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Chelsea Market, Meatpacking, High Line Food & History Tour

1. Chelsea Market, Meatpacking, High Line Food & History Tour

Chelsea Market and the High Line are two of NYC's best attractions. This food and history tour features incredible insights and stories as well as some delicious food and fantastic NYC views. Plus the tour guides are truly entertaining and it's enough food for lunch. Did you know that although the area was originally residential, markets have existed in the district since the 1840s. People moved into tenements in the Meatpacking district in the 1820s to escape epidemics in what was then the main part of New York. In 1900, 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants filled the district; by the 1930s, those houses produced the nation’s third-largest volume of dressed meats. Five meatpacking companies still operate in the district. Boutiques and bars are more common than rump roasts these days, and the neighborhood continues to evolve almost daily. The food included at the Market features a Japanese-style taco, a slice of pizza from Filaga, a doughnut from Doughnuttery, and an halva and tahini tasting from Seed & Mill. Then, have a quick little shopping adventure at Artists & Fleas. After Chelsea Market, walk the beautiful and historic High Line Park and end the tour with an artisanal Belgian chocolate tasting at Neuhaus' Hudson Yards location.

New York City: Guided Bus Tour at Night

2. New York City: Guided Bus Tour at Night

Experience awesome New York City sites at night, as you hop aboard our comfortable tour bus for a comprehensive, fully-guided bus tour of NYC at night. Your tour guide will accompany you and will get off with you at each stop, helping you see a different side of New York City. This 4.5-hour guided night bus tour includes stops at the High Line Park, Little Island on the Hudson River, Grand Central Terminal, Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, and Times Square! The tour starts at 5:30 pm in the Times Square area on 7th Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets (in the middle of the block), and ends at 10 pm at the same location. We leave our starting/ending location in Times Square and go to our first stop - one of the most fascinating attractions in New York City - the High Line Park. The stop includes a 15-minute walk on the elevated, linear park that was originally a railway dating back to the industrial days of the west side of Manhattan. We continue our guided walk to NYC's newest outdoor space - Little Island - a 2.4-acre public park on the Hudson River. Off to Pier 17 at the historic South Street Seaport for magnificent views of the Downtown Brooklyn skyline and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge at night! Our next stop is Grand Central Terminal for a quick indoor tour of this iconic NYC landmark and the views of the Chrysler Building and NYC's newest skyscraper - One Vanderbilt! The bus heads back to the heart of NYC - Times Square, back to our original starting point on 7th Avenue and 51st Street. If you purchased Top of The Rock Observatory tickets - 50th Street and 6th Avenue is the last stop. Top of the Rock Observation Deck is perched 70 stories above at Rockefeller Center and offers a 3-floors of panoramic, 360-degree views unequaled anywhere else in New York City. Explore all the architecture and landmarks by day or sunset, including the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, or become memorized by the lights of the 'city that never sleeps'. Additional sites and neighborhoods you'll also see from the comfort of your bus include Rockefeller Center, Tribeca, East Village, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, Empire State Building, UN Building, MetLife Building, Chrysler Building & more!

New York City: Bus Tour from Manhattan

3. New York City: Bus Tour from Manhattan

This sightseeing tour of New York City features comfortable bus transportation and narration to ensure you get the most out of your New York experience. Your driver will start the tour by taking you through Central Park West, where you can view the Dakota Building. From here, you will continue to the Upper West Side. You will later drive past a number of famous New York museums including the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum. Next, you will go into Midtown to drive along Fifth Avenue. Here, you will see the renowned Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall before stopping to view the Empire State Building. Continuing from the Flatiron Building, you will journey into Little Italy and take a stroll over to New York’s famous Chinatown. The bus will then take you to Wall Street in the Financial District and  stop at Battery Park for a view of the Statue of Liberty - those who would like to can end the tour here. The tour continues through the West Highway, where you’ll be able to see the site of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. The tour ends at Herald Square. This tour features numerous photo stops for you to capture your New York experience.

New York City: 2-Hour Chocolate Tasting Tour

4. New York City: 2-Hour Chocolate Tasting Tour

Enjoy a stroll around some of the New York's most decadent dessert stores, and discover some of the finest chocolatiers in Manhattan. Stop for 7 tastings on-the-go, walking in small groups of no more than 20 people. Meet your guide at Washington Square Arch and head off to sample tasty truffles and salty caramels, including dark chocolate almond bark and the most exquisite chocolate mousse you’ve ever tasted. Discover one of New York’s best kept foodie secrets in West Village, and sample the American-Made Delicious Candies with Finest Ingredients since 1921 at See's with only the finest and freshest ingredients, satisfaction guaranteed. If you love housemade treats, from caramel pretzels to unique chocolate molds plus their sugar-free items be excited with Varsano's Chocolate. Go to Manhattan’s cult candy store at Lilac Chocolates, where the homemade mocha truffles, maple walnut fudge, chocolate cream rolls, and almond bark are to die for! Have the joy in its simplest form and pure expression at Venchi, a chocolate artistry since 1878, from traditional recipes to more exciting ones and try the legendary cupcakes at Molly's. You'll be tasting the greatest chocolates the world has to offer on The Chocolate Tour of New York, if that doesn't satisfy your sweet tooth the great discounts will ensure you walk home with bags of chocolatey goodness for the family. Chocoholics everywhere will love this tour!

NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

5. NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

Explore the west side of Manhattan on a guided tour. Walk the High Line and see the Vessel. Stop into the Chelsea Markets and check out the world-class food vendors. Meet your guide in the Meat Packing District. Enjoy a scenic walk through the High Line, one of Manhattan’s most unique parks. Built on top of a former elevated freight train track, the tracks were turned into a greenway in 2009. Stroll down this 1.45-mile path and take in unique views of the city – you’ll feel as if your floating above the city streets. Admire the colorful gardens filled with grasses, perennials and woody species which were inspired by the wildflowers that grew on the disused tracks. View the park’s installation art pieces. Discover the Hudson Yards, and see the Vessel, “New York’s Staircase.” This honeycomb-shaped 150-foot tall art piece can accommodate up to 1000 people at a time. Upgrade your tour by adding an optional admission ticket to the Edge Observation Deck. Climb to the top of its world-famous Observation Deck and check out spectacular 360-degree views of the city.

Everything New York City: Customizable Luxury SUV Tour

6. Everything New York City: Customizable Luxury SUV Tour

Everybody finds something unique to like about New York City, so book a private tour guide to avoid the cookie-cutter sightseeing tours. The Everything New York City Tour is fully customizable to your desires. You will travel by luxury SUV, with space for up to 5 of your friends or family. Before the chauffeured 4-hour tour, All New York Fun Tours will take the time to consult your interests. After the consultation, every sight, every turn, and every stop will be custom tailored to you and/or your group's interests. Whether you want to see Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, or Staten Island, you will have fun and learn about what interests you most. You have the option to get out and see anything you want in the areas that interest you, or simply sit back and soak up the sights. Some areas and sights of interest to consider include: • High line park • Grand Central Terminal • Central Park • Rockefeller Center • Chelsea Market • Greenwich Village • SoHo Chinatown Little Italy • East Village • Times Square • World Trade Center • Wall Street • Statue of Liberty • Battery Park • Museum Mile • Harlem and more • Brooklyn Bridge • Williamsburg • Brooklyn Heights • Bedford Stuyvesant • Prospect Park • Coney Island • Dumbo  • Queensboro Bridge • Long Island City • Flushing • Astoria • Mets Stadium Citifield • Flushing Meadows Park • Arthur Ash Stadium • Queens Museum of Art • Yankee Stadium And more ---------- Your tour will include more or less depending on your personal interests. Additional hours can also be purchased to lengthen your private, customizable tour.

NYC: High Line, Chelsea, & Meatpacking District Walking Tour

7. NYC: High Line, Chelsea, & Meatpacking District Walking Tour

On this 2-hour guided tour you’ll take a walk through the High Line, New York’s only elevated park. The 1-mile-long linear park was created on a section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad on Manhattan’s west side. Stroll through the Chelsea neighborhood from a unique vantage point, treading along the path once traversed by fire-breathing locomotives! Enjoy surprising views of the Hudson River. The tour begins at the famous Chelsea marketplace and a visit to an art gallery may be included. Walk through former factories and warehouses, where trains would unload their goods right inside the building. Hear stories about the famous Meatpacking District and how it was transformed from rows of slaughterhouses to one of the most chic neighborhoods in the world. See amazing architecture ranging from the ultramodern Standard Hotel and the undulating glass curtain design of the IAC building to the Art Deco-era Empire State Building.

Meatpacking District: Chelsea Market and The Highline Tour

8. Meatpacking District: Chelsea Market and The Highline Tour

Start your 2-hour tour in front of the world famous Chelsea Market. Spend some free time inside the market, sample baked goods and snacks and even do a little shopping. Hear about the infamous Death Avenue before heading up to The Highline, a linear park built on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur. Enjoy fantastic views of Chelsea Piers and see where the ill-fated Titanic was meant to dock in 1912. Admire the 18-story luxury boutique Standard Hotel and other local architecture. After visiting The Highline, head into the heart of the Meatpacking District. See the Gansevoort Hotel and walk past several high-fashion flagship stores and some trendy bars.

New York City: Secrets Of High Line Park Walking Tour

9. New York City: Secrets Of High Line Park Walking Tour

Your leisurely-paced 2-hour walking tour which spans the entire 1.45 mile (2.33 kilometer) High Line begins with a walk through the treasured Chelsea Market, located in the heart of the fashionable Meatpacking District. This fabulous culinary and shopping marketplace was once the home of Nabisco, world’s largest bakery and creator of the Oreo Cookie. Whilst here your guide will share the story of the former bakery, as well as other neighborhood buildings. You’ll learn how the Meatpacking District, once a flurry of industry, ultimately fell into ruin becoming a dilapidated, drug-ridden, urban wasteland. Your guide will share the area's remarkable history and transformation from a once seedy area to the chic and glamorous hot-spot that it is today. The High Line itself is a linear 1.45-mile aerial greenway which rests upon the former historic freight rail line of the New York Central Railroad. The transformation of the disused rail elevated above the busy streets of Manhattan's West Side was inspired by Paris' Promenade Plantee. Today, High Line Park, a "Park-in-the-Sky", has become one of NYC's most cherished and visited destinations. Throughout your fun and comprehensive tour, your professional, licensed Guide will share their extensive knowledge of the High Line and the neighborhoods it traverses, citing its fascinating history to its intriguing future, embraced on all sides by new, cutting-edge architecture created by renowned architects Bring a smile, a cheerful attitude and your camera and get ready to explore and fall in love the magnificent High Line park; surely 6 million visitors annually can't be wrong!

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This tour was amazing!! I am still talking about all the sites and facts that we learned about NYC...the whispering wall...seeing how dirty grand central station was prior to restoration(he shows you proof), highline walkway, the biggest starbucks ever and all the different areas of the city....we gave him a few ideas of what we wanted to see and he took it and ran with it!!! Best tour we've ever been on! If I could I'd give him a 10 out of 5...

the tour guide Chris was probably the best tour guide that we have ever had. professional, knowledgeable, entertaining and very passionate about food and New York. The tour was very informative and extremely tasty. we could not recommend it highly enough.

Our hostess was Amazing Huli? She was from Austria and has been doing the tours for about 8 years. She was so knowledgeable and fun and super accommodating. It was a nice small group so everyone bonded and enjoyed.

I learned a lot about some of the history of the places we visited and it was noticeable how knowledgeable our tourist was

Maki really made this tour a great experience for us, very knowledgeable and thoroughly entertaining!!