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Things to do in New York

There are so many things to do in New York City. If you’re planing a trip to the Big Apple, we suggest you consult our complete guide to activities. We’ve listed our pros, cons, tips and tricks for every activity and attraction.

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Empire State Building

A beacon for international and domestic tourists alike, the Empire State Building offers unmatched views of New York and neighboring states from its world-famous 86th and 102nd floor observatories all year long!

One World Observatory

Access to all 3 floors of One World Observatory (Levels 100, 101, 102); Arrival via the Sky Pod elevators, among the fastest in the world; An exciting New York City film presentation in the SEE FOREVER Theater; Special features including City Pulse, One World Observatory’s interactive concierge, and step out onto the Sky Portal for an unforgettable view of the city streets below; Access to curated eateries from casual café fare to seated fine dining at ONE.

Top of the Rock

Take your time and take it all in. It’s a dramatic view of New York City you just can’t get anywhere else. Day or night, three floors of indoor and outdoor decks offer stunning panoramas of the city’s energy, wonder, and beauty.

Ripley’s Believe or Not

Explore the famous Robert Ripley collection and discover the most fascinating and bizarre oddities from all corners of the globe.

Madame Tussauds

The one place where you can get up close and personal with over 220 of the world’s most fascinating historical, political and iconic figures of our history.

The Gazillion Bubble Show

The Gazillion Bubble Show will amaze your whole family with mind blowing bubble magic. It will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid all over again!

Broadway Shows

Cats, Stomp, Alladin, Blue Man Group, Avenue Q, The Phantom of the Opera, Bandstand, Chicago, Waitress, and more.

The Tour, powered by the Ride

Discover the past, present and future of New York City aboard this immersive multimedia sightseeing adventure! THE TOUR navigates a 90­-minute route through over 10 NYC neighbourhoods and over 50 iconic landmarks.Enjoy THE TOUR from our patented, multi-million dollar vehicle guided by a licensed Tour Navigator and enhanced with unparalleled technology. THE TOUR, Powered by THE RIDE, is the only discriminating choice in a crowded field of the ordinary. So be extraordinary!There’s no better way to see NYC and its iconic landmarks than aboard THE TOUR.

– The New Generation of Sightseeing!

Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour

Our unique New York City walking tour through world-famous Central Park highlights more than 30 film and television locations that have been used in TV shows and movies shot in the most filmed location in the world, Central Park. This two-hour walking tour is a fun and relaxing way to spend an afternoon strolling through what was, the first public park built in America.

NYC Movie Tour

Straddle fiction and reality as you visit famous sites from both the big and small screen.

Bike Central Park Tour

Take in NYC’s most visited destination on a comprehensive guided tour of the world-renowned Central Park. Guests will ride in a group led by our licensed guides to visit must-see sites like Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields and the Onassis Reservoir. Along the way, we’ll also stop to see many other fantastic but lesser known spots, including Cleopatra’s Needle and Shakespeare Garden – all of the delightful places that make Central Park so special.

The Downtown Experience

THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE powered by THE RIDE will begin overlooking the New York Harbor and explore the historic blocks of the Seaport and lower Manhattan – the very blocks where rough and tumble New York roared to life, struggled to be born into freedom and through freedom’s challenges evolved throughout the last two hundred years.

THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE looks forward to having you aboard the 21st century technological wonders that are THE RIDE’s patented traveling theatres on this audio/visual, personally narrated journey recreating New York’s downtown history and enhanced with the magic of Virtual Reality.

THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE is pleased to be partnering with TimeLooper to incorporate virtual reality into this experiential entertainment initiative. TimeLooper is a location-based platform that enables people to re-live the most amazing moments from a location’s history via virtual reality delivered right on their smartphones. You can download the app in the Google Play or the App Store.

Waterfront & Central Park Bike Tour

Get the best of both worlds by joining our licensed tour guides on an in depth look at Central Park as well as NYC’s famous Upper West Side neighborhood. You’ll start with a ride around the Park’s inner loop, visiting some of the most well-known spots, including Bethesda Fountain and Strawberry Fields. Then you’ll head onto the low-key neighborhood streets to take in the famous architecture of Morningside Heights as well as stunning views of the Hudson River, along the car-free Greenway bike path on the West Side.

Bike the Brooklyn Bridge Tour

Explore Manhattan AND Brooklyn by bike! Start in lower Manhattan, looping around the southern tip of the island, through Tribeca, Battery Park and the Financial District. You’ll cross both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges with time to stop and enjoy the thrilling views of the city from the top of each. Pedal through the trendy DUMBO neighborhood as well as historic Brooklyn Heights. Guests will walk along the Promenade to marvel at the sweeping vista of Manhattan’s world-famous skyline. Great for visitors who want to get beyond Manhattan and into some of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods.

Double Decker Bus Tours – Night Tour

View the bright lights of the big city on this guided evening tour. Treat yourself to unforgettable views of the lit marquees in the Theater District and the light displays at the top of the Empire State Building and the new One World Trade Center. After passing through Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Little Italy and into Brooklyn, experience the spectacular views of the illuminated skyline and its sparkling reflection along the East River.




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