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Manhattan Skyline Tours

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Manhattan Skyline
Perhaps the most common backdrop for opening scenes of movies for the past several decades, the Manhattan skyline is New York City's shining beacon, designed to impress and inspire. From historical fixtures like the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building to One World Trade Center, the man-made masterpiece dazzles at any time of day and from any vantage point in the NYC area.

The Basics
From land, water, and air, there are plenty of ways to admire the Manhattan skyline. Take a cruise on the Hudson River, East River, or New York Harbor for views of the city skyline and other landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or Manhattan Bridge, an activity that provides the chance to see the skyline at your own pace. For aerial views, head to the top of Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, or One World Observatory, or opt for a helicopter tour for a VIP-style experience in the Big Apple.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The skyline is broken into two notable sections—Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan.
  • The walk from One World Trade Center to the Empire State Building is about three miles (five kilometers).
  • If you want to visit a skyscraper observatory such as that at the Empire State Building, consider a skip-the-line ticket to avoid the typically long wait.
  • For water views without booking a cruise, hop on the free Staten Island Ferry.

When to Get There
Consider the time of day for your viewing based on what you're looking for. If you want great photos, avoid the middle of the day, when the sun is high; for a romantic atmosphere, opt for a dinner cruise or nighttime stroll. Go during the holidays for the chance to admire the skyline in the snow and see the landmark buildings decked out in seasonal decorations.

Famous Buildings in the Manhattan Skyline
The 102-story Empire State Building is possibly the most iconic piece of architecture on the planet, built in 1931 in Art Deco style. The Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center offer more Art Deco examples, while the Time Warner Center, 4 Times Square, and One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) feature modern architecture.
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter FlightAudio Guides

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this helicopter ride over Manhattan. Look out over the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the financial district and more. You’ll also spot top sights like Ellis Island and the Empire State Building during this unique sightseeing flight over one of the world's most iconic cities.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter TourAudio Guides

New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

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New York's iconic landmarks, mighty rivers, and islands are even more impressive from the air. On this tour, soar over Manhattan’s most famous sights in a helicopter and enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Big Apple. There's plenty of time time to see Liberty Island, the Empire State Building, and Governor’s Island.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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New York City Harbor Lights CruiseDay Cruises

New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

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Experience the lights of New York City at sunset on this twilight cruise along the Hudson River and into New York Harbor. Book your ticket in advance online to spare any fuss on the night, and set sail to enjoy the illuminated landmarks while learning about the city from a guide’s informative commentary. A great way to end a day of sightseeing or kick off a night on the town.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Full-Day New York Full-day Tours

Full-Day New York "Must See" Small-Group Tour + One World Observatory Ticket

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Take in all the highlights of New York City on this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind tour. Explore the Big Apple like a New Yorker, as you walk, ride the subway and take the Staten Island ferry. Visit Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, Grand Central Terminal, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and much more. Entrance to the One World Observatory is also included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cruise around Statue of Liberty & Manhattan Skyline Pier 36 Day Cruises

Cruise around Statue of Liberty & Manhattan Skyline Pier 36

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Even travelers with limited time can enjoy some of the best views in NYC with this quick Big Apple sightseeing cruise. Meet up at Pier 36 to set sail in the East River, where you can expect standout skyline views from the ship's deck. Relax and enjoy views of top area sights—like the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges—and make your way to see the iconic Statue of Liberty.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan HighlightsPrivate and Luxury

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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building and Central Park, plus the Statue of Liberty. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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  • 12 to 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 to 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture, Bus and Walking TourDay Trips

Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture, Bus and Walking Tour

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Take a bite out of New York City’s hippest borough on this half-day Brooklyn food and culture tour. From traditional ethnic eateries to culinary hotspots that spark national dining trends, your guide will show you where to eat like a local. Snack on kielbasa and pierogis in the Polish enclave of Greenpoint, satisfy your sweet tooth in DUMBO, and get a taste of farm-to-fork freshness in trendy Williamsburg. Vegetarians can be accommodated.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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NYC Skyline TourPrivate and Luxury

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NYC Skyline Tour

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The skyline is one of New York City’s most impressive features, and though there are several observation decks and rooftop bars in the city, none offer as complete a view as a helicopter ride. With this helicopter tour, you can admire the Manhattan skyline in its entirety, making it ideal for travelers who want to see it all and are short on time.
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  • 17 to 19 minutes
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  • 17 to 19 minutes
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New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

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See New York City’s highlights on a 5-hour tour by luxury bus and harbor cruise, and experience the Big Apple in style and comfort. Cruise through Wall Street’s soaring concrete canyons, capture moving images of the 9/11 memorial, then continue to the elegant avenues that line Central Park. Pause to explore Grand Central Terminal and the Met, and board a sightseeing cruise across the New York Harbor. Enjoy sweeping views of the city from the water, where the Statue of Liberty gazes across to the unforgettable Manhattan skyline.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

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Many of New York City's most memorable landmarks can be seen from the water and this cruise lets you see the sights without the crowds. Hop aboard a 1920s-style yacht and set sail around New York Harbor, Liberty Island, and the Hudson River. While on-board, sip an included drink as you admire views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty from the solarium or open-air deck.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The Sopranos Sites TourHalf-day Tours

The Sopranos Sites Tour

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Go on a ‘Sopranos’ filming locations tour unlike any other—one led by a guide who was an actor on the show. Immerse yourself in the shadowy world of Tony Soprano and the gang, and get in touch with your inner boss as you visit more than 40 recognizable sites from the hit HBO series. See Pizza Land, Father Phil’s parish, the Bada Bing! nightclub, and the restaurant used as Vesuvio.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing CruiseDay Cruises

NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing Cruise

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Admire New York City's famous skyline from the water on this afternoon cruise. Choose from two departure times and set sail around New York Harbor on-board a historic sailboat. Enjoy incredible views of Manhattan and spot landmarks such as One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. While on-board, help raise the sails or even take a turn navigating the ship.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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New York City Sunset SailDay Cruises

New York City Sunset Sail

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Enjoy a New York City evening on the water during this 2-hour twilight cruise. Take in views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline while the sun sets, and order drinks from the on-board bar (own expense). This is a great way to start a night out in the Big Apple.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Taste of NYC TourPrivate and Luxury

Taste of NYC Tour

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Get unobstructed views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty on this helicopter tour. With a small group of just six people or fewer, you'll enjoy an intimate atmosphere while hovering above New York's most famous attractions. Listen to in-depth commentary from your guide, see more of the city in less time, and take advantage of the chance for epic aerial photo ops from your bird's-eye view of Manhattan.
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  • 12 to 15 minutes
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  • 12 to 15 minutes
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Deluxe Private SUV Tour: Best of NYCHalf-day Tours

Deluxe Private SUV Tour: Best of NYC

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Skip the hassle of getting around in New York City with a local guide and a private SUV. This tour of Lower Manhattan shows you the best of the borough, including historic Greenwich Village, SoHo, TriBeCa, Chinatown, and Little Italy, among other neighborhoods and sites. Learn about the history of each place and hop out to take photos as often as you like. Upgrade to a half-day tour to explore Upper and Mid-Manhattan too.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Boat CruiseDay Cruises

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Boat Cruise

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Secure your ticket in advance for this New York Harbor sightseeing cruise: prebooking will spare you the fuss of ticket-buying in Manhattan. Settle indoors or out on the 3-level Lady Liberty paddleboat and pass under the Brooklyn Bridge for views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Manhattan’s skyline, including One World Trade Center. Choose a departure to suit you and upgrade to add access to Liberty Island’s grounds.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

New York City Sky Line and Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise Pier 36Day Cruises

New York City Sky Line and Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise Pier 36

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Cruise the New York Harbor in style—and enjoy a speedy and convenient way to see some of its highlights—on this seamless sightseeing cruise. Pick from multiple convenient departure times, make your own way to Pier 36, and hop aboard your vessel. Get comfortable indoors or on the outer decks, and keep your camera at the ready: you’ll glide past the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, and more.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Champagne Brunch Sail in New York CityDay Cruises

Champagne Brunch Sail in New York City

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Savor the traditional New York City brunch with a serious twist on this Big Apple champagne sailing cruise. Tuck into a full buffet, complete with coffee, tea and Prosecco. Enjoy homemade muffins, breads and bagels, plus meats, cheese and more. Relax on board as you make your way through the placid waters surrounding the city and take in epic skylines as you enjoy brunch. This cruise is capped at 40 people, which ensures there's plenty of room on deck. Beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks are available for purchase.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Statue of Liberty Sunset Sightseeing Cruise & New York City Sky Line Pier 36Day Cruises

Statue of Liberty Sunset Sightseeing Cruise & New York City Sky Line Pier 36

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Enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor, and Statue of Liberty when you book this sunset cruise. Make your own way to Pier 36, hop aboard your vessel, and take to the water just as the sun starts to set. During your excursion, you’ll glide past Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges—and will enjoy marvelous views of the skyline as the lights start to come on.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with Optional UpgradesAttraction Tickets

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with Optional Upgrades

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Avoid a long wait in the ticket line by prepurchasing ferry tickets for Liberty and Ellis islands. Get tips and background information from a guide during a 30-minute orientation, then explore the two sights at your own pace with the aid of an audio guide. Upgrade to get fast-track reserve-line tickets and access to the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal, which houses a museum.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

NYC Secrets of Grand Central Terminal TourArchitecture Tours

NYC Secrets of Grand Central Terminal Tour

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Millions of travelers pass through Grand Central Terminal, but most never discover the secrets of this Manhattan showpiece. This tour lifts the lid: spotlighting the origins and evolution of the beaux arts train station from its heyday to disrepair and restoration. Spot detail and design quirks; and hear stories of its past that will give you a deeper understanding of the building than you could get alone.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour - with Pedestal & Reserve AccessHalf-day Tours

Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour - with Pedestal & Reserve Access

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Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with your own private guide on a tour of top New York City attractions, ideal for travelers seeking a personalized experience. Take a ferry to Ellis Island and ascend the 215 steps to the viewing pedestal at the top of the Statue of Liberty. All entrance fees, pedestal access at the Statue of Liberty, and round-trip ferry tickets are included. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

New York Icon Photography TourPhotography Tours

New York Icon Photography Tour

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Discover how to achieve the best shots of the Big Apple’s iconic landmarks on this photography tour with a pro photographer. Rather than wasting time hunting for suitable subjects and using trial and error; get hands-on tuition to quickly find the best locations, pick up the right techniques, and learn how to frame and shoot perfect images. Stops include the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and other highlights.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Dyker Heights Brooklyn Christmas Lights TourChristmas

Dyker Heights Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour

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Christmas in New York City is a magical time, and some of the best festive spots in the Big Apple are Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge in Brooklyn. With this tour, head to the neighborhoods where Christmas decorations are taken to a whole new level to see the most dazzling displays; on the way back, you can enjoy views of the lit-up Manhattan skyline.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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