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Manhattan Bridge: Our most recommended tours and activities

NYC: 1-Hour Cruise Around Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

1. NYC: 1-Hour Cruise Around Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Take a 60-minute boat ride to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty. Cruise right under the Brooklyn Bridge and see the most famous skyline in the world. Your live English guide will point out the sites as you journey along the river including the Empire State Building, the new Freedom Tower, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island, and more. Make use of both the indoor and outdoor seating, along with large open windows for your viewing pleasure. Get within touching distance of "Lady Liberty" and then move on to Ellis Island to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City. Marvel at the skyline of Manhattan and its famous skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Center. Glide down both the east and west sides of Lower Manhattan on this roundtrip cruise, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat. 

NYC: Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

2. NYC: Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Experience New York at sunset on a cruise of the harbor, and take in all the sights and lights of Manhattan aboard a climate-controlled boat. Grab your friends, family, and coworkers - or even a random stranger - and embark on an unforgettable journey of the harbor with "Lady Liberty" keeping watch. With a drink in your hand, purchased from the fully stocked bar, feel the breeze on your face and be mesmerized by the shimmering skyline. Get endless photo opportunities to make you an Instagram star as you sail past legendary attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and get perfect views of the Freedom Tower - One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Pier 54 (Titanic Pier), Battery Park, and more. See where millions of immigrants were processed when they arrived in America at Ellis Island, cruise past Governors Island, the South Street Seaport, and Brooklyn Bridge. Marvel at unrivaled views of the Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and Chrysler Building, and discover the East Village, United Nations Building, and USS Intrepid Pier from a different perspective. 

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

From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

4. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

Experience Christmas in New York City on a bus tour of Dyker Heights, world-known for its luminous light displays. Witness the festive decoration tradition that the residents have kept alive since the 1980s. Drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn and see lights from both on the bus and off with a guide. Enjoy this lively Italian-American neighborhood by bus with a live tour guide. Due to narrow streets, buses are not allowed in Dyker Heights, so hop off the bus and follow your guide to the 2 most illuminated streets in the area. See Lucy Spata's house which started the tradition of Dyker Lights in the '80s. Witness the neighborhood's largest at Santa Polizzotto home, standing at 15 feet tall. Next, stop at the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights. Take in the Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge for about 25 minutes.  Return via the Manhattan Bridge. End the experience at Bryant Park where you can admire the famous winter market or take a spin on the Ice Rink.

3 Neighborhoods Tour: Soho, Chinatown & Little Italy

5. 3 Neighborhoods Tour: Soho, Chinatown & Little Italy

The 3 Neighborhoods Tour will give you unique insight into three very different places in Manhattan. Start in Soho, one of NYC's trendiest neighborhoods. Learn about the area's real estate and how this area became on of the most expensive places to live on the island. Stroll into the heart of Soho and see some of the most posh bakeries, shops, and restaurants that Soho has to offer. Walk down Greene Street and talk about why Soho has such unique and beautiful architecture. See the Haughwout Building and the Old Police Station before heading to the next neighborhood. Make a quick stop in Nolita and sample some cheesecake before working your way into Historic Little Italy. Sample some of the delicious local cuisine such as cannolis, gelato, pizza, and more! Mingle with locals and get the inside scoop about famous spots on Mulberry Street. Chinatown is the last neighborhood. Visit the Mahayana Buddhist Temple and get a peek of the 16-foot Golden Buddha. Pass the Manhattan Bridge and walk into the heart of Chinatown. Enjoy treats from The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory while you see where Chinatown got its start. Walk down Doyer Street and learn how the neighborhood has changed over the years. End the tour by enjoying a traditional dumpling and talking about about the infamous Five Points.

Brooklyn: 2-Hour Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges Bike Tour

6. 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!

Wine Tasting Sail Aboard The Classic Schooner Shearwater

7. Wine Tasting Sail Aboard The Classic Schooner Shearwater

Set sail with an informative wine expert, who introduces a variety of wines picked from some of America’s oldest and best-known cellars. Casual, fun and informative, you'll be guided through new tastes and flavors, expanding your palate and pairing great wines with snacks and cheese. Hand built in 1929 from native hardwoods, the 82-foot schooner Shearwater harkens back to a bygone era of yachting. One of New York City’s only floating designated landmarks, Shearwater has been taking New Yorkers and the city’s visitors sailing in the harbor since 2001. Let the historic yacht carry you along the Hudson as you admire breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline with a glass of delicious wine. 

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

8. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

Get up close and personal with the famous Manhattan and Brooklyn Waterfront sites.  This guided bicycle tour explores the diverse, historical neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Cross the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn Heights, considered to be America’s first suburb, boasting amazing skyline views across the water. Then head back along the Hudson River across to the Brooklyn Bridge, gliding peacefully above vehicular traffic and stopping to take amazing panoramic photos of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and more. We'll explore downtown Manhattan, the hub of the American financial system, plus Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Wall Street and more! This tour is rated as moderate in difficulty and covers approximately 12 miles.

New York City: Champagne and Cheese Pairing Cruise

9. New York City: Champagne and Cheese Pairing Cruise

Hop onboard a 1920s-style yacht and be seated at your private table in the grand salon. Set sail along the shore of Lower Manhattan, admiring iconic landmarks including One World Trade Center, the Financial District, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. As you sail, enjoy a self-guided tasting session of 3 sophisticated Champagnes, paired with 3 artisan cheeses. You can also head outside to the leisure deck to snap unforgettable photos for your vacation album and get a better view of the iconic New York skyline.

Brooklyn: Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer

10. Brooklyn: Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer

Enjoy some of New Yorks most iconic backdrops in and around the Brooklyn bridge including: the Manhattan skyline, Jane's carousel, Washington St., Brooklyn Bridge park and many more. Simply meet the photographer on the day and let them work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. Photographers are hand-picked and highly experienced. They are local experts and will share their knowledge of their city like an old friend. Once your photo tour has finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. This photo tour allows you to look back over your travels with fond memories, when all too often you are left with fading memories of your journeys. Make sure that the next time you travel you have mementos that will last a lifetime and beyond.

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What people are saying about Manhattan Bridge

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5,361 reviews

Great experience overall even if some areas could be improved. Great elements: online booking was fast, easy and clear; we got to see the Statue of Liberty pretty close and for several minutes and everyone got plenty of photo ops; great music choice on board, informative tour; perfect length for the tour. Could be improved: signage was very minimal on the pier so we wondered if we were in the right spot; The boat is very old and dated could do a good refresh; The boat has a covered porch so viewing angles can be limited (I recommend trying to find a spot along the right hand side of the boat for maximum viewing time and optimal angle); the good thing is that there’s ample time on the tour for the boat to turn around and eventually everyone gets to see her. The indoor area of the boat is useless and takes the biggest part of the ship. Sound system is dated and signal was patchy so we couldn’t hear everything the guide said.

Great walking tour to learn the basics about SOHO, Little Italy and Chinatown without being inundated by facts that you’ll inevitable forget. Gabby was an outstanding tour guide. Her sunny and cheerful disposition, combined with her thespian-level skill of telling stories made the tour all the more enjoyable.

Really worth the money!! If your tour is from 6pm, just bring a jacket with you as it does get very cold! Views are outstanding. Really recommend.

The trip was great. We saw the statue of liberty. And took many pictures.

Was a really good trip enjoyed very much great photo opportunities