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NYC: MoMA Before Hours Tour with Art Expert

1. NYC: MoMA Before Hours Tour with Art Expert

Experience the serenity of an exclusive before-opening-hours tour of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Join your professional art historian guide on a relaxing stroll through the galleries. Connect on a deeper level with the works on display before it opens to the general public. Meet in the early morning at MoMA and benefit from 1 hour of exclusive access to the galleries via a private entrance. With your guide and a smaller group, take in the peace and tranquility to appreciate some of the works on display, including those that draw larger crowds of visitors. With a more intimate experience designed for art lovers, gain a deeper appreciation for some of the pieces on display. Learn some fascinating facts and anecdotes about the artists and their techniques. Afterward, explore the 6 floors of art galleries at your leisure. Discover an extensive range of modern and contemporary art, ranging from European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to contemporary film, design, and performance art. Admire famous works like Monet's Water Lilies, Van Gogh's The Starry Night, Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Matisse's Dance (I), and Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans. See contemporary pieces by Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, Ai Weiwei, and many others. As part of this experience, you will also receive additional admission to MoMA PS1, the contemporary art center in Long Island City, Queens. Discover the exhibitions that champion contemporary art scene's latest innovative and experimental works.

Madison Square Garden Behind the Scenes with a Sports Legend

2. Madison Square Garden Behind the Scenes with a Sports Legend

Step into the shoes of a top artist or athlete during an exclusive tour—GetYourGuide is teaming up with Madison Square Garden to give you special access to backstage areas not normally accessible to the public. Every visitor has a tale to tell about the iconic venue, and now you will too. Meet your expert guide on a 'dark day' when no events are held at The World's Most Famous Arena. Immerse yourself in nearly 150 years of sports and concerts. See for yourself why the Garden was dubbed the "Coolest Arena" in the United States by Rolling Stone and "Venue of the Decade" by Billboard. Step out onto the famous arena floor, the heart of the Garden. Who knows what you'll find — the basketball court? An ice rink? A stage? Walk around the space, imagining crowds of fans cheering your name as your guide shares stories of the performers and athletes who have trod this hallowed ground. As for the select special access areas, they vary depending on the day of your tour. You could feel the spirit of legends like Elvis Presley, John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift beside you in the green room and artist dressing rooms. You could join the ranks of so many celebrity performers before you by getting your picture taken in the legendary freight elevator. Marvel at the kegs in the beer room. Or, perhaps, visit the premium hospitality center, the elite sanctuary known as the J.P. Morgan Club. You could get a close-up view of the iconic concave ceiling of the Garden's Bowl from the Chase Media Bridge, home to unique seats thanks to a bridged catwalk-style design that has you hanging over the seats below. Look inside the adjoining Expo Center, used for trade shows, car shows, stamp shows, and more. You could peek inside the organ booth, where music is played to pump up the crowd for Knicks and Rangers games. Imagine interviewing a coach or player after a big game in the press room. Picture psyching yourself up for a big game in the locker room beside NBA legends. And speaking of sporting legends, a Knicks or Rangers alumnus will make an appearance during your tour. Take a selfie with them. Ask about their career as a professional sports player and what it's like to play in the incredible atmosphere of Madison Square Garden with the crowd chanting your name.

NYC: Empty Guggenheim Guided Tour with Early Access Ticket

3. NYC: Empty Guggenheim Guided Tour with Early Access Ticket

Immerse yourself in a world of modern art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Learn about the Museum's art and impressive architecture on a before-hours guided tour. Explore the galleries of this 'temple of spirit' before it opens to the public on an exclusive early access experience. Arrive at a separate entrance to the Museum, where you will meet your guide, an official Guggenheim gallery educator. Experience surreal calm as you roam the UNESCO-listed site and ascend the distinctive spiral walkway without the usual crowds. Go beneath the Museum to admire its underground theater. See behind the scenes with access to areas usually reserved only for Museum staff. Come face to face with innovative pieces brought to life through a variety of mediums and view notable works of the modern art movement. Enhance your understanding of the pieces and their place in art history with detailed commentary from your guide, Shinsuke Aso. Based in New York City, Aso is a talented artist and experienced art gallery educator originally from Japan. On June 10 and July 29, discover the Young Picasso in Paris exhibition with gallery educator and art historian Lewis Kachur, who specializes in Picasso's cubism. The exhibition coincides with the Picasso Celebration 1973–2023: Fifty Exhibitions and Events to Celebrate Picasso. After the guided portion, stay as long as you like to explore the museum at your own pace. Enjoy access to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions as you work your way up the six spiral ramps and through the adjacent galleries. Connect to the museum's Wi-Fi to download the digital guide with audio guides and texts for each exhibition. You will also find information about the permanent collection and the Frank Lloyd Wright building. GetYourGuide is partnering with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to bring you a once-in-a-lifetime experience in New York City. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-evolving institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.

NYC: Meatless in Meatpacking Vegan Food tour with Veganzinga

4. NYC: Meatless in Meatpacking Vegan Food tour with Veganzinga

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert at 4 locations in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan that offer delicious animal-free options. With Nzinga, current vegans will discover some of the area's hidden gems, and non-vegans can enjoy the surprising variety and tastiness of animal-free dishes! Meet Nzinga near the entry to The High Line in the heart of Lower Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Learn a bit about the latest trends in the vegan food scene of the area, then, make your way to your first stop at a popular local bakery to taste a selection of vegan breakfast items. Next, it's time for brunch, an essential for locals in the borough. Savor a variety of lunch and dinner menu dishes at a popular and modern bistro. As you approach lunchtime, head to a "fish" restaurant to enjoy a variety of creative entrées and a decadent vegan dessert. Finish up your meatless journey with delicious vegan ice cream at a specialist ice cream store in the heart of the district. Having been raised vegetarian, Nzinga Young switched to full vegan in 2015 and has since blogged on the subject for HuffPost, and spoken at vegan conferences worldwide. Nzinga is a local expert on the latest vegan trends in Manhattan, keeping her loyal community updated via her Insta @veganzinga

NYC: 1-Hour Cruise Around Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

5. NYC: 1-Hour Cruise Around 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 sides of Lower Manhattan on this roundtrip cruise, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat. 

NYC: Manhattan Island All-Inclusive Helicopter Tour

6. NYC: Manhattan Island All-Inclusive 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. 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.

New York City: Manhattan Helicopter Tour

7. New York City: Manhattan Helicopter Tour

Manhattan brings to mind grand skyscrapers, taxi cabs, and a world-class attitude all of its own. See all this and more as an expert pilot flies you over NYC on a 15 or 20-minute helicopter tour. Soar over the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Madison Square Garden, among other landmarks. After take-off from the Downtown Heliport, swing down over lower Manhattan to see the skyline and streets below. Swoop over Battery Park to glance at Wall Street and its labyrinth of streets. Then sail over to Governor's Island, an island once reserved only for the city's dignitaries that now hosts summer concerts and public art. Then, fly over Ellis Island and see Lady Liberty shining brightly in the distance. Cruise right up to her eye for a new perspective of the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy all this before heading up the Hudson past the piers of Chelsea and the lights of Broadway. On your way back to the pier, head around the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and fly over Ground Zero where you can have a look at the exceptional work they're doing at the sight. Continue past Madison Square Garden and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. See Central Park as your flight turns around to return to the heliport. Sights included in the 15-Minute tour: Statue of LibertyEllis IslandOne World Trade Center9/11 MemorialBrooklyn BridgeBattery ParkWall Street/Financial DistrictEmpire State BuildingChrysler BuildingMadison Square GardenTimes SquareU.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space MuseumCentral Park Sights included in the 20-Minute tour: Brooklyn BridgeBattery ParkWall StreetStatue of LibertyEllis IslandOne World Trade Center9/11 Memorial SiteEmpire State BuildingChrysler BuildingMadison Square GardenU.S.S. Intrepid MuseumTimes SquareCentral ParkGrant’s TombGeorge Washington BridgeHarlem and Harlem RiverThe Bronx and Yankee StadiumPalisades CliffsSpuyten Duyvil Bridge

New York City: Madison Square Garden Guided Arena Tour

8. New York City: Madison Square Garden Guided Arena Tour

This tour offers guests a first-hand glimpse into what has made Madison Square Garden the World’s Most Famous Arena. Your all-access pass gives you access to some of the most exclusive parts of the arena. Relive some of The Garden’s iconic moments with the Defining Moments exhibit and Garden 366 Retrospective. Get the VIP treatment in luxury suites and explore the famous arena bowl where some of the greatest moments in sports and entertainment history have taken place.  Plus, there’s always a surprise! Will you see the basketball court of the ice? A stage being built?

Central Park Bike Rentals

9. Central Park Bike Rentals

This is your chance to tour the Big Apple by bike. Whether you just want a couple of hours to cruise around New York City's Central Park, or a whole day to see every neighborhood in Manhattan, we have you covered! New York City's sightseeing bike rental offers a variety of high-quality Cannondale bikes. Types include comfort, hybrid, mountain and tandem (for two people). Baby seats and baby trailers are also available. For your convenience and safety, the bike rental will include an illustrative map of New York City, a helmet, a chain-lock and a basket/bike bag. Customer service is our priority. Our team members are pleased to offer recommendations about specific routes, must-seen attractions, and places to eat. Choose from several convenient durations to suit your personal schedule best. Bike rentals are available in 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, 4-hour or 24-hour durations to allow you maximum flexibility. Pick up your bike from 346 W 57th Street, right by Columbus Circle!

New York City: Sunday Harlem Gospel Guided Tour

10. New York City: Sunday Harlem Gospel Guided Tour

Take an inspiring Sunday tour of Harlem to learn the history of the neighborhood, from its origins as a rural Dutch farming community to its transformation into a summer retreat for New York's most prominent families. Hear how public transportation and real estate made Harlem a fashionable district for those fleeing congested Lower Manhattan. Learn about the arrival of African Americans from the southern states during the Great Migration, and how they formed communities to collectively address economic, political and social issues.  Pass landmarks such as Columbia University, the Cotton Club and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, to name just a few. Discover where Duke Ellington lived on 125th Street, and then join a local congregation for their Sunday service and experience the uplifting power of gospel music.

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My experience at the before hours program at MoMa this past Sunday (3/5/23) was a very special time spent at the museum. The fact that there were not many other visitors in the museum at the same time was a huge benefit that afforded participants to view and appreciate the artwork and stories told by the guide. I will say that our particular guide, while highly knowledgeable, was wearing a mask and was too soft spoken to really hear. Perhaps a microphone would be a useful addition for the audience. Also, while he was highly knowledgeable, he was not very engaging/enthusiastic with the group. Overall a five star experience and a great asset for visitors to MoMa. Thank you!

excellent guide told wonderful stories to frame our understanding of the monuments we would see. this kept us awake and engaged on the journey there, we all slept soundly on the return journey. I walked 10 miles in the day, good gentle walking in short bursts. the delaware food stop is nothing to get excited about and a 2.30pm lunch is not ideal, maybe the company could look into updating these things? I'll definitely use this service for more trips, thankyou!

Es una maravilla de palacio y unos jardines muy bien cuidado.

Amazing experience! Our guide, Audrey (sorry if I misspelled your name) was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, witty, a great storyteller and I think was having fun herself doing the tour :) I love tours which give you insight beyond what your eyes can see and this one definitely fulfils that! Would even do it again :) Greetings, Jakub

Niko arrived on time and made us very welcome. He was super friendly and very knowledgable - he shared lots of facts about the park and New York as well as his own experiences. Jack was a great horse and full of character. Highly recommend. Was a lovely experience for my birthday.

although windy and chill, we managed to hit almost all important dpots of the park