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10 Must-Take NYC Tours

10 Must-Take NYC Tours

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Updated: 9 February 2017
New York City offers an endless list of things to do and places to see, so it is best to plan accordingly. The Big Apple does not sleep; therefore, boredom does not exist in the city. In NYC, the problem for tourists is never where to go, but where to start. From buses to jet skis, helicopters to boats, New York City offers a variety of tours to explore the melting pot of cultures.

Jet Ski Tours New York

With their Jet Ski Tours New York, Jetty Jumpers helps tourists plan adventures from Brooklyn to Manhattan on a jet ski. Jetty Jumpers offers tours to Coney Island, the Verrazano Bridge, or the Statue of Liberty. Why not explore some of NYC’s greatest landmarks jets skiing on the Hudson River? There are even tours available that catch the amazing view of the sunrise/sunset along NYC’s skyline — the epitome of picturesque. In addition, Jetty Jumpers provides a picture service so that you can have photo keepsakes without losing your cell phone in the ocean.

Jetty Jumpers, 3939 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, USA, + 1 917 734 9919

New York City’s Pizza Bus

Sunday brunch is overrated — why not spend your Sundays exploring New York City’s pizza landscape. New York City’s Pizza Bus allows one to explore the city’s greatest pizza restaurants without the trouble of driving, sitting in traffic, or waiting for public transportation. To add to your own convenience, the buses are even heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer. The bus tours through Lower Manhattan, then travels to Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and even Staten Island. Some pizzerias have been seen on television, while others remain not yet discovered by serious pizza lovers or even the Food Network. To top it off, the tour is led by the founder himself, Scott Wiener.

Scott’s Pizza Tours, 32 Spring Street, New York, New York, USA, + 1 888 210 5406

LES Food Tour

The Lower East Side is one of the foundations of Jewish culture in America. The LES Food Tour will highlight some of the best kosher delis and bakeries in the city. Your tour guide will also discuss how food is made in these trendy restaurants. The tour involves three hours of eating your way through the streets of New York. There are six food tastings, all of which are included in the price. From delis and bakeries to Doughnut Plant NYC, the tour explores the history, culture, and architecture of the Lower East Side — with no waiting in line involved!

Sidewalks of NY Tours, 88 Greenwich Street, New York, New York, USA, + 1 646 831 2625

S-Cruise by Smartboat

If you’re looking for an ultimate experience on the Hudson, try booking an S-Cruise by Smartboat tour. S-Cruise offers private cruises on an eco-friendly Smartboat 23. The cruises allow you to book the tour for just your private party — maximum of four people. The tour is perfect for a romantic date, family day trip, or business meeting. For an even more unique and convenient experience, the tour gives the option of being picked up or dropped off in various locations — a very private, customizable experience.

S-Cruise, Pier 25, 225 North Moore Street, New York, New York, USA, + 1 877 884 6296

New York by Night Photo Tour

New York City is flooding with creativity — from actors to models, dancers, and so on. Are you a photographer looking for the perfect tour? Well, Citifari offers various photo tours, including their New York by Night Photo Tour. The tour guide safely directs tourists to stunning camera-ready locations and offers feedback in terms of compositions and camera settings. It starts on 43rd and 2nd and tours the UN Headquarters, 42nd Street, Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler building, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. All you need to bring is your best camera, most comfortable walking shoes, and a tripod. The tour lasts two and a half hours, and non-photographers are also welcome to come along.

Citifari, 1601 3rd Avenue, 18D, New York, New York, USA, + 1 262 726 1201

9/11 Walking Tour

Our country will never forget the tragic events of 9/11 — a date that has affected the nation on many levels with sadness, patriotism and bravery. This is why the 9/11 Tribute Center partnered with the 9/11 Memorial to offer the 9/11 Walking Tour, provided by those personally affected by the event. This includes 9/11 survivors, family members of victims, recovery workers, and residents of the Lower Manhattan area. The tour lasts 45 minutes and also covers the symbolism behind the 9/11 Memorial’s design, the history of the World Trade Center, and details of the tragic event.

National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the WTC, 200 Liberty Street, 16th Floor, New York, New York, USA, +1 212 312 8800

The Big Apple Helicopter Tour

Sometimes the best way to view NYC’s amazing architecture and cityscape is from the sky. Not many people get to ride in helicopters, so this tour creates unique and unforgettable memories. The Big Apple Helicopter Tour lifts off at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport and overlooks Governor’s and Ellis Islands, Freedom Tower, The Empire State Building, Chrysler, USS Intrepid, and other iconic landmarks in NYC. The tour lasts approximately 12-15 minutes. Reservations are mandatory for all helicopter tours — one can make reservations via phone or email. Helicopter hours, tours, and prices are also subject to change.

Liberty Helicopter, 6 East River Piers #212, New York, New York, USA, + 1 800 542 9933

Williamsburg Craft Beer Crawl

The Williamsburg Craft Beer Crawl highlights unique beers of NYC and the history behind the city’s obsession with quality brew. By the end of the tour, you will have tried ten different beers while being educated in the craft beer industry in NYC. Snacks will also be offered while you enjoy your beverage. The tour lasts three hours and starts at 12pm. A beer-tasting guide sheet and tour map of the neighborhood will also be offered to guests during the crawl.

Urban Adventures, 154 Grand St., New York, New York, USA, +1 347 878 8444

The Ride NYC

If you’re looking for a fun and entertaining tour, The Ride NYC is the tour for you! This tour combines theater and tourism, using the streets of New York City as its stage. The tour bus is designed with coliseum seating facing floor-to-ceiling glass windows. During this tour, guests can never tell who will pop up next and burst into soprano singing or choreographed dancing. The tour guide also catches random New Yorkers off guard by calling them out through their microphone. This tour is full of surprises and laughs.

The Ride NYC, 234 West 42nd Street, New York, New York, USA, + 1 212 244 2551

Bike the Brooklyn Bridge

Bike the Bridges is a bike rental/touring company with 1,000 bikes and locations in Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Battery Park, Hudson River Park, and Liberty State Park. The Bike the Brooklyn Bridge tour is one of which many guests have given five-star ratings on Yelp, TripAdvisor and Facebook reviews. The three-hour tour highlights the Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfronts as well as both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. During this tour, guests make frequent stops for photography, sightseeing, and tour guide insights.

Bike and Roll New York City, 140 West 30th Street, Suite 5 East, New York, New York, USA, + 1 212 260 0400

By Melissa Ibarra

Melissa Ibarra is a Journalism & Media Studies graduate from Rutgers University. On her down time, she’s a mommy blogger and designs NYC-inspired clothing for babies. Catch her traveling across the country on an adventure to try new delectable dishes.