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Things to do in Union Square, New York City

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New York City: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. New York City: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Admire New York City’s top sights and most popular neighborhoods from the top deck of an open-top Hop-On Hop-Off bus. See iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Enhance your experience with multi-attraction or sightseeing cruise combo tickets. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of the open-air sightseeing bus and on foot when you choose to hop off to further explore. Hop off and back on at your leisure, creating your own customized itinerary around the city while on the Uptown and Downtown loops. Benefit from a live bus-tracking app tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive.  Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is informative, highly entertaining, and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket options: 1. Classic Ticket includes unlimited boarding on Uptown and Downtown loops for 1 day 2. Classic Ticket plus a 90-minute Circle Line sightseeing cruise 3. Best of New York Package includes Classic ticket plus Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty skip-the-line tickets Top sights on the Downtown loop include: • The Flatiron District • Union Square • Greenwich Village• East Village • Chinatown• Little Italy• Wall St. and the Stock Exchange • SoHo  Top sights on the Uptown loop include: • Times Square • Upper East Side• Central Park• Museum Mile• Uptown Manhattan• MoMA • The Met• Columbus Circle

New York City: Flatiron Food, History, and Architecture Tour

2. New York City: Flatiron Food, History, and Architecture Tour

Eat your way through New York’s historic Flatiron District on this leisurely 3-hour food, history, and architecture tour. It’s enough food for lunch with exciting storytelling throughout.  Start at Caffe Lavazza in the Eataly complex, Mario Batali’s epic artisanal Italian food emporium. Here you enjoy their delicious breakfast focaccia before learning about the amazing history of the building and then exploring the market. Then you head to Madison Square Park and stop to take photos of the iconic Flatiron Building as your guide explains some of its history. Enjoy a modern twist on the NY classic Reuben sandwich at Zucker's Bagels. Walk on to Beecher’s Cheese where, believe-it-or-not, the cheese is made right in the middle of Manhattan. Experience NYC’s best grilled cheese sandwich and samples of their made-in-Manhattan cheese. Lastly, stroll through Union Square until you reach the final stop, Bread’s Bakery, where you enjoy award-winning pastries at this local favorite.

NYC: Food Tasting and Washington Square Park Walking Tour

3. NYC: Food Tasting and Washington Square Park Walking Tour

From the crazy colors of the mini cupcakes to the cheesy slice of pizza or hot falafel ball, there are many iconic foods to sample on this fully guided walking tour of Greenwich Village and New York City’s fun foods. Learn about the history and the landmarks of the Village and make sure you bring an appetite.  Afterwards, visit the famous Washington Square Park, a 9.75-acre (39,500 m2) public park in Lower Manhattan, New York City. One of New York City's most well known public parks, it's an icon as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. It's operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The park is an open space, dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the northern gateway. Spend some time enjoying the music and entertainment around the Washington Square fountain area that has become one of the most popular spots for New Yorkers and tourists. NYU owns most of the buildings around the park including one of the United States' most acclaimed law schools. You'll also visit the famous McDougall and Bleecker Streets where you can always find a pub open at any hour.

New York: Flatiron District City Game

4. New York: Flatiron District City Game

Play a fun game with an app on your phone and discover the Flatiron District of New York City. The city game starts at Union Square Fountain. It will take you between 2 to 3 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace — pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Fifth Avenue Building Clock. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. It's recommended that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

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What people are saying about Union Square, New York City

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based on 1,062 reviews

Staff and drivers were super friendly. Enjoyed the recording guided tour. ;)

Super recommended to tour the city and learn about its corners and history.

Always a great trip and sitting on top able to get a great view.

Always a pleasure and the tours are fun and enjoyable

It’s a great way to see an overall view of the city.