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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.

From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

2. From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

Enjoy a unique day in historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. You’ll travel from New York through New Jersey on your way to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. On your guided tour of Philadelphia you’ll see Elfert Alley, which is the oldest inhabited street in America. You’ll visit the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall, and have the opportunity to run up the famous Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Following your sightseeing in Philadelphia, the tour heads to Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. Explore the Amish market and enjoy some country cooking at lunch. After lunch at the Amish market you’ll go on an authentic Amish buggy ride through farm country and learn how the Amish live without the benefit of modern technology. Imagine no electricity, no running water, no telephones, and no appliances!

Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

3. 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. Go beyond the pictures and see how worship and family from 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 camaraderie. See former residences of some of Harlem's notable residents associated with the Harlem Renaissance.

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

4. 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.

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

5. 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.

NYC: Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour

6. NYC: Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour

Sip, Swirl. Taste. Gulp! Take a tipsy journey through the spirit trails of New York's underground watering holes. Your journey will feel like a discovery of hidden escapes from the hustle and bustle of midtown's tourism hub. Sure to be guided by one of the most exciting tour guides today, you'll be captivated by the rich history that has inspired your evening's libations. Walk with your guide as you retrace the immigrant progress toward the American Dream during Prohibition. You will be guided into one of New York's last-standing 1920s speakeasies and told the tale of the period’s most notorious gangsters and infamous bootleggers. At your second location, you'll explore the catalysts behind Prohibition and focus on the women of the Gilded Age, and the movement that gave rise to an oil king. To round off our journey together, we’ll take you to one of New York's oldest bars and former speakeasies where you'll hear the tale of the sudden demise of Prohibition.

New York: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

7. New York: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

Travel to uptown New York for a glorious brunch tour, and experience the uplifting sounds of live gospel music in one of Harlem's more prominent houses of worship. The 4-hour walking tour leads you through the Mount Morris Historic District, where the abundant churches are rich in history, and where the Founding Fathers made their homes. Some of the best-known musicians and entertainers started their journey here. The Sunday morning tour introduces you to the sights and sounds of Harlem at its best, with the soulful sounds of Black Gospel Music. Celebrate with world-famous congregational choirs whose renowned songs will have you jumping in your seat. Feel the spiritual energy flowing through you, and top off your day with the area's best-kept secret - fine dining at affordable prices. Let Harlem's culinary masters tempt you with their authentic ethnic delights at one of the best brunch establishments in the city.

New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

8. New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

Stroll the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan to discover the history of different immigrant communities. See how they made this part of New York their home and treat your taste buds to food samples from all over the world.  Stop outside significant local landmarks including the African Burial Ground Monument and the New York Supreme Court. Learn about the facinating origins of the African American community in New York.  Head to the Chinatown district and learn more about the Chinese community which once lived in the area. Try some fried dumplings at a spot that is popular with locals. Then, discover the adjacent district of Little Italy which was home to thousands of immigrants from southern Italy. Enjoy some classic Italian flavors which have formed the basis of some of the most popular modern American snacks.  Next, enter the Nolita neighborhood and stop outside St Patrick's Old Cathedral, a key focal point of the Irish Catholic community. Take a short stroll through the Sara D Roosevelt Park.  Learn about the history of the Jewish community as you stroll through the Lower East Side. Try knishes, a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish snack made with potato-based dough and a variety of fillings. End your tour outside the Tenement Museum.

Around Manhattan: Official NYC Architecture Cruise

9. 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.

NYC: The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

10. NYC: The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

On this exciting small-group walking tour, you will uncover the treasures hidden within this historic transportation hub: see the world’s largest Tiffany clock, peek into the off-limits glass walkways, discover the massive design flaw in the main atrium, locate a multi-million dollar jewel hidden in plain sight, and so much more. Learn about the history of the station during the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and finally experience it as a renovated wonder at the center of the city. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or stroll through the Beaux-Arts beauty for the first time, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary on this behind-the-scenes walking tour.

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based on 6,653 reviews

I loved the tour ❤️ Excellent! Our guide Peter was charming, informative, energetic and humorous. I could project the Meatpacking district in the past and its development based on his stories. He was very insightful with many clever remarks on certain events. I would highly recommend the tour and ask for Peter as your guide.

The museum is so big and versatile that you won't find your way without a tour guide. Our tour girl was witty, informative and very energetic. The more important ting to mention is to arrive on time or you won't find your group, and you'll have to buy new tickets to enter.

Excellent tour with fantastic guide, Charlie. He was very knowledgeable and transmitted it in a humorous and lovely way.

Very nice way to learn about these historic areas of NYC and see them first hand walking through. A very enjoyable walk

We had such a brilliant time - our guide Felipe was amazing. Everything was well organised - the best thing we did!