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

1. 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: 3-Hour Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

2. 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.

Central Park, Rockefeller & Times Square Horse Carriage Ride

3. Central Park, Rockefeller & Times Square Horse Carriage Ride

Start your tour at the corner of 59th street and 6th Avenue, following a short trip in Central Park and continue along the famous 5th Avenue past the Apple Icon and many other historical landmarks towards the Rockefeller area. Next, your ride follows the lights and the glory of the city into the Times Square area. Wandering in NYC streets at night on a horse carriage ride is certainly an experience everyone should try. Depending on where you look and what you see, the content of the tour changes. At Times Square, people around the US and the world gather in a festive atmosphere day and night, cold and warm! This carriage experience will provide you with a panoramic view of NYC, and its people who come from all around the world to meet at this "timeless" square! After riding through the park in its nightly dress, romantic paths and various views of the city, you delve into the crowded New York life along a central avenue that takes you to the heart of the city, Times Square. Witness the energy, noise, lights, and the crowd of this cosmopolitan part of the city! The park and the city combined in one single experience is a unique opportunity. On this tour, you feel special as you roll by NYC streets on a horse carriage, an old New York tradition and a world culture! Get ready to view and feel the city and its people on this rarely offered opportunity.

NYC: Central Park Celebrity Homes & Film Spots Pedicab Tour

4. NYC: Central Park Celebrity Homes & Film Spots Pedicab Tour

Act like a celebrity for the day on a pedicab tour of Central Park. See the homes of some of New York's most famous celebrities and visit filming locations from your favorite TV shows and movies, including "John Wick" and "Gossip Girl." Meet your driver on 6th Avenue, home to some of New York's most notable buildings, then set out for Central Park. Wrap up during winter with the blankets provided and use your informational booklet to spot the homes of your favorite stars. See over 45 filming locations throughout the tour, including the Plaza Hotel from "Home Alone 2", the terrace featured in "John Wick" and "Sex and the City," the fountain from "Friends," and more. Ride through the Upper East Side, home to Serena van der Woodsen and Chuck Bass in "Gossip Girl." You will also drive past the homes of famous actors, athletes, Fortune 500 CEOs, and many more. Sit back and relax as you pass the apartments of Lady Gaga, Trump, Madonna, and Tiger Woods.

NYC Pedicab Tour: Central Park, Rockefeller, Times Square

5. NYC Pedicab Tour: Central Park, Rockefeller, Times Square

Start the tour at the corner of 59th street and 6th Avenue. Take a relaxing ride through beautiful Central Park, a refuge from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Continue along the famous 5th Avenue, where you will spot many notable stores and landmarks along the way. Make your way to the famous Rockefeller Center. Then the ride follows the lights and the glory of the city into the Times Square area. Enjoy watching people from all over the world converge at this iconic location, also known as "The Crossroads of the World." Learn about the history of all these famous landmarks from your licenced tour guide.

New York City: Pedicab Tour Through Central Park

6. New York City: Pedicab Tour Through Central Park

This ride takes around one hour on a 3.5 mile trail. During this tour, there are three short breaks. The first stop is at Bethesda Fountain so you can see the magnificent architecture of the Bethesda Terrace Tunnel and the lake. Then, you will stop at Cherry Hill/Friends Fountain followed by a stop at Strawberry Field/John Lennon Memorial. Some other points you will pass by are: Wollman Rink, Dakota Building, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Columbus Circle, Carousel, Balto Statue, Boat Pond, the Bow Bridge. With a knowledgeable driver to regale with you tales of the park's past, cruise by the Dairy, where New York's children once came to get fresh milk, watch the up-and-down of horses on the Carousel, and pass by the statue of William Shakespeare. At the Bethesda Fountain and the Angel of the Waters sculpture, pause to snap memorable photos and then head towards Cherry Hill. Surrounded by cherry and gingko trees, Cherry Hill’s carriage turn finds you where wealthy 19th-century New Yorkers once showed off their fine buggies. Head to the top of the hill and see the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Fields, and listen as your guide explains its significance when paired with the John Lennon memorial. Clop by the English lawn-bowling court, admire the bronze statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman, and the bust of Italian philosopher Giuseppe Mazzini, and enjoy the view of the legendary restaurant Tavern on the Green.

New York: Classic Film Locations Tour by Bus

7. New York: Classic Film Locations Tour by Bus

Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite classic films set in New York City, as a local actor guide entertains, informs, and quizzes you with trivia questions on up to 60 filming locations Not only will you get a taste of New York’s film history, you'll receive a great bus tour of Manhattan, visiting neighborhoods rich with the history of the cinema. Discover popular location sites like Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center and the Upper West Side. Hop off at Zabar’s, the well-known market place, featured in “You’ve Got Mail.” Stand outside the famous Dakota Building where Yoko Ono lives, and featured in “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Rosemary’s Baby.” Cross to the Upper East Side through Central Park, learning about the dozens of films set in the park, including the first motion picture ever made in New York City. Continue down the east side of Manhattan to stop in front of Holly Golightly's apartment from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Venture into hidden neighborhoods, such as Sutton Place for a fantastic view of the Manhattan Bridge, just like in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan.” Some locations have featured in countless films, including the Plaza Hotel, FAO Shwarz, Tiffany’s, Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building. End at Grand Central Station, another icon of the movies and Manhattan, to complete your film memorabilia tour.

NYC: Museum Mile City Exploration Game

8. NYC: Museum Mile City Exploration Game

The city game starts in front of the Plaza Hotel. It will take you between 2 to 3 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Smithsonian Design Museum. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone. You will visit the following locations: • Pulitzer Fountain • Lombard Lamp • Inscope Arch • The Delacorte Clock • Balto Statue • William Shakespeare Statue • The Mall and Literary Walk • Bethesda Terrace and Fountain • The Frick Collection • Ukrainian Institute • Metropolitan Museum of Art • The Obelisk • Neue Gallery • Guggenheim Museum • Smithsonian Design Museum

New York City: Bike Tour and Big Bus Uptown Loop Tour

9. New York City: Bike Tour and Big Bus Uptown Loop Tour

With this unique combination package, you can experience New York City both via bicycle and double decker bus. You can see the most famous New York landmarks, plus amazing views of the city in this full-day experience. The tour route will introduce you to the city's most famous landmarks and attractions, with pre-recorded commentary given by informative virtual guides. Explore Uptown on the blue route. Discover famous Big Apple sweet spots, like Museum Mile, Grand Central Terminal, Central Park, and the Upper East Side.

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What people are saying about Upper East Side

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Allows you to see the main attractions at a moderate price and discover lesser known ones thanks to an exhaustive list. Easy to use, the pass is known to all employees of these attractions. Remember to check for each attraction if a reservation is necessary and show up at least 30 minutes before. I recommend without hesitation.

Super guide - did it fantastically with a lot of enthusiasm - a great experience! My 14-year-old daughter was fascinated and at the same time a great city tour

It worked great. Just look for appointments in good time if something needs to be reserved.

This pass is a great way to see NYC and save $$. Very easy to use. Glad I bought it!

Definetely worth the money if you're a gossip girl fan :)