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New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 5 Top Attractions

1. New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 5 Top Attractions

See world-class art, fascinating science, important history, and incredible views—from the sky AND the sea and save up to 40% with the New York CityPASS! New York CityPASS includes admission to: 1. The Empire State Building: With iconic views and a new museum, the Empire State Building provides breathtaking 360-degree, open-air views from the 86th-floor observatory. 2. American Museum of Natural History: Explore human cultures, the natural world, and the universe with a visit to one of the world’s most famous natural history museums. 3. Top of the Rock OR Guggenheim Museum Top of the Rock: Experience incredible 360-degree panoramic views of New York City and beyond from interior and exterior decks on the top three floors of this legendary art deco skyscraper, 30 Rock.   Guggenheim Museum: Frank Lloyd Wright’s mid-century masterpiece of modern architecture, located alongside scenic Central Park.  See collection highlights, including works by Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh and more. 5. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Experience the beauty and history of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum with Statue Cruises.   Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises: Take in the world’s premier skyline with up-close and magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade and 101 NYC sights.   6. 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 9/11 Memorial & Museum: Pay your respects to the victims of the 9/11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.  Examine the history and impact of the events and learn the stories of loss and recovery within the Museum.   Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Get an up-close look at the space shuttle Enterprise and 28 aircraft, including the world’s fastest jet.

New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

2. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 40% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Options include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, Edge, MoMA, American Museum of Natural History, and many more. Pick between a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10-choice pass, browse the included digital guide to check entry requirements for each attraction, and plan your itinerary. Scanning your pass at the gate or ticket office of an attraction (or tour) for the first time will activate it. You can then take up to 60 days to use the remaining number of choices purchased. Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way. The New York attractions you can choose include:  Museums and Galleries• American Museum of Natural History • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • 9/11 Memorial and Museum• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle• Guggenheim Museum • Museum of Sex • New York Historical Society Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art• Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden Combo• Museum of the City of New York• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Fotografiska New York Experiences• Top of the Rock Observatory• Empire State Building• One World Observatory• Edge• Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Central Park Bike Rental• The Downtown Experience by The RIDE• Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Full-Day Bike Rental• Hudson River Full-Day Bike Rental• New York Botanical Garden• Madame Tussauds Times Square New York• Spyscape• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester• LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream• Welcome to Harlem: Harlem Jazz Series• RiseNY• Surrey Bike Rental on Governors Island (2 hours)• SEA LIFE at American Dream• Escape Virtuality Tours• 9/11 Tribute Center and Walking Tour• Central Park Walking Tour• Yankee Stadium Tour• The TOUR• Woodbury Common Bus Tour (Round Trip + VIP Coupon Booklet)• Rockefeller Center Tour• Central Park Bike Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour• Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour • NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour • Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Walking Tour• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service)• High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking District Neighborhood Walking Tour• Top Dog Tours NYC Marvel & DC Superheroes• Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal)• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour • New York City Sketching Art Tour• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• Pride Walking Tour• NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour• St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg• Greenwich Village Walking Tour• Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in Brooklyn• Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Walking Tour• SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tour Food and Drinks• Spirits On Foot: Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Food On Foot Tours• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion Cruises• Lady Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Clipper City Tall Ship Sail - Daytime Statue or Harbor Lights (Seasonal) Customers save an average of 40% when buying the New York Explorer Pass versus buying tickets at the gate. Savings percentage based on most popular customer itineraries. Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences. Certain attractions or tours require advanced reservations. Make sure to follow the instructions included on the digital guide and place reservations well in advance where needed, as well as follow the top tips to ensure the best sightseeing experience with your Explorer Pass.

NYC: Sex and the City Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

3. NYC: Sex and the City Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

Take a guided coach tour of Manhattan, and follow in the footsteps of the Sex and the City characters. Step into the world of Carrie and the girls. See the places they conquered in New York City. Sip on drinks at their favorite bars, shop their most-beloved retail haunts, and gossip where they did. The tour goes to more than 40 locations, including the bakery where Miranda stuffed cupcakes into her mouth, and the church where Samantha met "The Friar." Get the chance to shop at The Pleasure Chest, where Charlotte bought her Rabbit, and to go to the gallery in Soho where Charlotte worked. Stop at a bar used in the Sex and the City series and get discounted drinks. Visit the furniture store where Aidan designed his tables and chairs as you get a sneak peek at locations from the Sex and the City movie. You are invited to dress up as your favorite Sex and the City character, or just come as you are and discover the sassy side of Manhattan.

New York: Best of the Metropolitan Museum 2-Hour Tour

4. New York: Best of the Metropolitan Museum 2-Hour Tour

Avoid wandering aimlessly around the extensive collections of Metropolitan Museum in New York with this guided tour. Discover the museum's hottest attractions with a carefully-planned itinerary that starts in Ancient Egypt. View perfectly preserved Ancient Egyptian tombs, and tiny dioramas that show what life was like in the times of Tutankhamun. Learn about their burial rituals in the Egyptian mummies area, and see the Met’s mascot “William.”  Continue to the Temple of Dendur, and discover a temple of Ancient Egypt smack in the middle of Central Park. Hear gossip about this and other exhibits, such as how Jackie O procured the Temple of Dendur for the Met. Be enthralled by tales about the armor of Britain’s infamous King Henry VIII and how some think the Antioch Chalice may be the Holy Grail. Admire ancient Greek statues and Roman frescoes, before moving to the exotic exhibits from Papua New Guinea. Marvel at beautifully carved Bisj poles collected by a Rockefeller, at the cost of his life. Head to the 2nd floor to soak in some of Claude Monet’s dreamlike “Water Lillies.” Be energized by the expressive works of Vincent Van Gogh and inspired by a bronze of Rodin’s “Thinker.”

New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

5. New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

Get a comprehensive introduction to New York’s Metropolitan Museum on a guided tour that traverses 5 continents and 5,000 years of art. Save time on your trip to NYC with skip-the-line access to the population attraction.  Travel back to Ancient Egypt at the Temple of Dendur and learn how it was brought to the museum with the support of Jackie Onassis. Find out about Egyptian burial traditions at Pernod’s Tomb and hear about the Rockefeller who perished collecting artifacts in New Guinea. See a fully intact Roman ruin from Pompeii, and marvel at paintings by Raphael, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Picasso. Listen to tales form the strange lives of unusual artists along the way. Look at “Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, and discover why it caused such an outrage in Paris. You will also see one of the most recognizable paintings in the US at “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. Enjoy having a guide that is a historian who is passionate about the art on display, providing fascinating anecdotes instead of boring facts and figures. In addition, you’ll have access to the Met’s exclusive rooftop terrace when it's open (May to October).  Marvel at panoramic views over Central Park and beyond as your guide tells you about the surrounding city and points out where Jackie Onassis once lived, and which celebrities now have their homes on the park perimeter. Your pre-reserved ticket includes a museum donation, so you won’t have to wait in long access lines, or shell out for the suggested donation once inside

NYC: 3-Hour Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

6. NYC: 3-Hour Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

Led by a local actress, experience a day in the life of Manhattan's elite on this tour of the Gossip Girl sites led by a local actress. Written by Cecily Von Ziegesar, the hit TV show is America’s most popular teen drama, starring young actors like Blake Lively and Chace Crawford. “Hello, Upper East Siders!” is Gossip Girl’s opening line to every episode, and on this tour, you will feel like Gossip Girl is talking directly to you. More than 40 Manhattan locations have been used in filming the show, and the dedicated “Gossip Girl” tour will let you explore them. Check out the spots where the gossipy characters take on the roles of socialite teenagers in New York City. Take a look at the Upper East Side elite society of sex, drugs, jealousy, and the pressures of the prestigious academic institutions they attend. Pass the Vera Wang boutique where Blair tried on her wedding gown, visit The Empire Hotel, site of Chuck Bass' newest home and business, and pass the candy store where Dan helped Vanessa shop. It’s an ideal tour for fans of the show, as well as fans of New York’s more glitzy side. Board the bus first with priority seating tickets that include pre-boarding and seating in the first 5 rows near the tour guide. Small private tours are typically 1 hour shorter than public tours.

NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided or Self-Guided Tour

7. NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided or Self-Guided Tour

Metropolitan Museum of Art is New York’s most valuable landmark, boasting over two million works of art and artifacts from ancient Greece and Egypt, Modern art from Europe, and more. Skip the long line with this small-group guided tour and learn the museum's history and see the works of art housed within the walls. The tour begins with the Great Halls and visits all the most popular galleries. See the Chicago Stock Exchange in the American Wing, which also hosts the portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Visit the Medieval European Galley where you will see the armor worn by Henry VIII. Learn how American Galleries differ from European counterparts. Learn about the lives of painters from Vermeer, Seurat, and especially Van Gogh. Your professional experienced host will guide you and be there to answer your questions. If there is a specific area you are excited to visit in the museum, please ask your host and they will happily accommodate. The best part is that you are welcomed to stay and spend the rest of your day exploring the exhibits until closing. If that's not enough, visit again in the next two days with the same entrance ticket. The Met has special extended hours on Friday or Saturday evening, and you are invited to join then for a quieter, exclusive experience. Tours will have up to 15 passengers.

NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) - Guided Museum Tour

8. NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) - Guided Museum Tour

With no less than 2 million works of art and artifacts on hand, the Met showcases objects from Ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern art from Europe and beyond. Your local English speaking guide will be an expert on the museum who will share a mix of historical information, scandalous stories and surprising details with you. At the end, you’ll have enjoyed yourself so much that you won’t even realize how the hours have passed and you’ll be on your way to becoming a local expert yourself. During this tour, start at the sumptuous Great Hall before moving to the museum’s most important galleries. In Medieval Europe Gallery you’ll learn about the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace as well as armory worn by Henry VIII. The American wing hosts the staircase from the Chicago Stock Exchange as well as the iconic portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Learn about the turbulent and inspiring lives of several European painters including Vermeer, Seurat and Van Gogh in the European wings. The museum itself has stories to tell and your guide will explain how this American gallery differs from its older European counterparts, especially since it began before the United States was even 100 years old! More than just storytellers, your young, passionate and engaging guide will approach touring in a different way. They will bring a personal touch to each tour, adding their own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way. They are there to listen to you, to answer your questions and to create a dialogue – unlike other tours where they just lecture you as you go along. That’s the whole reason why the private and semi-private tour option are offered, to make sure you get the most possible out of your experience. This 2.5-hour guided tour runs daily and it includes entrance fees, a professional art historian guide, and private and semi-private tour options. Gratuities, food, drinks, and pickup or drop-off services are not included.

Central Park Bike Rental All Day

9. Central Park Bike Rental All Day

Rent a bike for a full day and explore Central Park. Discover this popular park that’s a blend of scenes from movies, classic architecture, historical attractions, celebrity sightings and so much more. Ride through the world’s most famous urban park and experience New York in a fun way. A bike will help you see Central Park like you never could on foot. Take in everything from the incredible Olmstead-designed waterfalls, pool and loch to the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art. This full-day rental is ideal if you want to explore the park fully, stop for meals and visit the nearby museums.

New York City: Central Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

10. New York City: Central Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover the sights and history of Central Park on a self-guided walking tour via an app on your phone. Enjoy some moments of peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin your audio and GPS tour and make your first stop at the famous Central Park Zoo, home to everything from monkeys to pythons to penguins. You’ll also get a chance to see the whimsical Delacourte Clock. Then, continue on to the statue of Balto, and find out why a dog from Alaska has a statue in New York. After that, it’s on to the beautiful tree-lined Mall and Literary Walk. Hear the stories — and the controversies — behind all of the statues of famous literary and historical figures that line the walk. Arrive at the Naumburg Bandshell, where famous speakers, from Martin Luther King to Fidel Castro, have given speeches over the years. Then, step onto Bethesda Terrace, a wonder of Italianate architecture offering stupendous views of the park. It’s also been the filming site for plenty of major hits through the years, from Home Alone 2 to The Avengers. After, follow the route to the Hans Christian Andersen monument honoring the author of children’s classics like “The Little Mermaid.” The tour through the fantastical side of the park continues at the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, burnished to a shine from years of kids clambering all over it. Art lovers will adore the next stop: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From there, pay a visit to the Jacky Kennedy Reservoir at the park’s heart. Stroll around this picturesque pool and learn to identify iconic buildings in New York’s skyline. Then, stop by the Great Lawn, which has featured superstars like Elton John and Bon Jovi and continues to be a major gathering place for folks looking to enjoy a little natural serenity. Later, see an actual castle and a Shakespearean garden before moving on to the Strawberry Fields memorial commemorating music legend John Lennon. And you can’t come to Central Park without visiting the famous Carousel, so you’ll stop there and hear about its history. Finally, exit the park at Columbus Circle, a major hub of the city not too far from where your tour began. The tour concludes here.

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More than expected, a nice walk-trough the history of the building before going on top. Super friendly staff & cool touch with the fotos that you can buy at the end. It’s a montage od you sitting on a steel beam with city in background. The price for all photos (digotal) is 30$, if you want hard copy its 5$ per picture. Overall great expirience.

This tour was fabulous! Lou was so knowledgably wit SATC! If you are a SATC fan this is a must do while in New York. I loved the visit. I would make it more involved by Playing the music on the bus to get the vibe going! our tour guide Lou was fabulous but the people on the tour were all asleep!!@

The museum is so big and versatile that you won't find your way without a tour guide. Our tour girl was witty, informative and very energetic. The more important ting to mention is to arrive on time or you won't find your group, and you'll have to buy new tickets to enter.

Fantastic experience The tour guide was extremely friendly and had a vast knowledge of SATC It was such a fun afternoon ! Loved the cosmos x

Very handy. Get a discount and skip the waiting lines.