Taking a tour of New York is one of the best ways to thoroughly explore different parts of the city, but with hundreds of tours to choose from, the endless options can make it quite difficult to know which to pick. Whether you want to take in the city’s landmarks, history or food culture, these are some of the most popular NYC tours available.
Big Bus Tours
Everyone will have noticed the large red double-decker tour buses that make their way around the city, and these belong to the Big Bus Tour Company, which offers a hop-on hop-off tour around the city. There are a variety of tour loops to choose from, such as the Downtown Loop, the Brooklyn Loop and the Uptown Loop, but for those who want to ensure that they do not miss out on anything, there are also combo tickets available that combine all of these different routes. Taking this tour is a guarantee that you will be able to see some of the city’s most famous landmarks, from Times Square to the high Line to the Rockefeller Center. To top it off, the combo tour tickets also include a trip up to the One World Observatory, where you will be able to spend some time taking in the city’s skyline from above.
Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour
New York’s culinary scene is thriving, and while Manhattan may be home to a tantalizing selection of fine dining restaurants, many would consider Brooklyn to be the hot new epicentre of the city’s food scene. The variety of culinary influences to be found in Brooklyn is extremely impressive, with everything from Polish pierogi street snacks to trendy farm-to-table restaurants, and this half a day tour gives you the opportunity to taste your way around this hip neighborhood.
One Day NYC Tour
The One Day NYC Tour offered by New York Tour1 is aimed at all of those overachievers out there, who want to take in all of New York’s top sights in as little time as possible. While there are seven and nine hour tours available, this tour lasts for six hours, making use of the subway, as well as plenty of walking, to get around the city. This immersive tour covers just about every New York landmark that you could want to see, from Times Square to Top of the Rock Observatory to Grand Central Terminal to the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Harbor Lights Cruise
Offered by the Circle Line, the Harbor Lights Cruise gives you the opportunity to enjoy the way in which the city’s skyline truly sparkles once the sun goes down. In addition to being able to watch the sun set over the water, you will be taken around the harbor to see some of the city’s most famous landmarks after dark. From the Empire Sate Building to the Manhattan Bridge to Battery Park, this two hour tour is perfectly accompanied by the boat’s fully stocked bar, guaranteeing a memorable evening.
An organized tour of New York not only gives you the opportunity to conveniently see some of the city’s most famous landmarks, but it will also teach you so much about New York’s history and past. Whether you opt for the two day hop-on hop-off bus tour, or an evening sunset cruise around the harbor, each of these tours showcase a unique aspect of the city.