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NYC: Edge Observation Deck Admission Ticket

1. NYC: Edge Observation Deck Admission Ticket

Edge is a marvel of architecture, engineering, and technology, suspended in mid-air over 1100 feet above the ground, giving you the feeling of floating in the sky. With Edge's unique vantage point on the western side of Midtown Manhattan, take in the entire Manhattan skyline from 1 place—from the tip of Central Park down to the Statue of Liberty and beyond. Begin your journey on Level 4 of The Shops at Hudson Yards, where you will enter into an immersive multimedia experience explaining the design, construction, and sustainability of Hudson Yards. Then, head up over 1100 feet to the Observation Deck, and then 80 feet out into the air on the Outdoor Sky Deck. Here, frameless glass panels walls are boldly angled outwards to allow you to feel the thrill of leaning out over the edge with the busy city below. Next, stand on the glass floor and look over 100 stories straight down to the city streets below your feet. At Edge's furthest point, The Eastern Point, there's space for one person to stand alone, surrounded by glass, air, and sky—you will never have had a picture quite like it. The upper level also features the Skyline Steps, where you can look out over the top of the glass panels and past the edge of the deck. Have a seat and hang out in the sky with your friends and family, or head indoors and sip champagne or a signature cocktail at the Champagne Bar. When you leave be sure to visit Hudson Yards centerpiece, Vessel, or enjoy a bite to eat or shopping experience at The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards.

NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

2. NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

Take in New York City's iconic skyline on an evening boat cruise. Marvel at key landmarks, such as Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and dance on the upper deck to tunes played by the live DJ. Board the boat at Pier 36 and settle in before setting sail under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Enjoy views of City Hall, the Woolworth Building, South Street Seaport, the Lower Manhattan Skyline, and Wall Street on your right, and the districts of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights on your left. Once at the southern tip of Manhattan, pass Governors Island and enjoy panoramic views of the whole of Lower Manhattan, dominated by the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Step outside onto the boat's outdoor upper deck to take in these iconic views. Then, head up the Hudson River with the State of New Jersey on one side and Midtown Manhattan on the other. Spot the Empire State Building and Hudson Yards. Next, pass Ellis Island and pause just off Liberty Island at the perfect place to take breathtaking photos of the Statue of Liberty. During the cruise, enjoy a delicious 3-course buffet meal and some light tour narration to ensure you don't miss out on the key attractions. Listen to music played by the live DJ throughout the evening. Take a spin on the dancefloor on the outdoor section of the upper deck after your meal. Sample menu: Garden mixed greens salad Either marinated top round steak or roasted pork loin Chicken Francese Baked tilapia Pasta with tomato and basil Broccoli, carrots, baked potato, and zucchini in a coconut cream sauce (seasonal vegan dish) Mashed potatoes Seasonal vegetables Chocolate mousse or New York cheesecake Non-alcoholic beverages, including juice, soda, or bottled water Tea or coffee

From New Jersey: NYC City Lights Helicopter Tour at Night

3. From New Jersey: NYC City Lights Helicopter Tour at Night

Welcome to Linden, New Jersey where for an evening NYC flight adventure. Reach Linden by NJ Transit from Manhattan's Penn Station or via car with plenty of free parking available. Upgrade to a private flight experience and benefit from round-trip transfers from Manhattan. Your journey begins by flying directly over Newark International Airport towards Manhattan. En route to New York Harbor, view the illuminated Statue of Liberty before viewing the skyscrapers of the Financial District, home of The New York Stock Exchange. Flying north along the Hudson River, catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building, as well as Madison Square Garden, Hudson Yards, Chelsea, The West Village, SOHO and TRIBECA. 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center are also in view. Be prepared to get some great pictures as you fly past Times Square, Central Park and Yankees Stadium before flying over the George Washington Bridge, returning along the same path, offering spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.

NYC: Hudson Yards Walking Tour & Edge Observation Deck Entry

4. NYC: Hudson Yards Walking Tour & Edge Observation Deck Entry

Discover the newest neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, located at the Northern end of the popular High Line on a 60-minute guided orientation tour of the district. Finish at the entrance to The Edge, where your timed ticket gives you skip-the-ticket-line guaranteed access to the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western hemisphere with 360-degree views. Your guide will tell you the history of the location and how Related Group developed and created a new section of Manhattan Westside's waterfront featuring spectacular skyscrapers and public spaces.  Learn about the underground of Hudson Yards, as well as the unique design of New York’s newest performance space called the Shed. The guide will also explain to you the $200 million interactive art piece called the Vessel, the 5-acre Public Square and the exclusive shopping mall featuring one-of-a-kind shops and celebrity chef restaurants.  The 16-storey Vessel was designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick and is made up of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings to climb. At the Edge you will be able to admire 360-degree views of NYC, and have access to the highest outdoor deck in the Western hemisphere.  Explore the outdoor deck where you can stand on a glass triangular floor and look 100 stories down, lean out over the city on angled glass walls and sit on the Skyline steps. You will also receive a free digital souvenir. Before taking the elevator up, you will also be able to experience a self-guided exhibit of the construction of Hudson Yard.

New York: Edge & 9/11 Museum Ticket with Liberty Cruise

5. New York: Edge & 9/11 Museum Ticket with Liberty Cruise

Make the most of your time in New York City with this combination ticket and scenic cruise package. Pick your tickets up at the 9/11 Memorial Museum then avoid the long waiting times and sail on in with your skip-the-line ticket. Inside, explore at your own pace and discover the story of 9/11 as told through artifacts, imagery, personal stories, and interactive technology. After the museum, walk over to Battery Park and the Brooklyn Bridge to join a one hour sightseeing cruise. Pass by New York’s most iconic landmark, the Statue of Liberty, snap unforgettable vacation photos, and soak up panoramic views of the city skyline. Finally, visit the Edge and ride 1100 feet into the air to the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. From the deck, admire 360 degree views of New York City and admire iconic sights including Freedom Towers, the Empire State Building, Central Park, New Jersey, and more.

NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

6. 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.

New York: 5-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour with Food Tastings

7. New York: 5-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour with Food Tastings

Your 5-hour walking tour begins on the world-famous Wall Street, the oldest part of Manhattan. Admire some of the city’s most iconic buildings that line the street, pass by the sombering Ground Zero, and see the famous Charging Bull statue outside the New York Stock Exchange. Head to Greenwich Village next and walk through Five Points, Chinatown, and Little Italy. Feel immersed in the unique and truly vibrant atmosphere of these vastly different New York neighborhoods. From your informative guide, learn about the fascinating history of these areas and the people that live here. Continue the tour onto the iconic Flatiron Building then head across to the High Line and Hudson Bay Yard. Afterwards, take the subway to Times Square and then explore 5th Avenue. From here, marvel at a selection of sights including the NBC Studios, Museum of Modern Art, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and more. Throughout the tour, stop at 4 local eateries and taste the very best food that New York City has to offer. Immerse yourself in the traditional flavors of the city including a hot dog with all the trimmings, an authentic New York pizza slice, delicious dumplings from Chinatown, and a tasty Italian cannoli.

NYC: Hudson Yards & High Line Tour with Optional Edge Ticket

8. NYC: Hudson Yards & High Line Tour with Optional Edge Ticket

Explore two of the most unique neighborhoods on the west side of New York City, Chelsea and Hudson Yards, on this comprehensive walking tour. Discover what was once a railway connecting upper and lower Manhattan. See how the High Line has been fully converted into a beautiful walkway slightly elevated above the street.  Featuring views of New York's most iconic landmarks, greenery, and history, the High Line is the perfect way to get to Hudson Yards. While walking, hear stories of the past from a local guide and the history of the area. Next, arrive back at Hudson Yards, a multifaceted campus serving up marvelous architecture, shops, dining, and The Edge observation deck. Your guide will take you to the heart of the neighborhood where you will get up close and personal with The Vessel, a 150-foot art installation. Enjoy seeing the neighborhood and the city from new heights and a different vantage point with an optional ticket to The Edge.

New York City: Private Manhattan Limousine Tour

9. New York City: Private Manhattan Limousine Tour

Explore Manhattan in a spectacular way: from a private stretch limousine. Join family or friends in your chauffeured limo and soak in the city lights and sights throughout your tour. Ask your chauffeur to take you to places you prefer to see then sit back and relax in style as you're driven around Manhattan. Board your private limousine, get comfortable, sip on the stocked soft drinks, and play the music of your choice on the speakers before setting off on an unforgettable New York City experience. See the most iconic sights of the city from the shiny Fifth Avenue to the towering Rockefeller Center, and from leafy Central Park to Greenwich Village's charming red-brick houses, and much more. Stop to snap some photos en route or simply enjoy them from your limo's window — the choice is completely yours on this ride. Round off your drive by being dropped off at your accommodation or a place of your choice in the city.

5-Hour NYC Private Skyline Walking Tour

10. 5-Hour NYC Private Skyline Walking Tour

The perfect tour for couples and small groups who like to walk, be outdoors, and want to take their time to really connect with New York City, its people, and their passions with this ‘local’s look’ of the city. This five-hour hike begins in the hipsterville neighborhood of Willamsburg. We pass through Domino Park, named after the now defunct Domino Sugar Refinery, for a brief stroll through the waterfront area. Cross the Williamsburg Bridge and meet the faces behind the produce at New York’s Essex Market, the flagship of public indoor food markets in the city, for more than a century. Enjoy lunch in an industrial-chic underground market. Then it’s off to Chinatown where we visit the Mahayana Buddhist Temple containing NYC’s largest Buddha sculpture, before trekking across the Manhattan Bridge to DUMBO, known for its galleries, shops and unique views of the Empire State Building and the East River. The last challenge is to hike the 1.1-mile-long wooden walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge for a close-up view of its most distinctive features, the 276-foot-tall masonry towers that hold up the suspension bridge.

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What people are saying about Hudson Yards

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,117 reviews

Well organised, kept informed and reminded about the trip Map could be better and more accurate The whole experience was something else, you can see the Edge from the ground and doesn’t disappoint You are able to put your hand between each wall of glass, stand close up the glass as you want, and the triangle of glass in the floor is scary at first but amazing to look through it and stand or sit on it The views are fantastic and 360 and can see for miles There are refreshments available so you can chill and admire the views and pinch yourself

Excellent views from The Edge. You will be able to take some excellent photos. I would definitely recommend this activity. We had a clear day. I thought daytime view was good but next time I’ll try an evening slot. Hudson Yards was easy to find, we did some shopping after the activity. A very good range of shops. The Highline is very near only 5 min walk.

The Edge provides a different experience of a view with the floor jutting out of the building to give a 360 view! It was amazing to see! They also have part of that floor clear so you can look all the way down to the ground and the buildings below, if you dare too.

Highlight of my trip, the views are spectacular, this is a must do, treat yourself to a glass of champagne whilst admiring the view! The Edge really has the wow factor!

It is very exciting to go Edge. I enjoyed the most.