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Upper East Side Tours

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Upper East Side
Set between Central Park and the East River, Manhattan’s Upper East Side is one of New York City’s most affluent neighborhoods. Home to the famous Fifth and Madison avenues, the area is filled with upscale stores and stately mansions, apartment blocks, and museums—must-sees for travelers looking for a slice of classic, historic New York.

The Basics
Long associated with New York’s wealthy, the Upper East Side has been a haven for business moguls, politicians, celebrities, socialites, and cultural and fashion leaders for more than a century. The neighborhood’s heritage is exemplified in the mansions overlooking Central Park from Fifth Avenue, most of which were built during the United States’ early-20th-century Gilded Age. Thanks to its high-end stores and a plethora of museums along the aptly named Museum Mile, the Upper East Side is also a shopping and cultural hot spot.

For an easy, illuminating way to get a feel for the Upper East Side, join a NYC tour. Explore Central Park and admire the neighborhood’s architecture on foot, by bike, or by pedicab; spot locations from movies such as Gossip Girl; capture the ultimate pics with a pro photographer; or try out the best restaurants.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Upper East Side attracts culture, history, architecture, and shopping aficionados.
  • The streets are generally accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Several public restrooms are located on Fifth Avenue, bordering Central Park.

How to Get There
The Upper East Side is framed by 97th Street, 59th Street, Fifth Avenue, and FDR Drive. Handy subway stops include Fifth Avenue, 59th Street, and 86th Street. Alternatively, take the subway to 81st Street and walk to Museum Mile through Central Park. Buses also run along every north-south avenue.

When to Get There
Head to Madison Avenue for daytime shopping before enjoying a drink at a plush hotel such as the Carlyle. Museum Mile biggies such as the Metropolitan and the Guggenheim are open from 10am to 5:30pm, closing later on select weekdays and Saturdays.

Shopping in the Upper East Side

You’ll find luxe shopping haunts—such as Ralph Lauren and Chanel—on Madison Avenue. Other big-name stores congregate around Fifth Avenue south of 59th Street. Even if your budget doesn’t allow buying, feel free to browse and window-shop at the likes of Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.
Address: Upper East Side, New York City, New York, USA
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Upper East Side

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Central Park and Upper East Side Walking TourWalking Tours

Central Park and Upper East Side Walking Tour

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New York City's Central Park is a vast expanse in the heart of the city, and it can be daunting to explore on your own. With this leisurely Sunday morning walking tour, explore the pathways, gardens, ponds, and monuments of Manhattan’s beloved historic park with a local guide to take in its top landmarks and learn its fascinating history. End by admiring the stately buildings and luxurious avenues of the Upper East Side.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

90 min Private Gossip Girl Pedicab Tour Private and Luxury

90 min Private Gossip Girl Pedicab Tour

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This is the most unique and fun tour in NYC even for non-fans of Gossip girl as it covers some of the best and most famous manhattan and Central Park hotspots in 90 minutes. The tour includes frequent hop-on hop-off stops for photo ops at some of the sites and live commentary by the tour guide throughout the tour. It’s also a private tour conducted in a fun and open air vehicle, a pedicab!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

NYC: When Harry Met Seinfeld TourBus Tours

NYC: When Harry Met Seinfeld Tour

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See the sights from some of your favorite movies and television shows while you experience Manhattan on this bus tour, led by a local actor. Begin north of Times Square and head to the Upper West and East Sides of the city, and stand in the same spots where stars such as Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Crystal, and Leighton Meester filmed iconic scenes from 'Seinfeld,' You've Got Mail,' and other classics.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal PhotographerPrivate and Luxury

Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

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Group tours of New York City can sometimes pass sights too fast, or not even stop at attractions you’re most interested in. This private New York City tour with a professional photographer lets you customize the tour stops to suit your interests. Select from any number of popular locations, like Times Square and the Theatre District, Central Park, Midtown Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens Coach Tour from ManhattanHalf-day Tours

Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens Coach Tour from Manhattan

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There’s more to the Big Apple than just Times Square and Central Park. Explore the rest of New York City on this exciting multi-borough guided tour. See Spanish Harlem. Explore the Bronx, home of the Yankees. Cruise around vibrant Queens. Feel like a hipster in Brooklyn. And, finally, cross back into Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. Learn about the history and culture of the boroughs. This service is a complement to the traditional city tour of Manhattan, and represents the authentic “melting pot” of the real New York.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Central Park and More Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Central Park and More Bike Tour

Breath freely in the Lungs of New York! Visit the many film locations throughout Central Park park and see parts of the park unknown to most New Yorkers. Ride along the cultural Museum Mile. Explore the Artistic and Ritzy neighborhoods of the Upper East and Upper West Side for lunch. Sights include: Bethesda Fountain, Onassis Reservoir, Conservatory Garden
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Central Park Private Pedicab TourPrivate and Luxury

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Central Park Private Pedicab Tour

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One of New York City’s most celebrated sights, Central Park is a vast green space plum in the heart of Manhattan. With this private pedicab tour, see more of this leafy oasis than possible on foot in the same time, and hear stories of highlights such as Bethesda Fountain and the Strawberry Fields John Lennon memorial from a guide—insight you might miss if you were going it alone.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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NYC 1-Day Customized Dining ItineraryDining Experiences

NYC 1-Day Customized Dining Itinerary

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Good food can make or break a vacation. Avoid disappointment with this entirely customized culinary itinerary, which includes restaurant recommendations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in NYC—all tailored to your taste, itinerary, and budget. Get tips on what to order, where to sit, and food and drink pairings. Reservations will be made on your behalf, where possible.
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  • 1 day

Deluxe 2-hour Central Park Pedicab Tour Mountain Bike Tours

Deluxe 2-hour Central Park Pedicab Tour

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Central Park is one of New York City's most iconic destinations and the largest park in the city. This fun pedicab tour lets you take in all the highlights without having to walk long distances. Enjoy open-air views of Manhattan sights including Tavern on the Green, Central Park Zoo, and Grand Army Plaza; stop to take photos; and hear about each site from your driver. Hotel drop-off is offered within a ten-block radius.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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