Saying there’s so much to see and do in New York City is a massive understatement. It would take you weeks, perhaps even months, to experience everything in the Big Apple. To capitalize on your time in New York City, I would recommend reserving your seat on a tour (or two). However, do you know which New York City sightseeing tours are right for you?
As you might have guessed, you have a world of tours to choose from when traveling to NYC. Whether you prefer to walk around and soak up the culture, or sit back and listen to the tales of the city from your knowledgeable tour guide, there’s a tour for you.
No need to give up your workout regimen when you come to New York City! For a great workout and a fantastic way to immerse yourself in all the city has to offer, choose one of the many bike tours available.
While you can explore everywhere from Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan via a bike, I suggest selecting a Central Park biking tour. Bike tours through the park pack in a lot of history. Plus, they’re simply stunning no matter the season.
Consider adding these NYC bike tours to your vacation itinerary:
With all the calories you’ll burn biking around NYC, go ahead and treat yourself to an extra slice of pizza. You deserve it.
Those who would rather kick back and relax will love the assortment of bus tours offered in NYC. From the comfort of a double-decker bus, a state-of-the-art interactive tour vehicle, or a coach bus, you’ll sit in style while you visit New York City’s top landmarks and destinations.
A personal favorite is the Double Decker Bus Tours. You can purchase a pass for 2 days or 5 days and hop on or off at top destinations such as Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more. This gives you the freedom to tour and explore as you so choose!
For some of the best sights in NYC, check out these bus tours:
Don’t forget your camera. On double decker buses, you will have the perfect opportunity to capture lasting memories of your favorite NYC locations.
Perhaps you’re like me and prefer your New York City sightseeing tours to include a bit of adventure. If so, I highly suggest booking your seat on a helicopter tour! Imagine seeing the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and other iconic sites from high in the sky.
With Liberty Helicopter Tours, you can choose your adventure—soar high above the NY harbor or discover the Big Apple’s top landmarks, all from the sky. You’ll fly with professional helicopter pilots who know the city like the back of their hand.
Keep in mind that helicopter tours require advance reservations and adhere to strict safety, health, and operations guidelines. Follow all instructions provided to you by the tour company and pilot for a smooth flying and memorable tour.
Horse and Carriage Tours
When thinking about New York City sightseeing tours, everyone recalls the quintessential horse-drawn carriage rides around the city. For a romantic ride in the Big Apple, this type of sightseeing tour is certainly an option!
Operated by Central Park Sightseeing Tours, the Central Park Horse and Carriage tour is a 15-20 minute or 40-45 minute ride around NYC’s legendary park. Cuddle up to the one you love or fit your 4-person family into a carriage for an unforgettable trot around Central Park.
Perhaps you’re interested in a sightseeing cruise rather than a tour. Although New York City is known as the concrete jungle, cruising along the harbor and the Hudson River is an experience unlike any other.
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises offers a wide assortment of opportunities for those looking to see NYC’s top sites from out on the water. Choose from cruises including:
- Liberty Cruise
- The Beast
- Landmarks Cruise
- Landmarks and Brooklyn Cruise
- Best of NYC Cruise
- Harbor Lights Cruise
If you’re intending on booking a sightseeing cruise, I recommend bringing a light jacket, sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen (especially in the summer).
Statue of Liberty Tours
If you visited NYC for the first time and didn’t see the Statue of Liberty, did you really visit New York City at all? All first time NYC visitors need to experience the magnificence of Lady Liberty. The best way to do so is by reserving your spot on one of the many Statue of Liberty tours throughout NYC.
Many of these New York City sightseeing tours combine seeing the Statue of Liberty with other landmarks such as Ellis Island and One World Observatory. Choose the tour that suits your budget and schedule and go see the greatest landmark in all of NYC!
Sometimes the greatest way to experience a new destination is simply by walking around. In NYC, you can choose from a vast selection of walking tours. Lace up your shoes (make sure they’re sturdy and comfortable to walk in) and get ready to experience the NYC walking tour of your choice:
- One World Observatory & World Trade Center Tour
- Wall Street and 9/11 Memorial Tour
- Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tours
- Brownstone Brooklyn Heights & DUMBO Walking Tour
- Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour
- Bronx’s Little Italy & Arthur Avenue Tour
Of course, this list is only a handful of the captivating walking tours available in New York City. From food walking tours to walking through NYC’s booming art scene across the five boroughs, there is a walking tour for everyone and every interest.
Movie and television buffs flock to New York City for a reason. It’s the home of legendary television studios, film locations, and the backdrop to classic movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, King Kong, Annie Hall, and even Ghostbusters.
You can visit these iconic film landmarks and more on the many NYC movie and TV tours. Reserve your spot on one of these movie and TV tours around the Big Apple:
- Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour
- TV & Movie Locations Tour with Official NBC Studios Tour
- NYC TV and Movie Tour by On Location Tours
- Holiday Lights and Movie Sites
Not only will you visit these famous sites, you’ll hear stories about the film sets, stars, and crew!
Book Your New York City Sightseeing Tours Today
Whether you prefer to bike through the Big Apple or sail along the harbor on a sightseeing cruise, there are so many New York City sightseeing tours to choose from. There’s something for everyone in your travel party!
For easy tour reservations and excellent deals, browse the tours available on Reserve New York City today.