St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City

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New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

1. New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

Immerse yourself in the food culture of Little Italy on a 2-hour tasting tour, and visit 4 different venues in the famous New York neighborhood. Every venue you will visit is more than a century old, and the tastings will make up the equivalent of a 4-course lunch. Start at Parisi Bakery, loved by Frank Sinatra for its prosciutto-infused bread. Then, visit the family-owned Alleva Dairy, where more than 4,000 pounds of fresh mozzarella and ricotta are whipped up each week at America’s oldest cheese shop. Go to the oldest pizzeria in America, Lombardi's Pizza, and take a peek at their 106-year-old coal oven. Skip the lines (among New York’s longest since 1892) at Ferrara Bakery. Your guide will point out movie locations from blockbuster films, such as “The Godfather,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Mean Streets,” and “Sex and the City” along the way. See the bootlegging depot from the days of Prohibition, discover a square named after New York’s first Italian detective, and peek inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to see where high-profile weddings and memorials take place. Hear stories behind the historic landmarks as you stroll, and learn more about the immigrant experience at the turn of the 20th-century in New York.

NYC: St. Patrick's Cathedral Official Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. NYC: St. Patrick's Cathedral Official Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore St Patrick's Cathedral, the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the United States. Taking up an entire city block, the cathedral first opened in 1879 and is considered one of New York City’s finest buildings.  Present your pass at the Cathedral gift shop to gain expedited entry and your multi-lingual audio guide. You can also download the tour onto your own personal device and use your own personal headphones. Once you are inside the cathedral, the experience is self-guided. You can listen to the audio tour and explore the Cathedral at your own pace. The audio tour is narrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and is approximately 1 hour long. It is recommended to allow up to 1.5 hours as you may wish to pause the audio tour at times to enjoy features like the Lady Chapel, the towering twin spires, and the 9000 lbs bronze doors which can be opened by a single person. You can also explore the main altar, the stained glass windows and the Pieta sculpture which is 3 times the size of Michelangelo's. The Cathedral has 21 altars and 19 bells, each named after a different saint. Babe Ruth, Andy Warhol and Robert F. Kennedy all had memorial masses here.

NYC: Midtown Walking Tour with SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Ticket

3. 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.

New York: Midtown Manhattan City Exploration Game

4. New York: Midtown Manhattan City Exploration Game

Imagine you’re a young reporter who has just moved to New York City in hopes to make your “big break.” You’ve recently received a lead that suggests magic is here in Midtown! Your lead instructs you to meet him in Grand Central, where he’ll provide you with everything you need to discover a Secret Society of Magical Persons. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? The city game starts at the Grand Central Station. It will take you around 1.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at The Plaza Hotel. After your booking. you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

Midtown Manhattan Private Walking Tour with Empire State Tix

5. Midtown Manhattan Private Walking Tour with Empire State Tix

Explore the best of Midtown Manhattan with a private guide, experiencing the best sites and sounds of the city, from Grand Central Terminal to Fifth Avenue, and finishing with entrance tickets to the Empire State Building. See the places you’ve always wanted to check off your NYC bucket list. Check out the Chrysler Building, New York Public Library, Times Square, Saks Fifth Avenue, and even the city’s famed skyscrapers, including the Flat Iron, Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Plaza. This is the perfect way to orient yourself in the maze of the Big Apple’s bright lights and yellow taxis. Your tour finishes with entrance tickets to the top of the Empire State Building.

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What people are saying about St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 210 reviews

We really enjoyed this tour. It was great to learn about the history of the area, and sample some of the food from some of the oldest establishments in Little Italy as well as some new ones. Lyonel really knew his stuff about the area including some interesting film/pop culture facts about the area. We were the only couple on this tour so also got to do an additional unscheduled stop for gelato! Would definitely recommend.

Lyonel was a fantastic guide. Very friendly and outgoing. He told lots of stories about the neighborhood and inhabitants that we enjoyed. Of course he was also very knowledgeable about the food.

Great day out,Lyonel our guide was very knowledgeable and superb personality Great experience, Top job.

Very interesting visit of little Italy with a dynamic and jovial guide. We enjoyed it very much!

Nice activity. Too bad they don't have the Spanish version. Even if it's in audio.