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NYC: Edge Observation Deck Admission Ticket

1. NYC: Edge Observation Deck Admission Ticket

Get entry tickets to Edge, a marvel of architecture, engineering, and technology, suspended in mid-air over 1100 feet above the ground. Get the feeling of floating in the sky and take in the entire Manhattan skyline from Edge's unique vantage point on the western side of Midtown Manhattan. Begin your journey on Level 4 of The Shops at Hudson Yards, where you will enter into an immersive multimedia experience explaining the design, construction, and sustainability of Hudson Yards. Then, head up over 1100 feet to the Observation Deck, and then 80 feet out into the air on the Outdoor Sky Deck. Here, frameless glass panel walls are boldly angled outwards to allow you to feel the thrill of leaning out over the edge with the busy city below. Next, stand on the glass floor and look over 100 stories straight down to the city streets below your feet. At Edge's furthest point, The Eastern Point, there's space for one person to stand alone, surrounded by glass, air, and sky—you will never have had a picture quite like it. The upper level also features the Skyline Steps, where you can look out over the top of the glass panels and past the edge of the deck. Have a seat and hang out in the sky with your friends and family, or head indoors and sip champagne or a signature cocktail at the Champagne Bar. When you leave be sure to visit Hudson Yards' centerpiece, Vessel, or enjoy a bite to eat or a shopping experience at The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards.

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

2. 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

NYC: City Climb Skyscraping Experience Ticket

3. NYC: City Climb Skyscraping Experience Ticket

City Climb is the highest open-air building ascent in the world, giving climbers the chance to test their limits and see New York City in a whole new way. Climbers scale the outside of a skyscraper more than 1,200 feet (366 meters) above the ground, then lean out and look down from the highest outdoor platform in New York City. The climb experience begins with suiting up and meeting your climb guides. The guides will walk you through the experience, ensure you are safe and comfortable in your Climbsuit, and keep the energy up as you head up to City Climb. Next, climbers will enter base camp, where it is time to harness up and connect to the rail that will keep you firmly attached to the building for the duration of the climb. Now, it is time to climb! Nothing can prepare you for the feeling of being the highest person in New York City. While you climb with a group, you lean out alone. With your adrenaline pumping and heart racing, you'll peer over the edge with the iconic city below. From the adrenaline junkies to the more timid climbers, the experience is worth it and something you will absolutely never forget. It’s an adventure unlike any other in the world and an achievement that you will remember for the rest of your life.

NYC: Circle Line Sightseeing Skip-The-Box-Office Tickets

4. NYC: Circle Line Sightseeing Skip-The-Box-Office Tickets

Experience New York City and its world famous skyline the way it's meant to be done, by boat! For over 75 years, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has been providing visitors and New Yorkers with incredible memories, whether it be on a full island cruise, a ride on the Beast speedboat, or a romantic night with the lights of Manhattan as the backdrop, you'll certainly never forget your time on the water. Enjoy over 130 landmarks as you cruise along the Hudson & East Rivers to explore the best NYC has to offer. You'll get close up views of the Statue of Liberty on every cruise, great for photo ops! Other sights include the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Ellis Island, Lower Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Cruise options include: Best of New York Cruise- This is a 2.5 hour full island cruise, the only one in NYC! The best way to see all 5 boroughs in one day, including the Brooklyn Bridge and Yankee Stadium. Landmark Cruise- This 90 minute cruise will cover all of Midtown and Lower Manhattan as well as the Brooklyn Bridge. Liberty Cruise- Limited on time? This cruise will talk you down to the Statue of Liberty and back in 60 minutes. Harbor Lights Cruises- Set sail after the sun goes down and enjoy the bright lights of the Big Apple on the 2 hour cruise. Gain a different perspective of Lady Liberty all light up in the night sky and gaze up at the stars as you cruise along. Beast Speedboat Cruise- If you’re looking for a thrill, the Beast will cruise down the Hudson at high speed with some whips and turns that rival a roller coaster. You’ll be down to the Liberty Island and back in 30 minutes. 4th of July Fireworks Cruise- Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the New York sky filled with fireworks to celebrate the United State’s Independence Day!

NYC: Skyline and Statue of Liberty Night Cruise

5. NYC: Skyline and Statue of Liberty Night Cruise

Enjoy the best views of the New York skyline on this happy hour cruise around lower Manhattan with onboard food options and a covered outdoor dance floor. This 2-level boat has indoor and outdoor decks to make the most of this unforgettable experience. Cruise down the East River, under the Brooklyn Bridge & past South Street Seaport as you head out to the Statue of Liberty for sunset photos. See One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Ellis Island and buildings of all shapes and sizes light up the night sky. There is light commentary to help you identify the many famous buildings and neighborhoods you will see as you cruise along the Hudson River and the East River, on both sides of Manhattan Enjoy a happy hour special, beer, wine, cocktails, and soft drinks from the cash bar, If you are hungry you can purchase snacks and food options like burgers, chicken fingers, nachos, pasta, hot dogs and hot pretzels. Enjoy the fun music as you dance and mingle on the covered outdoor deck. With a friendly crew and an incredible setting, this happy hour skyline cruise is the perfect way to unwind and experience the magic of New York City at night.

From New Jersey: NYC Helicopter Tour, Optional Doors Off

6. From New Jersey: NYC Helicopter Tour, Optional Doors Off

Admire the inspirational sights of New York City from the sky, on a memorable helicopter ride over the landmarks of Manhattan. See the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, Governer's Island, and the historic Battery Park waterfront. Book your seat on this New York City helicopter tour and enjoy a 16-minute inbound flight over the famous Manhattan skyline. Fly over some of the landmarks featured in iconic shots you’ve seen in popular movies and TV shows including the Brooklyn Bridge and Statute of Liberty. Enjoy the views from a unique vantage point with the optional and thrilling Doors-Off Experience. Experience sensational views as you soar above the city's iconic skyscrapers, and return with memories to treasure.

From New Jersey: NYC City Lights Helicopter Tour at Night

7. From New Jersey: NYC City Lights Helicopter Tour at Night

Welcome to Linden, New Jersey where for an evening NYC flight adventure. Reach Linden by NJ Transit from Manhattan's Penn Station or via car with plenty of free parking available. Upgrade to a private flight experience and benefit from round-trip transfers from Manhattan. Your journey begins by flying directly over Newark International Airport towards Manhattan. En route to New York Harbor, view the illuminated Statue of Liberty before viewing the skyscrapers of the Financial District, home of The New York Stock Exchange. Flying north along the Hudson River, catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building, as well as Madison Square Garden, Hudson Yards, Chelsea, The West Village, SOHO and TRIBECA. 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center are also in view. Be prepared to get some great pictures as you fly past Times Square, Central Park and Yankees Stadium before flying over the George Washington Bridge, returning along the same path, offering spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.

NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

8. NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

Take in New York City's iconic skyline on an evening boat cruise. Marvel at key landmarks, such as Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and dance on the upper deck to tunes played by the live DJ. Board the boat at Pier 36 and settle in before setting sail under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Enjoy views of City Hall, the Woolworth Building, South Street Seaport, the Lower Manhattan Skyline, and Wall Street on your right, and the districts of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights on your left. Once at the southern tip of Manhattan, pass Governors Island and enjoy panoramic views of the whole of Lower Manhattan, dominated by the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Step outside onto the boat's outdoor upper deck to take in these iconic views. Then, head up the Hudson River with the State of New Jersey on one side and Midtown Manhattan on the other. Spot the Empire State Building and Hudson Yards. Next, pass Ellis Island and pause just off Liberty Island at the perfect place to take breathtaking photos of the Statue of Liberty. During the cruise, enjoy a delicious 3-course buffet meal and some light tour narration to ensure you don't miss out on the key attractions. Listen to music played by the live DJ throughout the evening. Take a spin on the dancefloor on the outdoor section of the upper deck after your meal. Sample menu: Garden mixed greens salad Either marinated top round steak or roasted pork loin Chicken Francese Baked tilapia Pasta with tomato and basil Broccoli, carrots, baked potato, and zucchini in a coconut cream sauce (seasonal vegan dish) Mashed potatoes Seasonal vegetables Chocolate mousse or New York cheesecake Non-alcoholic beverages, including juice, soda, or bottled water Tea or coffee

New York City: Harbor Speedboat Tour

9. New York City: Harbor Speedboat Tour

Take a high-speed boat ride on the Hudson River narrated by our professional US Coast Guard licensed captains. See famous sites in and around New York Harbor. Get a perfect photo at each stop with special navigation from the captain. First, be greeted by your captain and checked in. After a short and mandatory safety briefing, you'll get suited up and board the boat. Take advantage of anti-exposure suits in the winter and windproof jackets in the spring and fall.   Next, depart from North Cove Marina and head out onto the Hudson River to get spectacular views of downtown and midtown with the Empire State and Chrysler buildings in view. Then, travel south around Battery Park and enter the East River. See the helicopters land and take off at the helipad. From here, cruise past South Street Seaport, go under the Brooklyn Bridge, and up to the Manhattan Bridge for a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity. After taking in the iconic views, cruise along the Brooklyn waterfront, the Red Hook Container Terminal, and past Governors Island. Crossing the Upper Bay, observe commercial vessels such as tug boats, oil barges, and the Staten Island Ferry. From here, stop right in front of the Statue of Liberty outside the security zone to get an up-close and unobstructed view of Lady Liberty. From there, travel north along the New Jersey waterfront and stop by Ellis Island. Finally, see the Colgate Clock and get great views of Midtown, Hudson Yards, the Highline, FDNY Fireboat Station, and Chelsea Piers. Listen to live narration at every stop and ask your guide questions about the sites before getting back to the marina.

New York City: Guided Highlights Bus Tour and Ferry Ride

10. New York City: Guided Highlights Bus Tour and Ferry Ride

Meet your guide at Rockefeller Center and kick off the day with a walk by The Rink, Prometheus statue, and Radio Music City Hall. Then board a comfortable, climate-controlled bus as travel south on the famed 5th Avenue. Pass through the Diamond District and Koreatown to make your first stop at Madison Square Park. Named after James Madison, AKA the Father of the Constitution, Madison Square Park provides a spectacular view of the Empire State Building and an up-close look at the Flatiron Building. Continue south along 5th Avenue and pass through vibrant and unique neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Wall Street. Learn about their fascinating history as your guide points out the sights. Stop at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal and then board the Staten Island Ferry for a trip around New York Harbor passing by Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and a breathtaking view of the New York skyline. Pause for reflection at the emotionally gripping 9/11 Memorial before heading back uptown to the Hudson River. Pass by the towering Vessel sculpture at Hudson Yard as well as Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, and the Lincoln Center before arriving at Central Park. Here, enjoy a walk to Strawberry Fields and view the “Imagine” tribute to John Lennon. You’ll also have a great view of the luxury Dakota apartments where John Lennon was infamously assassinated. The finishing stretch of the tour will take you through the Upper West Side and pass by the Natural History Museum. Ride through Central Park and come back down on 5th Avenue past the Metropolitan Museum. Finish your tour at Times Square. If you want to stay to catch a show, dinner, or other attractions, your guide will have plenty of insider tips for things to see and do.

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4.4 / 5

based on 3,067 reviews

Версаль шикарный!!! Прекрасное место для посещения!!! Рекумендую!!!

Very organized. Our prebooked tix led us straight to the entrance line where they take your pics for purchase. Concession stand was fast with service. Bathrooms clean. We enjoyed the outdoor seating. Guide was informative. We didn’t go under the Brooklyn bridge which was advertised so that was a lil disappointing cuz I was expecting it. Pier 83 was easy to access from our hotel in Chelsea. We walked from there to Times Square no problem . Love the GetYourGuide app. It had all info I needed before the tour

Very good experience however the drinks were very expensive on site and paying by card automatically added a tip which couldn’t be taken off. Not sure why the bar guy expected one when he only handed the drinks over. ‘No table service!

The view from Edge was breathtaking and a bit scary but in a good way! It was great taking pictures up there. I am sure they will be the envy of all my friends.

OMG THE BEST OBSERVATORY IN NYC 100%!!! Amazing views at night time, we wanted to go more than once because it was so good!

It was amazing! My family really enjoyed! Beautiful NY