Sometimes it’s nice to travel without a strict organization and unwind… but New York is clearly not the destination for this kind of tourism. Its immensity requires you not to leave too much room for improvisation. Otherwise, there is a risk of missing some inevitable activity, of spending long hours in queues or paying three times more for an entrance fee…
Whereas with a minimum of preparation you won’t only save your money but you will also travel stress free, maximizing your time and enjoyment of those who are with you.
In this web page, you’ll find all the visits and activities you should book before heading to New York City!
Enjoy your trip!
Use the drop-down menu below to access the different category of activities.
It’s THE PASS to have for your first trip to New York
The New York City Pass opens the doors for 6 of the most important attractions in New York, with 40% off on the total price of all attractions!
You will see: The Empire State Building observation deck, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), Top of the Rock or the Guggenheim Museum (), The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or a boat trip with Circle Line (au choix).
If you do not know which pass to choose, check out my article The New York City Pass vs. New York Pass.
If you decide to choose the New York Pass, you will be sure to have access to an extended selection of activities. Indeed, this pass gives you access for up to 80 attractions and tours!
The New York Pass is valid for 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 or 10 days. Without that pass, you’ll be spending around $300 total, paying for each attraction (for the 10 main activities)!
A 1-day Big Bus Pass is included in all NYP purchases!
If you have any doubts about that Pass, you can read my article Unlimited Pass: The SightSeeing PASS and the New York Pass..
It’s a different Pass compared with the others (valid for a combination of attractions), the NYC Explorer Pass allows you to customize your own pass, depending on what attractions you like the most. You are able to choose from 3, 5, 7 to 11 attractions in a big variety of activities (around 80), and you just pay for the ones chosen with a preferential rate.
The Pass is valid for 30 days from the moment you start to using it. When presenting the Pass, you’ll get discounts to do other activities, stores and associated restaurants.
Need more info? Read my article about the New York City Explorer Pass.
What about a unique and breathtaking experience over New York!
An unforgettable experience in NYC!
In this page, you’ll have access to price details and the different rides proposed by diverse companies.
You can compare and choose the best tour for you depending on what you like and your budget.
In each ride, you will see the most important monuments of New York from the sky.
15 minute flight over New York for a good price!
The Classic Manhattan Tour flies over:
– The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, the UN Headquarters, Central Park South before flying over Midtown and going to the Empire State Building, Financial District, Battery Park, Governors and Ellis Island, and of course, the Statue of Liberty!
It’s perfect for a first experience!
A 20 minute flight all over New York!
You will visit the same spots like the previous flight in the Deluxe Manhattan Tour.
In addition you will see:
– The Verrazano Bridge, Yankee Stadium, Central Park, St. John the Devine Cathedral, Columbia University, George Washington Bridge…
And many other spots!
A 30 minute flight all over New York!
With the VIP Manhattan Tour, you will take a look at all the precedent spots plus Staten Island, Coney Island beach and fair before heading to Manhattan passing Harlem and the HUdson River ’til The Palissades at Northern New York! Important: this flight requires prior reservation for 4 passengers minimum. A perfect tour for 2 couples, 4 friends or a married couple with 2 children…
Enjoy the view!
There are dozens of different bus tours in New York, called Hop-on Hop-off , and it’s very easy to get lost with all the companies.
In this page, you’ll find detailled tours, costs, and specifications for each one of them. So choose your best option!
Some tours are associated with others or attractions, to stand out from the others, they name it COMBO. Usually, these formulas let you save money if you compare prices paid separately.
The Downtown Tour, lasts 24h in the heart of Manhattan!
Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Macy’s, Empire State Building, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, World Trade Center, Wall Street, Financial District, Battery Park South Street Seaport, Lower East Side, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Broadway Theatre District… You will see everything!
In addition, when purchasing this tour, you will have a ticket for the Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry, and a ticket for the ESB observation deck or the Top of the Rock!
At night, the city wears its specific lights, and this 2h30 tour allows you to discover New York City “by night”!
With the Night Tour you’ll see: Brooklyn Heights (with a view over the Skyline), Times Square, Chinatown, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, Lower East Side and many other spots!
You will experience the night life of New York, and this could be a good starter for the night, and then have dinner in the City.
The All Around Town Tour + Liberty Helicopter Tour is a tour valid for 48h from the moment you change your voucher for a ticket to aboard. It allows you to enjoy several tours by bus in Manhattan, including a ticket for a ride on a boat for 90 minutes and an entry to the Museum of the City of New York.
This tour is very complete, and gives you the possibility to go on the ferry to visit Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
With the Super New York Tour you will get the best from all the tours!
Indeed, this tours lets you discover all the attractions from the package All Around Town Tour + Statue of Liberty, in addition, a ticket for the ESB observation deck or the Top of the Rock.
It is more flexible, because it is valid for 72h and gives you more time to schedule your visits.
In case you didn’t know, Manhattan is an Island! The fluvial tourism is well developed in New York.
There are tons of different tours on cruises.
The itinerary and hours of operation change from one tour to other.
This page will let you access the information of each tour, and will help you select the best one for you.
The Circle Line Landmark Cruise, is a 90 minute tour around Manhattan!
You’ll leave and come back to Manhattan from Pier 83, close to W 39 Street. the ferry go’s downs the Hudson River along Chelsea, West Village, Tribeca, Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty…!
It returns by the East River, passing under the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, and offering a breathtaking view of the skyline.
How about a dinner with your partner (or your friends) on a yacht, with live music and a view over the city lights of New York?
You can choose several catered cruises for lunch, dinner and event brunch!
In all cases it’s always fun to do!
There are so many attractions in New York, you’ll always fing something that better suits you.
on this webpage, you’ll see all the attractions and choose the ones you like the most.
They are many different famous attractions to see in New York.
A bike ride through Central Park? A Gospel Mass in Harlem? A visit to Yankee Stadium? Let New York be your guide…
Meet the life of Carrie Bradshaw and her three best friends!
Discover and visit the 40 unmissable places where the series is recorded:
– The Jimmy Choo store where Carrie buys her shoes
– Pleasure Chest, the shop where Charlotte bought her famous “rabbit”
– The furniture store where Aidan worked as a designer
– Scout, the bar of Steve and Aidan
And much more…
A perfect tour for girls!
Visit the places where the life of the young rich Upper East Side of Gossip Girls surrounds.
– Le Palace Hotel, home of the Van der Woodsen family (and then Bass family)
– Vera Wang Store where Blair tried on her wedding dress
– The Dylan’s Candy Bar where Dan and Vanessa bought sweets
– Henri Bendel store where Blair and Serena bought clothes
– The Central Park South Fountain
And much more…
Discover where movies, TV shows or series like Seinfeld, Ugly Betty, Gossip Gril, I am Legend, Men in black, The Devil Wears Prada…
– Where Harry Met Sally
– The building where Peter Parker lives (Spiderman)
– The building of Friends the series
– The building where they filmed Ghostbusters
And many more places in New York we know from the movies and series that we’ve seen on television.
I can already hear you singing the themes of these series and movies!
Literally “Belive it or Not”! In Ripleys, discover some twenty galeries with amazing themes inspired by art, science and history.
Visitors are invited to participate in some activities, such as Ripley’s Impossible Laser Race which involves passing through a maze without touching the lights that move from side to side, like in the movie Ocean’s Twelve…
I guarantee you much fun!
The harlem Gospel Tour invites you to discover Harlem, a neighborhood with lots of history, true wedge of the African-American Community in New York.
You will feel an unforgettable experience: a gospel Mass.
The first tour is in the morning, and the Harlem Gospel Soul Food & Jazz is at night, making you discover the most famous Jazz clubs and have a taste of the traditional Soul Food!
How about discovering the racks of Madison Square Garden?
The MSG used to be the scene of great boxing fights with Joe Louis and Jake LaMotta! Nowadays, The Garden is the scene of big shows, concerts, and home of the NY Knicks (NBA) and the NY Rangers (NHL).
During your visit, you’ll see the history of this place, visiting the dressing rooms and areas reserved to VIPs!
Over 220 famous people have their wax statue in the heart of Times Square, Madame Tussauds, the museum with hyper realistic wax sculptures.
In addition, you can explore the dark side of Mme Tussauds thanks to the SCREAM activity ; admire New York icons from the past and from now with The Spirit of New York ; finally see the last exhibition of the museum: Marvel 4D Experience, where you’ll see the heroes of Marvel in 4 dimensions. Let’s go!
Central Park is one of the most famous places in New York. It’s highly recommended to explore the park with a bicycle. You will have to walk threw several parts, but at least you will really enjoy it.
The tour includes bike rentals for 24 hours and a guide who will teach you about the main attractions of the park, such as:
– Belvedere Castle
– Bethesda Fountain
– Strawberry Fields, dedicated to John Lennon
– Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
Built in 1943, the USS Intrepid participated in several operations (WWII, Vietnam…) and served NASA before retiring and becoming a museum of the sea, air and space.
It’s a good experience for tourists who want a trip in the history of Marine and aerospace.
– The submarine Growler
– The space shuttle Enterprise
– The supersonic Lockheed A-12 Oxcart
And much more…
It’s a pity to travel to New York without seeing a show in Broadway, there are more than 25 of them, counting the most famous ones!
It’s not so easy to select which one to see. If you’re traveling with others, you will have to take into account the tastes of each person and review who can attend the show (children, adults, families…).
The Phantom of the Opera, Romeo and Juliet, The Lion King, Mamma Mia! or Kinky Boots… there is a lot of shows!
What show do you want to see?
Blue Man Group is an artistic Trio formed in 1988 in New York. The characters use tubes of different sizes, paint and several containers during the show, giving both visually delirious musical performances.
If you are looking for a show that is unlike any other, you must see this one.
BMG has their representations in Astor PlaceTheater in NoHO and now in Times Square.
Duration : approx. 2h.
When it was released in 1975, the Chicago Musical was not so successful. It had a revival in 1996 and became one of the most famous Broadway Shows.
In 2002, Chicago was adapted for cinema by director Rob Marshall with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah.
So, come back to Chicago in the 20′ to see the cabaret life of Vilma and Roxie during the prohibition time
Duration : approx. 2h30.
The musical Lion King, the famous Disney movie has been very successful for the last 15 years! What more can I say?
The show exists now in other countries, and received many awards. There are some new elements in the show, but the story remains the same. Some songs were written especially for the Musical.
Finally, you’ll have a great time, expecially if you’re going with your familly.
Duration : approx. 2h45.
The french novel written by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera has been playing in New York for more than 25 years. In 1988, the show received seven Tony Awards, confirming the quality of the show. Many emotions emerge from the work, with a history between romance and despair, leaving you with unforgettable memories…
Duration : approx. 2h30.
There is no doubt about it, you can do many things in New York, but if it’s not your first time there, or if you are staying for a long time, or if you want to see as much as you can, it will be interesting to make a tour from NY discovering another city as Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC… From the vineyards of Long Island to the mountains of Windham, including the beaches of the Hamptons to Niagara Falls, you’ll find something you will like for sure!
The Philadelphia and Amish Country Tour offers you a day trip taking you to Philadelphia, where you will see the most emblematic monuments (Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and other symbols of freedom in America…), afterwards, you will go to Lancaster County, an Amish settlement. On a wagon, you will learn the culture and way of life of a community that seeks to live like the early twentieth century.
Do you like shopping? Woodbury Common Outlets is the perfect tour for you, 220 stores are waiting for you with clothes at factory prices.
Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada and much more… I recommend that you buy an extra suitcase to bring your purchases back home!
The Freedom Trail Boston Tour is a day trip from New York to visit Boston, the real economic and cultural center of New England.
Program of the Tour:
– Walk along the Freedom Trail
– History of the Boston Tea Party
– Constitution Boat
– Bunker Hill Monument
– Financial District
– Quincy Market (lunch)
– Harvard-MIT universities
And much more…
Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States. As such, it has many points of interests, it is home of the American Administration with impressive buildings: the White House, tha Capitol and the Senate.
This bus tour allows you to visit Washington DC without getting too tired and at a good price. The bus stops several times to let you admire the view, take pictures and stop by important sites.
Aslo, before arriving to Washington DC, you will go through New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland… with landscapes that will take your breath away!
It’s not the chepeast tour to do from New York ($400), however Niagara Falls are worth it. If you want to go there and have the budget, do this tour. It includes the flight, roundtrip hotel/airport, transportation to the falls, half day tour with a guide, a visit from the back of the falls or boat trip, a meal in a restaurant with a view above Niagara Falls.
If you watch the series Revenge, you already have heard of the Hamptons. It is at the north-east of Long Island where the series takes place. But above all, The Hamptons are where the summer homes of the American and New York Elite are. Many celebrities like Paris Hilton, David Letterman and Steven Spielberg have a house there.
Before heading to New York, you must plan the transportation from and to the airport.
There are several possibilities to make the roundtrip, but one of the safest and most economical ways is the Shuttle.
The shuttle leads you to your hotel or appartment for about $15 (approx.). The only thing is that you’ll be traveling with other passengers and be patient because you could be the last one to be dropped off. if it’s your first trip to new York it will be also nice to go around NYC in the Shuttle, and start to get oriented in the Big Apple. …