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New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 5 Top Attractions

1. New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 5 Top Attractions

See world-class art, fascinating science, important history, and incredible views—from the sky AND the sea and save up to 40% with the New York CityPASS! New York CityPASS includes admission to: 1. The Empire State Building: With iconic views and a new museum, the Empire State Building provides breathtaking 360-degree, open-air views from the 86th-floor observatory. 2. American Museum of Natural History: Explore human cultures, the natural world, and the universe with a visit to one of the world’s most famous natural history museums. 3. Top of the Rock OR Guggenheim Museum Top of the Rock: Experience incredible 360-degree panoramic views of New York City and beyond from interior and exterior decks on the top three floors of this legendary art deco skyscraper, 30 Rock.   Guggenheim Museum: Frank Lloyd Wright’s mid-century masterpiece of modern architecture, located alongside scenic Central Park.  See collection highlights, including works by Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh and more. 5. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Experience the beauty and history of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum with Statue Cruises.   Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises: Take in the world’s premier skyline with up-close and magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade and 101 NYC sights.   6. 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 9/11 Memorial & Museum: Pay your respects to the victims of the 9/11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.  Examine the history and impact of the events and learn the stories of loss and recovery within the Museum.   Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Get an up-close look at the space shuttle Enterprise and 28 aircraft, including the world’s fastest jet.

New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

2. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 45% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Choices include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, NY Waterways Tours, MoMA, and many more. There's no need to decide in advance, and you can take up to 60 days after using the pass to make your first visit. Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way. The New York attractions you can select include:  Museums and Galleries• American Museum of Natural History • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • 9/11 Memorial and Museum• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle• Guggenheim Museum • Museum of Sex • New York Historical Society Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art• Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden Combo• Museum of the City of New York• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Fotografiska New York Experiences• Top of the Rock Observatory• Empire State Building• One World Observatory• The Vessel at Hudson Yards• Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Central Park Bike Rental• The Downtown Experience by The RIDE• Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Full-Day Bike Rental• Hudson River Full-Day Bike Rental• New York Botanical Garden• Madame Tussauds Times Square New York• Spyscape• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester• LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream• Welcome to Harlem: Harlem Jazz Series• Queens Experience On Foot• RiseNY• Perfect Picnic• Masters of the Camera NYC Rooftop Photoshoot• Surrey Bike Rental on Governors Island (2 hours)• SEA LIFE at American Dream• Escape Virtuality Tours• 9/11 Tribute Center and Walking Tour• Central Park Walking Tour• Night Tour by Big Bus New York• Yankee Stadium Tour• The TOUR• Woodbury Common Bus Tour (Round Trip + VIP Coupon Booklet)• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Central Park Bike Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour• Madison Square Garden: All Access Tour• Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour • NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour • Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Walking Tour• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service)• High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking District Neighborhood Walking Tour• Top Dog Tours NYC Marvel & DC Superheroes• Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal)• City Rambler: Walk Through History Tour• A Walk in the Park Tour by City Rambler• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• Pride Walking Tour• NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour• St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg• Greenwich Village Walking Tour• Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in Brooklyn• Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Walking Tour• SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tour Food and Drinks• Spirits On Foot: Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Food On Foot Tours• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion Cruises• Lady Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• 1929 Shearwater at North Cove: Daytime Statue Sail or City Lights Sail (seasonal)• Clipper City Tall Ship Sail - Daytime Statue or Harbor Lights (Seasonal) Customers save an average of 45% when buying the New York Explorer Pass versus buying tickets at the gate. Savings percentage based on most popular customer itineraries. Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences.

New York: Best of the Metropolitan Museum 2-Hour Tour

3. New York: Best of the Metropolitan Museum 2-Hour Tour

Avoid wandering around the Metropolitan Museum in New York lost and confused, and discover the highlights of the museum's huge collection with an expert guide. Tour in small groups of no more than 15 participants (for a more intimate experience), following a carefully-planned itinerary that starts in Ancient Egypt. See perfectly preserved Ancient Egyptian tombs, and tiny dioramas that show what life was like in the times of Tutankhamun. Learn about their burial rituals in the Egyptian mummies area, and see the Met’s mascot “William.” Continue to the Temple of Dendur, and discover a temple of Ancient Egypt smack in the middle of Central Park! Your guide will provide all the gossip about this and other exhibits, such as how Jackie O procured the Temple of Dendur for the Met; tales about the armor of Britain’s infamous King Henry VIII; and how some think the Antioch Chalice may be “The Holy Grail.” See ancient works of Greek statuary and Roman frescoes, before moving to the exotic exhibits from Papua New Guinea. Admire beautifully carved Bisj poles collected by a Rockefeller, at the cost of his life. Then, head to the 2nd floor to soak in some of Claude Monet’s dreamlike “Water Lillies.” Be energized by the expressive works of Vincent Van Gogh, and inspired by a bronze of Rodin’s “Thinker.”

New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions and Tours in NYC

4. New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions and Tours in NYC

Use The New York Pass on your phone for cash-free entry to over 100 New York City tourist attractions. See the best that the Big Apple has to offer with access to any of the attractions covered by the pass. Your pass records when and where you first use it, as well as how long it will remain valid. This means your pass is activated the moment that you first use it at any attraction or service. Your New York Pass is then valid for the number of days that you've purchased. See list of attractions: POPULAR EXPERIENCES • Empire State Building • Big Bus Tours: 1-day Classic Tour • Top of the Rock Observation Deck • 9/11 Memorial & Museum • Edge (Hudson Yards) • One World Observatory • Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum • Circle Line: Best of New York Cruise • Madame Tussauds New York • Central Park Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking • Guggenheim Museum MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • American Museum of Natural History • MoMA - Museum of Modern Art • Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum • Museum of Sex • Whitney Museum of American Art • Fotografiska New York • Museum of the City of New York • New York Historical Society • Museum of Arts and Design • Museum of Jewish Heritage • Skyscraper Museum • Fraunces Tavern Museum • New York Hall of Science • Brooklyn Museum of Art • Museum at Eldridge Street • International Center of Photography • MOMA PS 1 • Staten Island Museum • Paley Center for Media • Museum of Chinese in America • Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum FAMILY-FRIENDLY • Central Park Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking • 9/11 Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour • The RIDE • Marvel & DC Superheroes Walking Tour • Yankee Stadium Tour • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Westchester • Staten Island Zoo • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center New Jersey • Staten Island Children’s Museum • Bike Rentals HIDDEN GEMS • New York Botanical Garden • Catacombs by Candlelight Tour • Harlem Jazz Series – Tuesday and Friday • New Museum • El Museo del Barrio • Manhattan by Sail: Shearwater Classic Schooner • Cathedral of St. John the Divine • Snug Harbor Botanical Garden- Staten Island • Brooklyn Botanical Garden TOURS & CRUISES • Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour • Rockefeller Center Tour • The Official Chinatown Walking Tour • How Money Was Made: Wall Street Walking Tour • Circle Line: Harbor Lights Cruise • Circle Line: Landmark Cruise • SoHo - Little Italy - Chinatown Walking Tour by NY Tours 1 • Manhattan by Sail: Clipper City Tall Ships Cruise • The Official Little Italy Walking Tour • Hamilton Tour • Colonial New York Retold Walking Tour • New York City News Media Tour • Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Neighborhood Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours • Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tours Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

NYC: Sex and the City Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

5. NYC: Sex and the City Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

Take a guided coach tour of Manhattan, and follow in the footsteps of the sexy Sex and the City characters. Follow your guide on a 3-hour journey into the world of Carrie & Co. and discover the places that they conquered in New York City. Sip on drinks at their favorite bars, shop their most-beloved retail haunts, and gossip where they gossiped. The tour takes in more than 40 locations, including the bakery where Miranda stuffed cupcakes into her mouth, and the church where Samantha met "The Friar." You will get the chance to shop at The Pleasure Chest, where Charlotte bought her Rabbit, and to go to the gallery in Soho where Charlotte worked. Stop at a bar used in the Sex and the City series and get discounted drinks. Visit the furniture store where Aidan designed his tables and chairs as you get a sneak peek at locations from the Sex and the City movie. You are invited to dress up as your favorite Sex and the City character, or just come as you are and discover the sassy side of Manhattan! Small private tours are typically 1 hour shorter than public tours.

New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

6. New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

Get a comprehensive introduction to New York’s Metropolitan Museum on a 3-hour small group tour that traverses 5 continents and 5,000 years of art. Travel back to Ancient Egypt at the Temple of Dendur, and learn how it was brought to the museum with the support of Jackie Onassis. Learn about Egyptian burial traditions at Pernod’s Tomb, hear about the Rockefeller who came to an abrupt end collecting beast poles in New Guinea, and see a fully intact Roman ruin from Pompeii. Marvel at paintings by Raphael, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Picasso, hearing about the strange lives of these unusual artists along the way. Look at “Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, and discover why it caused such an outrage upon its release in Paris. You will also see one of the most recognizable paintings in the US at “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. Your guide is an expert art historian who is passionate about the art on display, providing fascinating anecdotes instead of boring facts and figures. In addition, you’ll have access to the Met’s exclusive rooftop terrace when it's open (May to October). Enjoy panoramic views over Central Park and beyond as your guide tells you about the surrounding city and points out where Jackie Onassis once lived, and which celebrities now have their homes on the park perimeter. Your pre-reserved ticket includes a museum donation, so you won’t have to wait in long access lines, or shell out for the suggested donation once inside

NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided or Self-Guided Tour

7. NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided or Self-Guided Tour

Metropolitan Museum of Art is New York’s most valuable landmark, boasting over two million works of art and artifacts from ancient Greece and Egypt, Modern art from Europe, and more. Skip the long line with this small-group guided tour and learn the museum's history and see the works of art housed within the walls. The tour begins with the Great Halls and visits all the most popular galleries. See the Chicago Stock Exchange in the American Wing, which also hosts the portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Visit the Medieval European Galley where you will see the armor worn by Henry VIII. Learn how American Galleries differ from European counterparts. Learn about the lives of painters from Vermeer, Seurat, and especially Van Gogh. Your professional experienced host will guide you and be there to answer your questions. If there is a specific area you are excited to visit in the museum, please ask your host and they will happily accommodate. The best part is that you are welcomed to stay and spend the rest of your day exploring the exhibits until closing. If that's not enough, visit again in the next two days with the same entrance ticket. The Met has special extended hours on Friday or Saturday evening, and you are invited to join then for a quieter, exclusive experience. Tours will have up to 15 passengers.

NYC: 3-Hour Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

8. NYC: 3-Hour Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

Led by a local actress, experience a day in the life of Manhattan's elite on this 3 hour tour of the Gossip Girl sites. Written by Cecily Von Ziegesar, the hit TV show is America’s most popular teen drama, starring hot young actors, such as Blake Lively (Serena Van der Woodsen) and Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald). “Hello, Upper East Siders!” is Gossip Girl’s opening line to every episode, and on the Gossip Girl New York Tour, you will feel like Gossip Girl is talking directly to you! More than 40 Manhattan locations have been used in filming the show, and the dedicated “Gossip Girl” tour will let you explore them. Check out the spots where the gossipy characters take on the roles of socialite teenagers in New York City. Take a look at the Upper East Side elite society of sex, drugs, jealousy, and the pressures of the prestigious academic institutions they attend. Pass the Vera Wang boutique where Blair tried on her wedding gown, visit The Empire Hotel, site of Chuck Bass' newest home and business, and pass the candy store where Dan helped Vanessa shop. It’s an ideal tour for fans of the show, as well as for fans of New York’s more glitzy side. Board the bus first with priority seating tickets! Priority seating includes pre-boarding and seating in the first 5 rows near the tour guide. Small private tours are typically 1 hour shorter than public tours.

NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) - Guided Museum Tour

9. NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) - Guided Museum Tour

With no less than 2 million works of art and artifacts on hand, the Met showcases objects from Ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern art from Europe and beyond. Your local English speaking guide will be an expert on the museum who will share a mix of historical information, scandalous stories and surprising details with you. At the end, you’ll have enjoyed yourself so much that you won’t even realize how the hours have passed and you’ll be on your way to becoming a local expert yourself. During this tour, start at the sumptuous Great Hall before moving to the museum’s most important galleries. In Medieval Europe Gallery you’ll learn about the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace as well as armory worn by Henry VIII. The American wing hosts the staircase from the Chicago Stock Exchange as well as the iconic portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Learn about the turbulent and inspiring lives of several European painters including Vermeer, Seurat and Van Gogh in the European wings. The museum itself has stories to tell and your guide will explain how this American gallery differs from its older European counterparts, especially since it began before the United States was even 100 years old! More than just storytellers, your young, passionate and engaging guide will approach touring in a different way. They will bring a personal touch to each tour, adding their own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way. They are there to listen to you, to answer your questions and to create a dialogue – unlike other tours where they just lecture you as you go along. That’s the whole reason why the private and semi-private tour option are offered, to make sure you get the most possible out of your experience. This 2.5-hour guided tour runs daily and it includes entrance fees, a professional art historian guide, and private and semi-private tour options. Gratuities, food, drinks, and pickup or drop-off services are not included.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2-Hour Family Tour

10. Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2-Hour Family Tour

On any trip to New York City with children, a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must. Meet your guide and decide together what you want to see first from any of the varied collections spanning the museum, such as ancient Greek sculpture, Renaissance altarpieces, Medieval armor, American portraiture, or Impressionist landscapes. Discover how artists have communicated narrative throughout history using a variety of mediums. The Metropolitan is a journey through the world’s greatest art. Your guide will show you how you can connect with each work. At New York City’s most visited museum and attraction, you will experience the best of human creativity from across the globe.

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Katie was very knowledgeable about all the types of art we viewed. I liked her stories about historical aspects of the various items. She spoke very clearly and I really appreciated that because I have hearing difficulties. THANK YOU KATIE!!

You definitely get your monies worth. A great deal , you do need to plan your day to maximize events to see and logistics. You definitely want to use the hop on hope off bus to get around.

Definitely worth it, big savings, easy, quick and hassle-free entry to selected attractions.

Top of the Rock was awesome. The hammer was the top floor without panes for perfect photos.

Katie was a wonderful guide and the tour was just excellent!