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NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

1. NYC: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island First Tour of the Day

Be the first of the day to discover two of New York’s most iconic monuments with exclusive first ferry tour departure to Liberty Island, including a visit to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island. Watch American history come to life with the only tour operator that runs ferries this early. Arrive at the grounds just under the watchful eye of Lady Liberty, where great views across NYC's skyline, Lower Manhattan, and the Big Apple await. Then, board the city's earliest ferry to Ellis Island (early morning tour only), ensuring you avoid the swelling afternoon crowds. Follow in the footsteps of some 12 million immigrants and learn about the process those hopeful individuals went through to settle in America. View and walk the Stairs of Separation, growing to understand the Island's two very unique names - "The Island of Hope" and "The Island of Tears". After your guide has explained to you the history, they will give you the option to continue your exploration of Ellis Island on your own with the audio guide (included) or return to The Battery on the ferry with them. If you wish, feel free to stay on Ellis Island a bit longer to explore your personal heritage and find all the unique and interesting sights in the special location.

Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

2. Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

Discover an iconic scene often captured in film and photographs, beautifully dressed women with impressive hats in Harlem heading to church for Sunday worship. But, see more than fashion or a show, Harlem congregants consider church worship and church family an integral part of life and a source of weekly spiritual sustenance. Sunday Gospel in Harlem invites you to be a part of this custom by respectfully joining a local church family for an hour of worship including gospel. Learn neighborhood history and importance of houses of worship. Visit a local church and participate in gospel worship with parishioners. Enjoy a sense of community and cameraderie. See former residences of some of Harlem's notable residents associated with the Harlem Renaissance.

New York City's Hell's Kitchen: Walking Food Tour

3. New York City's Hell's Kitchen: Walking Food Tour

Formerly the mainstay of poor, working-class Irish Americans, the story of how Hell's Kitchen got its nickname is as exciting as the neighborhood itself. It is known for its long history of ethnic tensions. Listen to stories about its complex past, from which the famed musical "West Side Story" was born. Learn how, despite having a history of crime and gang violence, Hell’s Kitchen has become a gentrified, metropolitan area that now boasts some of the most expensive properties in Manhattan. This exciting food tour takes you to the best restaurants in midtown – some say the best food in New York. Tease your taste buds with all sorts of different cuisines, including Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Mexican, Thai, Italian, Ethiopian, Turkish, and Indian, among others. From empanadas to custom-made donuts to exotic curry puffs, this delicious tour takes you through five different locations in the colorful neighborhood, giving you a real taste of New York dining.

New York: Best of the Metropolitan Museum 2-Hour Tour

4. New York: Best of the Metropolitan Museum 2-Hour Tour

Avoid wandering around the Metropolitan Museum in New York lost and confused, and discover the highlights of the museum's huge collection with an expert guide. Tour in small groups of no more than 15 participants (for a more intimate experience), following a carefully-planned itinerary that starts in Ancient Egypt. See perfectly preserved Ancient Egyptian tombs, and tiny dioramas that show what life was like in the times of Tutankhamun. Learn about their burial rituals in the Egyptian mummies area, and see the Met’s mascot “William.” Continue to the Temple of Dendur, and discover a temple of Ancient Egypt smack in the middle of Central Park! Your guide will provide all the gossip about this and other exhibits, such as how Jackie O procured the Temple of Dendur for the Met; tales about the armor of Britain’s infamous King Henry VIII; and how some think the Antioch Chalice may be “The Holy Grail.” See ancient works of Greek statuary and Roman frescoes, before moving to the exotic exhibits from Papua New Guinea. Admire beautifully carved Bisj poles collected by a Rockefeller, at the cost of his life. Then, head to the 2nd floor to soak in some of Claude Monet’s dreamlike “Water Lillies.” Be energized by the expressive works of Vincent Van Gogh, and inspired by a bronze of Rodin’s “Thinker.”

Around Manhattan: Official NYC Architecture Cruise

5. Around Manhattan: Official NYC Architecture Cruise

Step aboard the decks of an elegant 1920's-style yacht, for an educational architecture tour around Manhattan, hosted by architects and members of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY). Enjoy your trip through the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers from the air-conditioned observatory, or wander to the outer decks for fresh air and sunlight. Circumnavigate the island of Manhattan, passing under all 18 bridges, while taking in the sites and architecture. Examine the visionary development of the waterfront memorials, get an update on the One World Trade Center, Downtown "Starchitecture", Jean Nouvel's 100 Eleventh Ave. condos, and classic icons of lower Manhattan like the Woolworth Building, Wall Street's art deco spires, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Marvel at New York's great engineering feats, such as the Harlem River's bridges: swing, lift, and fixed-span. Hear the story of postwar urban renewal and public housing along the East River and much more.

New York: Tour the Christmas Lights on a Horse Carriage Ride

6. New York: Tour the Christmas Lights on a Horse Carriage Ride

Get into the holiday spirit with a horse carriage tour of the stunning New York Christmas lights in Central Park, 5th Avenue, and Rockefeller Center. Climb aboard at the corner of 59th street and 6th avenue. Plod from here on a route through Central Park to see the warm lights. Continue to admire how 5th avenue is sparkling for the season. Travel along historical landmarks that have put on their Christmas decorations. Reach the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Let the lights make you feel warm and festive. Feel the romance of the season while riding in an old-fashioned carriage.

New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

7. New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

Get a comprehensive introduction to New York’s Metropolitan Museum on a 3-hour small group tour that traverses 5 continents and 5,000 years of art. Travel back to Ancient Egypt at the Temple of Dendur, and learn how it was brought to the museum with the support of Jackie Onassis. Learn about Egyptian burial traditions at Pernod’s Tomb, hear about the Rockefeller who came to an abrupt end collecting beast poles in New Guinea, and see a fully intact Roman ruin from Pompeii. Marvel at paintings by Raphael, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Picasso, hearing about the strange lives of these unusual artists along the way. Look at “Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, and discover why it caused such an outrage upon its release in Paris. You will also see one of the most recognizable paintings in the US at “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. Your guide is an expert art historian who is passionate about the art on display, providing fascinating anecdotes instead of boring facts and figures. In addition, you’ll have access to the Met’s exclusive rooftop terrace when it's open (May to October). Enjoy panoramic views over Central Park and beyond as your guide tells you about the surrounding city and points out where Jackie Onassis once lived, and which celebrities now have their homes on the park perimeter. Your pre-reserved ticket includes a museum donation, so you won’t have to wait in long access lines, or shell out for the suggested donation once inside

NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

8. NYC: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour with Ferry

Embark on an inspiring and educational journey to one of the most iconic monuments in the world, the Statue of Liberty. Your tour begins with a guided orientation at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, where you will learn about the history of the neighborhood and the War of 1812. Next, enjoy priority boarding onto the ferry to Liberty Island. As you cross the New York Harbor, see the beautiful downtown Manhattan skyline behind you and snap photos of Lady Liberty from the water. Once at Liberty Island, freely explore the island and the Statue of Liberty Museum. Once finished at Liberty Island, hop back on the ferry to the infamous Ellis Island, known as the Gateway to America. Here, you are free to visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and learn about how newly arriving immigrants were processed. All options include ferry service from Battery Park, Liberty Island, Ellis Island, and back to Battery Park. Both the 2-hour and 4-hour tour options include a guided experience of Liberty Island packed with historical facts about the statue. On the 4-hour tour, enjoy an additional guided orientation of Ellis Island.

NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Tour

9. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and 9/11 Memorial Tour

Visit over 12 top downtown NYC attractions with this special access ticket and tour. Save time and see more: Statue of Liberty, Museum Access, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Charging Bull, Federal Hall, Federal Reserve Bank, Trinity Church, Fearless Girl, and more. Meet your guide in the Financial District to learn about the history of NYC, the early Dutch settlement and how it transformed to the financial capital today. As you walk along Wall Street, you’ll see the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Bank and other financial and historical institutions. Next stop is the 9/11 National Memorial where you’ll see the enormous reflecting pools, the largest man-made fountains. You’ll hear stories of the events, tragedy and heroism of that day. The guide will take you directly to the Reserve ticket line where you will get priority boarding to the ferry that will take you to Liberty Island. Before sending on your way to Liberty Island, your guide will tell you the key things to check out on Liberty and Ellis Island as well as share the amazing stories of America immigration and the story behind the Statue of Liberty. It is a better experience to explore the Liberty and Ellis Island at your own pace after you are given the history and the key sites to check out. You decide where you’d like to spend more time – whether it is to learn the history and construction of the Statue, admire the views of NYC or look for your ancestors’ names on Ellis Island. As you sail to the island you’ll see the amazing NYC skyline. Get those cameras ready for amazing views of Lady Liberty and NYC. Once on Liberty Island, there are handheld audio guide (available in 9 different languages) you can use while exploring the islands and museums. 8:45: Meet expert guide outside the fence of 24 Broad Street 9:00: Guided tour of Wall Street and the Financial District 10:00: Guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial 11:00: Board Statue Cruises ferry for Liberty and Ellis Island -  Audio Guide available on Liberty Island

New York City: Central Park 2 Hour Electric Scooter Tour

10. New York City: Central Park 2 Hour Electric Scooter Tour

Meet your guide at the meeting point then head into the park for a scooter safety briefing. Once you’re ready, hop onboard your electric scooter and explore the world-famous Central Park. The first stop of the tour is the iconic Bethesda Fountain, also known as the Heart of New York City. Admire this beautiful fountain, then visit the park's other famous landmarks including Cleopatra's Needle, the Jackie Kennedy Reservoir, and the North Woods. Along the way, stop to take photographs while learning about the park and its impressive history from your knowledgeable guide. At the end of the tour, enjoy time to ask your guide any questions you have about the park, or for tips to enhance your stay in the Big Apple.

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What people are saying about New York City

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 6,653 reviews

It was an unforgettable experience. We were picked up directly from our hotel. Our guide Anette was great and looked after us very well throughout the trip. Whether supporting program or culture, it was an entertaining program. We were very well entertained, would book it again exactly like this, and we would like to thank our guide Anette for this great day

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling to New York City! Not only was it a lot of fun, but very informative as well!

Tim was an outstanding guide. He was super knowledgeable and had a great personality. Would highly recommend without reservation.

Even though the weather was uncooperative, we motored on. Helene, our tour guide, was an absolute delight!

The Statue is incredible! Having a knowledgeable guide made all the difference.