New York City Tours: See the Best of Manhattan and more with New York City’s Top 10 Tours
Posted: January 5th, 2012
Walk, ride, and eat your way through Manhattan’s fabulous places to be with these incredible New York City Tours through the best of the City’s past and present.
Ah, New York City. With so much to see and not enough time in all eternity to see it all, you’ll want to check out some of the best tours in New York City to get as much in during your visit as possible. No matter where you want to go, what you want to see, or how you want to get there, there are options for everyone at all price points. Check out this selection of Top 10 New York Tours for a great sampling of the many options available for an unforgettable experience in this on-the-move city that has it all.
1. Rockefeller Center Tour | 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
From the panoramic city views from Top of the Rock to a backstage pass at NBC Studios, every New York Tour at Rockefeller Center brings you inside and up close to the extraordinary look into the rich history and artistry of one of New York City’s most famous landmarks, realized by Rockefeller Jr.’s vision for a cultural center. An expert historian will guide you through Rockefeller Center’s magnificent buildings and gardens so this New York City Tour provides the most out of this vibrant plaza that offers so much for so many.
Daily NYC Tours begin at: 10 a.m. - $15.00
2. Circle Line Sightseeing | Pier 83, West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Choose from a 3-hour full island New York Cruise to a 2-hour semi circle or Harbor Lights Tour or a 75-minute Liberty Cruise for a journey on the waters surrounding Manhattan Island where you will see and learn about the most famous landmarks and areas of the city. This relaxing and fun way to admire the world’s most famous skyline provides a welcome reprieve from all the hustle and bustle on the city street. Beverages, wine, beer, cocktails, and food are available for purchase so you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Adult, $36.00; children ages 3 – 12, $23.00; seniors, $31.00. Check schedule for various NYC Cruises.
3. Manhattan Helicopters | 6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10005
If you want an exhilarating experience to see the City’s wonders and expanse, check out New York Helicopter Tours. Fly at eye level with the Statue of Liberty, over Ellis and Governor’s Island, the South Street Seaport, Central Park, Yankee Stadium, Wall Street, the Manhattan Bridges, and more for one of the most spectacular ways to see and remember your New York City Tour.
Starting at $139.00
4. Bike the Big Apple | One of Two Bike Shops in Manhattan, New York, NY 10065
For a fun, active New York City Tour and way to explore New York City’s ensemble of unique neighborhoods and five boroughs, check out Bike the Big Apple tours. There is a variety to choose from, but all will be led by knowledgeable guides who cover a lot of territory in a short amount of time. Get to know New York City from a local viewpoint while getting some great exercise. The tours are fairly rigorous, so you should be in decent shape, bring some water, and be prepared for a 5 to 7-hour New York City tour including time to purchase lunch and snacks.
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5. Ghosts, Murders, and Mayhem Walking Tours |Lower Manhattan, Hell’s Kitchen, and Greenwich Village, New York, NY 10011
In a city this big and this old, it certainly holds tales of the haunted and horrific. This lantern-lit 2-hour+ New York Walking Tour through the eclectic neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan, Hell’s Kitchen, or Greenwich Village is a mixture of past and modern stories of mysteries, murders, and mayhem that have made headlines throughout history. Adults will pass by sites of grave robbings, burnings at the stake, famous and frightening ghosts, haunted houses, and more.
Adults, $25.00; students and seniors 63+, $20.00
6. Sex and the City Hotspots Guided Tour | Pulitzer Fountain on Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10153
If you followed the fabulous antics of Carrie and Co. through the years, you’ll love this 3 1/2–hour New York Bus Tour that visits over 40 locations seen on the show as well as some of the movie locations. Escorted by a local guide, you’ll get behind-the-scenes scoops about the show and see firsthand where these four eligible bachelorettes and their friends and lovers lived it up Manhattan-style.
Daily @ 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Adults from $43.99
7. Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise |Pier 61 of Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011
Cruise from Chelsea Piers to the Statue of Liberty on a luxury NY Dinner Cruise with gourmet dining, entertainment, and exceptional service. As you sail down the Hudson and East Rivers past Manhattan’s skyline, you’ll have the backdrop of dreams beyond the glass walls and ceiling while being pampered in the comfort and luxury of an elegant, European-inspired cruise ship.
Starting at $151.81; tour dates and times vary.
8. Foods of New York Tours | Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market, Central Village, Chinatown, & Nolita, New York, NY 10014
New York boasts some of the finest food in the country with every ethnic cuisine available within walking distance. From Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District to Chinatown, Nolita (North of Little Italy), Greenwich Village’s mom-n-pop eateries, and local food specialties, you’ll want to select a tour that is as informative about the city’s culture, architecture, and history as it is about the foods Native New Yorkers love to eat.
Cost is $49.00/person. Schedules depend on selected New York Tour.
9. NYC Freedom Tour | Times Square, New York, NY 10036
Accompanied by a New York Tour Guide, travel by boat, foot and bus to reduce traffic and avoid long lines to the landmarks of New York City that tell the tale of America’s fight to earn and keep its freedom. From the 9/11 Memorial and the World Trade Center tragedy to Wall Street and the site of the first terrorist attack on the U.S. to the Brooklyn Bridge and over for a close up of the Statue of Liberty.
Adults, $69.99 weekends or $59.99 weekdays; children under 12, $49.99. Tours depart Times Square daily at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.
10. Double-decker Bus Tours | Ticket Booth at 777 8th Ave between 47th & 48th Streets, New York, NY 10036
Take advantage of a New York City Tour that goes where you want, when you want with a 24-hour hop-on, hop-off boarding pass to a double-decker bus. With more than 80 years of trusted sightseeing services, Trusted Tours & Attractions allows you to save time by purchasing admission to all the popular attractions of your choice along the tour route from their website. You’ll be able to explore the oldest and newest sections of the city at your leisure.
Adults, $44.00; children ages 3 – 11, $34.00. Departs frequently between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m..
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