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New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

1. New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

Use The New York Pass on your phone to allow you cash-free entry to over 100 New York tourist attractions. It’s a bit like an “all you can eat” buffet; once you’ve bought your New York Pass, you don’t have to pay to get into any of the attractions covered by the pass, and the more sights you see, the more money you save. The New York Pass records when and where you first use it, as well as how long it will remain valid. This means your pass is activated the moment that you first use it at any attraction or service. Your New York Pass is then valid for the number of days that you've purchased.  The full list of attractions: POPULAR EXPERIENCES• Empire State Building• Big Bus Tours: 1-day Classic Tour• Top of the Rock Observation Deck• 9/11 Memorial & Museum• Edge (Hudson Yards)• One World Observatory• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Circle Line: Best of New York Cruise• Madame Tussauds New York• Central Park Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Guggenheim Museum MUSEUMS & GALLERIES• American Museum of Natural History• The Metropolitan Museum of Art• MoMA - Museum of Modern Art• Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum• Museum of Sex• Museum of Ice Cream• Whitney Museum of American Art• Fotografiska New York• 9/11 Tribute Center & Audio Tour• Museum of the City of New York• New York Historical Society• Museum of Arts and Design• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Skyscraper Museum• New York Transit Museum• Fraunces Tavern Museum• New York Hall of Science• Brooklyn Museum of Art• Museum at Eldridge Street• The Met: Cloisters• International Center of Photography• MOMA PS 1• Museum of American Finance• Staten Island Museum• Paley Center for Media• Museum of Chinese in America• Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum FAMILY-FRIENDLY• Central Park Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• 9/11 Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• The RIDE• Marvel & DC Superheroes Walking Tour by Top Dog Tours NYC• Yankee Stadium Tour• LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Westchester• Staten Island Zoo• South Street Seaport Museum• Staten Island Children’s Museum• Escape Virtuality• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Bike Rental (Pier 84) by Blazing Saddles• Harlem Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Hudson River Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking• Governor's Island Surrey Rental by Blazing Saddles• HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Casino Resort• NYC Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours (seasonal) HIDDEN GEMS• New York Botanical Garden• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Jazz Series – Tuesday and Friday• New Museum• El Museo del Barrio• Manhattan by Sail: Shearwater Classic Schooner• Cathedral of St. John the Divine• Snug Harbor Botanical Garden- Staten Island• Brooklyn Botanical Garden• Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour• New York Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• Masters of The Camera: NYC Rooftop Photoshoot TOURS & CRUISES• Madison Square Garden All Access Tour• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Carnegie Hall Tours• Circle Line: Harbor Lights Cruise• Circle Line: Landmark Cruise• The DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE• The TOUR• SoHo - Little Italy - Chinatown Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Manhattan by Sail: Clipper City Tall Ships Cruise• Inside Broadway Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• High Line Walking Tour by NY Tours 1• Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Neighborhood Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour (Pier 17) by Blazing Saddles• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour by Unlimited Biking• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour by Brooklyn Unplugged• Secrets of Brooklyn Walking Tour by Inside Out Tours• Graffiti Street Art Walking Tour by Brooklyn Unplugged• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Central Park Walking Tour by Unlimited Biking• Central Park Walking Tour by On Location Tours• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour by On Location Tours• Pride Walking Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Wednesday Service) by Harlem One Stop• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service) by Inside Out Tours• Harlem Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking• Cultural Walking Tours of Harlem by Harlem One Stop• Greenwich Village Walking Tour by NY Tours 1 FOOD & DRINK• Food on Foot Tour• Queens - Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion• Spirits on Foot - Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Taste of NY: Chinatown Pork Bun (by Museum of Chinese in America)• Taste of NY: Bagel & Cream Cheese from Davidovich Bakery• Taste of NY: Beer at Brooklyn Brewery Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guidebook or The New York Pass website for an up to date list of included experiences.

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New York: Pier 36 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise

2. New York: Pier 36 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise

Enjoy views of famous landmarks on the Manhattan skyline during a 60-minute roundtrip sightseeing cruise by boat. Depart from Pier 36 right under the Brooklyn Bridge then travel toward South Street Seaport and Battery Park. Get up close to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for the most incredible photos opportunities. Admire views of One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park and more. Make the most of the full cash bar with snacks and drinks available to purchase onboard. From now until January 2, 2022, hot chocolate, cookies, and a photo with Santa are available for purchase.

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NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

3. NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

Cruise New York City's famous harbor aboard the 1920s-style yacht, the Manhattan, while listening to live jazz music on a 1.5-hour cruise. Sit back and enjoy gorgeous views of the New York skyline while enjoying a live jazz band which will play everything from classic jazz standards by Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Duke Ellington, to new renditions of Motown songs, R&B grooves, and hits from today! The band does take requests, so please ask for your favorite, as they may very well know it! During your cruise, see many famous buildings and sights, including Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the Financial District, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. An alcoholic drink is included to enjoy as you soak up the surrounding sights and the sounds.

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New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

4. New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

With a choice of two different 1-day tickets with two route options, explore New York from onboard the open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop-off at the attractions you want to explore further, and see the city at your own pace before hopping back on the bus when you're ready to continue your tour. Travel on the Downtown Loop and the Uptown Loop, jumping off at any of the 40 stops along the way. Enjoy the best of Manhattan, from the flashing lights of Times Square and the iconic Empire State Building–New York's most prestigious skyscraper–to the fashion stores of 5th Avenue, or the impressive home of the United Nations. Onboard, you will have access to a high-quality live audio commentary, giving you a general overview of the sights. Downtown Loop Stop 1 - Times Square North - Corner of 57th St & 7th Ave Stop 2 - Times Square South - 7th Ave Stop 3 - Macys Stop 4 - Empire State Building 1 - 34th St between 5th & 6th Ave Stop 5 - Empire State Building 2 - 32nd St & 5th Ave Stop 6 - Flatiron District - 22nd St & 5th Ave Stop 7 - Union Square Stop 8 - Greenwich Village Stop 9 - SoHo - Corner of Spring St. & Broadway Stop 10 - Chinatown/Little Italy Stop 11 - City Hall / World Trade / Brooklyn Bridge / 9/11 Tribute Museum - Broadway between Rector St. & Exchange Place Stop 12 - Battery Park / Ellis Island / Statue of Liberty Ferry - State St & Bridge St Stop 13 - South Street Seaport Stop 14 - Lower East Side Stop 15 - East Village Stop 16 - United Nations Stop 17 - Waldorf Astoria Hotel Stop 18 - Rockefeller Center / Radio City Stop 19 - Winter Garden Theatre Stop 20 - Central Park Stop 21 - Park Central Hotel Uptown Loop Stop 19: Winter Garden Theater Stop 20: Hell's Kitchen - 42nd St & 8th Ave Stop 21: Restaurant Row Stop 22: Theatre District South - 50th St & 8th Ave Stop 23: Theatre District North - 55th St & 8th Ave Stop 24: Columbus Circle Stop 25: Lincoln Center Stop 26: The Dakota / Strawberry Fields Stop 27: American Museum of Natural History Stop 28: Quality Inn/Hotel Newton  Stop 29: Upper West Side - 104th St & Central Park W Stop 30: Cathedral of St John the Divine Stop 31: Grant's Tomb Stop 32: Apollo Theater Stop 33: Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market Stop 34: Museum of the City of New York Stop 35: Smithsonian Museum of Design/Jewish Museum  Stop 36: Guggenheim Museum  Stop 37: Metropolitan Museum of Art Stop 38: Frick Collection Stop 39: Central Park Zoo  Stop 40: Central Park - South between 5th & 6th Ave. Stop 41: Park Central Hotel

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Manhattan: 3-Hour Food and History Tour With a Local Guide

5. Manhattan: 3-Hour Food and History Tour With a Local Guide

This 3-hour walking tour starts off at City Hall, where many immigrants become American citizens. Make your way around the neighborhood, visiting 100-year-old bakeries, churches, markets, and historic sites. Stroll the streets of little Italy, as Lucky Luciano might have a century ago. See synagogues and Jewish clothing stores. Along the way you’ll sink your teeth into amazing stories and amazing food. Knishes, tacos, dumplings, and more are all in store. Taste the culinary legacy left by those that have passed by Lady Liberty on their way to realize the American Dream. This trip is offered on a join-in basis, with a maximum group size of 12. If you are happy with the services provided by your local guide, a tip (though not compulsory) is appropriate and much appreciated!

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NYC: 3-Hour Bus Tour to Superhero Film Locations

6. NYC: 3-Hour Bus Tour to Superhero Film Locations

Don’t miss the chance to see New York City’s best filming locations of your favorite comic book heroes from Spider-Man, Superman, Jessica Jones and more on The Super Tour of NYC. On this super guided sightseeing bus tour, see over 40 locations featured in your favorite super-powered TV shows and movies. Together with your tour guide, discover the most filmed city in the world. Start your adventure in the heart of New York City, Times Square which has been featured in Spider-Man, Captain America, the Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the Incredible Hulk TV series. Continue your journey heading downtown, where you will see great sites such as the Chrysler building, the iconic Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park. Drive through unique and cultured neighborhoods like the Lower East Side, Chinatown and see the historical buildings in the Financial District. Finally, stop at Battery Park to see Lady Liberty herself, which was featured in X-men and Superman: The Movie. After the tour, grab a bite to eat or hop-on the Staten Island Ferry, which Spider-Man tries to hold together in Spider-Man: Homecoming. So put on your capes, grab your shields and be prepared to save New York City with over 40 locations featured on this tour.

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East Village Rock n' Roll Walking Tour

7. East Village Rock n' Roll Walking Tour

Explore the East Village and learn about rock culture on a 2-hour guided walking tour. What a great neighborhood and one that you may not have explored on your own. The tour takes you through the East Village, Alphabet City and the Bowery. The East Village rock 'n' roll tour explores the music scene from the 60's through to the present. It is a historical tour that will leave you asking 'why didn't I do this tour sooner'. Rock, Punk and Glam are the three genres of music that helped form the history of rock culture and you will explore them all. New York City's East Village helped introduce new music, rock 'n' roll fashion and a way of life to the world. Now you can check out the sites and stories of The Ramones, New York Dolls, CBGB's, Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground, The Fillmore East, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and more. Find out where they played, lived, shopped and shot album covers, plus soak up the rich musical history of this Lower East Side neighborhood. Although many of these landmarks have changed, the memories continue to inspire up and coming New York City bands. You will explore the neighborhood's rock history, focusing on sites and artists including: • Fillmore East • Ramones • CBGB's • New York Dolls • Iggy • Album covers and more • A great walk through the historic East Village

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New York: Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rentals Unlimited Biking

8. New York: Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rentals Unlimited Biking

Explore Lower Manhattan with a 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, or 4-hour bike rental. You can also rent the bike for 24 hours, or purchase a day-pass to rent the bike for a whole day, returning it before 7:00L PM on the same day. The area is rich in architecture, history, and culture, making it ideal to tour by bike. Cycle the Lower East Side’s Little Italy to vibrant Chinatown. Go to the site of the former World Trade Center, or bike the café-laden streets of the Meatpacking District, SoHo, or Greenwich Village. You are provided with all bike equipment, including chain locks and baskets, while a city map is included for your convenience. With a 1-hour bike rental, you can easily cycle across the Brooklyn Bridge and back for fantastic city views. Rent a bike for a full 24 hours and cycle the dedicated greenways.

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From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Park Bike Tour

9. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Park Bike Tour

Enjoy an engaging ride down New York City’s famed West Side Greenway to Brooklyn, and travel across the nearly 6,000-foot span of the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. Explore Brooklyn’s vibrant culture and exceptional architectural legacy and history. Brooklyn has always held an extraordinary status throughout the world, not only historically but cinematically as well. Here is your opportunity to familiarize yourself with this legendary borough on two wheels. All the team members are trained New York City Tour Guides. Stops include Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Walt Whitman Park, Fort Greene Park, Admiral’s Row/Brooklyn Navy Yard, Battery Park.

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Manhattan: Brooklyn Delights and Lower East Side Bike Tour

10. Manhattan: Brooklyn Delights and Lower East Side Bike Tour

You'll begin your tour on the lower east side of Manhattan, once the most densely populated neighborhood in the world and now a very hip area with a thriving nightlife and plenty of quirks. Heading into Brooklyn, you'll explore high-end Bohemian neighborhood of Williamsburg to visit one of the Big Apple's truly underground microbreweries — where participants over the age of 21 may sample craft beers on tap. A short ride away, yet seemingly centuries back in time, is a Hassidic shtetl, where the orthodox Jewish population lives according to centuries-old religious tradition. On Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, all businesses are closed as the synagogue becomes the focal point of existence. As if traveling through time, pass by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, site of nearly 200 years of shipbuilding history and the birthplace of scores of famous ships, from the Fulton Steam Frigate to the USS Maine. Complete your return to the 21st century as you ride to the now-posh neighborhood of Dumbo and, finally, pedal over the Brooklyn Bridge to take in incredible views of the New York skyline and harbor.

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What people are saying about Lower East Side

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,189 reviews

My tour guide Eric was so knowledgeable not just on the places he took our group but was able to answer 90% of our questions without hesitation about many of the random things we found during our tour.

A very good short trip to see the Statue of Liberty & Eli’s Island. Very informative commentary, highly recommend

Great site. Simple ride. Has food in the boat. Very squished for outdoor deck but it was good for the price

I was able to do so many things in three and a half days thanks to this pass. This is a great deal!

The tour was excellent, easy to get the tickets and the sights seem where beautiful