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

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: Skyline and Statue of Liberty Night Cruise

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.

New York: 1-10 Day New York Pass for 100+ Attractions

New York: 1-10 Day New York Pass for 100+ Attractions

See all that NYC has to offer with the official all inclusive NEW YORK PASS. Visit 100+ attractions with a single mobile pass for one great price. Check in the view from the top of Empire State Building, take a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty, hop on and off a Big Bus Tour, and more. Simply choose how many days you'll be in New York and get unlimited admission to many of the city's best attractions, tours, and experiences. Activate your pass at the first attraction or tour you go to. Once activated, your pass records when and where you first used it and how long it will remain valid for. Your New York Pass is then valid for the number of consecutive days that you've purchased. Activities include: Popular Experiences • Empire State Building • Big Bus 1-Day Downtown & Uptown Hop-on Hop-off Tour • Top of the Rock Observation Deck • 9/11 Memorial & Museum • Edge • One World Observatory • Statue of Liberty Ferry & Ellis Island Immigration Museum • Best of NYC Cruise by Circle Line • Madame Tussauds New York • Central Park Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking • Guggenheim Museum • The RIDE Museums & Galleries • American Museum of Natural History • MoMA - Museum of Modern Art • Intrepid Museum • Museum of Sex • Whitney Museum of American Art • Fotografiska New York • Museum of the City of New York • New York Historical Society • Museum of Arts and Design • Museum of Jewish Heritage • Skyscraper Museum • New York Hall of Science • Museum at Eldridge Street • International Center of Photography • MOMA PS 1 • Staten Island Museum • The Paley Center for Media • Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Family-friendly • Central Park Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking • 9/11 Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour • Marvel & DC Superheroes Walking Tour • Yankee Stadium Tour • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, New Jersey or Westchester • Staten Island Zoo • Staten Island Children’s Museum Hidden Gems • New York Botanical Garden • Catacombs by Candlelight Tour • Harlem Jazz Series – Tuesday and Friday • Cathedral of St. John the Divine • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden • ARTECHOUSE New York Tours & Cruises • Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour • Rockefeller Center Tour • The Official Chinatown Walking Tour • How Money Was Made: Wall Street Walking Tour • Harbor Lights Cruise by Circle Line • Clipper City Tall Ship – Statue of Liberty Cruise (seasonal) • The Official Little Italy Walking Tour • New York City News Media Tour • Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Neighborhood Walking Tour • Brooklyn Bridge Guided Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking • See 30+ Top New York Sights Walking Tour Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction before you go. Some tours and attractions require advance reservations. * Savings based on sample itineraries on Go City website.

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

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

With a choice of two different 1-day tickets with two route options, explore New York from onboard the open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop-off at the attractions you want to explore further, and see the city at your own pace before hopping back on the bus when you're ready to continue your tour. Travel on the Downtown Loop and the Uptown Loop, jumping off at any of the 18 stops along the way. Enjoy the best of Manhattan, from the flashing lights of Times Square and the iconic Empire State Building–New York's most prestigious skyscraper–to the fashion stores of 5th Avenue, or the impressive home of the United Nations. Onboard, you will have access to a high-quality live audio commentary, giving you a general overview of the sights. Downtown Loop (Red Route) Stop 1 - M&M World Stop 2 - Times Square East Stop 3 - Empire State Building / Korea Town Stop 4 - Flatiron District Stop 5 - Soho Stop 6 - Chinatown / Little Italy Stop 7 - Brooklyn Bridge Stop 8 - Wall Street / Charging Bull Stop 9 - Statue of Liberty / Battery Park Stop 10 - World Trade Center Stop 11 - Hudson Yards Stop 12 - Circle Line Sightseeing Uptown Loop (Blue Route) Stop 13 - Hope Sculpture Stop 2 - Times Square East Stop 14 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art Stop 15 - Central Park Zoo Stop 16 - Columbus Circle Stop 17 - Carnegie Hall

New York City: The Sightseeing Day Pass

New York City: The Sightseeing Day Pass

Take a bite out of the Big Apple with the Sightseeing Day Pass, with access to over 100 experiences, museums, and tours to choose from. This includes some of the city’s most popular attractions like Top of the Rock Observatory, the Statue of Liberty, MoMA, the New York Aquarium and more! Simplify and save! With the option to select 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 10 days, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most, saving up to 65% and no fixed start date. The easy-to-use Sightseeing Day Pass is a perfect choice for first time visitors who are excited to see all of New York City and who plan to use the Pass at more than 10 attractions across the five boroughs.  Get out and hit the streets! See the internationally renowned New York City skyline up close with access to five immersive bus tours or take it all in from the harbor on a ferry tour. Get an authentic taste of the city on one of the many themed walking or biking tours. Your Day Pass is activated in NYC the moment you use it at an attraction or service and is valid through the number of purchased consecutive days. Hop-On, Hop-Off double-decker bus ticket is valid for 1 day, regardless of pass duration. New York Top Destinations: • One World Observatory • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island • Central Park Zoo  • Museum of Broadway • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • Top of the Rock Observatory  • Whitney Museum of American Art • The Edge Experiences:  • Ground Zero Museum Workshop: 100 Images & Artifacts Tour  • Madison Square Garden Tour  • Artechouse NY Attractions:  • Luna Park Coney Island (seasonal) • Madame Tussauds NYC • New York Aquarium • New York Botanical Garden • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden • SPYSCAPE • Museum of Jewish Heritage • St. Patrick’s Cathedral Tour – Gold Pass • Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine • Empire State Building • Escape Game New York • Escape Virtuality Museums:  • American Museum of Natural History • Brooklyn Historical Society  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum • MoMA PS1 • Museum at Eldridge Street • Museum of the City of New York • National Lighthouse Museum • New York Historical Society Museum and Library • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  • Brooklyn Children's Museum • South Street Seaport Museum Bus Tours:  • Hop-On, Hop-Off Discover Downtown Tour • Guided NYC Premium Bus Tour (5 Hr Escorted Tour) • On Location Tours - Central Park TV and Movie Sites  • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Bus trip • The Ride Cruises:  • Circle Line Landmarks Cruise • Circle Line Statue Express Cruise • Statue of Liberty Ferry Walking and Bike Tours:  • Brooklyn Unplugged Tours  • Food on Foot  • Hush Tours  • Inside Out Tours • Central Park Bike Rental • 2-hour Central Park Bike Tour • Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

New York: Statue of Liberty Express Sightseeing Cruise

New York: Statue of Liberty Express Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy views of famous landmarks on the Manhattan skyline during a 45-50 Minute express roundtrip sightseeing cruise by yacht. Depart right under the Brooklyn Bridge then travel toward the Statue of Liberty. Get up close to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island for the most incredible photos opportunities. Admire views of One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park. Make the most of the full cash bar with snacks and drinks available to purchase onboard.

NYC: SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown Guided Tour

NYC: SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown Guided Tour

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of New York City on a shared or private guided walking tour. Start at the iconic New York City Hall and delve into the cultural tapestry of the city by exploring the lively neighborhoods of SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown. In SoHo, wander through cobblestone streets lined with art galleries and boutiques and soak up the district's artistic essence. Let your guide unveil the history and evolution of this trendy neighborhood, from its industrial roots to its current status as a hub for creativity. Next, venture into the culinary delights of Chinatown. Sample mouthwatering dumplings and learn about their significance in Chinese culture as well as the neighborhood's rich history and long-held traditions. Continue to the charming streets of Little Italy and indulge in the sweet pleasures of cannoli, a beloved Italian pastry from the famous Ferrara's bakery. As you enjoy this treat, hear tales of Italian immigrants who left an indelible mark on this neighborhood, preserving their heritage and culinary traditions. Then, see the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, offering breathtaking views of the city skyline and the East River. Along the way, learn about the bridge's remarkable engineering and its role in connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn.

NYC: The Story of the Lower East Side's Food Culture

NYC: The Story of the Lower East Side's Food Culture

Stroll through the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan to discover the history of different immigrant communities on a guided foodie walking tour. Treat your taste buds to food samples from all over the world, displaying the melting pot of cultures and cuisine that characterized the Lower East Side. After meeting your guide, learn more about the origins of the African American community in New York. Next is the famous Chinatown district, the ideal place to learn more about the Chinese community that once lived in the area. Try some delicious fried dumplings at a spot that is popular with locals. Continue to Little Italy and explore what was once home to thousands of immigrants from southern Italy. Get the opportunity to experience classic Italian flavors. Next, enter the Nolita neighborhood and stop outside St Patrick's Old Cathedral, a key focal point of the Irish Catholic community. Discover the history of the Jewish community and try some knishes, a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish snack made with potato-based dough and a variety of tasty fillings. As you explore the various neighborhoods, learn about how the various immigrant communities influenced modern American cuisine and culture, before ending your tour outside the Tenement Museum.

New York City: Lower Manhattan Bike Rentals

New York City: Lower Manhattan Bike Rentals

Explore Lower Manhattan with a 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, or 4-hour bike rental. You can also rent the bike for 24 hours, or purchase a day-pass to rent the bike for a whole day, returning it before closing on the same day. The area is rich in architecture, history, and culture, making it ideal to tour by bike. Cycle the Lower East Side’s Little Italy to vibrant Chinatown. Go to the site of the former World Trade Center, or bike the café-laden streets of the Meatpacking District, SoHo, or Greenwich Village. You are provided with all bike equipment, including chain locks and bike bags, while a city map is included for your convenience. With a 1-hour bike rental, you can easily cycle across the Brooklyn Bridge and back for fantastic city views. Rent a bike for a full 24 hours and cycle the dedicated greenways. Additionally, we have eBike rentals available for riders 16 years and older.

NYC: Bus Tour to Superhero Film Locations

NYC: Bus Tour to Superhero Film Locations

Don’t miss the chance to see New York City’s best filming locations of your favorite comic book heroes from Spider-Man, Superman, Jessica Jones and more on The Super Tour of NYC. On this super guided sightseeing bus tour, see over 40 locations featured in your favorite super-powered TV shows and movies. Together with your tour guide, discover the most filmed city in the world. Start your adventure in the heart of New York City, Times Square which has been featured in Spider-Man, Captain America, the Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the Incredible Hulk TV series. Continue your journey heading downtown, where you will see great sites such as the Chrysler building, the iconic Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park. Drive through unique and cultured neighborhoods like the Lower East Side, Chinatown and see the historical buildings in the Financial District. Depending on the size of your group, your tour might be in a coach bus, mini bus, Sedan, SUV, or sprinter. Finally, stop at Battery Park to see Lady Liberty herself, which was featured in X-men and Superman: The Movie. After the tour, grab a bite to eat or hop-on the Staten Island Ferry, which Spider-Man tries to hold together in Spider-Man: Homecoming. So put on your capes, grab your shields and be prepared to save New York City with over 40 locations featured on this tour.

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The cruise around the Statue of Liberty was great. Got right up close and we were able to take some fantastic pictures. The boat left a few minutes late, but once we got going it was fine. And the narration over the speaker was really hard to hear at the front of the boat, so I wish there was a transcript or louder speakers to get the history of what we were seeing.

Noah was absolutely amazing. He knew so much about what I was seeing and answered every question. He had a clear voice which allowed me to understand all he was saying. He was fun and respectful and responsive to my comfort. He is a “quality” guide and I am so grateful I got him as my guide. Thank you!

Overall I loved the price and options available… but when is your first time using can be a bit of challenging to have to use a third party to make the bookings etc … I had to pay for 2 attractions that wasn’t opening by the pass … but overall was worth I would recommend it yes !!

It has gone perfect and with the New York pass we have entered all the places without problem, a great success buying it with you. Thank you very much 😊

Jared was the perfect guide. So kind and full of good stories and lots of knowledge. Best guide ever!