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  • New York City Streets Full-Day Bike Tour

    1. New York City Streets Full-Day Bike Tour

    Begin with a ride through Greenwich Village and a stop at the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement of the 1960s and 70s.  Next ride along the Hudson River Greenway to Wall Street, where bankers rub shoulders with bike messengers, and brokers down their lunch as fast as the stock market fluctuates. Then onto the World Trade Center, where the new tower rises tall, a monument to human despair and resilience. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, learn the story of this glorious architectural wonder and discover the amazing history of an underground railroad stop in Brooklyn. Discover how unique churches, a few tropical fruits, and a fabulous hotel made Brooklyn Heights one of New York’s gems. Then back over the Manhattan Bridge and into Chinatown, find yourself on a street where secret meetings were once held to overthrow the dynasties of China and, later in an alley leading t...

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

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

    There are a million things to experience in New York City, but only one way to truly see them all. Start by skipping just the ticket line or opt to also skip the elevator line. Ascend via SkyPod to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than 47 seconds. With speed topping 28 mph, these are the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere. While ascending, SkyPod provides a virtual time-lapse visual experience showing how the view of New York City has changed from the 1500s to today.  Once up at the Observatory, 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 ...

    I would highly recommend it. I enjoyed the views tremendously. And the elevator ride up was quick. And I ate lunch at the restaurant there. And saw the presentation. I enjoyed it.

  • 60-Minute Cruise Around the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

    3. 60-Minute Cruise Around the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

    Take a 60-minute boat ride to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty. Cruise right under the Brooklyn Bridge and see the most famous skyline in the world. Your live English guide will point out the sites as you journey along the river including the Empire State Building, the new Freedom Tower, the Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island and more. Make use of both the indoor and outdoor seating, along with large open windows for your viewing pleasure. Get within touching distance of "Lady Liberty" and then move on to Ellis Island to take photos of the famous entry point to New York City. Marvel at the skyline of Manhattan and its famous skyscrapers, including the new One World Trade Center. Glide down both the east and west side of Lower Manhattan, and purchase drinks and food from the concession stand aboard the boat.  A multilingual audio tour is available in English, Italian, German, ...

    It was a really lovely experience. Although the statue wasn’t within touching distance as advertised, nonetheless, it was lovely seeing the statue up close. The service is really good. I missed the first booking, but I was able to reschedule the booking by paying a discounted fee. I, however, believe the tour guide could have been better. She was quite inaudible and it was difficult to follow. Perhaps the guide should focus on describing attractions on one side of the boat whilst departing the pier and focus on the attractions on the other side, when returning. That way, passengers will know what direction to focus on during the tour.

  • NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Timed-Entry Ticket

    4. NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Timed-Entry Ticket

    Benefit from contactless entry to the National September 11 Memorial Museum with your pre-purchased timed-entry ticket. Enjoy complimentary access to the 9/11 Memorial, the Survival Tree, and the Memorial Glades The 9/11 Museum The museum displays over 10,000 monumental artifacts linked to the events of 9/11 and is made up of three permanent exhibition sections: • The Historical Exhibition has three parts: the Day of 9/11, Before 9/11 and After 9/11. It tells the story of what happened on 9/11, including the events at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the story of Flight 93.  • The Memorial Exhibition "In Memoriam", commemorates the lives of those who perished on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 and provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the men, women and children who died. • The Foundation Hall is a room of massive scale, which houses...

    Very well done, solemn and emotional tribute to the victims and the horrors/ heroes of that day

  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry

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

    Begin your experience by departing from Battery Park, Manhattan or Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Battery Park is easily accessible via subway, located in Lower Manhattan. Liberty State Park is easily accessible via car, located in Jersey City, NJ. Once you arrive at the meeting point, enjoy priority line access 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: Liberty Island (with the Statue of Liberty) and Ellis Island. The itinerary depends on your departure location. From Manhattan, your first stop will be Liberty Island. On arrival, 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-g...

    Wonderful being able to take a ferry from Liberty Park to both Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty and back. Great rates!

  • NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour

    6. NYC: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Pre-Ferry Tour

    Learn all about the unique history of Battery Park on a 30-minute guided tour with an experienced local guide. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the 25-acre green park has a varied history and many classic monuments to explore. Find out essential facts surrounding the Battery Cannon, Battery Oval, Coast Guard Memorial, Bosque Gardens and the circular Bosque Fountain. Finish up the walking tour at Castle Clinton, built in anticipation of the War of 1812. Positioned in the middle of the park, the castle acts as a centerpiece of the revitalization efforts of the park. Your guide will then assist you through the various procedures to board the ferry for Liberty Island. Benefit from priority boarding and save precious time. Cross New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Built by Gustave Eiffel, Lady Liberty was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Take a se...

    This was a great trip for a great price. Our guide, her name is Isabella I believe made the tour so much better. She is highly knowledgeable and very witty and funny. We loved the experience. I would highly recommend.

  • New York: 90-Minute Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    7. New York: 90-Minute Landmarks Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

    Spend just 90 minutes to take in many of the iconic sites of midtown and lower Manhattan on a Semi-Circle Cruise. You'll enjoy magnificent views of the world's most recognizable skyline and get a close-up look at Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. See it all with fun and knowledgeable tour guides who bring to life the breathtaking sights and the fascinating history behind the Big Apple. Sail down the Hudson, cruising around the Battery, and up the East River. You’ll pass under the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges to the United Nations – and then head back to Pier 83, the starting point for the tour.

    The captain knew much of the history surrounding the harbor and the Burroughs. It was time well spent.

  • NYC: Statue of Liberty 45-Minute Cruise Skip-the-Box-Office

    8. NYC: Statue of Liberty 45-Minute Cruise Skip-the-Box-Office

    Departing from Downtown Manhattan in Battery Park, this 45-minute express is the fastest way to get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty. The best views are definitely from the water and you'll enjoy the insights of your fun, onboard tour guide with live narration. Begin your cruise experience at Battery Park's Slip 6. Get your souvenir photo with Lady Liberty in the background while you wait.  Board the vessel, sit back, and set sail on your round-trip sightseeing cruise. Bask in the panoramic view of downtown New York's celebrated towers, memorials, and Landmarks while you relax on board the state-of-the-art boat.  Cruise right over to see the Statue of Liberty, one of the most iconic symbols in the world. On your way to Lady Liberty, you’ll sail past and learn about Ellis Island, once home to the United States’ busiest immigration station, where approximately 12 million...

    Damian was very knowledgeable and friendly, the captain was great. It was perfect amount of time to see Lady Liberty and take the perfect photos! Highly recommend!

  • 9/11 Tour & All Access: 9/11 Memorial, Museum & Observatory

    9. 9/11 Tour & All Access: 9/11 Memorial, Museum & Observatory

    Remember the terrible events of 11 September 2001 on a 9/11 walking tour, and journey through the former World Trade Center in New York. Guided by New Yorkers with a personal connection to 9/11, the tour includes personal anecdotes and touching stories of tragedy and heroism. Meet at St. Paul's Chapel to see the church that miraculously survived the falling buildings and debris, despite being only a block away from the World Trade Center. It became a makeshift rescue center in the aftermath and its iron fence became a bulletin board where family members posted notices of their missing loved ones. Hear heroic stories of the emergency responders at the Firefighter's 9/11 Memorial Wall, and see the Engine and Ladder Company 10/10, the fire station at Ground Zero. Finally, enter the 9/11 Memorial, where you can pay your respects to those who lost their lives. See the Reflecting Absence Mem...

    Excellent guide, he was great. We saw a lot more than we could have on our own, Everything was so interesting and well guided. We were disappointed that the tower portion of the tour was cancelled but that was beyond the tour’s control an we were exhausted anyway so that was no real problem. I would do this tour anytime and would strongly recommend It to anyone.

  • From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Bus Tour

    10. From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Bus Tour

    After pickup, head north from Manhattan, going through the neighborhood of Harlem and crossing into the Bronx. Visit the Yankee Stadium, home of the legendary NYC baseball team. Enjoy a stop to take pictures and shop for souvenirs. 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. Next, head to Queens, the largest and most multicultural borough in New York. Visit Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where you'll find the Mets' Stadium and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The final stop in Queens will be on Roosevelt Avenue, one of the borough’s main streets. See first hand how immigration has contributed to the vibrant life of this neighborhood, full of multicultural stores and restaurants. The last borough to visit is Brooklyn, where you’ll see the Jewish Quarters i...

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What people are saying about Lower Manhattan

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 31,551 reviews

Great when you reserve online that way you don't need to stand on line to get tickets. Be prepared for a security check point just as at the airport but after that, just get on tbe ferry and enjoy the views of both the Manhattan Skyline and Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island. Great photo ops.

Megan was incredible!! So knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history of Tribeca. This tour exceeded my expectations and was such a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to see this neighborhood in a whole new light.

Go early because, like everywhere else, they'll screen you and check your bags. Also the ferries only go in a clockwise direction, so even if you just want to see the Statue, the ferry will still go to Ellis Island, then back to Manhattan.

Really good tour. Learned a ton about little Italy and local Italian food places I wouldn’t have visited otherwise. I would recommend it if you are looking for something to do in this part of the city.

Great ext, very knowledgeable guide, made fun and informative. Highly recommend!