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New York City: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. New York City: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Admire New York City’s top sights and most popular neighborhoods from the top deck of an open-top Hop-On Hop-Off bus. See iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Enhance your experience with multi-attraction or sightseeing cruise combo tickets. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of the open-air sightseeing bus and on foot when you choose to hop off to further explore. Hop off and back on at your leisure, creating your own customized itinerary around the city while on the Uptown and Downtown loops. Benefit from a live bus-tracking app tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive.  Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is informative, highly entertaining, and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket options: 1. Classic Ticket includes unlimited boarding on Uptown and Downtown loops for 1 day 2. Classic Ticket plus a 90-minute Circle Line sightseeing cruise 3. Best of New York Package includes Classic ticket plus Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty skip-the-line tickets Top sights on the Downtown loop include: • The Flatiron District • Union Square • Greenwich Village• East Village • Chinatown• Little Italy• Wall St. and the Stock Exchange • SoHo  Top sights on the Uptown loop include: • Times Square • Upper East Side• Central Park• Museum Mile• Uptown Manhattan• MoMA • The Met• Columbus Circle

From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Half-Day Tour

2. From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Half-Day Tour

Take an alternative tour of New York and head to the boroughs of the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn to discover the secret delights of New York City. This half-day tour is an excellent opportunity for a unique insight into these lesser-known neighborhoods. Mini-bus transportation makes it easy and efficient to get around the city’s busy streets. Aboard the bus you will cross Grand Central’s bridge, with a view of Grand Central Station, continue to the Upper East Side, one of the most affluent and elegant neighborhoods in the city before going to Spanish Harlem on the way to the Bronx. See Yankee Stadium, the home ballpark of the New York Yankees baseball team, the Grand Concourse, and pass in front of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Stop at Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, where you'll have an authentic Italian-American experience. Visit Italian restaurants, delis, bakeries, cafes and shops. Next, pass by Randall’s Island and through Queens. Finally reach Brooklyn, where you'll visit Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Lastly, return to Manhattan through the legendary Brooklyn Bridge.

New York City: The Sightseeing Flex Pass

3. New York City: The Sightseeing Flex Pass

Take a bite out of the Big Apple! Pull up your Sightseeing Flex Pass on your phone and enjoy cash-free access to over 100 experiences, destinations, museums, and tours, including some of the city’s most popular attractions like the Top of the Rock Observatory, Madame Tussauds, MoMA, the New York Aquarium, and more. Simplify and save, as you can tailor your trip to New York City to fit your ideal itinerary with the easy-to-use Sightseeing Flex Pass. With the option to select 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, or 12 attractions, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most, saving up to 65% and with no fixed start date. This pass is recommended for visitors with limited time for sightseeing and want to visit only a few most popular attractions. Get out and explore to get an authentic taste of New York City from the streets on one of the many walking or biking tours. See the internationally renowned skyline up close with access to five bus tours or take it all in from the harbor on a ferry tour. Sightseeing Flex Pass holders also have access to the Hop-On, Hop-Off Uptown and Downtown Bus Loops for 1 day. New York Top Destinations: • One World Observatory • Central Park Zoo  • National 9/11 Memorial and Museum  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • Top of the Rock Observatory  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours by Big Bus • Whitney Museum of American Art • Empire State Building Experiences: • National Geographic's Beyond King Tut Immersive Experience - new and available for limited time until Janurary 1, 2023 • Ground Zero Museum Workshop: 100 Images & Artifacts Tour  • Luna Park Coney Island • Scavenger Hunts NY Attractions: • Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine • Edge • Escape Game New York • Escape Virtuality • Madame Tussauds NYC • New York Aquarium • New York Botanical Garden • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden • SPYSCAPE Museums: • American Museum of Natural History • El Museo Del Barrio  • Fraunces Tavern® Museum  • Fotografiska NY • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum • MoMA PS1 • Museum at Eldridge Street • Museum of Jewish Heritage • Museum of the City of New York • National Lighthouse Museum • New York Historical Society Museum and Library • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  • Staten Island Museum and Children’s Museum • Brooklyn Children's Museum • South Street Seaport Museum Bus Tours: • Big Bus NY Classic Tour • Escorted 5-hour Manhattan Experience Tour • On Location Tours - Central Park TV and Movie Sites  • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Bus (with discount booklet) • Go Airlink Airport Shuttle (outbound) Cruises:  • Circle Line Landmarks Cruise • Circle Line Liberty Express tour • City Cruises Alive After Five (seasonal) • Freedom Liberty Boat Tour Walking and Bike Tours:  • Brooklyn Unplugged Tours  • Food on Foot  • Hush Tours  • Inside Out Tours  • Experience1st Tours • Central Park Bike Rental • The St. Patrick’s Cathedral Tour • Manhattan and Beyond Central Park Walking Tour • 2-hour Central Park Bike Tour

From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

4. From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

Travel by a comfortable motor coach and learn about the development of the diverse neighborhoods like Harlem, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Coney Island from a licensed NYC tour guide. See historic sites, such as the world-renowned Apollo Theater, the debut venue for many performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and many others. Next, you will travel north, to the borough of the Bronx, where you will see the home of one of the most famous baseball teams in the world: The New York Yankees! You’ll also learn about the birth of hip hop and view original street art while walking along the streets.  The tour continues across the East River into the borough of Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the US, whose residents speak over 100 languages. You will pass through the exclusive Malba neighborhood, and see its many beautiful homes. Visit Flushing Meadows Park, home of the US Open (one of the oldest tennis championships in the world), as well as the New York Mets baseball team and the Unisphere (leftover from the 1964 World’s Fair). Enjoy the impressive DUMBO from where you can see the famous Brooklyn Bridge. You will then proceed to visit the borough of Brooklyn, viewing the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Crown Heights, home to one of the largest Hasidic Jewish communities outside of Israel, alongside a younger, gentrifying non-Jewish population. Afterward, you’ll head down to world-famous Coney Island, a destination for New Yorkers for generations, seeking fun and relaxation. Weather permitting, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the boardwalk, and to have lunch at the original, legendary Nathan’s restaurant. Finally, you’ll head back over the East River, passing by the historic Brooklyn Bridge, on your return to Manhattan. Please note that the day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints.

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

5. 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 tour of the Gossip Girl sites led by a local actress. Written by Cecily Von Ziegesar, the hit TV show is America’s most popular teen drama, starring young actors like Blake Lively and Chace Crawford. “Hello, Upper East Siders!” is Gossip Girl’s opening line to every episode, and on this 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 fans of New York’s more glitzy side. Board the bus first with priority seating tickets that include 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: The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

6. NYC: The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

On this exciting small-group walking tour, you will uncover the treasures hidden within this historic transportation hub: see the world’s largest Tiffany clock, peek into the off-limits glass walkways, discover the massive design flaw in the main atrium, locate a multi-million dollar jewel hidden in plain sight, and so much more. Learn about the history of the station during the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and finally experience it as a renovated wonder at the center of the city. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or stroll through the Beaux-Arts beauty for the first time, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary on this behind-the-scenes walking tour.

New York City: Superheroes of NYC Guided Walking Tour

7. New York City: Superheroes of NYC Guided Walking Tour

Learn where Batman was saved from being canceled and how Kryptonite was created. Visit the site where Christopher Reeve first flew as Superman.  See where The Avengers left a keepsake for the city of New York. Get a unique and unforgettable view into the comic book industry and the characters that make it extraordinary.  Your 2-hour tour starts in front of the Headquarters of the United Nations and as you walk down 42nd Street, you’ll see the Green Goblins apartment, go inside the Daily News building and stop at a bar where some of comics’ greatest artists used to hang out. Check out the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and the site where Stark Tower is supposed to be. As you take a left down Park Avenue, you’ll walk along historic Publishers Row. See where some of the world’s most iconic comics were first created and the offices of Will Eisner and Bob Kane. You guide will point out where TV shows like Gotham and Netflix’s Daredevil were filmed, where the first man to play superman lived, and much more. Have a fun walk, see great sites, hear amazing stories and discuss the history of all the characters that made you to believe a man could fly!

New York City: Top Sights Walking Tour with Local Guide

8. New York City: Top Sights Walking Tour with Local Guide

See the top 30 sights in New York City with a local guide. Start your 5-hour walking on Wall Street, the oldest part of Manhattan. Admire the iconic buildings, pass Ground Zero, and see the famous Charging Bull statue outside the New York Stock Exchange. Continue to Greenwich Village through Five Points, Chinatown, and Little Italy. Learn the history of these areas from your informative guide. Head to the Rockefeller Center, past The Flatiron Building, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, Times Square, New York Public Library, and the Chrysler Building. Central Park is your next destination. Sights along the way include the NBC Studios, Radio City Music Hall, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Station, Carnegie Hall, and more. Stroll through the park, then finish your tour at the Guggenheim. 

New York: Official Grand Central Terminal Walking Tour

9. New York: Official Grand Central Terminal Walking Tour

Meet in Grand Central Terminal’s modern-day heart: the lively main concourse. Marvel at the famous clock perched atop the information booth – and learn the eye-watering amount it’s rumored to be worth — as your guide regales you with the story of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the mastermind behind the Grand Central Depot (as it was originally called). Head into Vanderbilt Hall, a living testament to Grand Central’s rags-to-riches transformation in the 1980s, then pop outside to see the largest Tiffany clock in the world. Time travel back to the Roaring 20s in a speakeasy-style bar that, a century ago, was the private office of one of New York’s most prominent railroad tycoons. In the Whispering Gallery, learn how secrets travel across the busy interchange to be perfectly heard on the other side and get a peek at one of the largest lost-and-found departments in the world. Peruse handcrafted jewelry in the Graybar Passage before stepping into a former movie theater, where travel-weary youngsters could enjoy some entertainment back in Grand Central’s heyday. Last but not least, weave through the colorful Grand Central Market, boasting over 160 seafood varieties and 400 types of cheeses, before making your way back to the main concourse.

New York City: Guided Bus Tour at Night

10. New York City: Guided Bus Tour at Night

Experience awesome New York City sites at night, as you hop aboard our comfortable tour bus for a comprehensive, fully-guided bus tour of NYC at night. Your tour guide will accompany you and will get off with you at each stop, helping you see a different side of New York City. This 4.5-hour guided night bus tour includes stops at the High Line Park, Little Island on the Hudson River, Grand Central Terminal, Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, and Times Square! The tour starts at 5:30 pm in the Times Square area on 7th Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets (in the middle of the block), and ends at 10 pm at the same location. We leave our starting/ending location in Times Square and go to our first stop - one of the most fascinating attractions in New York City - the High Line Park. The stop includes a 15-minute walk on the elevated, linear park that was originally a railway dating back to the industrial days of the west side of Manhattan. We continue our guided walk to NYC's newest outdoor space - Little Island - a 2.4-acre public park on the Hudson River. Off to Pier 17 at the historic South Street Seaport for magnificent views of the Downtown Brooklyn skyline and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge at night! Our next stop is Grand Central Terminal for a quick indoor tour of this iconic NYC landmark and the views of the Chrysler Building and NYC's newest skyscraper - One Vanderbilt! The bus heads back to the heart of NYC - Times Square, back to our original starting point on 7th Avenue and 51st Street. If you purchased Top of The Rock Observatory tickets - 50th Street and 6th Avenue is the last stop. Top of the Rock Observation Deck is perched 70 stories above at Rockefeller Center and offers a 3-floors of panoramic, 360-degree views unequaled anywhere else in New York City. Explore all the architecture and landmarks by day or sunset, including the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, or become memorized by the lights of the 'city that never sleeps'. Additional sites and neighborhoods you'll also see from the comfort of your bus include Rockefeller Center, Tribeca, East Village, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, Empire State Building, UN Building, MetLife Building, Chrysler Building & more!

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Our tour guide Sam was just THE BEST! I had so much fun! For lunch he took us for dumplings in Chinatown which were delicious and the dessert in Little Italy was phenomenal! You'll need to pay cash so be prepared ($15-20 should be enogh). We walked a lot but I didn't really notice it, we took a subway twice (no need to buy metro card though, you can pay by card or phone). We learned some fun facts about the city but he also told us some very touching stories especially from 9/11. I forgot my gloves and he was kind enough to took us to stalls where I could buy a pair (and other visitors as well since it was a really cold December day). I am happy I booked this tour and I remommend it to everyone.

Jorge (Tour-Guide) and David (bus driver, sorry if I misspelled a name) did an excellent job. It was nice and really interesting to see another side of New York. I can only recommend this tour

A lovely all round tour, giving insights into New York City life across the boroughs. Local tour guide was very funny and friendly. Very unforgettable experience.

Really fun tour and our guide Celina was engaging and cool! She brought the show’s moments to life via the tour.

Always a great trip and sitting on top able to get a great view.