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NYC Things to Do: Top New York City Tours

There are few better ways to experience New York City than to take a city tour! This latest NYC Visitors Blog article, ‘NYC Things to Do: Top New York City Tours’ introduces you to the best City Tours to experience the city.

September 30, 2019

New York is an amazing city with so much to do, see and experience.  It is impossible to see and experience everything this city has to offer in one visit. In fact, there are New Your residents who have lived in New York for years who have only seen a fraction of the city they live in.

One of the best ways to see and experience as much of the city as possible in a week, or the time that you must spend in the city, consider taking a city tour. New York City Tours take place in the form of Walking Tours, Double Decker Bus Tours, Foodie Tours, Harbor Cruise Tours, Pub Crawl Tours and more.

This NYC Visitors Blog article introduces you to just a few of the top New York City Tours you may like to consider enjoying your net visit to New York.  

Enjoy this NYC Blog Article, ‘NYC Things to Do: Top New York City Tours:’

New York Harbor Cruise Boat
The Harbor Cruise Water Taxi includes a 90-minute expert narrated cruise on the Hudson River for views of New Jersey skyline, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and more.

New York City Hop on – Hop off Harbor Cruise Tour
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A Harbor Cruise around New York City is a great way to see the city from a unique perspective. A Hop-on Hop-off style Harbor Cruise to make the most if your time for the day of the tour by having 4 different stops on the tour and allowing guests to ‘Hop-off’ at one destination, explore that area of the city, and ‘Hop-on’ the next Cruise Boat to take you to the next destination. The Harbor Cruise Water Taxi includes a 90-minute expert narrated cruise on the Hudson River for views of New Jersey skyline, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and more.  The Water Taxi departs from Pier 79 in Midtown Manhattan, not far from Hotel Mela.  The boats depart each port about every 45 minutes until 6:00 p.m.

 

The Ride New York City Tour
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‘The Ride’ is an amazing, high energy and very entertaining tour of the city on a luxury bus with large, oversized windows, with lights and television monitors to enhance the tour and presentation.  The Ride is a 75-minute New York City Tour that includes a narrated sightseeing tour of the city along with great visuals and live entertainment while navigating the city!

To ensure that no two tours are the same, The Ride City Tours invite street performers, dancers, rappers and other surprise performers to entertain the guests taking ‘The Ride.’  The hosts for The Ride are great performers themselves and inject lots of fun, jokes and great improve to provide the ‘most entertaining’ New York City Tour.

 

Statue of Liberty New York
A visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are among the most popular tours in New York.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour
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The ‘Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour,' is one of the most popular New York City Tours. This City Tour is approximately 4.5 hours long and includes a Ferry ride from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty for a visit to the museum on the island. Guests can then take a trip up to the Observation Deck for an incredible view of Manhattan and the New York City skyline. Next is a visit to Ellis Island where guests can tour the Immigration Museum where over 12 million immigrants were granted citizenship into the U.S.

 

Double Decker City Bus Tour in New York
 The Double Decker City Tours are a fantastic way to see the city and to travel from one landmark or neighborhood to another while learning interesting facts about the city and its landmarks along the way.

Double Decker Bus City Tours
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There are a number of providers offering Double Decker Bus Tours of the city. They all operate in a similar fashion and similar routes so you will need to check on your arrival for the best price and package for your budget and interests.  The Double Decker City Tours are a fantastic way to see the city and to travel from one landmark or neighborhood to another while learning interesting facts about the city and its landmarks along the way.  The Double Decker City Tours are all Hop-on/Hop-off style which means you can start your City Tour at one landmark, for example in Times Square and the Double Decker Buses travel on routes north, south, east or west and up to Harlem and north of Central Park.  

Guests can Hop-off the bus they are riding on and enjoy that part of the city, shop or have lunch and then Hop-on the next Tour Bus.  The Tour Buses arrive at their designated stops about every 20 minutes so you can ‘Hop-on’ the next Tour Bus and ride it to the next stop or beyond.  There are various Double Decker Tour packages that allow you to ride different routes and do so for 1-day to 5-days.  Some visitors will use the Double Decker Buses as a mode of transportation throughout their stay in the city.

 

Pizza maker in New York
Some of the NYC Pizza Tours include visits to the oldest pizzerias to the newer more gourmet style Pizza Restaurants.

Food Tours of New York City
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New York City is a food lover’s paradise!  One of the best ways, and of course the tastiest ways to experience the city is by taking a Food Tour of a designated neighborhood like Little Italy, Chinatown or a Food Tour that covers a single type of food like, a ‘Pizza Tour of New York.’

Neighborhood Food Tours, like the ‘Chinatown Food Tour’ will take you through a number of great restaurants in Chinatown that allow you to taste authentic dishes like, Duck, Dim Sum, a variety of Chinese dishes in various restaurants.  Other Walking Food Tours like the ‘Little Italy Food Tour’ takes visitors to great restaurants in Little Italy to taste a variety of dishes and in some cases,  guests can watch some dishes being made at select restaurants.  

Perhaps one of the more popular Food Tours in New York City are the Pizza Tour of New York.  There are a number of New York Pizza Tours to choose from.  Some Pizza Tours focus on neighborhood and the tour walks from restaurant to restaurant.  The other option is to join a tour that takes guests from restaurant to restaurant in a Touring San.  This last option is best of course if you care for a wider variety of ‘the Best Pizza in NYC’ because the tour can cover the city as opposed to a walking tour that is restricted based on how far you can walk.  The New York Pizza Tours include visits to the oldest pizzerias to the newer more gourmet style Pizza Restaurants.  Just do a little research as to which New York City Food Tour is best for you before you arrive in the city.

Come to New York, there is always something to do, see and experience. This article, ‘NYC Things to Do: Top New York City Tours’ introduces you to just a few of the great New York City Tours – but there are plenty of additional New York City Tours to discover; Famous Film Locations, Best City Coffee, Chinatown Food Tours, NYC Underground and more, so look for future article to help you choose the ideal New York City Tour for your next visit.

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