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  • New York Botanical Garden: KUSAMA Garden Pass Ticket

    1. New York Botanical Garden: KUSAMA Garden Pass Ticket

    Visit The New York Botanical Garden with a Garden Pass. America's premier garden has characterized the landscape of the northeast since its founding in 1891. Your Garden Pass includes admission to the outdoor gardens and collections. Summer brings flowering abundance to the 60 gardens and plant collections, and fall creates a riot of color in the native forest. Winter welcomes a peaceful landscape featuring stately conifers, while spring celebrates the promise of a new season with flowering cherries, magnolias, daffodils, and more. See the award-winning Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and Native Plant Garden. Immerse yourself in stunning seasonal landscapes at this National Historic Landscape. In summer 2021, experience Yayoi Kusama’s profound connection with nature. Kusama, a contemporary Japanese artist is one of the world's most popular artists. Exclusively at NYBG, Kusama reveals he...

    I had to buy ticket at gate they told me you would refund what I paid for old ticket

  • Clipper City Tall Ship Sunset Sail

    2. Clipper City Tall Ship Sunset Sail

    Enjoy a romantic 2-hour harbor cruise of New York from on board the Clipper City’s spacious main deck or raised quarter deck. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, and many other gems of the harbor as you sail. A replica of the lumber-hauling schooners that drove America’s industry more than a century ago, Clipper City was built in the mid-1980s using plans purchased from the Smithsonian. Designed with her new cargo in mind – you! – her decks are spacious and comfortable with ample seating, a full bar amidships, and a raised quarter deck back aft that allows for unparalleled views of the city and its harbor. Order a drink from the full on-deck bar, sit back and relax, or help the crew raise the sails and take a turn at the helm on this idyllic cruise that evokes the days of old.

    Booked Clipper City but that was cancelled & we were rebooked on the Shearwater. Great evening for a sail & lovely sunset. Crew were great

  • 2-Hour Day Sail to Statue of Liberty on America 2.0

    3. 2-Hour Day Sail to Statue of Liberty on America 2.0

    Offering a premium sailing experience, the Schooner America 2.0 is the newest, largest, most elegant ship designed for the fleet. Added in 2011, the America 2.0 provides the most exceptional day sailing one can find in New York Harbor. Her design is influenced by the style of the late 1800s but incorporates technology of the 21st century, thus connecting the past and present beauty, history, and art of sailing in New York Harbor. A day sail on this 105-foot schooner is perfect for family outings, dates, and entertaining guests from out of town. A sail on America 2.0 is guaranteed to be a memorable experience. Within 5 minutes of leaving the dock, you'll forget the mayhem and noise of Manhattan street life as you feel the relaxing breeze of the harbor. Take in the famous Manhattan skyline as it was meant to be seen — from the water — plus spectacular views o...

    The crew was fantastic. Just the right amount of time and it’s a beautiful boat!

  • New York City: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise

    4. New York City: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise

    See the sights of New York City from onboard the Spirit of New York with a 2-hour cruise on the East and Hudson Rivers. Enjoy an al-fresco buffet dining experience sailing through the Big Apple. While boarding the vessel at Chelsea Piers you will be personally greeted and your picture will be taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory. After being seated at your private outdoor table, enjoy your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily. While you feast, listen to tunes by an onboard DJ. After your meal, watch the skyscrapers of New York City's distinctive skyline glide by. Sample Lunch/Dinner Buffet Menu: Salads Organic Mixed Field Greens Organic Spinach & Kale Salad Green Bean Salad Kidney Bean, Black Bean & Chickpea Salad Red Beetroot Salad Bow Tie Pasta Salad Vegetables, Potatoes & Pasta...

    The massage of the meeting point doesn’t say where to go , left or right. Then heading at the boat they was no one to receive us guests and show us the way, we had to move around without knowing which boat to go to. The food was good but next time they should provide more options, but the rest was good , the music and the ambiance, the people on board are so kind and very good for customer service

  • New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

    5. New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack

    Experience a New York City sunset from the water on this evening sightseeing sail past some of the borough's waterside landmarks. Climb aboard a beautiful 80-foot Adirondack for a peaceful, picturesque sail away from the concrete and noise of the city. Enjoy an illuminated view of the spectacular New York City skyline and the many famous sights along the way. Admire the beautiful Battery Park, the 20-acre park located at the southern tip of Manhattan, where artillery has been stationed over the centuries. Sail past Ellis Island, the immigrant doorway to America from 1892 to 1954. Take in a unique of New York's famous Statue of Liberty, a French gift that arrived in New York harbor in 1885 and has come to represent our nation's freedom and ideals. During the course of your sail, enjoy a complimentary alcoholic drink and take in the elegance of this unique sailing tour.

    Staff were all very professional and friendly. No tourist site announcements explaining the sites during the sailing so it's very peaceful & you can just enjoy the scenery & complimentary drink. Staff were avail to explain or answer site seeing questions & offered to take pics for us. Would highly recommend this sailing trip.

  • NYC: Broadway & Times Square Tour with a Professional Actor

    6. NYC: Broadway & Times Square Tour with a Professional Actor

    Explore Broadway's backstage on a 1 hour and 45 minute walking tour of New York's famous Theater District! Discover not only the fascinating history of Broadway, but behind-the-scenes stories that brought the unforgettable productions to life. Accompanied by a professional actor guide, you'll also learn the secrets behind historic theaters from an insider's perspective, how the audition process works, and the tricks of making it in the business. Learn the story that created Times Square; from its origins as a horse trading district, to its transformation into the stage entertainment capital of the world! Trace the evolution of theaters after the Great Depression into the radio, and television studios of today – including where the Tonight Show first aired. Walk the edge of the notorious Hell's Kitchen, and hear how a 'Real' West Side Story took place just blocks from the theater where...

    Loved to hear all about the details on Broadway and Times Square. A lot of great history and details of the various historical theaters!!

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

    7. 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!

    This was an excellent way to be introduced to the history and culture of different communities in NYC. Highly recommend if you've never been to NYC before or just enjoy eating different cuisines!

  • Manhattan: Statue and Skyline Cruise aboard the Luxury Yacht

    8. Manhattan: Statue and Skyline Cruise aboard the Luxury Yacht

    Leave the noise of the city behind and see New York in a new light. Sit back and marvel at the famous skyline from the comfort of the solarium on this gorgeous 80-foot 1920s style yacht. Get up close to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on this 1.5-hour cruise. As you pass by such important sites at Battery Park, the financial district and South Street Seaport, your captain will provide an informative narration. Cruise the Hudson River and New York Harbor on the Manhattan. The Manhattan provides turn of the 19th century elegance and comfort, complete with teak decks and mahogany trim. The spectacular glassed-in observatory on the back deck is equipped with cushioned seating around conversation friendly tables. The observatory is heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer, providing panoramic views in the utmost comfort.

    We are New Yorkers and booked this just for the experience of being on a boat. We will certainly repeat. This was such a beautiful and comfortable experience. The interior of the ship was well spaced. We had a spacious and comfortable table that was partitioned off well. We ordered drinks and a cheese plate - all excellent. The service couldn't have been better and all staff super nice. I highly recommend doing this!

  • New York: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise from New Jersey

    9. New York: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise from New Jersey

    See the sights of New York City from onboard the Spirit of New Jersey with a 2- to 3-hour cruise on the East and Hudson Rivers. Enjoy a delicious buffet attended by a server while sailing through the Big Apple. While boarding the vessel at Lincoln Harbor, you'll be personally greeted and your picture will be taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory. After being seated at your private outdoor table, enjoy your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily. While you feast, listen to tunes by an onboard DJ. After your meal, relax and sip a cocktail as you listen to the waves. Throughout your meal watch the skyscrapers of New York City's distinctive skyline glide by. SAMPLE LUNCH/DINNER BUFFET MENU Salads Organic Mixed Field Greens Organic Spinach & Kale Salad Green Bean Salad Kidney Bean, Black Bean & Chickpea Sal...

    Well worth doing, had an unbelievable time... Went from N.J & had better parking and longer time on the boat...

  • New York: 2.5-Hour Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

    10. New York: 2.5-Hour Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

    Follow the Freedom Trail in New York! Learn the exciting history of how a band of brave men and women formed the networks in Brooklyn and Manhattan that became the Underground Railroad.  Visit an archeological site and memorial dedicated to the memory of enslaved Africans in colonial America. View the former stations, including the former locations of homes and churches, that were on the Underground Railroad. Learn about the riots, revolts and dramatic escapes that occurred during American slavery. Listen to tales of courage and triumph and discover the stories of real New Yorkers who risked life and property to help people escaping American Slavery.

    Stacy was informative, patient and forthright in her presentation. I will definitely recommend this tour to family and friends. Thank you for offering this tour. ❤

Best museums in New York City

Looking for the best museums in New York? In “the city that never sleeps,” museums offer a quiet reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the big city. You’ll find some of the country’s finest art and culture showcased in New York. Just like catching a show on Broadway, strolling through Central Park, and climbing to the top of the Empire State Building, make sure to take some time to check out these New York museums.

History museums in New York City

Visit the Statue of Liberty

She’s the most iconic figure in the United States: the Statue of Liberty, located on Liberty Island. But you can experience more on this island than just a statue.

The Statue of Liberty Museum, opened in 2019, gives visitors the chance to dive deep into the history of the Lady Liberty statue. The “Inspiration Gallery” will give you a chance to actively participate in a digital exhibition called “Becoming Liberty.” How? Simply by sharing a selfie and reflecting on all that you’ve seen and learned in the museum. You’ll also be able to see the statue’s original torch!

Visit Ellis Island

You should plan to visit Ellis Island on the same trip to the Statue of Liberty. The National Museum of Immigration will enlighten you about the history of immigration in the United States. You’ll get to hear a few of the stories of the millions of immigrants who went through Ellis Island in search of a better life.

Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Although it’s a sobering experience, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is an important part of New York City and American history. In the museum you will see thousands of artifacts linked to the September 11th terrorist attacks. A permanent historical exhibition recounts the story of what happened on 9/11. You can also watch three informative films that repeat throughout the day, included in your tour of the museum.

If you want to skip the museum and just visit the 9/11 Memorial, you can enter for free. Note that it’s located in the spot where the Twin Towers once stood. The memorial is made up of two large reflecting pools with the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. Bronze panels along the edge of the memorial pools list the names of every person who died in the attacks.

Science museums in New York City

Visit the American Museum of Natural History


Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the American Museum of Natural History is one you won’t want to miss. You’ll see more than 30 million specimens in the museum, spread out among 42 museum halls. In these permanent exhibitions, you’ll find fossils and dioramas depicting information about birds, mammals, and human cultures around the world, plus even more. A general-admission ticket gives you access to all this, in addition to the Rose Center for Earth and Space. However, the special exhibitions, giant-screen films, and the Space Show will cost you extra.

Visit the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum

Do you want to see the world’s fastest jets and a submarine from the Cold War era? Head to the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, which features an inspiring combination of history, science, and technology. At this museum, you will have an opportunity to explore this famous aircraft-carrier ship, the USS Intrepid. You can see the first space shuttle, Enterprise, which is showcased on the Space Shuttle Pavilion. 

Iconic museums in New York

Visit the Museum of Modern Art

No trip to the Big Apple would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Museum of Modern Art, also known as MoMA. It’s home to famous works of art, including Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Monet’s Water Lilies, and Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. At MoMa you can also see Gauguin, Dali, Picasso, Matisse, and Pollock. You could easily spend hours exploring all the artwork that this museum has to offer.

Visit the Empire State Building

Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Empire State Building. If you’re looking for stunning panoramic views of the city, go to the observation deck of one of the tallest buildings in the world. But did you know that you can also visit a museum on the second floor of the building? You can learn all about the history of the building as you pass the time waiting for your turn to go to the top.








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What people are saying about New York City

Live in CNY. Been to the city plenty of times but never have been here. Why did our family wait so long??? This was a great experience and rich in history. The views, AMAZING! Love the Big !

We went for my son's 9th bday and I was amazed by the knowledge and history this tour recommended. It was honestly our trips highlight besides The Statue of Liberty.

Amazing sights towards sunset . Thr shows rooms before the lift to the 86th sre beautiful. We eenjoyed very much.

The captain knew much of the history surrounding the harbor and the Burroughs. It was time well spent.

The workers were very nice, the ice cream was very good. All the activities were wonderful.