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NYC: Museum of Ice Cream Entry Ticket

1. NYC: Museum of Ice Cream Entry Ticket

Walk through the pink doors of the Museum of Ice Cream and enter a world of pure imagination. Satisfy your inner child and your actual kids with exhibitions featuring various installations designed to engage and delight children of all ages. Time your visit the museum on a weekday for a more peaceful experience. Once inside, explore imaginative, multi-sensory exhibitions that bring to life your most delightful dreams. Savor the sweetest treats on a magical floating table, slide down an epic three-story slide, take a celestial ride on a pink Museum of Ice Cream subway, and follow the buzzing sound to a giant "Queen Bee" hive. Taste the museum's signature flavors and ice cream treats along the way, before taking a dive into the world's largest sprinkle pool. Take all the Instagram-worthy pictures that your heart desires. When you finish your experience, be sure to explore the museum's whimsical shop. The Museum of Ice Cream is not a traditional museum — every installation is interactive, meaning touching isn't only allowed, it's encouraged. Alternatively, grab your partner, friend, or family member for an exclusive Night at the Museum experience at The Museum of Ice Cream. Start off the night with a signature cocktail and ignite your senses through a theatrical experience. After hours, enjoy a full tour of the museum's 13 magical installations, along with special activities and treats designed to celebrate love in all its forms. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a pink super-cone.

New York City: Catacombs by Candlelight

2. New York City: Catacombs by Candlelight

For over 200 years, the catacombs of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral have served as the final resting place for the faithful departed. This historic place has witnessed the many struggles and accomplishments of prominent New York Catholics. Gain exclusive access to off-limits areas, including two walled cemeteries. Experience the only active Catholic Catacombs in New York City.   See where bishops rest alongside prominent New York Catholics, such as the Delmonico Family and the first resident Bishop of New York, Bishop John Connolly. This labyrinth of vaults belongs largely to bankers, lawyers, captains of industry, merchants, political candidates, and even to a Civil War-era general Thomas Eckert.

NYC: Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour

3. NYC: Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour

Take a tipsy journey through the spirit trails of New York's underground watering holes. Your journey will feel like a discovery of hidden escapes from the hustle and bustle of midtown's tourism hub. Walk with your guide as you retrace the immigrant progress toward the American Dream during Prohibition. You will be guided to the location of one of New York's original speakeasies and told the tale of the period’s most notorious gangsters and infamous bootleggers. At your second location, you'll explore the catalysts behind Prohibition and focus on the women of the Gilded Age, and the movement that gave rise to an oil king. To round off our journey together, visit one of New York's most iconic bars where you'll hear the tale of the sudden demise of Prohibition.

From Manhattan: 4-Hour Brooklyn Christmas Magic Tour

4. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Brooklyn Christmas Magic Tour

Combine the fun of a hop-on hop-off and a guided walking tour on your visit to the neighborhoods of Dyker Heights and Dumbo in Brooklyn. Look at blocks and blocks of Christmas lights decorated for the holiday season. Witness nativity displays, nutcrackers, inflatable Santas, garlands, lights, and more. Start from midtown Manhattan and head out to Dyker Heights where you will hop off the vehicle and walk around. Experience the most magical neighborhood in New York City with the biggest display of Christmas lights in full splendor. After getting into the holiday spirit, continue to another spectacular section of Brooklyn, Dumbo, to take a stroll under the Brooklyn Bridge and photograph the skyline of Manhattan.  Finish your night by returning to Times Square Hotel in Manhattan.

New York City: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

5. New York City: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

Travel to uptown New York for a glorious brunch tour, and experience the uplifting sounds of live gospel music in one of Harlem's more prominent houses of worship. The 4-hour walking tour leads you through the Mount Morris Historic District, where the abundant churches are rich in history, and where the Founding Fathers made their homes. Some of the best-known musicians and entertainers started their journey here. The Sunday morning tour introduces you to the sights and sounds of Harlem at its best, with the soulful sounds of Black Gospel Music. Celebrate with world-famous congregational choirs whose renowned songs will have you jumping in your seat. Feel the spiritual energy flowing through you, and top off your day with the area's best-kept secret - fine dining at affordable prices. Let Harlem's culinary masters tempt you with their authentic ethnic delights at one of the best brunch establishments in the city.

New York City: Private Tour with a Local Guide

6. New York City: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Explore the city with a local guide on this walking tour. Share in your guide's passion for the city and get insider tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your visit. Customize your tour to include the sights that interest you most. Choose from 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-hour tour options. Meet your guide directly outside your accommodation in the city center of NYC and begin your walking adventure. Customize your tour to include seeing the city's top sights like Central Park, Times Square, or Grand Central Station, or expand your tour to include lesser known destinations. Get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and shop. Learn about the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do from an authentic local. Feel more comfortable navigating the city and become more confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.

New York City's Hell's Kitchen: Walking Food Tour

7. New York City's Hell's Kitchen: Walking Food Tour

Step back in time as you learn about the history of New York's infamous Hell's Kitchen neighborhood on this guided walking tour. Explore its rich culinary diversity along the way with stops and samples at 5 distinct eateries.  Meet your guide and dive into the story of this vibrant area that started with poor, working-class Irish Americans. Uncover the story of how Hell's Kitchen got its nickname and explore its long history of ethnic tensions.  Listen to stories about its complex past, from which the famed musical "West Side Story" was born. Learn how, despite having a history of crime and gang violence, Hell’s Kitchen has become a metropolitan area with some of the most expensive properties in the city. Visit some of the tastiest restaurants in midtown and tease your taste buds with restaurants offering Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Mexican, Thai, Italian, Ethiopian, Turkish, and Indian dishes.  Savor foods like empanadas, custom-made donuts, and exotic curry puffs on your visit to five different locations in the colorful neighborhood. 

From Manhattan: "City of Contrasts" 5-Hour Cultural Tour

8. From Manhattan: "City of Contrasts" 5-Hour Cultural Tour

After meeting up with your guide, venture out of Manhattan and into the Bronx to admire Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees. Then continue through the Bronx streets, filled with graffiti and artistic murals where you will learn more about the famous street art and its history. Following the Bronx, enter Queens and stop at the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where the NY Mets baseball stadium "Citi Field" is located. Pass the National Tennis Center where the U.S. Open tennis matches occur, as well as the "Uni-Sphere," which appeared in the movie "Men in Black." Continue the tour in Brooklyn. Arrive at the Brooklyn Waterfront, which will provide you with an amazing panorama of Manhattan’s world-famous skyline and local restaurants to grab a bite to eat. Before the end of the tour, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg is on the agenda. This neighborhood is home to the largest concentration of Hasidic Jews in New York.

New York City: Cupcake Tour of Greenwich Village

9. New York City: Cupcake Tour of Greenwich Village

Discover why trendy cupcake shops have opened up all over New York City on a 2-hour tasting tour of some of the best bake shops. Sample a diversity of heavenly cupcakes, and build your own customized cupcake! Perfectly formed, lovely to look at, and delicious to eat, the cupcake is an elaborate, sweet, and decadent dessert that speaks to your inner child. In the last few years, the humble cupcake has taken on new popularity, and trendy cupcake shops have opened up all over New York City. Traveling in small groups for a more intimate experience, you will enjoy 7 tastings at favorite venues, such as Baked by Melissa. Go to Magnolia to see where more than 50 varieties of cupcakes are baked daily. Visit the cutest bakery in the West Village at Roccos, and create your own cupcake at Molly's Cupcakes. While strictly a cupcake tour, it would be criminal to overlook the amazing gelato on offer at Amorino in Greenwich Village. Here, you can sample 22 different flavors of gelato in one bite!

Brooklyn Graffiti Lesson

10. Brooklyn Graffiti Lesson

This hands-on graffiti workshop allows participants to create a graffiti art project with the help of an authentic NYC graffiti artist. Learn the tips and techniques of aerosol art from fill-ins to masterpieces, as you immerse yourself in the graffiti art culture. The workshop takes place in a beautiful Brooklyn art studio in the heart of Bushwick Brooklyn. Cultivating creative thought and a welcoming environment, this experience is designed for all ages and talent levels. Leave this workshop with a greater understanding of this still-misunderstood craft and of course, your newly created work.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,207 reviews

What a great activity to do. It was our last night in New York and we enjoyed ourselves enormously. We went to Speakeasy and Prohibition bars that we would not have known about. Had some really nice cocktails and food. The guide was great knowing a lot about the topic and very friendly but also professional. We both a great time

This was an amazing experience! The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and the service was brilliant!

Unique esperience in one of the most incredible places ever seen; very well organised.

Everything was spectacular. Beautiful experience for children and adults

Thorough tour with amazing views and perfect service.