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From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

1. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

Christmas in New York City is a magical time. From the adorned trees in Rockefeller Center to the festive windows of Macy’s, Bergdorf’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Dyker Heights is world-known for its light displays. Residents have been decorating their homes since the 1980s. This quaint residential neighborhood is located in the heart of southwest Brooklyn between Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Gravesend Bay. Originally founded as a luxury housing development in the late 1800s, the first house in this iconic neighborhood was built in the late 1820s.  Dyker Heights was originally praised for its public transit access to Lower Manhattan and its ritzy country club and well-established Episcopal Church. Like Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst nearby, Dyker Heights is an Italian-American neighborhood today. The optimal way to enjoy this tour is by bus, with an expert, live tour guide. On your tour, drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn and see lights from both on the bus and off. Due to narrow streets, buses are not allowed in Dyker Heights. Your guide will escort you to the two most illuminated streets. See Lucy Spata's house which started the tradition of Dyker Lights in the '80s. The Polizzotto home features the neighborhood's largest Santa at 15 feet tall. Next, stop at the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights. Take in the Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge for about 25 minutes.  Return via the Manhattan Bridge. The tour ends at Bryant Park where you can admire the famous winter market or take a spin on the Ice Rink.

New York Christmas Markets and Lights Walking Tour

2. New York Christmas Markets and Lights Walking Tour

Get into the Christmas spirit on a 4-hour walking tour of New York’s most attractive holiday markets, and find unique gifts among the vast array of hand-crafted goods, local art and crafts, and fashionable winter attire. Meet your guide at Columbus Circle and set off in the glow of the city's winter lights. Experience the magic of New York during the holiday season, stopping to admire the dazzling window displays of all the department stores and boutique shops. Sample traditional foods and warming drinks as you take in Manhattan's holiday light displays, Christmas movie locations, and charming holiday decorations along the way.

New York Christmas Holiday Tour of Manhattan

3. New York Christmas Holiday Tour of Manhattan

Meet your guide in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral and get the chance to go inside to see the interior decorated for Christmas. Continue to the Rockefeller Center, famous for its winter ice rink and magical Christmas tree. Learn how the complex of buildings became such a popular place for holiday celebrations. Take a souvenir photo of the famous Christmas tree. Then, walk to Radio City Music Hall, where the Rockettes create magic every day. Move down town to the Bryant Park Holiday Market and walk past the window displays of the 5th Avenue shops. End in front of Macy's and learn the history of the world's largest department store.

New York: Midtown Pedicab Rickshaw Tour

4. New York: Midtown Pedicab Rickshaw Tour

Travel the exhilarating streets of Midtown Manhattan on a private pedicab tour, and see some of the landmark attractions and skyscrapers of New York City from the unique perspective of a 3-wheeled rickshaw. Your friendly driver/guide will personalize your tour, providing you with facts, history, and information about popular culture, news, and events in the city. There will be 3 or 4 short stops along the way to stretch your legs a little and take some souvenir pictures. See where all the action takes place in the Broadway Theater District, with stunning views of the lights of Times Square. Ride along 42nd Street, and explore the new 8th Avenue. Discover the 46th Street Restaurants of Hell's kitchen, and see where popular TV broadcasts take place at the Fox News Channel building and site of ABC’s Good Morning America. Continue, pedaling past MTV Studios, Radio City, and the Rockefeller Center. Marvel at the luxury stores of 5th Avenue and the Diamond District. See the skinniest building in Midtown Manhattan, and the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Pass some landmark buildings of New York’s glamorous lifestyle, such as the NYC Yacht Club, Plaza Hotel, and Waldorf Astoria. Continue along 44th Street to the Algonquin and Royalton hotels, and Ivy League clubs of Yale and Harvard. Art Deco and Beaux-Arts highlights include the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal, while Bryant Park will offer a leafy retreat from the hectic streets.

5-Hour NYC Private Skyline Walking Tour

5. 5-Hour NYC Private Skyline Walking Tour

The perfect tour for couples and small groups who like to walk, be outdoors, and want to take their time to really connect with New York City, its people, and their passions with this ‘local’s look’ of the city. This five-hour hike begins in the hipsterville neighborhood of Willamsburg. We pass through Domino Park, named after the now defunct Domino Sugar Refinery, for a brief stroll through the waterfront area. Cross the Williamsburg Bridge and meet the faces behind the produce at New York’s Essex Market, the flagship of public indoor food markets in the city, for more than a century. Enjoy lunch in an industrial-chic underground market. Then it’s off to Chinatown where we visit the Mahayana Buddhist Temple containing NYC’s largest Buddha sculpture, before trekking across the Manhattan Bridge to DUMBO, known for its galleries, shops and unique views of the Empire State Building and the East River. The last challenge is to hike the 1.1-mile-long wooden walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge for a close-up view of its most distinctive features, the 276-foot-tall masonry towers that hold up the suspension bridge.

New York City: Holiday Lights Extravaganza Walking Tour

6. New York City: Holiday Lights Extravaganza Walking Tour

It's that most joyous time of year once again. It's time for hot cocoa and eggnog, holiday shopping and decorating, family and friends, it's a time to experience a holiday lights extravaganza like no other! Each year, magic seems to fill the air as the holidays transform New York City into a spectacular, awe-filled, winter fairyland that's bursting with fun activities, holiday cheer, smiling faces and the hustle and bustle brought about by the holidays. This holiday season, embark on a fun-filled 3 to 4-hour walking tour as you experience all the magic of this very special time of the year. You will visit the stunning (and gigantic) Rockefeller Center Christmas tree adorned with over 30,000 miniature lights and a 9.5-foot wide Swarovski crystal star, amid a plaza of heralding angels, snowflakes and 25-foot toy soldiers. You will visit famous retailer windows decked out with magnificent holiday displays of twinkling lights, bows, beads, glitter and motorized decorations. Your walking tour promises to be jam-packed with visits and views of NYC's most beautiful and extreme holiday-decorated spots. To minimize your experience through Manhattan's heavily-trafficked streets while maximizing your enjoyment of beautiful, and more numerous places visited, you will explore Manhattan's holiday lights like true New Yorkers, utilizing the city's underground subway system.

New York: Art Deco and Architecture Landmarks Tour

7. New York: Art Deco and Architecture Landmarks Tour

Start your tour in beautiful Bryant Park and head off to explore the history of midtown and its many Art Deco architectural masterpieces, as well as other beautiful styles like Beaux-Arts. Hear about the origins of NYC's landmarking laws from your expert guide. Get a unique perspective on the Empire State Building. From there, travel up historic 42nd street where you will see numerous historic buildings. View several early, key Art Deco masterpieces including the gorgeous Chrysler Building, and many lesser-known landmarks with stunning decorative architecture. Admire a few stunningly preserved lobbies. Visit Grand Central Terminal, the world's largest train terminal, and one of NYC's most beautiful interior spaces. Journey up 5th avenue to see the guide's favorite Art Deco hidden treasure in midtown, before ending at Rockefeller Center.

New York: 7 Wonders of Midtown Exploration Game

8. New York: 7 Wonders of Midtown Exploration Game

Imagine you’re a young reporter who has just moved to New York City in hopes to make your “big break.” You’ve recently received a lead that suggests magic is here in Midtown! Your lead instructs you to meet him in Grand Central, where he’ll provide you with everything you need to discover a Secret Society of Magical Persons. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? The city game starts at the Grand Central Station. It will take you around 1.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at The Plaza Hotel. After your booking. you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

NYC: Guided Instagram Tour With Professional Photographer

9. NYC: Guided Instagram Tour With Professional Photographer

Start your tour in the morning at the famous Grand Central clock where you will meet your tour guide. Discover the surprising gems and hidden secrets of this splendid building. Explore the largest train terminal in the world at Grand Central, most of which is hidden underground; as well as a shopping mall, a transit museum, multiple dining options, and even tennis courts. Next, discover the beloved Bryant Park. Once a cemetery, a reservoir, and a military camp, it is now famous for its lush seasonal gardens, free activities, and famed surrounding skyscrapers. The tour will continue with views of the New York Public Library, the third-largest book collection in the world, and a visit to the Rockefeller Center. Conceived by John D. Rockefeller as a city within a city, the Rockefeller Center is home to a remarkable collection of art deco motifs and sculptures, as well as a hub of entertainment and business options. After that, you will go to Radio City Music Hall, this theater has hosted some of the greatest singers like BB King, Stevie Wonder, and more. To end the tour, head to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, known for its Neo-Gothic architecture. In each one of those spots, get photos taken by the photographer and receive them all in digital format. Bring on your full potential, let yourself be advised, and feel like a real Instagrammer. Have a fun time while you enjoy NYC and grow the likes on your social networks or simply get a nice memory of your vacation.

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What people are saying about Bryant Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 207 reviews

WOW!!! Great tour. You walk a lot so be ready. This tour is a great way to get to see the Willamsburg and DUMBO neighborhoods of Brooklyn with part of Chinatown and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. You do walk across the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Willamsburg bridges. It's a challenge but a lot of fun. It's a great highlights tour.

This encounter was a very good way for me, first time to NYC, to get oriented. The price was VERY reasonable. After the tour I felt confident to tackle the subways myself and just walk the street of NYC--this coming from a guy who swore "I will NEVER go to New York!" I am now planning when I'm going to return.

A day well spent! Our guide was knowledgeable and kept us going at a good pace. Highly recommended, if you'd like to spend your day exploring new things and learning some interesting facts along the way. You won't be disappointed!

Great tour. We saw a lot of New York City. We even made a few extra stops. The restaurant was fun. The views from the Edge, amazing. This is a fun tour.

It was awesome. Tour Guide explains eveyrhing clearly including some of the famous landmarks.