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

1. 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 the city before going to Spanish Harlem on the way to the Bronx. 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. Stop at Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, where you'll have an authentic Italian-American experience. Visit Italian restaurants, delis, bakeries, cafes and shops. Next, pass by Randall’s Island and through Queens. Finally reach Brooklyn, where you'll visit Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Lastly, return to Manhattan through the legendary Brooklyn Bridge.

From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

2. From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

Travel by a comfortable motor coach and learn about the development of the diverse neighborhoods like Harlem, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Coney Island from a licensed NYC tour guide. See historic sites, such as the world-renowned Apollo Theater, the debut venue for many performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and many others. Next, you will travel north, to the borough of the Bronx, where you will see the home of one of the most famous baseball teams in the world: The New York Yankees! You’ll also learn about the birth of hip hop and view original street art while walking along the streets.  The tour continues across the East River into the borough of Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the US, whose residents speak over 100 languages. You will pass through the exclusive Malba neighborhood, and see its many beautiful homes. Visit Flushing Meadows Park, home of the US Open (one of the oldest tennis championships in the world), as well as the New York Mets baseball team and the Unisphere (leftover from the 1964 World’s Fair). Enjoy the impressive DUMBO from where you can see the famous Brooklyn Bridge. You will then proceed to visit the borough of Brooklyn, viewing the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Crown Heights, home to one of the largest Hasidic Jewish communities outside of Israel, alongside a younger, gentrifying non-Jewish population. Afterward, you’ll head down to world-famous Coney Island, a destination for New Yorkers for generations, seeking fun and relaxation. Weather permitting, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the boardwalk, and to have lunch at the original, legendary Nathan’s restaurant. Finally, you’ll head back over the East River, passing by the historic Brooklyn Bridge, on your return to Manhattan. Please note that the day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints.

NYC: New York, City of Contrasts Guided Bus Tour

3. NYC: New York, City of Contrasts Guided Bus Tour

Discover why New York City is the city of contrasts on a guided bus tour. Drive through Harlem, visit the Yankee Stadium, and see the Jewish Quarters in Williams. Board your bus at the Manhattan at Times Square Hotel. Then, head north in Manhattan, going through the neighborhood of Harlem and crossing into the Bronx. Visit the Yankee Stadium, home of the legendary NYC baseball team, and take a restroom, picture-taking, and shopping break. Continue to Grand Concourse Avenue and enter the famous police Precinct 42. Proceed to the South Bronx to see graffiti and street art masterpieces. Hear the stories behind each of the most famous pieces, snapping photos along the way. Head then to Queens, the largest and most multicultural borough in New York. See the most expensive neighbor out of Manhattan, MALBA. The next stop is Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. There you'll find the Mets' Stadium and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Next, stop in Queens on Roosevelt Avenue, one of the borough’s main streets. See firsthand how immigration and culture prevail in a neighborhood replete with multicultural stores and restaurants Move on to visit Brooklyn. See the Jewish Quarters in Williamsburg, a stark contrast to the trendy areas made famous by movies and TV shows. Finally, head to the Manhattan Bridge where you can decide where to end the tour. Choose between walking towards the Brooklyn Bridge, and visiting the Dumbo neighborhood and panoramic views cross Manhattan Bridge for Chinatown and Little Italy, where you'll find the best Italian food in NYC.

New York City: Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx Tour in Spanish

4. New York City: Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx Tour in Spanish

Encounter the Greek, Italian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Slavic communities of New York on a tour of 3 of its famous boroughs.  In the Bronx, stop at Yankee Stadium and go to Fort Apache to look at the work of the local graffiti artists. Cross the Whitestone Bridge to Queens to admire the upscale homes of Malba on the East River. Pause in Flushing Meadow Park and continue to Astoria where the Greek community lives.  Explore the hip neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and discover the home of one of the city's Hasidic Jewish communities. See the artistic graffiti murals in Bushwick and finish with a view of the famous Brooklyn bridges.

From Manhattan: "City of Contrasts" 5-Hour Cultural Tour

5. From Manhattan: "City of Contrasts" 5-Hour Cultural Tour

After meeting up with your guide, venture out of Manhattan and into the Bronx to admire Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees. Then continue through the Bronx streets, filled with graffiti and artistic murals where you will learn more about the famous street art and its history. Following the Bronx, enter Queens and stop at the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where the NY Mets baseball stadium "Citi Field" is located. Pass the National Tennis Center where the U.S. Open tennis matches occur, as well as the "Uni-Sphere," which appeared in the movie "Men in Black." Continue the tour in Brooklyn. Arrive at the Brooklyn Waterfront, which will provide you with an amazing panorama of Manhattan’s world-famous skyline and local restaurants to grab a bite to eat. Before the end of the tour, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg is on the agenda. This neighborhood is home to the largest concentration of Hasidic Jews in New York.

NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

6. NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

Experience New York City beyond Manhattan on this contrasts and color themed bus tour that visits Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Learn about the art, history, and culture of the city alongside a NYC expert guide. Start your tour in the heart of Manhattan near Times Square. Meet your guide and board the tour bus to the historic Harlem neighborhood, famous for its African American roots, food, and more. After a stop at the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame, continue to the Bronx, birthplace of hip hop and rap. See Yankees Stadium and learn about baseball in the city. Head off to see graffiti murals unique to this borough. Next, visit Queens, the largest borough and home to NYC’s largest Chinatown. Stop to see Flushing Meadows Corona Park, originally developed to host the 1939 World’s Fair and then the 1946 World’s Fair. See memorable monuments, Citi Field, and other spots at this scenic park. Leaving Queens, travel to Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, currently NYC’s most prolific neighborhood for street art and graffiti murals. It’s a foodie destination, too, so take a break and grab some food if you’re hungry. In Brooklyn, see the distinct shops, fashion, and eateries of the Hasidic Jewish community that is currently thriving in Williamsburg. Get a chance to appreciate their unique culture. Moving on, from the Dumbo neighborhood and Brooklyn Bridge Park, see the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time it was built. Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline. End your tour in Little Italy. Enjoy this lively cultural district while exploring on your own. Grab dinner, go shopping, or find something else to do to your liking.

Brooklyn: 2-Hour Best of Brooklyn Williamsburg Walking Tour

7. Brooklyn: 2-Hour Best of Brooklyn Williamsburg Walking Tour

This small-group walking tour takes you through Williamsburg, the hippest neighborhood in Brooklyn. Discover its cutting-edge culture, fascinating history, and creative street art during a 2-hour neighborhood stroll. Your guide will take you through into laid-back area that features loads of boutique shops, restaurants, and restored lofts. Experience a scene that's setting global trends! See innovative small businesses, creative architecture, and vibrant street art. You’ll also be treated to one-of-a-kind view of New York City's waterfront and the Manhattan skyline. Learn about Brooklyn's heritage as a capital of immigration, manufacturing, and beer brewing. Hear about its recent gentrification, and how its culture, identity, and future are being shaped.

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

8. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

Get up close and personal with the famous Manhattan and Brooklyn Waterfront sites.  This guided bicycle tour explores the diverse, historical neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Cross the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn Heights, considered to be America’s first suburb, boasting amazing skyline views across the water. Then head back along the Hudson River across to the Brooklyn Bridge, gliding peacefully above vehicular traffic and stopping to take amazing panoramic photos of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and more. We'll explore downtown Manhattan, the hub of the American financial system, plus Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Wall Street and more! This tour is rated as moderate in difficulty and covers approximately 12 miles.

Brooklyn: 3-Hour Williamsburg Bites Food Tour

9. Brooklyn: 3-Hour Williamsburg Bites Food Tour

Come hungry and ready to feast on delicious, gourmet foods at some of the top eateries in Williamsburg. Taste your way through this popular neighborhood and learn about its history on a 3-hour afternoon stroll. Williamsburg’s ultra-trendy charm is irresistible. You’ll discover the street art, cute boutiques, and lively bar scene, and experience some stellar bites. Knowing the local hangouts is crucial, and your guide will show you the favorites. Rest assured: there is more than enough food for lunch. You will feast on delicious foods from local favorites in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Learn the history of the neighborhood, enjoy some incredible large-scale street art, and snap some choice photos out on a waterfront pier of the best view of the NYC skyline. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon. The local experts have prepared a fun afternoon filled with incredible food, and you can be sure you'll feel like you experienced Williamsburg Like A Local when it's all said and done. Begin at the Bedford Avenue L subway stop (5 minutes from Manhattan) and don't waste any time before you start filling your belly.  You will walk a total of 2 miles. Some stops are sit down and some are eat on-the-go. These stops are 3 savory and 3 sweet. Comfortable walking shoes and ability to walk at a reasonable pace are a must. Don't hesitate to contact the supplier if you have questions or need help.

From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

10. From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

So many people visit New York City and never get to see Brooklyn. It's been said that a trip to Brooklyn is like a trip around the world. Find out for yourself on a unique 4.5-hour tour. Explore the ethnic diversity of New York City on a guided tour that’s both a history and a gastronomy lesson. Take a trip back in time in this New York borough that you probably haven’t heard all that much about. New Williamsburg is a neighborhood that’s home to many ethnic groups and a thriving art community. Enjoy a slice of delectable authentic Neapolitan brick-oven thin-crust pizza and a freshly prepared cannoli for dessert. Drive through the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish area where time seems to stand still. Greenpoint features one of largest Polish populations in the United States. Visit a favorite neighborhood eatery that offers up the best kielbasa sausage and pierogies. In the DUMBO area you’ll stop for a sample of delicious chocolate at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory. Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park for a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.

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What people are saying about Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,306 reviews

Our tour guide, Laurie, was superb. Knowledgeable, engaging and lots of fun. This is such a great way to explore other parts of New York and we were so happy we chose this tour. The food was all excellent and it was great to try foods we hadn’t considered before. I have to recommend a glass of the Brooklyn Lager to go with the pizza! Perfect combo.

Jorge (Tour-Guide) and David (bus driver, sorry if I misspelled a name) did an excellent job. It was nice and really interesting to see another side of New York. I can only recommend this tour

A lovely all round tour, giving insights into New York City life across the boroughs. Local tour guide was very funny and friendly. Very unforgettable experience.

Pretty cool way to get out of Manhattan and connect to a tighter community. It’s upscale so the grittier side of Brooklyn must be deeper in. Still worth it.

Gran excursión. Sorpresa inesperada. Ruta muy interesante. El guía Guillermo muy bueno. Atento, divertido y gran conocedor. Recomendable