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Let your cellphone show you around New York

By Kari Bodnarchuk
Globe Correspondent / May 2, 2010

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Next time you visit the Big Apple, you can discover unique facts about the city through a scavenger hunt you complete using your cellphone. “New York: The Game’’ is a self-guided walking tour that lets you explore “zones,’’ or neighborhoods, such as SoHo, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, or Wall Street at your own pace. Purchase a ticket based on the amount of time you want to play (up to three days, max, per ticket), and then visit as many of the 10 zones as you like, letting the clues guide you from one site to the next. Or purchase a museums-only ticket for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, which were added this year. Tickets: adults $20-$50, children $15-$30. Save $10 per ticket when purchased this month (good for up to one year). 877-787-2929, www.strayboots.com/nyc/gamezones

Snooze on Sundays
The Better Sleep Council designated May Better Sleep Month after finding that up to 70 percent of Americans aren’t getting their proper amount of ZZZs. In honor of this laid-back event, Kimpton has introduced Sunday Sleep-ins at its 50 boutique hotels nationwide. This slumber service, which runs until the end of the year, lets guests check out at 2 p.m. on Sundays — two hours later than usual — based on availability. Several Kimpton properties also provide sleep-inspired menus year-round: Its Hotel Burnham in Chicago has a pillow library with eight options, from buckwheat to full-body and water pillows; and the Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, Va., offers teddy bears, books, and midnight snacks (think warm milk and cookies) for adults and children. 800-546-7866, www.kimptonhotels.com

Museum-hop in Miami
Visitors can get discounts on tickets to the city’s top museums and cultural attractions all through May, Miami Museum Month. Buy a full-price ticket to any participating museum and you get into a second one for free. Or purchase a membership to one of 15 museums or attractions and be admitted to all others at no cost. You can visit the Miami Children’s Museum, Haitian Heritage Museum, Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and, new to this year’s lineup, Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum. 888-766-4264, www.miamiandbeaches.com

KARI BODNARCHUK