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New York City

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Our most recommended New York City Tours

  • New York City Streets Full-Day Bike Tour

    1. New York City Streets Full-Day Bike Tour

    Begin with a ride through Greenwich Village and a stop at the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement of the 1960s and 70s.  Next ride along the Hudson River Greenway to Wall Street, where bankers rub shoulders with bike messengers, and brokers down their lunch as fast as the stock market fluctuates. Then onto the World Trade Center, where the new tower rises tall, a monument to human despair and resilience. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, learn the story of this glorious architectural wonder and discover the amazing history of an underground railroad stop in Brooklyn. Discover how unique churches, a few tropical fruits, and a fabulous hotel made Brooklyn Heights one of New York’s gems. Then back over the Manhattan Bridge and into Chinatown, find yourself on a street where secret meetings were once held to overthrow the dynasties of China and, later in an alley leading t...

  • 60-Minute Cruise Around the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

    2. 60-Minute Cruise Around the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

    Take a 60-minute boat ride to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty. Cruise right under the Brooklyn Bridge and see the most famous skyline in the world. Your live English guide will point out the sites as you journey along the river including the Empire State Building, the new Freedom Tower, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island and more. Make use of both the indoor and outdoor seating, along with large open windows for your viewing pleasure. Get within touching distance of "Lady Liberty" and then move on to Ellis Island to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City. Marvel at the skyline of Manhattan and its famous skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Center. Glide down both the east and west side of Lower Manhattan, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat.  A multilingual audio tour is available in English, Italian, German, ...

    It was a really lovely experience. Although the statue wasn’t within touching distance as advertised, nonetheless, it was lovely seeing the statue up close. The service is really good. I missed the first booking, but I was able to reschedule the booking by paying a discounted fee. I, however, believe the tour guide could have been better. She was quite inaudible and it was difficult to follow. Perhaps the guide should focus on describing attractions on one side of the boat whilst departing the pier and focus on the attractions on the other side, when returning. That way, passengers will know what direction to focus on during the tour.

  • New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

    3. New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

    Experience the best views in New York City from inside a helicopter, complete with large floor-to-ceiling convex windows for your viewing pleasure. On your flight you will see the beautiful Central Park, Hudson River, and New York Harbor, including the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum.

    You’ll also cruise past the Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, the World Financial Center, and the Chrysler Building from up high, as well as the iconic Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Greenwich Village, South Street Seaport, and the Brooklyn Bridge, which dates all the way back to 1883.

    With tour narration and all heliport fees included, there is no better way to enjoy the dramatic and ever-evolving New York City skyline.

    Fantastic experience. It helped that we had a gorgeous day! Beautiful way to see the city. Our helicopter sat 5 people, 1 up front and 4 in the back in. 2-2 configuration so everything had a great window view.

  • NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour

    4. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour

    Learn all about the unique history of Battery Park on a 30-minute guided tour with an experienced local guide. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the 25-acre green park has a varied history and many classic monuments to explore. Find out essential facts surrounding the Battery Cannon, Battery Oval, Coast Guard Memorial, Bosque Gardens and the circular Bosque Fountain. Finish up the walking tour at Castle Clinton, built in anticipation of the War of 1812. Positioned in the middle of the park, the castle acts as a centerpiece of the revitalization efforts of the park. Your guide will then assist you through the various procedures to board the ferry for Liberty Island. Benefit from priority boarding and save precious time. Cross New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Built by Gustave Eiffel, Lady Liberty was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Take a se...

    This was a great trip for a great price. Our guide, her name is Isabella I believe made the tour so much better. She is highly knowledgeable and very witty and funny. We loved the experience. I would highly recommend.

  • New York: Harbor Lights Night Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    5. New York: Harbor Lights Night Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    Experience New York at sunset on a 2-hour cruise of the harbor, and take in all the sights and lights of Manhattan aboard a climate-controlled boat. Grab your friends, family and coworkers - or even a totally random stranger - and embark on an unforgettable journey of the harbor with "Lady Liberty" keeping watch! With a drink in your hand, purchased from the fully stocked bar, feel the breeze on your face and be mesmerized by the shimmering skyline. Get endless photo opportunities to make you an Instagram star as you sail past legendary attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and get perfect views of the Freedom Tower - One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Pier 54 (Titanic Pier), Battery Park and more. See where millions of immigrants were processed when they arrived in America at Ellis Island, cruise past Governors Island, the South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge. Get ...

    Very easy to get there. Professional, kind and helpful staff. On time. Beautiful views and easy ti take photos. Very clean and perfectly organize sitting areas. I will recommend to my friends. Thanks,

  • New York City: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise

    6. New York City: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise

    Step onboard the Bateaux New York for a 2 or 3-hour sightseeing cruise departing from Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers. The boat’s all-glass design, including curved ceiling and walls, provides the ultimate sightseeing experience, allowing for 180-degree views of notable New York City sights. As you sail along the Hudson and East rivers, admire the Manhattan skyline and well-known skyscrapers, such as the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. Get up-close views of the iconic Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, and Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. If you like, you can take in the sights from one of the open-air decks. Enjoy the elegant atmosphere and attentive service as you dine on a brunch, lunch or dinner lunch prepared by the chef, and be entertained by the pianist, who plays a variety of tunes throughout the cruise and provides interesting facts about New York’s famous attraction...

    A wonderful night out ! The staff were charming,courteous & attentive. Band was tight. Relaxing adult atmosphere. Noticed lots of fellow native New Yorkers ! Food was delicious & plentiful, served with precision timing. Already planing my next trip !

  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Holiday Window Tour

    7. Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Holiday Window Tour

    Head to New York’s famous Radio City Music Hall for a night to remember with this outstanding ticket to the annual Christmas Spectacular. Join the Rockettes, Santa Claus, and the Toy Soldiers in this once in a life time NYC Christmas experience. See the Radio City Music Hall stage transform into a giant, magical canvas before your very eyes! Extending beyond the stage, onto the ceiling and walls, you will be amazed as the magic of Christmas surrounds you. Some of the most memorable scenes are the legendary Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Santa's magical ride to his workshop at the North Pole, where playful rag dolls come to life, plus the re-enactment of the first Christmas in the Living Nativity. After or before the show enjoy a Holiday window tour of the Famous NY department stores display and see the Famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been a nati...

    Rockettes were great. Your company didn't notify that the window tour was at 10 am on Wednesday and due to our flight time we could not make that. Due to an illness of an employee you didn't offer it on Thursday so I didn't get the full value of what I purchased. Could not do it on Friday cause I had booked another 9/11 tour with you. I really derserve some type of compensation. At this point I would not recommend your services.

  • New York: 90-Minute Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    8. New York: 90-Minute Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    Spend just 90 minutes to take in many of the iconic sites of midtown and lower Manhattan on a Semi-Circle Cruise. You'll enjoy magnificent views of the world's most recognizable skyline and get a close-up look at Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. See it all with fun and knowledgeable tour guides who bring to life the breathtaking sights and the fascinating history behind the Big Apple. Sail down the Hudson, cruising around the Battery, and up the East River. You’ll pass under the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges to the United Nations – and then head back to Pier 83, the starting point for the tour.

    The captain knew much of the history surrounding the harbor and the Burroughs. It was time well spent.

  • NYC: Statue of Liberty 45-Minute Cruise Skip-the-Box-Office

    9. NYC: Statue of Liberty 45-Minute Cruise Skip-the-Box-Office

    Departing from Downtown Manhattan in Battery Park, this 45-minute express is the fastest way to get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty. The best views are definitely from the water and you'll enjoy the insights of your fun, onboard tour guide with live narration. Begin your cruise experience at Battery Park's Slip 6. Get your souvenir photo with Lady Liberty in the background while you wait.  Board the vessel, sit back, and set sail on your round-trip sightseeing cruise. Bask in the panoramic view of downtown New York's celebrated towers, memorials, and Landmarks while you relax on board the state-of-the-art boat.  Cruise right over to see the Statue of Liberty, one of the most iconic symbols in the world. On your way to Lady Liberty, you’ll sail past and learn about Ellis Island, once home to the United States’ busiest immigration station, where approximately 12 million...

    Damian was very knowledgeable and friendly, the captain was great. It was perfect amount of time to see Lady Liberty and take the perfect photos! Highly recommend!

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

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

    Christmas in New York City is a magical time. From the beautifully adorned trees in Rockefeller Center and other locations to the Christmas windows of Macy’s, Bergdorf’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, the city is alive with the festive spirit and energy. However, nothing really says Christmas like Dyker Heights. Today, it is perhaps most famously known for its incredible lights displays, which usually arrive in late November and draw travelers from across the world thanks to their colorful holiday cheer. According to locals, residents have been decorating their homes—personally and professionally—since the 1980s, making it a true New York City winter wonderland. This picturesque 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 icon...

    A comfortable ride took us to Dyker Heights, where we took photos of the many decorated homes. The guide asked for a significant tip at the end of the tour, which I found unsettling as it was definitely not a tipping situation and neither her nor the driver had done anything out of the ordinary to please us - plus the tour is pretty expensive, considered it's basically a 2-hour ride in a bus.

Frequently asked questions about New York City

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in New York?

    Spend at least five days in order to see New York like a local. Manhattan is the ultimate walking city, densely packed and not very long or wide. You won't have to go very far and you'll find Broadway plays to see, districts and restaurants to explore, drinks to be had, bookstores and botanical gardens to browse. And don’t miss a walk on the Highline or the Brooklyn Bridge!

  • Where to shop?

    From Bergdorf Goodman to local Soho boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Our tip? Be sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea: tons of local designers will give you a unique take-home souvenir.

  • Where to eat?

    Interested in finding the best eats in New York? Here are our favorites. Pizza: Check out Roberta’s, a legendary Brooklyn institution. Classic bagels and lox: Head to Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Authentic diner experience: Empire Diner and Tom’s Restaurant are two of the best. Fun brunch spot: Try Prune in the East Village, or Marlow & Sons or Cafe Colette (both in Williamsburg).

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    There's truly no best or worst time to visit New York, because this city is alive 24/7/365. That being said, those on a budget should look to plan a trip between January and April, when prices will be (at least a little) cheaper. Also, summer travelers should plan 6 months ahead.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to New York City

Looking to take a bite out of the Big Apple? We've enlisted the help of New York City expert, Steffen, from Loving New York to help you make the most of your next trip. Read our tips below for your next visit to New York City.

What should I do on my first trip to New York City?

If it's your first time in New York, you should definitely visit one of the big observation platforms! You have several to choose from, but I recommend the Edge observation deck at the Hudson Yards and the One World Observatory. Also, take a boat tour to see New York from the water.

What are some hidden gems to see in New York City?

I'll tell you two of my favorite spots in New York: the Grand Banks at Pier 25 on the Hudson River and Domino Park in Williamsburg. Both places grant you sensational views of the city.

How much time should I spend in New York City?

To explore New York – and not feel stressed out – you want to stay at least 5 to 7 days. That way, you can visit the most important spots and still have time to let the city work its magic on you – but without the time pressure

What food is New York City known for?

I'm a total foodie – so New York is obviously paradise to me! Start with the typical Cream Cheese Bagels (for example at Russ & Daughters in the Lower East Side), try the Pastrami Sandwiches (at Katz' Delicatessen or the Pastrami Queen), and eat a typical New York Pizza Slice. And if you have a sweet tooth: Juniors has the best cheesecake in the city, hands down!

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit New York City?

First-time visitors should always book their hotel in Manhattan – this way the distances are short and you can easily reach all the sights on foot. I like Soho, Tribeca, Lower Manhattan, and Murray Hill in particular.

What is the best way to get around New York City?

In New York, the best way to get around is on foot – or you can jump on a 'Citi Bike', which is super cheap to rent. We also like to use the NYC Ferries, which can shuttle you between Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens on the East River for the price of a one-way subway ride.

What are the best months to visit New York City?

It's worth visiting New York at any time of the year. But if I had to settle on individual months, I recommend May/June and September/October.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

There are so many different gastro spots in Williamsburg, the East Village, and West Village.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

New York and shopping simply go hand in hand, Great areas are SoHo, 5th Avenue, and the lower part of Broadway. Be sure to avoid the Times Square area for shopping at all costs – most stores are overpriced and true tourist traps!

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in New York City?

Exploring New York with the family is huge fun - I myself have been to our favorite city with my kids numerous times. Among my personal highlights is a trip to the Statue of Liberty, the visit to the One World Observatory, and Central Park with its lakes and playgrounds. Also really exciting is the Museum of Natural History, which will be familiar to many from the movie "Night at the Museum".

What is the best thing to do in New York City for solo travelers?

Make sure to take a sailing tour on the Hudson River. Many tours, one with on-board wine tasting, for example, start at Pier 62. This is a really relaxed way to travel and a fun way to meet new people.

What is the best thing to do in New York City for couples?

New York can also be quite romantic. A visit to the Empire State Building in the evening from 10 pm (from Thursday to Saturday) is a real highlight, not just for couples. During this time, a saxophonist plays on the observation deck. Also very enjoyable are the dinner cruises and a flight in a helicopter over New York.

What are the best annual events in New York City?

Among the most important events in New York are St. Patrick's Day in March, Gay Pride in June, of course, the 4th of July, and also the Macy's Parade – which is an absolute must-see.

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What people are saying about New York City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 57,484 reviews

Live in CNY. Been to the city plenty of times but never have been here. Why did our family wait so long??? This was a great experience and rich in history. The views, AMAZING! Love the Big !

The tour was nice! The guide, Brian was funny and knowledgeable about all the sites. I would recommend this tour to others. Thanks!

Great trip! I was scouting spots to propose so the guided tour helped!

Totally loved it. It was our first concert and it sure was memorable.

Easy booking and quick efficient entry into the building.