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NYC: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Experience Ticket

1. NYC: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Experience Ticket

Situated at the top of the iconic modern landmark One Vanderbilt, SUMMIT changes our relationship with cities, environment, and ourselves through immersive, multi-sensory experiences. Off the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal, learn the incredible story behind the creation of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, and prepare yourself for a memorable experience. Designed with the intention of transcending everyday existence, SUMMIT offers an opportunity to engage with space in a fascinating new way. Your experience at SUMMIT begins with a sensory stimulating elevator ride to the 91st floor. From there, you are immediately transported into SUMMIT AIR, a new way to see and interact with space designed by Kenzo Digital. Layered with two floors of floor to ceiling mirrors, AIR offers a whole new perspective of the city as the Manhattan skyline reflects all around you. Next, test your limits at SUMMIT LEVITATION and enjoy the rush of stepping out over the city on two glass ledges suspended 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue. Continue through the different levels of SUMMIT and become part of the art. Watch your image float in the clouds across a multi-media screen and get in touch with your playful side in the silver balloon AFFINITY room. Once you reach the 93rd floor, take in the sights and sounds of NYC from another vantage point on the outdoor observation deck. For a more intimate, adult-friendly evening experience, choose to visit SUMMIT during Air at Night. Guests can enjoy access to all areas of the attraction, an LED light show with accompanying vivacious music, and cocktails for purchase at the 93rd floor bar.

Niagara Falls, USA: Boat Cruise and Cave of the Winds Tour

2. Niagara Falls, USA: Boat Cruise and Cave of the Winds Tour

Marvel at Niagara Falls on a tour that includes a boat cruise on the river, entry to the Niagara Observation Tower, and entry to the Cave of the Winds. Follow your guide and listen to their facts and anecdotes about the falls and their history. See the falls from all perspectives. Get picked up from your hotel in Niagara Falls, USA, and head straight to the Niagara Falls State Park. First, admire all three of the rushing waterfalls from the top of the Niagara Observation Tower. From largest to smallest, see the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls from this high vantage point. Then, get up close to the mighty waterfalls on the Maid of The Mist boat on a cruise on the river. Feel the mist blow off the falls and hear their thundering roar surrounding you as you cruise on the water. Next, head to Goat Island to visit the Cave of the Winds. Don your yellow poncho and follow your guide along the wooden walkways and bridges to get really close to the waterfalls. Here, you are standing a mere 6 meters from the Bridal Veil Falls. Head back to your hotel with memorable moments spend at Niagara Falls.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

3. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

Hop on board the ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit Liberty Island, explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and learn fascinating facts as you go. Begin your experience by departing from Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, NJ, easily accessible by car. Once you arrive at the meeting point, bypass the ticket line with your pre-purchased ticket. Board the ferry and see the impressive views of Lady Liberty and the NYC skyline. Take note of the ferry's return times to plan your day. Your ticket gives you access to explore two attractions: Ellis Island and Liberty Island (with the Statue of Liberty). On arrival to Ellis Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide at the Immigration Museum. Then, explore what was America’s busiest immigration station for over 62 years. Walk in the footsteps of millions of people from all around the globe who passed through here looking for a new beginning and a new life for their families in America. With access to the American Family Immigration History Center's records, you can search all ship manifests that came through Ellis Island. Use this unique experience to research your family history. Once you're ready to discover Liberty Island, drop off your audio guide and return to the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide to start exploring the history of the Statue of Liberty. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy a special narration of this self-guided tour. When you are finished, return to the ferry and make your way back to your original departure point.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Zipline to The Falls

4. Niagara Falls, Canada: Zipline to The Falls

Discover stunning of views of Niagara Falls and get your adrenaline rushing with this zipline ticket. Zipline 67 meters above the Niagara River Gorge and 670 meters past the American Falls. Take a comfortable van back your starting point. Join Niagara's most exciting and unique Falls viewing experience. Benefit from express admission by completing your waiver online in advance of arrival. Head directly to the launch kiosk where staff will accompany you via elevator up to the zipline launch pad. Be kitted out with a helmet and a comfort safety harness. You'll receive all the safety instructions you'll need so that you can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the views. Sense the incredible force of nature as you soar 67 meters above the famous Niagara River Gorge and glide smoothly 670 meters past the American Falls towards the awesome power, thundering roar and amazing mist of the mighty Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and arrive at the Falls Observation Landing Deck. Enjoy the very best viewing and photo opportunity of the world-famous Niagara Falls in all its glory. Finally, return to the top in comfort aboard air-conditioned passenger vans.

NYC: Museum of Ice Cream Entry Ticket

5. NYC: Museum of Ice Cream Entry Ticket

Walk through the pink doors of the Museum of Ice Cream and enter a world of pure imagination. Satisfy your inner child and your actual kids with exhibitions featuring various installations designed to engage and delight children of all ages. Time your visit the museum on a weekday for a more peaceful experience. Once inside, explore imaginative, multi-sensory exhibitions that bring to life your most delightful dreams. Savor the sweetest treats on a magical floating table, slide down an epic three-story slide, take a celestial ride on a pink Museum of Ice Cream subway, and follow the buzzing sound to a giant "Queen Bee" hive. Taste the museum's signature flavors and ice cream treats along the way, before taking a dive into the world's largest sprinkle pool. Take all the Instagram-worthy pictures that your heart desires. When you finish your experience, be sure to explore the museum's whimsical shop. The Museum of Ice Cream is not a traditional museum — every installation is interactive, meaning touching isn't only allowed, it's encouraged. Alternatively, grab your partner, friend, or family member for an exclusive Night at the Museum experience at The Museum of Ice Cream. Start off the night with a signature cocktail and ignite your senses through a theatrical experience. After hours, enjoy a full tour of the museum's 13 magical installations, along with special activities and treats designed to celebrate love in all its forms. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a pink super-cone.

NYC: Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

6. NYC: Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

Choose between a General Admission ticket and the Express Ticket option. General Admission allows you to skip the ticket purchase line, whilst the Express Ticket option gives you an upgraded VIP experience. With an Express Ticket you'll be able to skip all lines, including the ticket purchase line, security line and the elevator lines that take you up and down. The New Empire State Building Experience not only gives you access to the legendary New York City landmark, allowing you to soar 1,054 foot (320 meters) high and enjoy magnificent 360-degree open-air views of New York City and beyond. You'll also see Grand Staircase with a two-story architectural model of the building and newly renovated interactive galleries that take you on an incredible journey from the building’s construction to its current place in pop culture. Explore the site in the 1920s, Construction, Opening Day, Modern Marvel, Otis Elevators, World’s Most Famous Building, King Kong, and Celebrity exhibits. The 80th Floor also features a range of exciting art exhibits. Be sure to see the building's iconic Art Deco Fifth Avenue lobby. The Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observation Deck is the highest 360-degree open-air observatory in New York, outfitted with heaters to keep the cold at bay. The Empire State Building is more than a spectacular view - it is the most Instagrammed landmark in the USA. Your entrance also includes a downloadable multimedia experience, available in 9 languages. This app also includes videos, image galleries, quizzes, and maps showing nearby points of interest. Be sure to see the building's iconic Art Deco Fifth Avenue lobby as you exit this remarkable building

Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Adventure Walking Tour

7. Niagara, USA: Maid of the Mist and Adventure Walking Tour

Journey into the heart of the Horseshoe Falls, embark on a sightseeing boat tour of the Niagara Falls, and feel the mist of 700,000 gallons of water barrels over the falls. Then go up to the Observation Deck to see the Niagara Falls' all 3 waterfalls. Next, visit Prospect Point then walk over to Goat Island to view Luna Island and the amazing Horseshoe Falls. Learn some history of Niagara Falls from your knowledgeable guide who will accompany you on the boat and direct you to the best locations. The boat can get crowded so your guide will ensure you’re one of the first off the boat, saving you time from waiting in the elevator line. Next, do the adventure walk and learn about the history of Niagara Falls and the daredevils who tried to defy her. End the tour at the trolley and seek information to help you enjoy your visit to the Falls. The guides on-site are happy to answer all questions and help you navigate the Niagara Falls State Park.

New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

8. New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

Experience the best views in New York City from inside a helicopter, complete with large floor-to-ceiling convex windows for your viewing pleasure. On your flight you will see the beautiful Central Park, Hudson River, and New York Harbor, including the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum. Cruise past the Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, the World Financial Center, and the Chrysler Building from up high, as well as the iconic Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Greenwich Village, South Street Seaport, and the Brooklyn Bridge, which dates all the way back to 1883. With tour narration and all heliport fees included, there is no better way to enjoy the dramatic and ever-evolving New York City skyline.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Butterfly Conservatory Admission

9. Niagara Falls, Canada: Butterfly Conservatory Admission

Experience the magic of the Butterfly Conservatory, nestled on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. The Butterfly Conservatory is located a short 15-minute drive from the Canadian Horsehoe Falls and is easily accessible by the WEGO transport system. This magical attraction features over 2,000 colorful tropical butterflies floating freely amongst the winding pathways beneath the spacious, glass-enclosed conservatory. Your self-guided walking tour of the Butterfly Conservatory begins with a short, informative video presentation before you are free to explore at your own pace.   Marvel at 45 species of butterflies with some from tropical regions around the world, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, and the Philippines. Discover the dynamic exhibit space with educational information about butterfly life cycles, pollinators, and more. Wander paths that wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall to the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight.

New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

10. New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

Ascend via SkyPod to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than 47 seconds at 28 mph. SkyPod provides a virtual time-lapse visual experience showing how New York City has changed from the 1500s. Skip the ticket line and even opt to also skip the elevator line. At the observatory, elevate your senses as you take in the iconic sights, surrounding waters, and panoramas of the Manhattan skyline and beyond. Then look toward the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit while taking in the stunning views.  Engage with City Pulse and One World Observatory's global ambassadors as they share stories of this amazing city. Step onto the expansive Sky Portal and take a walk high above the streets of New York. Dine or drink at the café, bar, or restaurant. Upgrade to Combination or All-Inclusive Tickets and enjoy skip-the-line access to the elevators. Access expedited security via the priority security line. The Digital Skyline Guide, an interactive, virtual reality iPad guide to New York City, is also included. 

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4.6 / 5

based on 67,978 reviews

it was excellent! Lenny our tour guide was such a pleasure to be around. we really enjoyed him. also he was very understanding when I told him about my bad knee

Amazing views, a great experience to finish off a day in midtown/central park. Recommend going in the evening to enjoy sunset(would cost 10$ extra buying)

Such an incredible experience. Dana is an absolutely amazing guide! Definitely a trip we will never forget!

Very nice our guy was very funny and we enjoy talking to him. We did 3pm tour on Friday

This was exactly what we wanted. Fun way to learn interactively