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New York City: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise

1. New York City: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise

Step onboard the Bateaux New York for a 2 or 3-hour sightseeing cruise departing from Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers. The boat’s all-glass design, including curved ceiling and walls, provides the ultimate sightseeing experience, allowing for 180-degree views of notable New York City sights. As you sail along the Hudson and East rivers, admire the Manhattan skyline and well-known skyscrapers, such as the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. Get up-close views of the iconic Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, and Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. If you like, you can take in the sights from one of the open-air decks. Enjoy the elegant atmosphere and attentive service as you dine on a brunch, lunch or dinner lunch prepared by the chef, and be entertained by the pianist, who plays a variety of tunes throughout the cruise and provides interesting facts about New York’s famous attractions. You can even dance off your meal to piano melodies that include jazz, blues, and Broadway hits. For the dinner cruise, enjoy the added entertainment featuring an acoustic trio of a baby grand piano, upright bass, and jazz guitar. For brunch, enjoy bottomless mimosas while taking in the spectacular views. Sample Bottomless Brunch Menu - Early Risers: Seasonal Fruit, Breakfast Pastries, Scottish Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Meats, Breakfast Potatoes, or Cinnamon French Toast Casserole - Late Risers: Organic Mixed Field Greens, Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar, Roasted Broccoli Florets, Baked Ziti Pasta, Roasted Salmon Provençale, Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken, or Hand Carved Strip Loin, USDA Choice - Desserts: Bateaux Signature Dessert Station Sample Plated Lunch Menu - First Course: Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar - Entrée: Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast - Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake Sample Plated Dinner Menu - First Course: Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar, Lobster Bisque, Togarashi Tuna Tartare, or Duck Pate De Foie Gras (available for additional price) - Main Course: Forest Mushroom Ravioli, Herb Roasted Shrimp, Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast, Braised Beef Short Rib, Pan-Seared Atlantic Cod, American Wagyu Striploin (available for additional price), or Broiled Maine Lobster Tails (available for additional price) - Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake, Humbolt Fog & Belletoile Triple Cream Brie Cheeses, Bateaux Signature Warm Butter Cake, Valrhona Chocolate Mousse, Freshly Cut Fruit & Fresh Strawberries, or French Macarons (available for additional price)

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New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

2. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 45% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Choices include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, NY Waterways Tours, MoMA, and many more! There's no need to decide in advance, and you can take up to 60 days after using the pass to make your first visit. Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way. The New York attractions you can select include:  MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES• American Museum of Natural History• The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • The MET Museum• 9/11 Memorial and Museum• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle• Guggenheim Museum • Museum of Sex • New York Historical Society Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art• Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden Combo• The Met Cloisters• Museum of the City of New York• Museum of Ice Cream• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Fotografiska New York EXPERIENCES• Top of the Rock Observatory• Empire State Building• Edge• One World Observatory• The Vessel at Hudson Yards• Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Central Park Bike Rental• The Downtown Experience by The RIDE• Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Full-Day Bike Rental• Hudson River Full-Day Bike Rental• New York Botanical Garden• Madame Tussauds Times Square New York• Spyscape• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester• LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream• Welcome to Harlem: Harlem Jazz Series• Queens Experience On Foot• RiseNY• Perfect Picnic• Masters of the Camera NYC Rooftop Photoshoot• Surrey Bike Rental on Governors Island (2 hours)• SEA LIFE at American Dream• Escape Virtuality TOURS• 9/11 Tribute Center and Walking Tour• Central Park Walking Tour• Night Tour by Big Bus New York• Yankee Stadium Tour• The TOUR• Woodbury Common Bus Tour (Round Trip + VIP Coupon Booklet)• Rockefeller Center Tour• Radio City Stage Door Tour• Central Park Bike Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour• Madison Square Garden: All Access Tour• Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour • NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour • Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (choice of 1 tour)• Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Walking Tour• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service)• High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking District Neighborhood Walking Tour• Top Dog Tours NYC Marvel & DC Superheroes• Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal)• City Rambler: Walk Through History Tour• A Walk in the Park Tour by City Rambler• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• Pride Walking Tour• NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour• St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg• Greenwich Village Walking Tour• Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in Brooklyn• Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Walking Tour• SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tour FOOD AND DRINK• Spirits On Foot: Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Food On Foot Tours• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion CRUISES• Lady Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• 1929 Shearwater at North Cove: Daytime Statue Sail or City Lights Sail (seasonal)• Clipper City Tall Ship Sail - Daytime Statue or Harbor Lights (Seasonal) Customers save an average of 45% when buying the New York Explorer Pass versus buying tickets at the gate. Savings percentage based on most popular customer itineraries. Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences.

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New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

3. New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore New York City and see the sights from the top deck of an open top bus. Admire iconic landmarks and monuments, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the unique neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Upper East Side. The hop-on hop-off route covers iconic sights throughout New York City. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus, and on foot when you choose to hop-off to further explore. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Benefit from live bus tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive. Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is highly entertaining and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket options: 1. Classic Ticket includes unlimited boarding on Uptown and Downtown loops for 1 day 2. Classic Ticket plus a 90-minute Circle Line sightseeing cruise 3. Best of New York Package includes Classic ticket plus Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty skip-the-line tickets The classic 24-hour hop-on-hop-off ticket starts in Midtown Manhattan and includes two loops, Downtown and Uptown. The Downtown loop is the best way to explore Lower Manhattan. See popular neighborhoods such as the Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village, and the East Village. Hop off and enjoy a walk through Chinatown and Little Italy. Wander around Wall St. to see the infamous Stock Exchange and charging bull, eat your way through Little Italy and Chinatown then shop till you drop at all the high-end or boutique stores SoHo is famous for. The Uptown Loop starts from Times Square North and takes you on a journey through the Upper East Side, along Central Park, and down Museum Mile. Discover the famous landmarks of Uptown Manhattan such as MoMA, The Met, Central Park, and Colombus Circle.

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From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Bus Tour

4. From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Bus Tour

After pickup, head north from Manhattan, going through the neighborhood of Harlem and crossing into the Bronx. Visit the Yankee Stadium, home of the legendary NYC baseball team. Enjoy a stop to take pictures and shop for souvenirs. Proceed to the South Bronx to see graffiti and street art masterpieces. Hear the stories behind each of the most famous pieces, snapping photos along the way. Next, head to Queens, the largest and most multicultural borough in New York. Visit Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where you'll find the Mets' Stadium and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The final stop in Queens will be on Roosevelt Avenue, one of the borough’s main streets. See first hand how immigration has contributed to the vibrant life of this neighborhood, full of multicultural stores and restaurants. The last borough to visit is Brooklyn, where you’ll see the Jewish Quarters in Williamsburg, which provide a stark contrast to the more trendy areas made famous by movies and TV shows.

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New York City: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise

5. New York City: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise

See the sights of New York City from onboard the Spirit of New York with a 2-hour cruise on the East and Hudson Rivers. Enjoy an al-fresco buffet dining experience sailing through the Big Apple. While boarding the vessel at Chelsea Piers you will be personally greeted and your picture will be taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory. After being seated at your private outdoor table, enjoy your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily. While you feast, listen to tunes by an onboard DJ. After your meal, watch the skyscrapers of New York City's distinctive skyline glide by. Sample Lunch/Dinner Buffet Menu: Salads Organic Mixed Field Greens Organic Spinach & Kale Salad Green Bean Salad Kidney Bean, Black Bean & Chickpea Salad Red Beetroot Salad Bow Tie Pasta Salad Vegetables, Potatoes & Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole Baked Ziti Pasta Mashed Potatoes Entrees Oven-Baked Atlantic Flounder Filet Honey & Sesame Chicken Italian Beef Meatballs Braised Beef Short Ribs (dinner only) Desserts Seasonal Fruit Raspberry Mousse Lemon Pound Cake & Fresh Strawberries Coconut Vanilla Cake Carrot Cake Red Velvet & Chocolate Chip Brownie (dinner only)

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Manhattan: Skyline Bus Tour at Night

6. Manhattan: Skyline Bus Tour at Night

Take a nighttime bus tour of New York and see how the city comes alive after dark. Sit back and relax on the bus as your accompanying guide provides you with facts and interesting stories about the famous landmarks you’ll pass. Enjoy nighttime views of famous places that may include Times Square, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the Empire State Building, Little Italy, and the Brooklyn Bridge, depending on the option selected. Feel the ambiance of the metropolis known as The City That Never Sleeps.

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New York City Helicopter Adventure

7. New York City Helicopter Adventure

Soar above Manhattan’s towering skyscrapers on an amazing 20-minute helicopter ride over the beautiful Big Apple. You'll see some of the most iconic sights, sailing past Wall Street, over historic Governor's Island, and coming face-to-face with Lady Liberty herself! You’ll head up the Hudson river, continuing up the west side, and cruising past the piers in Chelsea, past the USS Intrepid and its awesome array of military planes, and then up to Central Park, the playground for New Yorkers. On the way down the other side of the island, you'll have a jaw-dropping view of the Empire State Building and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll fly over Ground Zero where you can have a birds-eye view of the awesome construction taking place, with a tower now over 80 stories tall! You’ll make a sweep over all 5 New York boroughs, and see all the major bridges and sights the Big Apple has to offer. In addition, you’ll pass over Yankee Stadium and Grant's Tomb before safely flying back to the heliport! Flight Path: Your 20-minute flight departs the Downtown Heliport and flies past Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island before continuing up the Hudson River. You will continue past Madison Square Garden and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum and Central Park. Continue on past Harlem where you will turn around at the George Washington Bridge for the return to the heliport

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Manhattan: Sightseeing Bus Tour

8. Manhattan: Sightseeing Bus Tour

Tour vibrant Manhattan aboard a comfortable coach whilst your expert guide narrates stories and interesting facts about the major sights of the city. Explore the different facets of the city and its various neighborhoods. Discover the most famous landmarks such as Times Square, the Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, and Empire State Building. See Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, Central Park and Fifth Avenue. Head to Greenwich Village, the artsy SoHo district, the bustling streets of Chinatown, Little Italy's sidewalk cafes and the busy Wall Street area. Finally, you will visit the charming Battery Park to enjoy stunning views of the Statue of Liberty - one of the icons of New York and the United States.

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From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

9. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

Get up close and personal with the famous Manhattan and Brooklyn Waterfront sites.  This guided bicycle tour explores the diverse, historical neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Cross the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn Heights, considered to be America’s first suburb, boasting amazing skyline views across the water. Then head back along the Hudson River across to the Brooklyn Bridge, gliding peacefully above vehicular traffic and stopping to take amazing panoramic photos of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and more. We'll explore downtown Manhattan, the hub of the American financial system, plus Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Wall Street and more! This tour is rated as moderate in difficulty and covers approximately 12 miles.

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New York City: Helicopter Tour With Narration

10. New York City: Helicopter Tour With Narration

On this VIP tour you'll soar over the island of Manhattan in a helicopter like a celebrity and travel in luxury, passing some of New York City’s most breathtaking sights. You’ll cruise over Battery Park and to the Bronx, and be amazed at the views from this height! Your 30-minute helicopter ride, with heliport fees included, starts around Battery Park, and continues over the labyrinth of streets in the Wall Street area. You’ll fly over Governor's Island as well. Make sure to keep an eye out for the recently renovated public art that has been installed on this once private island! Then, she rises in the distance – the Statue of Liberty! You’ll come face-to-face with this iconic monument and your highly trained pilot will give you a view of the Statue that you’ve never seen before. The Grand Island Tour is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a unique perspective on the Big Apple. You’ll cruise over all 5 boroughs, past epic bridges, towering skyscrapers, and even the amusement park at Coney Island before safely returning to the heliport. Flight Path: Your 30-minute flight departs the Downtown Heliport and flies past Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty and down to the Verazzano Narrows Bridge over the Upper New York Bay. Then the flight heads north  for views of Ellis Island as you continue up the Hudson River for views of Madison Square Garden and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum and Central Park, Harlem before flying over the George Washington Bridge and Washington Heights before turning around for your return flight to the heliport.

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What people are saying about Chelsea, New York City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,223 reviews

I took the Brooklyn Bridge tour and Manny was our guide. Despite a cold dreary day I thoroughly enjoyed it. Manny was knowledgeable about the area and history of the bridge. It included riding over the manhattan and Brooklyn bridge and a nice ride in Brooklyn. The pace was not pressured and is fine for all ages. I'm 62.

Everything worked as the details in the document we got. I highly recommend it so we can save a good amount of money!

The experience was amaizing. See NY in other perspective. The music, food, everything.

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Very cool experience! We would definitely come back.