Vessel, New York City

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NYC: Hudson Yards Walking Tour & Edge Observation Deck Entry

1. NYC: Hudson Yards Walking Tour & Edge Observation Deck Entry

Discover the newest neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, located at the Northern end of the popular High Line on a 60-minute guided orientation tour of the district. Finish at the entrance to The Edge, where your timed ticket gives you skip-the-ticket-line guaranteed access to the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western hemisphere with 360-degree views. Your guide will tell you the history of the location and how Related Group developed and created a new section of Manhattan Westside's waterfront featuring spectacular skyscrapers and public spaces.  Learn about the underground of Hudson Yards, as well as the unique design of New York’s newest performance space called the Shed. The guide will also explain to you the $200 million interactive art piece called the Vessel, the 5-acre Public Square and the exclusive shopping mall featuring one-of-a-kind shops and celebrity chef restaurants.  The 16-storey Vessel was designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick and is made up of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings to climb. At the Edge you will be able to admire 360-degree views of NYC, and have access to the highest outdoor deck in the Western hemisphere.  Explore the outdoor deck where you can stand on a glass triangular floor and look 100 stories down, lean out over the city on angled glass walls and sit on the Skyline steps. You will also receive a free digital souvenir. Before taking the elevator up, you will also be able to experience a self-guided exhibit of the construction of Hudson Yard.

New York: Edge & 9/11 Museum Ticket with Liberty Cruise

2. New York: Edge & 9/11 Museum Ticket with Liberty Cruise

Make the most of your time in New York City with this combination ticket and scenic cruise package. Pick your tickets up at the 9/11 Memorial Museum then avoid the long waiting times and sail on in with your skip-the-line ticket. Inside, explore at your own pace and discover the story of 9/11 as told through artifacts, imagery, personal stories, and interactive technology. After the museum, walk over to Battery Park and the Brooklyn Bridge to join a one hour sightseeing cruise. Pass by New York’s most iconic landmark, the Statue of Liberty, snap unforgettable vacation photos, and soak up panoramic views of the city skyline. Finally, visit the Edge and ride 1100 feet into the air to the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. From the deck, admire 360 degree views of New York City and admire iconic sights including Freedom Towers, the Empire State Building, Central Park, New Jersey, and more.

NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

3. NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

Explore the west side of Manhattan on a guided tour. Walk the High Line and see the Vessel. Stop into the Chelsea Markets and check out the world-class food vendors. Meet your guide in the Meat Packing District. Enjoy a scenic walk through the High Line, one of Manhattan’s most unique parks. Built on top of a former elevated freight train track, the tracks were turned into a greenway in 2009. Stroll down this 1.45-mile path and take in unique views of the city – you’ll feel as if your floating above the city streets. Admire the colorful gardens filled with grasses, perennials and woody species which were inspired by the wildflowers that grew on the disused tracks. View the park’s installation art pieces. Discover the Hudson Yards, and see the Vessel, “New York’s Staircase.” This honeycomb-shaped 150-foot tall art piece can accommodate up to 1000 people at a time. Upgrade your tour by adding an optional admission ticket to the Edge Observation Deck. Climb to the top of its world-famous Observation Deck and check out spectacular 360-degree views of the city.

New York City: Private Manhattan Limousine Tour

4. New York City: Private Manhattan Limousine Tour

Explore Manhattan in a spectacular way: from a private stretch limousine. Join family or friends in your chauffeured limo and soak in the city lights and sights throughout your tour. Ask your chauffeur to take you to places you prefer to see then sit back and relax in style as you're driven around Manhattan. Board your private limousine, get comfortable, sip on the stocked soft drinks, and play the music of your choice on the speakers before setting off on an unforgettable New York City experience. See the most iconic sights of the city from the shiny Fifth Avenue to the towering Rockefeller Center, and from leafy Central Park to Greenwich Village's charming red-brick houses, and much more. Stop to snap some photos en route or simply enjoy them from your limo's window — the choice is completely yours on this ride. Round off your drive by being dropped off at your accommodation or a place of your choice in the city.

5-Hour NYC Private Skyline Walking Tour

5. 5-Hour NYC Private Skyline Walking Tour

The perfect tour for couples and small groups who like to walk, be outdoors, and want to take their time to really connect with New York City, its people, and their passions with this ‘local’s look’ of the city. This five-hour hike begins in the hipsterville neighborhood of Willamsburg. We pass through Domino Park, named after the now defunct Domino Sugar Refinery, for a brief stroll through the waterfront area. Cross the Williamsburg Bridge and meet the faces behind the produce at New York’s Essex Market, the flagship of public indoor food markets in the city, for more than a century. Enjoy lunch in an industrial-chic underground market. Then it’s off to Chinatown where we visit the Mahayana Buddhist Temple containing NYC’s largest Buddha sculpture, before trekking across the Manhattan Bridge to DUMBO, known for its galleries, shops and unique views of the Empire State Building and the East River. The last challenge is to hike the 1.1-mile-long wooden walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge for a close-up view of its most distinctive features, the 276-foot-tall masonry towers that hold up the suspension bridge.

New York City: High Line & Hudson Yards Walking Tour

6. New York City: High Line & Hudson Yards Walking Tour

Climb up onto the High Line garden path along the West-side of Manhattan which boasts amazing views of New York City and the Hudson River. The High Line park is an example of urban renewal at its finest, a unique concept of a park, a green oasis among the concrete giants. During the 2-hour walk, visit the most important and historic points, sculptures, arts, and murals along the way. Check out the various species of plants that were specifically picked for the high line as you walk through beautiful gardens. Admire and photograph the Vessel - a public structure rising 45.7 meters high with 2,500 interconnecting steps. Witness incredible architecture including Hudson Yards, the Zaha Hadid building, the 10th Avenue square, and Chelsea Market. The tour guide will narrate the captivating details of how the abandoned train tracks were transformed into what they are today allowing you to fully enjoy the High line park to its fullest.

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What people are saying about Vessel, New York City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 40 reviews

WOW!!! Great tour. You walk a lot so be ready. This tour is a great way to get to see the Willamsburg and DUMBO neighborhoods of Brooklyn with part of Chinatown and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. You do walk across the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Willamsburg bridges. It's a challenge but a lot of fun. It's a great highlights tour.

This encounter was a very good way for me, first time to NYC, to get oriented. The price was VERY reasonable. After the tour I felt confident to tackle the subways myself and just walk the street of NYC--this coming from a guy who swore "I will NEVER go to New York!" I am now planning when I'm going to return.

A day well spent! Our guide was knowledgeable and kept us going at a good pace. Highly recommended, if you'd like to spend your day exploring new things and learning some interesting facts along the way. You won't be disappointed!

Great tour. We saw a lot of New York City. We even made a few extra stops. The restaurant was fun. The views from the Edge, amazing. This is a fun tour.

It was perfect! Julie called me to reschedule Liberty Cruise due to a boat malfunction & reschedule cruise for the next day, so thoughtful!