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  • New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

    1. New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

    Use The New York Pass on your phone to allow you cash-free entry to over 100 New York tourist attractions. It’s a bit like an “all you can eat” buffet; once you’ve bought your New York Pass, you don’t have to pay to get into any of the attractions covered by the pass, and the more sights you see, the more money you save.

    The New York Pass records when and where you first use it, as well as how long it will remain valid. This means your pass is activated the moment that you first use it at any attraction or service. Your New York Pass is then valid for the number of days that you've purchased. 

    The full list of attractions:

    POPULAR EXPERIENCES

    • Empire State Building

    • Big Bus Tours: 1-day Classic Tour

    • Top of the Rock Observation Deck

    • 9/11 Memorial & Museum

    • Edge (Hudson Yards)

    • One World Observatory

    I didn’t have any problems with the pass. It was show/reserve and go experience, and it allowed us to do most of the attractions, including others we had planned. I had a good trip with it.

  • New York: Pier 36 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise

    2. New York: Pier 36 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise

    Enjoy views of famous landmarks on the Manhattan skyline during a 60-minute sightseeing cruise. Depart from Pier 36 right under the Brooklyn Bridge then travel toward South Street Seaport and Battery Park. Get up close to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for the most incredible photos opportunities. Admire views of One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park and more. Make the most of the full cash bar with snacks and drinks available to purchase on board. To round out your experience, you have the option to upgrade to the tour to include skip-the-line access to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

    Great value and water experience on a summer day. We treated our 3 grandchildren to this 1 hour cruise to see the Statute of Liberty and it was our grandson's 8th birthday. Captain Ronnie was tremendously generous with his time, and even allowed our boy to sit in the captain's chair while educating him about the captain's job and his experiences navigating the boat. He made the experience unforgettable for our grandson and we couldn't be more grateful. Thank you captain Ronnie!

  • Manhattan: 3-Hour Food and History Tour With a Local Guide

    3. Manhattan: 3-Hour Food and History Tour With a Local Guide

    This 3-hour walking tour starts off at City Hall, where many immigrants become American citizens. Make your way around the neighborhood, visiting 100-year-old bakeries, churches, markets, and historic sites. Stroll the streets of little Italy, as Lucky Luciano might have a century ago. See synagogues and Jewish clothing stores. Along the way you’ll sink your teeth into amazing stories and amazing food. Knishes, tacos, dumplings, and more are all in store. Taste the culinary legacy left by those that have passed by Lady Liberty on their way to realize the American Dream. This trip is offered on a join-in basis, with a maximum group size of 12. If you are happy with the services provided by your local guide, a tip (though not compulsory) is appropriate and much appreciated!

    This was an excellent way to be introduced to the history and culture of different communities in NYC. Highly recommend if you've never been to NYC before or just enjoy eating different cuisines!

  • New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Ferry or Night Tour Options

    4. New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Ferry or Night Tour Options

    Explore New York from onboard the open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop-off at the attractions you want to explore further and see the city at your own pace. The 1, 2 and 3-day tickets includes access to 2 loops - Uptown and Downtown - where you can hop-on and hop-off the bus as many times as you please! You can also opt for a Night Tour or Ferry Tour, to discover the city from a different angle! Travel on the Downtown Loop and the Uptown Loop, jumping off at any of the 50 stops along the way. Enjoy the best of Manhattan, from the flashing lights of Times and the iconic Empire State Building–New York's most prestigious skyscraper–to the fashion stores of 5th Avenue, or the impressive home of the United Nations. Onboard, you will have access to a high-quality live audio commentary, giving you a general overview of the sights. Downtown Loop Stop 1 - Times Square...

    It’s good and nice place to be , to my surprise I didn’t know that the Statue of Liberty is a gift from France to USA. I really learnt a lot of things .

  • New York: Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rentals Unlimited Biking

    5. New York: Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rentals Unlimited Biking

    Explore Lower Manhattan with a 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, or 4-hour bike rental. You can also rent the bike for 24 hours, or purchase a day-pass to rent the bike for a whole day, returning it before 7:00L PM on the same day. The area is rich in architecture, history, and culture, making it ideal to tour by bike. Cycle the Lower East Side’s Little Italy to vibrant Chinatown. Go to the site of the former World Trade Center, or bike the café-laden streets of the Meatpacking District, SoHo, or Greenwich Village. You are provided with all bike equipment, including chain locks and baskets, while a city map is included for your convenience. With a 1-hour bike rental, you can easily cycle across the Brooklyn Bridge and back for fantastic city views. Rent a bike for a full 24 hours and cycle the dedicated greenways.

  • NYC: Van Gogh Exhibit w/ Statue of Liberty Cruise Upgrade

    6. NYC: Van Gogh Exhibit w/ Statue of Liberty Cruise Upgrade

    Explore Van Gogh's most iconic artwork with this fully immersive, multi-sensory exhibit at Pier 36 NYC. Optionally, upgrade your experience with a 1-Hour Statue of Liberty sightseeing cruise from the pier. Choose between a timed ticket and premium flexible ticket depending on your needs. The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit provides an immersive art experience for all ages. This one-of-a-kind installation includes an unforgettable 360-degree show, unique photo opportunities, and insight into the life of one of the 19th century's most iconic artists. To help reimagine this massive venue, Immersive Van Gogh has joined forces with Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated designer David Korins, known for his set design of countless Broadway hits including Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen. Enjoy interactive exhibits including an Artificial Intelligence tool that invites visitors to writ...

    The experience was pretty cool but there are actually two Van Gogh exhibits and the other one has the immersive VR experience. This is not that experience so do not get them confused. Overall, I would say that it was a fun activity for a few hours.

  • New York City: 3-Hour Superhero Bus Tour

    7. New York City: 3-Hour Superhero Bus Tour

    Don’t miss the chance to see New York City’s best filming locations of your favorite comic book heroes from Spider-Man, Superman, Jessica Jones and more on The Super Tour of NYC. On this super guided sightseeing bus tour, see over 40 locations featured in your favorite super-powered TV shows and movies. Together with your tour guide, discover the most filmed city in the world. Start your adventure in the heart of New York City, Times Square which has been featured in Spider-Man, Captain America, the Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the Incredible Hulk TV series. Continue your journey heading downtown, where you will see great sites such as the Chrysler building, the iconic Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park. Drive through unique and cultured neighborhoods like the Lower East Side, Chinatown and see the historical buildings in the Financial District. Finally, s...

  • From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Park Bike Tour

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

    Enjoy an engaging ride down New York City’s famed West Side Greenway to Brooklyn, and travel across the nearly 6,000-foot span of the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. Explore Brooklyn’s vibrant culture and exceptional architectural legacy and history. Brooklyn has always held an extraordinary status throughout the world, not only historically but cinematically as well. Here is your opportunity to familiarize yourself with this legendary borough on two wheels. All the team members are trained New York City Tour Guides. Stops include Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Walt Whitman Park, Fort Greene Park, Admiral’s Row/Brooklyn Navy Yard, Battery Park.

  • Manhattan: Brooklyn Delights and Lower East Side Bike Tour

    9. Manhattan: Brooklyn Delights and Lower East Side Bike Tour

    You'll begin your tour on the lower east side of Manhattan, once the most densely populated neighborhood in the world and now a very hip area with a thriving nightlife and plenty of quirks. Heading into Brooklyn, you'll explore high-end Bohemian neighborhood of Williamsburg to visit one of the Big Apple's truly underground microbreweries — where participants over the age of 21 may sample craft beers on tap. A short ride away, yet seemingly centuries back in time, is a Hassidic shtetl, where the orthodox Jewish population lives according to centuries-old religious tradition. On Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, all businesses are closed as the synagogue becomes the focal point of existence. As if traveling through time, pass by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, site of nearly 200 years of shipbuilding history and the birthplace of scores of famous ships, from the Fulton Steam Frigate to the U...

  • New York City: Stories from the Dark Side

    10. New York City: Stories from the Dark Side

    Take to the streets of New York with an expert guide to explore neighborhoods once home to notorious criminals, learn how the city was ruled in waves by various immigrant crime rings and finding out what modern crime looks like in the city. On the Lower East Side, you’ll see tenement buildings where Irish immigrants lived in subhuman conditions. The most notorious area here was the ‘Five Points’ - a junction so infamous for its gang crime (rumor has it some even lived in burrows under the streets!) that Charles Dickens came to check it out himself on a trip to NYC, not believing it could live up to its status. It did, of course, as your guide will tell you. Irish gangs weren’t the only group to terrorize the Lower East Side, however. Throughout the 1900s the Italian mafia kept Little Italy in a choke hold, while the 1970s and 1980s were dominated by Chinese turf wars so bloody, you’ll ...

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What people are saying about Lower East Side

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 816 reviews

Great value and water experience on a summer day. We treated our 3 grandchildren to this 1 hour cruise to see the Statute of Liberty and it was our grandson's 8th birthday. Captain Ronnie was tremendously generous with his time, and even allowed our boy to sit in the captain's chair while educating him about the captain's job and his experiences navigating the boat. He made the experience unforgettable for our grandson and we couldn't be more grateful. Thank you captain Ronnie!

My daughter and I really enjoyed this cruise! It was about an hour long and packed with great information on the sites surrounding us! The music was great! I cried when we approached The Statue of Liberty! I ordered a vodka cranberry and danced to the Reggae music! It was Fabulous! The staff was also really nice and moved swiftly to get everyone aboard! Thanks for an Amazing and Memory filled Adventure! Rosalind

This was an excellent way to be introduced to the history and culture of different communities in NYC. Highly recommend if you've never been to NYC before or just enjoy eating different cuisines!

I didn’t have any problems with the pass. It was show/reserve and go experience, and it allowed us to do most of the attractions, including others we had planned. I had a good trip with it.

You could go to almost every attraction with the pass