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New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

1. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 45% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Choices include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, NY Waterways Tours, MoMA, and many more. There's no need to decide in advance, and you can take up to 60 days after using the pass to make your first visit. Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way. The New York attractions you can select include:  Museums and Galleries• American Museum of Natural History • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • 9/11 Memorial and Museum• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle• Guggenheim Museum • Museum of Sex • New York Historical Society Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art• Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden Combo• Museum of the City of New York• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Fotografiska New York Experiences• Top of the Rock Observatory• Empire State Building• One World Observatory• The Vessel at Hudson Yards• Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Central Park Bike Rental• The Downtown Experience by The RIDE• Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Full-Day Bike Rental• Hudson River Full-Day Bike Rental• New York Botanical Garden• Madame Tussauds Times Square New York• Spyscape• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester• LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream• Welcome to Harlem: Harlem Jazz Series• Queens Experience On Foot• RiseNY• Perfect Picnic• Masters of the Camera NYC Rooftop Photoshoot• Surrey Bike Rental on Governors Island (2 hours)• SEA LIFE at American Dream• Escape Virtuality Tours• 9/11 Tribute Center and Walking Tour• Central Park Walking Tour• Night Tour by Big Bus New York• Yankee Stadium Tour• The TOUR• Woodbury Common Bus Tour (Round Trip + VIP Coupon Booklet)• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Central Park Bike Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour• Madison Square Garden: All Access Tour• Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour • NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour • Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Walking Tour• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service)• High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking District Neighborhood Walking Tour• Top Dog Tours NYC Marvel & DC Superheroes• Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal)• City Rambler: Walk Through History Tour• A Walk in the Park Tour by City Rambler• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• Pride Walking Tour• NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour• St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg• Greenwich Village Walking Tour• Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in Brooklyn• Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Walking Tour• SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tour Food and Drinks• Spirits On Foot: Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Food On Foot Tours• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion Cruises• Lady Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• 1929 Shearwater at North Cove: Daytime Statue Sail or City Lights Sail (seasonal)• Clipper City Tall Ship Sail - Daytime Statue or Harbor Lights (Seasonal) Customers save an average of 45% when buying the New York Explorer Pass versus buying tickets at the gate. Savings percentage based on most popular customer itineraries. Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences.

NYC: 3-Hour Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

2. NYC: 3-Hour Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

Led by a local actress, experience a day in the life of Manhattan's elite on this 3 hour tour of the Gossip Girl sites. Written by Cecily Von Ziegesar, the hit TV show is America’s most popular teen drama, starring hot young actors, such as Blake Lively (Serena Van der Woodsen) and Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald). “Hello, Upper East Siders!” is Gossip Girl’s opening line to every episode, and on the Gossip Girl New York Tour, you will feel like Gossip Girl is talking directly to you! More than 40 Manhattan locations have been used in filming the show, and the dedicated “Gossip Girl” tour will let you explore them. Check out the spots where the gossipy characters take on the roles of socialite teenagers in New York City. Take a look at the Upper East Side elite society of sex, drugs, jealousy, and the pressures of the prestigious academic institutions they attend. Pass the Vera Wang boutique where Blair tried on her wedding gown, visit The Empire Hotel, site of Chuck Bass' newest home and business, and pass the candy store where Dan helped Vanessa shop. It’s an ideal tour for fans of the show, as well as for fans of New York’s more glitzy side. Board the bus first with priority seating tickets! Priority seating includes pre-boarding and seating in the first 5 rows near the tour guide. Small private tours are typically 1 hour shorter than public tours.

Central Park, Rockefeller & Times Square Horse Carriage Ride

3. Central Park, Rockefeller & Times Square Horse Carriage Ride

Start your tour at the corner of 59th street and 6th Avenue, following a short trip in Central Park and continue along the famous 5th Avenue past the Apple Icon and many other historical landmarks towards the Rockefeller area. Next, your ride follows the lights and the glory of the city into the Times Square area. Wandering in NYC streets at night on a horse carriage ride is certainly an experience everyone should try. Depending on where you look and what you see, the content of the tour changes. At Times Square, people around the US and the world gather in a festive atmosphere day and night, cold and warm! This carriage experience will provide you with a panoramic view of NYC, and its people who come from all around the world to meet at this "timeless" square! After riding through the park in its nightly dress, romantic paths and various views of the city, you delve into the crowded New York life along a central avenue that takes you to the heart of the city, Times Square. Witness the energy, noise, lights, and the crowd of this cosmopolitan part of the city! The park and the city combined in one single experience is a unique opportunity. On this tour, you feel special as you roll by NYC streets on a horse carriage, an old New York tradition and a world culture! Get ready to view and feel the city and its people on this rarely offered opportunity.

New York City: Pedicab Tour Through Central Park

4. New York City: Pedicab Tour Through Central Park

This ride takes around one hour on a 3.5 mile trail. During this tour, there are three short breaks. The first stop is at Bethesda Fountain so you can see the magnificent architecture of the Bethesda Terrace Tunnel and the lake. Then, you will stop at Cherry Hill/Friends Fountain followed by a stop at Strawberry Field/John Lennon Memorial. Some other points you will pass by are: Wollman Rink, Dakota Building, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Columbus Circle, Carousel, Balto Statue, Boat Pond, the Bow Bridge. With a knowledgeable driver to regale with you tales of the park's past, cruise by the Dairy, where New York's children once came to get fresh milk, watch the up-and-down of horses on the Carousel, and pass by the statue of William Shakespeare. At the Bethesda Fountain and the Angel of the Waters sculpture, pause to snap memorable photos and then head towards Cherry Hill. Surrounded by cherry and gingko trees, Cherry Hill’s carriage turn finds you where wealthy 19th-century New Yorkers once showed off their fine buggies. Head to the top of the hill and see the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Fields, and listen as your guide explains its significance when paired with the John Lennon memorial. Clop by the English lawn-bowling court, admire the bronze statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman, and the bust of Italian philosopher Giuseppe Mazzini, and enjoy the view of the legendary restaurant Tavern on the Green.

NYC Pedicab Tour: Central Park, Rockefeller, Times Square

5. NYC Pedicab Tour: Central Park, Rockefeller, Times Square

Start the tour at the corner of 59th street and 6th Avenue. Take a relaxing ride through beautiful Central Park, a refuge from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Continue along the famous 5th Avenue, where you will spot many notable stores and landmarks along the way. Make your way to the famous Rockefeller Center. Then the ride follows the lights and the glory of the city into the Times Square area. Enjoy watching people from all over the world converge at this iconic location, also known as "The Crossroads of the World." Learn about the history of all these famous landmarks from your licenced tour guide.

From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Half-Day Tour

6. From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Half-Day Tour

Take an alternative tour of New York and head to the boroughs of the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn to discover the secret delights of New York City. This half-day tour is an excellent opportunity for a unique insight into these lesser-known neighborhoods. Mini-bus transportation makes it easy and efficient to get around the city’s busy streets. Aboard the bus you will cross Grand Central’s bridge, with a view of Grand Central Station, continue to the Upper East Side, one of the most affluent and elegant neighborhoods in New York City then enter Spanish Harlem on the way to the Bronx. You will see Yankee Stadium, the home ballpark of the New York Yankees baseball team, the Grand Concourse, and pass in front of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. You will stop at Arthur Avenue in The Bronx, where you'll have an authentic Italian-American experience. Visit genuine Italian restaurants, delis, bakeries, cafes and shops. Next, pass by Randall’s Island and through Queens. Finally reach Brooklyn, seeing Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Lastly, return to Manhattan through the legendary Brooklyn Bridge.

Central Park: Short Loop Horse Carriage Ride

7. Central Park: Short Loop Horse Carriage Ride

Your NYC adventure starts at the corner of 59th Street and 6th Avenue. Following a short trip along the park on 59th Street, your tour will continue into the famous Central Park from 7th Avenue where you will be treated to spectacular views of the city. Here, you will get to stop at a location where the scenery is perfect for taking holiday pictures or simply just take in the gorgeous views for a few minutes. Depending on where you look and what you see, the content of the tour changes. In NYC and central park, people around the US and the world gather in a festive atmosphere day and night, cold and warm! Being on a horse carriage in Central Park where it is possible to have views of the city in the early evening and night is like watching a panoramic view of NYC, and its people. While riding through the park in its nightly dress you will get a chance to view the shiny New York City along a Central Park path that helps you feel the tranquility of the park and the exceptional view of the city at once. The park and the city combined in a panoramic view is a breathtaking sight to behold and a fantastic place to take pictures. Get ready to view and feel the city and its people on this rarely offered opportunity.

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The pass was really worth it. Hassle-free access to our selected attractions. There were no additional costs. I would buy the pass again

Definitely visit a viewing platform at night, getting tickets was very easy and quick everywhere

Wonderful . The staff is very helpful and funny in nature. I really like it :

Our guide was super nice and was able to explain a lot about the spots.

Fantastic! Smooth entrance, friendly staff, totally worthwhile