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New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

1. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

Go City offers a selection of over 90 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Get great savings compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Options include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, Edge, MoMA, American Museum of Natural History, and many more. Pick between a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10-choice pass, browse the included digital guide to check entry requirements for each attraction, and plan your itinerary. Scanning your pass at the gate or ticket office of an attraction (or tour) for the first time will activate it. You can then take up to 60 days to use the remaining number of choices purchased. Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way. The New York attractions you can choose include:  Museums and Galleries • American Museum of Natural History • 9/11 Memorial and Museum • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and Space Shuttle • Guggenheim Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art • Fotografiska New York • Museum of Sex • Museum of the City of New York • New York Botanical Garden • Brooklyn Museum and Botanical Garden Combo Experiences • Empire State Building • Top of the Rock • One World Observatory • Edge • Central Park Bike Rental • Rise NY • 9/11 Museum Workshop: Hands-on 9/11 Tour • SPYSCAPE • Escape Virtuality • Luna Park at Coney Island • Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience • Madame Tussauds + Marvel Universe 4D • Harlem Jazz Series • Harlem Bike Rental • The Beast Speedboat Ride (seasonal) • Clipper City Tall Ship: Daytime or Sunset Statue Sail (seasonal) • Surrey Bike Rental Governors Island • SEA Life Aquarium New Jersey • LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey Tours & Cruises • Rockefeller Center Tour • Big Bus New York Hop-on Hop-off: 1-Day Classic Tour • Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry • Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing • NYC Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing • Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing • Central Park Bike Tour • Madison Square Garden All Access Tour • Radio City Stage Door Tour • Greenwhich Village at Night Walking Tour • NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour • Hamilton Tour • St Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry • Graffiti and Street Art Tour Walking Tour of Brooklyn • Secrets of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Walking Tour • NYC Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn & Queens • Holiday Markets & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal) • Soho - Little Italy - Chinatown Walking Tour • Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour • Central Park TV & Movies Walking Tour • Yankee Stadium Tour • How Money was Made - Wall Street Walking Tour • Catacombs by Candlelight • Pride Walking Tour • NYC TV & Movie Bus Tour • Top of the Highline and Hudson Yards Tour Food and Drinks • Food on Foot Tours • Perfect Picnic • Tastes of the Lower East Side Walking Tour • Spirits on Foot - Beer, Spirits & Wine Crawl Attractions and tours are subject to change and some may require advanced reservations. Please check the included digital guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences, and follow the instructions to place reservations well in advance where needed, as well as follow top tips to ensure the best sightseeing experience with your Explorer Pass.

NYC: New York, City of Contrasts Guided Bus Tour

2. NYC: New York, City of Contrasts Guided Bus Tour

Discover why New York City is the city of contrasts on a guided bus tour. Drive through Harlem, visit the Yankee Stadium, and see the Jewish Quarters in Williams. Board your bus at the Manhattan at Times Square Hotel. Then, head north in Manhattan, going through the neighborhood of Harlem and crossing into the Bronx. Visit the Yankee Stadium, home of the legendary NYC baseball team, and take a restroom, picture-taking, and shopping break. Continue to Grand Concourse Avenue and enter the famous police Precinct 42. Proceed to the South Bronx to see graffiti and street art masterpieces. Hear the stories behind each of the most famous pieces, snapping photos along the way. Head then to Queens, the largest and most multicultural borough in New York. See the most expensive neighbor out of Manhattan, MALBA. The next stop is Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. There you'll find the Mets' Stadium and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Next, stop in Queens on Roosevelt Avenue, one of the borough’s main streets. See firsthand how immigration and culture prevail in a neighborhood replete with multicultural stores and restaurants Move on to visit Brooklyn. See the Jewish Quarters in Williamsburg, a stark contrast to the trendy areas made famous by movies and TV shows. Finally, head to the Manhattan Bridge where you can decide where to end the tour. Choose between walking towards the Brooklyn Bridge, and visiting the Dumbo neighborhood and panoramic views cross Manhattan Bridge for Chinatown and Little Italy, where you'll find the best Italian food in NYC.

NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

3. NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

Take in New York City's iconic skyline on an evening boat cruise. Marvel at key landmarks, such as Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and dance on the upper deck to tunes played by the live DJ. Board the boat at Pier 36 and settle in before setting sail under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Enjoy views of City Hall, the Woolworth Building, South Street Seaport, the Lower Manhattan Skyline, and Wall Street on your right, and the districts of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights on your left. Once at the southern tip of Manhattan, pass Governors Island and enjoy panoramic views of the whole of Lower Manhattan, dominated by the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Step outside onto the boat's outdoor upper deck to take in these iconic views. Then, head up the Hudson River with the State of New Jersey on one side and Midtown Manhattan on the other. Spot the Empire State Building and Hudson Yards. Next, pass Ellis Island and pause just off Liberty Island at the perfect place to take breathtaking photos of the Statue of Liberty. During the cruise, enjoy a delicious 3-course buffet meal and some light tour narration to ensure you don't miss out on the key attractions. Listen to music played by the live DJ throughout the evening. Take a spin on the dancefloor on the outdoor section of the upper deck after your meal. Sample menu: Garden mixed greens salad Either marinated top round steak or roasted pork loin Chicken Francese Baked tilapia Pasta with tomato and basil Broccoli, carrots, baked potato, and zucchini in a coconut cream sauce (seasonal vegan dish) Mashed potatoes Seasonal vegetables Chocolate mousse or New York cheesecake Non-alcoholic beverages, including juice, soda, or bottled water Tea or coffee

NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

4. NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

Experience New York City beyond Manhattan on this contrasts and color themed bus tour that visits Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Learn about the art, history, and culture of the city alongside a NYC expert guide. Start your tour in the heart of Manhattan near Times Square. Meet your guide and board the tour bus to the historic Harlem neighborhood, famous for its African American roots, food, and more. After a stop at the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame, continue to the Bronx, birthplace of hip hop and rap. See Yankees Stadium and learn about baseball in the city. Head off to see graffiti murals unique to this borough. Next, visit Queens, the largest borough and home to NYC’s largest Chinatown. Stop to see Flushing Meadows Corona Park, originally developed to host the 1939 World’s Fair and then the 1946 World’s Fair. See memorable monuments, Citi Field, and other spots at this scenic park. Leaving Queens, travel to Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, currently NYC’s most prolific neighborhood for street art and graffiti murals. It’s a foodie destination, too, so take a break and grab some food if you’re hungry. In Brooklyn, see the distinct shops, fashion, and eateries of the Hasidic Jewish community that is currently thriving in Williamsburg. Get a chance to appreciate their unique culture. Moving on, from the Dumbo neighborhood and Brooklyn Bridge Park, see the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time it was built. Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline. End your tour in Little Italy. Enjoy this lively cultural district while exploring on your own. Grab dinner, go shopping, or find something else to do to your liking.

New York City: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

5. New York City: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

Your tour begins in Midtown Manhattan. From there you will head towards the western part of Manhattan along the Hudson River as you learn about its history. You will then cross the Battery Tunnel, which will take you directly to the borough of Brooklyn. Once you are in Brooklyn you'll head to the Dyker Heights district; an Italian-American neighborhood famous for its elaborate houses and gardens. Each year residents compete with each other to make out of the ordinary Christmas decorations, illuminations, and displays. Your tour guide will tell you about the origin and history of this tradition, before giving you free time to walk the streets to admire and take pictures of the houses. Once you have finished the tour of the neighborhood, you will get back on the bus to go to the Brooklyn Bridge. There you will enjoy the different viewpoints, with more free time to take pictures of the spectacular views of Manhattan. Finally, you will return to Times Square where the tour ends. You can feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on what else you can do to enjoy your visit to New York City.

NYC: Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo District Walking Tour

6. NYC: Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo District Walking Tour

Hear captivating stories about the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge as you cross this incredible landmark on a Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo neighborhood walking tour. Start your tour by enjoying unparalleled views of the famous and beautiful New York City skyline from Brooklyn Bridge – a photo opportunity you can’t miss while in New York. Then, explore the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo, known for its galleries, shops, and scenic waterfront views, with your expert tour guide.

Brooklyn: 2-Hour Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges Bike Tour

7. Brooklyn: 2-Hour Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges Bike Tour

This 2-hour tour starts on the waterfront in Dumbo, Brooklyn and takes you through 10 miles of New York City’s most interesting sights. You will head across the Manhattan Bridge to see sweeping views of Midtown Manhattan’s East Side, Williamsburg and Wallabout Bay before heading into Chinatown. You will travel under the FDR on the East River Esplanade on a protected bike path before continuing on to see views of the Freedom Tower and One World Trade. You will then make your way to City Hall Park, which boasts views of The Woolworth Building, The Tweed Courthouse, The Municiple Building and Park Row. Next up, head across the Brooklyn Bridge to see grand views of downtown Manhattan and The Statue of Liberty. You will then see Brooklyn’s Court Houses and make your way to the first historically preserved neighborhood in the US, Brooklyn Heights. You will end your tour back in Dumbo, where you can enjoy great shopping, a beautiful waterfront parks and awesome food options!

New York City: E-Bike Rental for Central Park

8. New York City: E-Bike Rental for Central Park

The bike you rent has an efficient aluminum frame and ergonomic touch points including the handlebar, grips, and saddle.  This e-bike offers a comfortable ride and a fun easy way to explore one of the world’s most famous parks.  The office is located just two blocks from Central Park and the knowledgeable staff can provide you with specific route suggestions based on your personal needs and desires. Electric bikes are pedal assist, so you get the enjoyment of a bike ride with more ease.

From Manhattan: 4-Hour Brooklyn Christmas Magic Tour

9. 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.

From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

10. From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

So many people visit New York City and never get to see Brooklyn. It's been said that a trip to Brooklyn is like a trip around the world. Find out for yourself on a unique 4.5-hour tour. Explore the ethnic diversity of New York City on a guided tour that’s both a history and a gastronomy lesson. Take a trip back in time in this New York borough that you probably haven’t heard all that much about. New Williamsburg is a neighborhood that’s home to many ethnic groups and a thriving art community. Enjoy a slice of delectable authentic Neapolitan brick-oven thin-crust pizza and a freshly prepared cannoli for dessert. Drive through the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish area where time seems to stand still. Greenpoint features one of largest Polish populations in the United States. Visit a favorite neighborhood eatery that offers up the best kielbasa sausage and pierogies. In the DUMBO area you’ll stop for a sample of delicious chocolate at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory. Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park for a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.

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What people are saying about Dumbo, New York City

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4.5 / 5

based on 2,826 reviews

Our tour guide, Laurie, was superb. Knowledgeable, engaging and lots of fun. This is such a great way to explore other parts of New York and we were so happy we chose this tour. The food was all excellent and it was great to try foods we hadn’t considered before. I have to recommend a glass of the Brooklyn Lager to go with the pizza! Perfect combo.

Gran excursión. Sorpresa inesperada. Ruta muy interesante. El guía Guillermo muy bueno. Atento, divertido y gran conocedor. Recomendable

We take a Tour Bus to enjoy the Christmas house decoration in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Its just outstanding.

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

The tour was total fun and the lights were beautiful.