Riverside Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour by Open-top Bus

New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour by Open-top Bus

Experience the perfect introduction to New York with a Hop on Hop off Big Bus tour. Relax on an open-top double decker sightseeing bus while listening to insightful and engaging digital commentary. The bus route takes you on a captivating journey through New York's rich history and vibrant modern life, as well as its many memorials and museums. You'll have the opportunity to hop off and explore the city's most iconic historical sites, including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Broadway, and the One World Trade Center with its 360-degree view of the stunning skyline. Pay tribute to the memory of those lost in the tragic event at the 9/11 Memorial just steps away. The Downtown Loop is a 90 minute circuit, while the Uptown Loop is 75 minutes. Many guests choose to ride a full loop to see the city before deciding where to hop off on the next loop around. Buses arrive every 10-15 minutes on the Downtown Loop and every 30 minutes on the Uptown Loop throughout the day. Explore Lower Manhattan on the Downtown tour, including popular neighborhoods such as the Flatiron District, World Trade Center, Battery Park, SoHo & NoHo, Greenwich Village & East Village, Chelsea, and the Financial District. Wander around Wall St. to see the famous Stock Exchange and Charging Bull. Eat your way through Little Italy and Chinatown, shop at the high-end boutiques in SoHo, or see the open-air observation deck at The Edge in Hudson Yards. Then make your way to the Upper East Side, home to some of New York’s most popular museums. Explore the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). The Uptown Loop takes you through Midtown, passing by Grand Central Terminal and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Add a relaxing and scenic cruise around Liberty Island to complete your trip. Enjoy spectacular views of Lady Liberty and many more New York landmarks from a prime position on the Hudson River. Cruises last 1 hour and feature an onboard cafe and full bar, restrooms, outdoor deck space, air conditioning and indoor seating with large windows. Journey through New York on two wheels with an included offer at Unlimited Biking, NYC's premiere bike rental company. Purchase a 1-hour (minimum) bike rental and receive an extra hour free! Or, enjoy $5 OFF per person for any bike tour or Segway tour.

NYC: Manhattan Island All-Inclusive Helicopter Tour

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 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.

NYC: Circle Line Best of NYC Skip-The-Box-Office Cruise

NYC: Circle Line Best of NYC Skip-The-Box-Office Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise of New York Harbor and Manhattan Island as you discover the secrets of the city. You will circle Manhattan, passing 3 rivers, 7 major bridges – including the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge – 5 boroughs, and more than 101 sights in New York’s legendary skyline. Get up close to the Statue of Liberty and see Manhattan just as the great explorers would have seen it at the end of their long ocean journeys. Tour the city by water and see the outer boroughs drift by. Fun and knowledgeable tour guides will bring the city that never sleeps to life, telling fascinating stories about the breathtaking sights as you sail. See it all as you marvel at the best that New York has to offer. Cruise highlights include close-up views of the Statue of Liberty, Randall’s Island, High Bridge, Columbia University, Harlem, Gracie Mansion, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, The Cloisters, Grant’s Tomb, and The Little Red Lighthouse.

New York City: A Day in Manhattan Cycling Tour

New York City: A Day in Manhattan Cycling Tour

Pedal off from beneath the Manhattan Bridge and follow the East River Esplanade towards Southport Seaport. Learn the history of the shipping industry before going to Battery Park to get stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Cycle the Hudson River Greenway to arrive at Riverside Park. Next, explore the Upper West Side and grab a bite to eat in the Time Warner Building or from one of the many street vendors during a 30-minute food stop. Cycle the 6-mile loop of Central Park to experience the attraction the best way possible, and take a quick ride through Midtown Manhattan towards Times Square and the Empire State Building. Stop at Rockefeller Plaza and St. Patrick's Cathedral along the way. Head into the West Village to visit Washington Square Park. Ride through the East Village and into SoHo before going through Little Italy and China Town. Reach the East Side of Manhattan and get beautiful views of Long Island before the tour ends!

Manhattan Project Tour: Oppenheimer in New York

Manhattan Project Tour: Oppenheimer in New York

Join NY See Tours for an extraordinary journey through the history of the Manhattan Project, where you'll uncover the city's surprising atomic history. This tour offers a chance to visit the birthplace of Dr. Oppenheimer, renowned as the "Father of the Atomic Bomb," and explores the diverse sites where the groundbreaking Manhattan Project began. The Manhattan Project, the monumental endeavor that led to the creation of the atomic bomb, commenced in Lower Manhattan around mid-June 1942 when General Leslie Groves established its initial office. The same year, Dr. Oppenheimer assumed the project's scientific director role. Working alongside a brilliant team of scientists and engineers, he oversaw the construction and testing of the world's first atomic bomb at Los Alamos. The successful test of the nuclear bomb took place in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945. The Manhattan Project tour offers insight into the immense scale of the Manhattan Project and provides a glimpse into the life of Robert Oppenheimer. Explore some original project sites and visit Oppenheimer's Riverside Drive building to understand this momentous event that reshaped history. In addition to delving into the Manhattan Project, the tour treats you to a scenic walk through a part of Manhattan's Upper West Side, encompassing Riverside Drive and Columbia University. This area has retained much of its original charm over the past century, adding charm and appeal to your remarkable journey.

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What people are saying about Riverside Park

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Our party of four from Scotland enjoyed the Big Bus experience in New York from regular buses, to great onboard commentary! The weather was perfect and sights wonderful 😎

Andy was the best! The amount of information we have received was beyond our expectations.

Professionally organised and informative. The pilot as fun and explained much of newyork.

Could not hear the pilot clearly and was not able to speak to my wife with the headset.

I loved the commentary and how it gave a great overview of the city.