Updated: May 21, 2015
Best New York ToursFor first time visitors to New York City and Manhattan, this giant city can be overwhelming. Many tourists on vacation in NYC choose to take a New York tour to get acquainted, see special sites, or just feel more comfortable being on an accompanied tour (especially for foreign tourists). There are a number of tours available in New York - aerial tours (helicopter and plane), water (harbor and rivers), walking, and bus. Lets start with the water tours of Manhattan (New York Harbor, the East River, and the Hudson River are the main waterways encircling Manhattan island).
New York Boat Tours -- seeing Manhattan from the water!You can choose from a number of New York boat tours. The most popular is the Circle Line tours. These sightseeing boat tours give you a unique view of the towering New York skyline. They have boats departing from the 42nd street pier on the west side of Manhattan, and from downtown. They offer a 3 hour full island cruise, that completely circumnavigates Manhattan, including passing by the Statue of Liberty and going under the Brooklyn Bridge. They have a nighttime harbor lights tour of New York Harbor, and a 75 minute Liberty Cruise. Tickets range from $15-$28 depending on the trip. The downtown dock is located at South Street Seaport. Check out the new Shark speedboat ride - quite a thrill as you zip around the harbor. Also check out AllNewYorkTours.com - they offer a 2 hour comprehensive New York tour: see the awesome NYC skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building. Cost is $25, and cruises depart from Pier 78 at West 38th St.
New York City Walking ToursThere's no better way to see and experience New York than by foot. And New York is made for walking, with plenty of interesting history, architecture, and neighborhoods to keep you busy along the way. One popular group of tours is FoodsOfNY.com -- for $40-$65, you'll go on a group walking tour of certain areas, sampling local foods and discovering restaurants along the way. Beyond guided walking tours, you can also see the city on your own by taking one of our self-guided walking tours:
- Greenwich Village Walking Tour
- Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour - New York
- Downtown Manhattan Walking Tour
- Chinatown Walking Tour - New York
- Plus handy New York City Neighborhood Map