Excursions in New York
New York City
Here we list organizations that take you around to various places in the city, by bus, boat, helicopter, foot, carriage or limousine.
For other sightseeing experiences, see the following related categories:
TOURS OF BUILDINGS AND PLACES: for tours of buildings and places such as the NY Stock Exchange, Empire State Building, etc.
TOURS THEME AND AREA TOURS: for tour-excursions featuring a special theme ("Backstage on Broadway" or "Harlem Jazz Tours" or "Fashion Tours.")
EXHIBITIONS AND DISPLAYS: for special exhibitions in libraries and company headquarters.
MUSEUMS: for museums, famous monuments, famous houses and estates, and famous historical places.
SIGHTSEEING: for a list of various sights open to the public.
CHURCHES: for tours of well-known churches and synagogues in New York.
See also SIGHTSEEING.
A favorite way to start your visit to New York, especially in good weather, is a tour on the top deck of one of the private double-decker bus tours. A typical tour covers either Lower Manhattan (below Chambers Street) or Upper Manhattan, and has 20 or more stops where you can get off and visit the sights and then get back on the next bus. Buses run every 30 minutes.
Some tours allow you two days to see all the sights. There are also specialized tours of Manhattan by Night.
|Cruises on the Hudson River. Take the special Yankee Clipper ship that sails to Yankee Stadium for Yankees games. There are also varying seasonal tours as well as New York waterway harbor cruises leaving from Midtown and Downtown operating at twilight for fantastic views. Available for private charters and group tours.|
|& 12th Ave. Pier 78,||Group Sales 201-902-8711|
|Take a 2 hour tour on a 1885 iron cargo schooner, The Pioneer sailing from Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport. Call 669-9400 for reservations. Or try a one hour tour of New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan on the Seaport Liberty Cruise. Call 425-3737.|
|19 Fulton St., Fulton NY 10038||Tel 212-732-7678|
|April 3rd - January 2nd, 2006 Monday - Saturday: 10am - 9pm; Sundays 11am to 8pm Map|
|The Liberty Helicopters experience, combined with the level of service results in a wonderful flight-seeing experience every time: the grandeur of Manhattan's famous skyline, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Twin Towers and many other famous landmarks in a way unimaginable from the ground. Pilot-narrated, they last 4-18 minutes.|
|Customer Service daily 9-20. Heliports: Pier 6/East River Mo-Fr 9-18:30; W.30th St. Daily 9-21|
|Neighborhood tours with different emphases on architecture, cultural and literary history, architecture and sports. Also have bus tours of outlying NY areas: Nyack, Brooklyn and Long Island. Seating Chart|
|1395 Lexington Ave., Carnegie Hill NY 10128||General Info 212-996-1100|
|Big Apple Greater New York City is a New York City volunteer tour organization which matches tour guides with new comers to New York City Information about the city and personalized walking tours Also information on accessibility and other programs about those with physical challenges|
|1 Centre St., CivicCenter NY 10007||Tel 212-669-2364|
|General Info:||212-669-2896;||Visitor Center:||212-669-8159|
|Urban history center dedicated to the exploration and preservation of documents, artwork and artifacts representative of Brooklyn's diverse cultures past and present.|
|128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn NY 11201 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY,||Fax 718-875-3869|
|Free! Thursdays at 12 noon. Meet on the steps of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.|
|1 Bowling Green,||Tel 212-606-4064|
|Allows a visitor to experience how immigrants lived in the late 1800s. Admission to exhibits is free; admission for tours for adults $9: Students & seniors $7: Members free. A guided architectural tour through several streets in this area is also offered. It runs 1 hour.|
|97 Orchard St., Lower East Side NY 10002||Tel 212-431-0233|
|Fax:||212-431-0402;||TTY Line ( Deaf ):||212-431-0714|
|New York City's history told through "fascinating exhibits of photographs, memorabilia, documents, arts, toys & costumes." Suggested contribution $7 adults, $4 students, children, senior citizens & $12 families. Picture|
|1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem NY 10029 At E.103rd St.,||Tel 212-534-1672|
|We-Su 10-5 Map|
|The free walking tour, "Times Square Expose," sets out from the Times Square Visitors Center each Friday at noon. Click here for Location.|
|1560 Broadway, Theater District NY 10036||Tel 212-768-1560|
|The ultimate beginning or end to a romantic evening or just for the fun of it. Horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park. Get a carriage across from the Plaza Hotel at the corner of Central Park South & Fifth Ave. $34 for 25 minutes, $54 for a 45 minute ride.|
|Central Pk. So., Central Park NY 10019|