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From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

1. From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

Traveling by comfortable motor coach and accompanied by your professional, licensed NYC bilingual tour guide, your day will start in the borough of Manhattan, known as “the city”, with a ride through Harlem in Upper Manhattan. You’ll learn about the development of this diverse neighborhood and see historic sites, such as the world-renowned Apollo Theater, the debut venue for many performers such as Ella Fitzgerland, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and many others. Next, you’ll travel north, to the borough of the Bronx, where you’ll see the home of one of the most famous baseball teams in the world: The New York Yankees! You’ll also learn about the birth of hip hop and view original street art while walking along the streets.  The tour continues across the East River into the borough of Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the US, whose residents speak over 100 languages. You’ll pass through the exclusive Malba neighborhood, with its many beautiful homes, and visit Flushing Meadows Park, home of the US Open (one of the oldest tennis championships in the world), as well as the New York Mets baseball team and the Unisphere (leftover from the 1964 World’s Fair). You will then proceed to visit the borough of Brooklyn, viewing the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Crown Heights, home to one of the largest Hasidic Jewish communities outside of Israel, alongside a younger, gentrifying non-Jewish population. Afterwards, you’ll head down to world famous Coney Island, a destination for New Yorkers for generations, seeking fun and relaxation. Weather permitting, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the boardwalk, and to have lunch at the original, legendary Nathan’s restaurant. Finally, you’ll head back over the East River, passing by the historic Brooklyn Bridge, on your return into Manhattan. Please note that the day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints.

Brooklyn: 2-Hour Best of Brooklyn Williamsburg Walking Tour

2. Brooklyn: 2-Hour Best of Brooklyn Williamsburg Walking Tour

This small-group walking tour takes you through Williamsburg, the hippest neighborhood in Brooklyn. Discover its cutting-edge culture, fascinating history, and creative street art during a 2-hour neighborhood stroll. Your guide will take you through into laid-back area that features loads of boutique shops, restaurants, and restored lofts. Experience a scene that's setting global trends! See innovative small businesses, creative architecture, and vibrant street art. You’ll also be treated to one-of-a-kind view of New York City's waterfront and the Manhattan skyline. Learn about Brooklyn's heritage as a capital of immigration, manufacturing, and beer brewing. Hear about its recent gentrification, and how its culture, identity, and future are being shaped.

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

3. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

Get up close and personal with the famous Manhattan and Brooklyn Waterfront sites.  This guided bicycle tour explores the diverse, historical neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Cross the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn Heights, considered to be America’s first suburb, boasting amazing skyline views across the water. Then head back along the Hudson River across to the Brooklyn Bridge, gliding peacefully above vehicular traffic and stopping to take amazing panoramic photos of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and more. We'll explore downtown Manhattan, the hub of the American financial system, plus Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Wall Street and more! This tour is rated as moderate in difficulty and covers approximately 12 miles.

Brooklyn: 3-Hour Williamsburg Bites Food Tour

4. Brooklyn: 3-Hour Williamsburg Bites Food Tour

Come hungry and ready to feast on delicious, gourmet foods at some of the top eateries in Williamsburg. Taste your way through this popular neighborhood and learn about its history on a 3-hour afternoon stroll. Williamsburg’s ultra-trendy charm is irresistible. You’ll discover the street art, cute boutiques, and lively bar scene, and experience some stellar bites. Knowing the local hangouts is crucial, and your guide will show you the favorites. Rest assured: there is more than enough food for lunch. You will feast on delicious foods from local favorites in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Learn the history of the neighborhood, enjoy some incredible large-scale street art, and snap some choice photos out on a waterfront pier of the best view of the NYC skyline. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon. The local experts have prepared a fun afternoon filled with incredible food, and you can be sure you'll feel like you experienced Williamsburg Like A Local when it's all said and done. Begin at the Bedford Avenue L subway stop (5 minutes from Manhattan) and don't waste any time before you start filling your belly.  You will walk a total of 2 miles. Some stops are sit down and some are eat on-the-go. These stops are 3 savory and 3 sweet. Comfortable walking shoes and ability to walk at a reasonable pace are a must. Don't hesitate to contact the supplier if you have questions or need help.

NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

5. NYC: Contrasts & Color Bus Tour of Bronx, Brooklyn, & Queens

Experience New York City beyond Manhattan on this contrasts and color themed bus tour that visits Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Learn about the art, history, and culture of the city alongside a NYC expert guide. Start your tour in the heart of Manhattan near Times Square. Meet your guide and board the tour bus to the historic Harlem neighborhood, famous for its African American roots, food, and more. After a stop at the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame, continue to the Bronx, birthplace of hip hop and rap. See Yankees Stadium and learn about baseball in the city. Head off to see graffiti murals unique to this borough. Next, visit Queens, the largest borough and home to NYC’s largest Chinatown. Stop to see Flushing Meadows Corona Park, originally developed to host the 1939 World’s Fair and then the 1946 World’s Fair. See memorable monuments, Citi Field, and other spots at this scenic park. Leaving Queens, travel to Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, currently NYC’s most prolific neighborhood for street art and graffiti murals. It’s a foodie destination, too, so take a break and grab some food if you’re hungry. In Brooklyn, see the distinct shops, fashion, and eateries of the Hasidic Jewish community that is currently thriving in Williamsburg. Get a chance to appreciate their unique culture. Moving on, from the Dumbo neighborhood and Brooklyn Bridge Park, see the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time it was built. Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline. End your tour in Little Italy. Enjoy this lively cultural district while exploring on your own. Grab dinner, go shopping, or find something else to do to your liking.

From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

6. From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

So many people visit New York City and never get to see Brooklyn. It's been said that a trip to Brooklyn is like a trip around the world. Find out for yourself on a unique 4.5-hour tour. Explore the ethnic diversity of New York City on a guided tour that’s both a history and a gastronomy lesson. Take a trip back in time in this New York borough that you probably haven’t heard all that much about. New Williamsburg is a neighborhood that’s home to many ethnic groups and a thriving art community. Enjoy a slice of delectable authentic Neapolitan brick-oven thin-crust pizza and a freshly prepared cannoli for dessert. Drive through the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish area where time seems to stand still. Greenpoint features one of largest Polish populations in the United States. Visit a favorite neighborhood eatery that offers up the best kielbasa sausage and pierogies. In the DUMBO area you’ll stop for a sample of delicious chocolate at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory. Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park for a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.

NYC: New York, City of Contrasts Exclusive Spanish Tour

7. NYC: New York, City of Contrasts Exclusive Spanish Tour

On an exclusive Spanish-language tour, you'll be picked up at the entrance of one of 3 Midtown hotels: Millennium Broadway, Pennsylvania, or Wellington. Choose which location is most convenient for you. Then, head north in Manhattan, going through the neighborhood of Harlem and crossing into the Bronx. Visit the Yankee Stadium, home of the legendary NYC baseball team, and take a restroom, picture-taking, and shopping break. Continue to Grand Concourse Avenue and enter the famous police Precinct 42. Proceed to the South Bronx to see graffiti and street art masterpieces. Hear the stories behind each of the most famous pieces, snapping photos along the way. Head then to Queens, the largest and most multicultural borough in New York. See the most expensive neighbor out of Manhattan, MALBA. The next stop is Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. There you'll find the Mets' Stadium and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The last stop in Queens will be on Roosevelt Avenue, one of the borough’s main streets. See firsthand how immigration and culture prevails in a neighborhood replete with multicultural stores and restaurants. The last borough to visit is Brooklyn, where you’ll see the Jewish Quarters in Williamsburg, a stark contrast from the trendy areas made famous by movies and TV shows. Finally, head to the Manhattan Bridge where you can decide where to end the tour. The first option is to stay close by and walk towards the Brooklyn Bridge, where you can then visit the neighborhood Dumbo and walk over the bridge to enjoy stunning panoramic views as you cross into Manhattan on foot. Or, you can stay in the vehicle and cross the Manhattan Bridge to arrive in Chinatown and Little Italy, where you'll find the best Italian food in NYC.

Brooklyn: 3-Hour Private Pizza and Brewery Walking Tour

8. Brooklyn: 3-Hour Private Pizza and Brewery Walking Tour

Pizza and beer, what more could you want? You will join one of our local New York hosts to feast your way around Brooklyn, getting to grips with its traditional and new-age brew culture, and discovering some legendary pizzerias. A practical approach is key when learning new things, so you’ll be doing a lot of eating and drinking. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. You can try innovative craft brews from Williamsburg microbreweries or venture further into the historic neighborhood to discover how its brewing heritage began with German migrants in the 19th century. Sip American Pale Ales and Pilsners, as well as stop by an emerging brewhouse or two which are re-igniting the craft beer scene, as well as a warehouse that was used as a secret brewery during prohibition!  Do not worry, this tour does not forget about the pizza, and there really is nothing like a Brooklyn slice. You could choose to wait in line at one of the borough's most iconic pizzerias. Local hack: pick up a slice from another pizzeria to enjoy while you wait - genius) or choose a brewery where they make their own in-house.  This tour has all your pizza and beer wishes covered, all you need to do is show up. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you will be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do

Manhattan: Brooklyn Delights and Lower East Side Bike Tour

9. Manhattan: Brooklyn Delights and Lower East Side Bike Tour

You'll begin your tour on the lower east side of Manhattan, once the most densely populated neighborhood in the world and now a very hip area with a thriving nightlife and plenty of quirks. Heading into Brooklyn, you'll explore high-end Bohemian neighborhood of Williamsburg to visit one of the Big Apple's truly underground microbreweries — where participants over the age of 21 may sample craft beers on tap. A short ride away, yet seemingly centuries back in time, is a Hassidic shtetl, where the orthodox Jewish population lives according to centuries-old religious tradition. On Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, all businesses are closed as the synagogue becomes the focal point of existence. As if traveling through time, pass by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, site of nearly 200 years of shipbuilding history and the birthplace of scores of famous ships, from the Fulton Steam Frigate to the USS Maine. Complete your return to the 21st century as you ride to the now-posh neighborhood of Dumbo and, finally, pedal over the Brooklyn Bridge to take in incredible views of the New York skyline and harbor.

NYC: Guided Walking Tour of Brooklyn's Donut Scene

10. NYC: Guided Walking Tour of Brooklyn's Donut Scene

Take a donut tour of Brooklyn, and discover their famous donut scene. Taste a curated sampling of donuts from this fashionable borough. Follow your guide to donut venues like Doughnut Plant and Peter Pan. Stop at two more secret locations on the tour. Gather your friends, family, and co-workers for a special food tour through Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and the Greenpoint neighborhoods.  Meet other like-minded donut enthusiasts while enjoying a walk through historic parts of the city. Smell the sweet mix of coffee and donuts as you enter each location. Savor classic donut styles like glazed and cream-filled. Use this tour as a special way to celebrate bachelor parties, bridal showers, birthdays, weekend getaways, or even corporate events.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 933 reviews

Our guide, Jorge, was both entertaining and informative. There was an incident that a lady who was traveling with my group did not anticipate. While at Nathan’s in Coney Island, a man bumped into her with such force that it knocked her to the ground. It was unprovoked and seemed intentional. People around her were shocked that this happened in the open where many people frequent. Fortunately, she was able to continue the trip. All your guides need to make the clients aware of the possible dangers of any public places and the need to be aware of their surroundings.

We - my granddaughter and I - did this tour on April 20th, 2022 and are extremely enthusiastic. The team of bus driver and tour guide were great. She kept telling stories, but always informative and really interesting! You should have done this tour through the 4 areas of New York to get a better impression of the city.

The tour and the tour guide (Jorge) were great, but you need to correct the address of the departure point in your printed and emailed information. You listed the point of departure as being on WEST 42nd Street. That's wrong -- it's EAST 42nd Street. In New York, that makes a big difference! We almost missed the bus!

This is worthwhile! It was our 6th visit to NYC; I wish we had done it earlier. We learned a great deal and broadened our view of New York.

Great tour to get to know Williamsburg, many different dishes are tried.