9 Unique Ways To Experience the Best of New York

The 5th Avenue entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, New York
The 5th Avenue entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, New York | © Maurice Savage / Alamy Stock Photo

From the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge to Broadway and The Met, New York is jam-packed with world-famous attractions you won’t want to miss out on. Here’s how you can make your experience of them extra special.

For every traveler, there are some sights worth seeing, however unoriginal they might seem. In New York, this couldn’t be more true. However, there are often ways of experiencing these places with a difference, as these nine unique sightseeing tours – all carefully selected by Culture Trip – aim to demonstrate.

VIP tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Beat the crowds to the USA’s largest art museum with this out-of-hours VIP tour. Spanning five millennia, the works housed inside ‘the Met’ provide a mesmerizing timeline of how art has evolved over the years. Marvel at objects from the first cities of the ancient world, before moving onto masterpieces by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, van Gogh, Andy Warhol, and Jackson Pollock. There’ll be none of the usual queuing or jostling as you wander through the empty galleries before the museum opens to the public – and your guide will provide plenty of interesting insight along the way.

Central Park Sunrise Yoga Walk

With hundreds of acres of lush greenery, a picture-perfect lake, and meadows all perfectly lined with elm trees, Central Park is an idyllic place to escape New York’s crowded streets. But to truly experience the tranquility of this magnificent green space, try joining an early-morning yoga class led by a qualified instructor. You’ll power walk your way through the park just as the sun is coming up, stopping to pose and stretch at various spots along the way before soaking up the morning stillness in savasana. Stay close to your local guide as they identify and lead you past parts of the park you’d easily miss if you were on your own.

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Circle Line: Beast Speedboat Ride

Hold on tight. This white-knuckle ride will see you bouncing through New York Harbor for all of 30 hair-raising minutes. Your ominous-looking vessel will be ‘The Beast’ – a speedboat that can cut through the water at up to 45 miles per hour. With speed demons ‘Mad Dog’ and ‘Wild Thing’ behind the wheel – and a selection of rock classics providing the soundtrack – you’ll slice and carve your way across the waves, before screeching to a halt within 130 meters of the Statue of Liberty for epic close-up views. Just don’t get too comfortable, as you’ll be hitting top speeds once again for the return back to base.

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel – and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Epic Trips, Mini Trips and Sailing Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travellers and friends who want to explore the world together.

Epic Trips are deeply immersive 8 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and enough down time to really relax and soak it all in. Our Mini Trips are small and mighty - they squeeze all the excitement and authenticity of our longer Epic Trips into a manageable 3-5 day window. Our Sailing Trips invite you to spend a week experiencing the best of the sea and land in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm – and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

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