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

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

Traveling by a comfortable motor coach and accompanied by your professional, licensed NYC bilingual tour guide, your day will start in the borough of Manhattan, known as “the city”, with a ride through Harlem in Upper Manhattan. You’ll learn about the development of this diverse neighborhood and 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’ll travel north, to the borough of the Bronx, where you’ll 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’ll pass through the exclusive Malba neighborhood, with its many beautiful homes, and 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). 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 into Manhattan. Please note that the day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints.

NYC: The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

2. 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.

Superheroes of New York: 2-Hour Guided Tour

3. Superheroes of New York: 2-Hour Guided Tour

Learn where Batman was saved from being canceled and how Kryptonite was created and 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 located. As you take a left down Park Avenue, you’ll be walking 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!

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

4. 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.

Electric Bike Tour: Classic Manhattan And More!

5. Electric Bike Tour: Classic Manhattan And More!

It’s electric! On your e-bike tour of New York City, you won't believe how much you’ll get to see! Join the group to see all the classic sites of Manhattan on your pedal assist e-bikes. You won’t stop grinning from the exhilaration of this pedal assist e-bike tour. You’ll start with a short ride to Central Park where you'll visit a few of the city’s iconic sites. Next, you'll zoom down 7th Avenue to Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On the route, you’ll see Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, where you will experience the energy of Broadway. You won’t forget the Flatiron Building or the ride up the Hudson River Greenway back to the Upper West Side—a fun and energizing way to see the city!

New York: Midtown Pedicab Rickshaw Tour

6. New York: Midtown Pedicab Rickshaw Tour

Travel the exhilarating streets of Midtown Manhattan on a private pedicab tour, and see some of the landmark attractions and skyscrapers of New York City from the unique perspective of a 3-wheeled rickshaw. Your friendly driver/guide will personalize your tour, providing you with facts, history, and information about popular culture, news, and events in the city. There will be 3 or 4 short stops along the way to stretch your legs a little and take some souvenir pictures. See where all the action takes place in the Broadway Theater District, with stunning views of the lights of Times Square. Ride along 42nd Street, and explore the new 8th Avenue. Discover the 46th Street Restaurants of Hell's kitchen, and see where popular TV broadcasts take place at the Fox News Channel building and site of ABC’s Good Morning America. Continue, pedaling past MTV Studios, Radio City, and the Rockefeller Center. Marvel at the luxury stores of 5th Avenue and the Diamond District. See the skinniest building in Midtown Manhattan, and the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Pass some landmark buildings of New York’s glamorous lifestyle, such as the NYC Yacht Club, Plaza Hotel, and Waldorf Astoria. Continue along 44th Street to the Algonquin and Royalton hotels, and Ivy League clubs of Yale and Harvard. Art Deco and Beaux-Arts highlights include the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal, while Bryant Park will offer a leafy retreat from the hectic streets.

Grand Central Terminal: Self-Guided Walking Tour

7. Grand Central Terminal: Self-Guided Walking Tour

Get to know Grand Central Terminal on this self-guided walking tour that takes you through the whole terminal, points out the most significant spots, and reveals the little-known history behind it all. Enjoy the flexibility of a tour taken via an app that functions as your personal guide, narrator, and map. Arrive outside the terminal to start your tour. From here, you can admire the elegant entryway and learn about the statues that stand guard at its entrance. Enter the station via Vanderbilt Hall, a beautiful space named after the station’s founders. Learn the facts on the unbelievably rich Vanderbilt family and a multimillion-dollar drama of rivalry between the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers. Continue to the Main Concourse, which you’ve likely seen in plenty of films and TV shows. This concourse is even more impressive in person, full of marble, crystal, and gold. Next, visit the terminal’s famous clock and learn why it might just be worth $20 million. Learn how Grand Central practically invented time as we know it while crossing the vast concourse. Turn your eyes skyward next, toward the sky ceiling. Learn the special meaning behind each constellation painted here. Plus, learn about the time NASA damaged the Main Concourse with a rocket. Afterwards, unpack the hidden symbolism within the extravagant chandeliers and find out how the station’s employees get from place to place without having to cross the busy concourse. Then, visit the often-overlooked Station Master’s Office and hear about how part of Grand Central was almost torn down by developers once. Finally, finish off your tour by heading to the lower levels to visit the strange and wonderful Whispering Gallery and the lavish Oyster Bar where New York’s Roaring ’20s have been beautifully preserved.

NYC: Midtown Walking Tour with SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Ticket

8. NYC: Midtown Walking Tour with SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Ticket

Explore many of the major landmarks in Midtown Manhattan on a walking tour led by a local guide versed in all things Manhattan. Then use your included ticket to experience the newest observation deck in Manhattan, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, located next to Grand Central Station. Meet your guide just under the marquee at Radio City Music Hall and explore the iconic sites located throughout the Rockefeller Center (30 Rock) including the Channel Gardens, the site of the world-famous skating rink and NBC Studios - to take a quick peek through the Today Show's windows. Then on Fifth Avenue, there are stops at Saks Fifth Avenue, the historic St. Patrick's Cathedral and NY Public Library, guarded by Patience and Fortitude, the majestic marble lions. Your guide will take you through the Main Hall of Central Station, known worldwide from TV and movies. See highlights like the brass clock, the celestial ceiling, and the Whispering Wall - you're going to hear Grand Central's secrets firsthand. At the end of the guided walking tour, enter the thrilling experience of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt where you can enjoy the immersive, multi-sensory views that exist here and nowhere else. Each viewpoint is a combination of immersive art-exhibit combined with unparalleled views across Manhattan.

Lower Manhattan + Midtown Manhattan Tour - Guided Combo Tour

9. Lower Manhattan + Midtown Manhattan Tour - Guided Combo Tour

Your  guide will start by showing you the historical sites that most visitors overlook in Lower Manhattan, including Bowling Green and Castile Clinton in Battery Park. Learn about Alexander Hamilton at Trinity Church before fast-forwarding to the last century, when the Charging Bull took up residence among the NYSE and Federal Hall. Modern architecture soars overhead, once in the shadows of the World Trade Center. Discuss the tragedy of 9/11 while visiting the official memorial as well as the firefighters’ memorial. Then learn how Lower Manhattan has evolved since, including the Occupy Wall Street movement that took over Zuccotti Park. By the end of the tour, you’ll understand more clearly how New York City has become one of the most important and inspiring metropolises in the world. Then after a break for lunch, travel north to Midtown and learn why it's the "City That Never Sleeps". Find out about the 19th and 20th century additions to Manhattan that helped shape the urban landscape. Explore the lesser-known Marble Collegiate Church and then visit icons like the New York Public Library and the Morgan Library. From Madison Square Park to the quirky Flatiron building, you’ll discover the earlier innovations that helped build New York up, quite literally. Your guide will discuss the skyscraper boom of the early 1900s, including the Met Life Tower and the New York Life Building. You’ll walk by the world-famous Empire State Building to learn about the last of the early 20th century giants. It doesn’t get much more beautiful than the main terminal of Grand Central Station, where you’ll learn about the landmark laws that preserve many of these historic buildings for generations to come.

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 a 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, Pier 17, Little Island on Hudson River, Grand Central Station, Hudson Yards, 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. Leave the starting/ending location in Times Square and go to our first stop - one of the most fascinating attractions in NYC - 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. Continue the guided walk to NYC's newest outdoor space - Little Island - a 2.4-acre public park on the Hudson River. Off to Pier 17 for magnificent views of the Brooklyn skyline and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge at night. The 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. Back on the bus and cruising along, see the Chelsea Piers, the West Village, the Financial District, the Meatpacking District, the most traditional side of Chinatown, and the three bridges along the East River - Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and Manhattan Bridge. The last stop is NYC's newest and trendiest neighborhood - Hudson Yards and the city's new landmark, the gigantic spiral staircase called Vessel. If you purchased optional Edge Observation Deck tickets - you will get a chance to experience the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere with 360° views of New York City, a thrilling glass floor experience, a champagne bar, and more. If you purchased Edge Observatory tickets, the Hudson Yards is the last stop on your tour. This tour offers 3 options for tour buses, a luxury climate-controlled closed-top bus, a unique small-capacity glass-top, or an open-top convertible bus that can open when the weather is friendly or retract and turn into a glass-top to protect you from the weather elements. Additional sites and neighborhoods you will also see from the comfort of your bus include Tribeca neighborhood, where celebrities Robert De Niro and Taylor Swift live, Midtown East, Battery Park City, Soho, the Chelsea Piers, the West Village, the Financial District, the Meatpacking District, the three bridges along the East River - Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and Manhattan Bridge, the Empire State Building, the United Nations Building, One World Trade Center, the MetLife Building, the Chrysler Building, and more.

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What people are saying about Grand Central Terminal

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,155 reviews

Wonderful. By far the best experience I’ve had in my many trips to NYC. Incredible views, immersive, incredibly well laid out and really fun too. Something different rather than just a high building. Only downsides, a common thing in NYC, security staff are so incredibly rude and unhelpful. Messy queuing system and unhelpful people. But the actual Experience was amazing

A must when in New York. An experience that you would like to do again

One of the best experiences I ever made in NYC. Totally loved it.

Very practical . Vouchers were available at the application

The best observation/experience tower in the world!