dress!

      The next day a chauffeured transfer will transport the bride and guests to view and fit the top gown choices and make the final selection.

       

    • Toast to Tulle

      When the final gown is selected, the bride and guests will return to the hotel where they will have a reserved table at rooftop bar and terrace Salon de Ning and a Champagne toast to celebrate.

       

    Prices

    US$ 5,600 for one bride (two guests at no cost)

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is one and a half days, day one from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm and day two from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    • Advance reservation of two weeks is required
    • The maximum number of persons is one bride and two guests
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • This Peninsula Academy takes guests to the borough of Brooklyn, a creative and culinary frontier. Your journey begins with a MINI Cooper transfer to Brooklyn where the guests will meet a personal tour guide who will lead a cultural stroll about the neighborhood of DUMBO.

    Following the tour, enjoy unprecedented front-of-the-line entrance to a famous pizzeria for lunch. The most spectacular stage of the tour is the actual Brooklyn Bridge walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan with views including The Statue of Liberty and the stunning city skyline. The MINI Cooper will be waiting on the Manhattan side of the bridge to take the guests back to the hotel.

     

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    • Your Journey

      The Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour program beings at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will be escorted to the chauffeured MINI COOPER and then transferred to Brooklyn to meet their tour guide.

       

    • Made in Brooklyn

      Guests will enjoy a private guided tour through the cobble-stone streets of DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood home to new art galleries, edgy fashion designers and a relaxing waterfront.

       

    • Slice of Life

      Ever waited in line for New York pizza? Not on this tour. The tour guide will take guests to the very front of the line of a famous Brooklyn pizzeria for a delicious lunch of pizza straight from the coal oven.

       

    • Walking the Bridge

      After lunch, participants have the option to have the guide escort or send them on their way from Brooklyn to Manhattan by way of the Brooklyn Bridge. As if the architecture and history of the bridge were not enough, the outstanding views of Ellis Island and Manhattan will certainly impress. The MINI COOPER will be waiting at the end of the bridge to take guests back to the hotel.

       

    Prices

    US$ 715 for one person
    US$ 780 for two persons
    US$ 845 for three persons

     

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 4.5 hours from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm and is only available April through October
    • Advance reservation of one week is required
    • The maximum number of persons is three
    • Minimum 10 years of age
    • This programme is subject to availability
    • 1The Peninsula New York

      The Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Peninsula New York is ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City's most prestigious shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood, in Mid-town Manhattan. A 23-story, 1905 landmark building, The Peninsula New York features 185 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and 54 suites, decorated in a classic, contemporary style.

       

    • 2Brooklyn Bridge

       

    • 3DUMBO

       

  • Experience Central Park like a “local-vore” with this unique tour that includes a two hour experience in Central Park with a professional guide who will identify edible items within this sprawling city green belt.  While keeping with the park’s policy of “point-not-pluck”, the guide will walk guests through the park to hidden spots where delicate herbs and vegetables secretly grow in the wild.  The tour is completed on Sheep Meadow, where a Page greets the guest with a delicious pre-set picnic using locally sourced ingredients.

    This Peninsula Academy brings the botanical bounty of urban parks to the attention of curious guests. The guests’ journey begins with a transformative walk from skyscraping Fifth Avenue to tree-scraping Central Park, where a private tour of the park by a botanical expert will point out what is edible and what to avoid in nature. The tour culminates with a pre-set picnic on Sheep Meadow using locally sourced ingredients, some of which the guests learned about during the tour.

     

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    • Your Journey

      The Taste of Central Park program begins mid-morning at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will be introduced to the tour guide and walk to famed Central Park.

       

    • A Walk in the Park

      Once at Central Park, participants will have a VIP guided tour by an experienced botanical guide who will literally walk them through the park while identifying edible and non-edible plants by way of “point-not-pluck” to preserve their surroundings while sharing the storied history of the park.

    • Picnic in the Park

      The tour will end at the sprawling lawn named Sheep Meadow, where a pre-set picnic awaits guests. Locally sourced organic ingredients will be on the menu, including some ingredients that were pointed out during the tour. The guests are invited to enjoy the meal and respite of the park.

       

    Prices

    US$ 550 for one
    US$ 600 for two
    US$ 650 for three
    US$ 700 for four
    US$ 75 for each additional person over a group of six

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 3 hours from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and is only available April through October
    • Advance reservation of two weeks is required
    • The maximum number of persons is six
    • Minimum 10 years of age; children must be accompanied by parents
    • This programme is subject to availability
    • 1The Peninsula New York

      The Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Peninsula New York is ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City's most prestigious shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood, in Mid-town Manhattan. A 23-story, 1905 landmark building, The Peninsula New York features 185 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and 54 suites, decorated in a classic, contemporary style.

       

    • 2Central Park

       

    • 3Sheep Meadow

       

  • This Peninsula Academy brings art up close with a private guided tour of The Museum of Modern Art before the museum opens or after it closes, to ensure exclusive attention and direction of a PhD Art Historian.

     

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    • Your Journey

      The Museum of Modern Art experience begins early morning or late afternoon at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where a Peninsula Page will escort guests to MoMA to meet their private PhD Art Historian guide and begin the tour.

       

    • Art on the Walls

      The art historian will highlight a specific specialty such as architecture, sculpture or European artists as you explore the museum's galleries in peace and private. Day passes to the museum are included so you may enjoy the entire museum for the day.

    Prices

    Price Per Person:

    US$550 (pre-opening) for up to six people
    US$500 (post-opening) for up to six people

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 1.5 hours between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm
    • Advance reservation of one week is required
    • The maximum number of persons is three
    • Minimum 4 years of age; children must be accompanied by parents
    • This programme is subject to availability
    • An optional Chef Tasting Menu dinner in the museum’s restaurant, The Modern, is available for an additional cost.
    • 1The Peninsula New York

      The Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Peninsula New York is ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City's most prestigious shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood, in Mid-town Manhattan. A 23-story, 1905 landmark building, The Peninsula New York features 185 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and 54 suites, decorated in a classic, contemporary style.

       

    • 2MoMA

      The Museum of Modern Art is in Midtown Manhattan in New York City between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

  • This Peninsula Academy takes guests on a special behind-the-scenes tour of one of the famous New York fire houses, including an insider’s look at a real live, working fire house command center, and a tour of the fire trucks – and young guests receive their very own NYFD fire helmet! Special touches include an FDNY welcome amenity and treats to bring to the firefighters. All funds from this Academy will be donated to the FDNY.

     

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    • Your Journey

      The FDNY Tour programme begins at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will be escorted to the chauffeured MINI COOPER transfer to the fire house for their tour.

       

    • Fun at the Fire House

      Guests will enjoy a private guided tour where they will have a behind-the-scenes look at a control center, visit with key members of the fire unit, sit in a fire engine and have a commemorative picture taken. All proceeds of this tour are donated to the FDNY.

       

    Prices

    US$ 150 per person

    Additional Detail

    Please keep in mind that the fire house you will visit is operational. Should the firefighters be called to assist with an emergency your visit will be postponed to later in the day or another time during your visit.

    • The programme duration is 1.5 hours between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.  
    • Advance reservation of one week is required.   
    • The maximum number of persons is three.
    • Minimum 4 years of age; children must be accompanied by parents.
    • This programme is subject to availability.
  • Give young Chefs in-training an experience they’ll never forget with an interactive class conducted by the hotel's culinary team that includes a special tour of the kitchen. The young guests may choose from three activities: baking cookies from scratch; cupcake decorating; or healthy smoothie creations. Each student receives a Pen Kids apron and chef’s hat as a keepsake to remember the experience.  A kid-friendly lunch or Afternoon Tea is included.

     

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    • Your Journey

      The Kids in the Kitchen programme begins mid-afternoon at the hotel’s Concierge Desk where guests will meet Peninsula’s mascot, Peter Bear and be introduced to a member of the culinary team and go to the kitchen for a tour.

       

    • Bake it, Blend it, Decorate it

      The interactive class will be conducted by the hotel's culinary team where the young guests may choose from three activities: baking cookies from scratch; cupcake decorating; or healthy smoothie creations. Each participant receives a Pen Kids apron and chef’s hat and will get to work in a real kitchen.

       

    • Good Enough to Eat

      When the treat is complete, it will be time to eat! A lunch and tea will be served as well. Children will be able to keep their Pen Kids apron and chef hat along with a portion of their delicious creation to share with their parents.

       

    Prices

    US$ 275 for one person
    US$ 400 for two persons
    US$ 525 for three persons
    US$ 650 for four persons
    US$ 125 for each additional child

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 2 hours from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Advance reservation of two weeks is required
    • The maximum number of persons is six
    • Minimum 5 years of age
    • This programme is subject to availability
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