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Fairly comprehensive tour. Traveled many streets, but traffic caused us to become behind schedule. I booked the 8 hour tour, thinking it would allow us to experience NYC, but it was just a minibus traveling throughout the city. We didn't even go by Madison Square Garden, Greenwich Village was barely mentioned, lunch was rushed which was NOT included, only drove by the World Trade Center, did not drive by, much less get out, at Wall Street. Tour guide was knowledgeable, but I wanted to be able to get out and take pictures of historic tourist sites. The whole tour was a rush, rush, rush!!! Would NOT recommend this tour at all.
Hands down one of the best tours I have ever taken. Jerry, our guide was phenomenal with his knowledge of the history and development of Manhattan. This is a newer tour meaning it has less reviews, but I promise you will be extraordinarily happy and impressed if you get the opportunity to go on this. Over the course of the day we walked 7.5 miles. There are two breaks- the first being an hour long water taxi ride where you can sit and enjoy the views in warmth. The second is a 45 min lunch break at the Chelsea Market to relax a bit before continuing. Make sure you have a hearty breakfast and where your most comfortable walking shoes. Here is a list of all the areas and buildings that we passed along our walk. St. Peters Roman Catholic Church, City Hall, Park Row, World Trade Centers, 9/11 Memorial, Oculus, Wall Street Bull, Stock Exchange of Wall Street, Federal Reserve Bank, Battery Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, The Intrepid, Washington Square Park, Hess Plaque, Cherry Lane Theater, the narrowest house in NYC, home of Thomas Pane, Chelsea Marketplace, The High Line, Jefferson Market Courthouse, Flat Iron building, Madison Square Park, the little Church around the corner, Empire State Building Enjoy!
Our transfer from Newark Airport was o.k. Our driver could not speak English, other than when he told me I owed 20 for tolls coming into NYC. I was under the understanding that was in the paid fare. I did not want to argue as our driver went several blocks our of his way and 25 more minutes to get to a hotel at the corner of 50th and Madison Ave when we were actually on 50th Street before he took us several blocks out of the way around Times Square at noon time. That part of the trip was terrible. I paid the 20 to get out of his car.
We took our 8 year old granddaughter on the downtown loop of the Big Bus Tours and it was a major disappointment. New York is a city filled with history and fascinating stories but all the passengers were told about the Empire State Building is that it was the location for the filming of King Kong. Rockefeller Center, it turns out, is know only for the wedding of Liza Minnelli where Michael Jackson and his monkey Bubbles were best men. We were told to look at the board at Madison Square Garden to see what was doing he did mention as an after thought that Penn Station was underground.
We were told that you needed 'a lot of money' to shop in Lord and Taylor and that Korea town had a great Italian restaurant- 2 blocks after we passed Korea town.
I could continue but we got off the bus and toured NY on our own. We have taken these tours in other cities and came away with a sense of the history and culture. This tour was nothing more than an expensive taxi for tourists to get around the city.
Doing what: Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Had to drop off two blocks away from Jolly Madison bcos the bus had no permit to enter into 38th street East
The photographer (Kennedy) was fantastic. The trip was booked for my two daughters Mackenzie and Madison and they enjoyed the time with him immensely! We can't wait to see the photos.
My trip was fabulous. We stared off with the NBC tour. next Ellen's stardust diner for lunch. We walked up to Central Park then over to Madison Ave. to 75th St. to the Whitney museum to see Ed Hopper's oil paintings.
next the subway back to 42nd St.
Up to The Top of The Rock, the highlight of our trip. I took exceptional pictures of NYC and a gorgeous sunset.
I always try to do something different while visiting NYC.
Doing what: Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York
Easy ti renew the pass at all of the locations that we chose, Only issue was at NBC and Madison square garden where you had to book in for the tours and had to wait a day or so. No benefits in terms of waiting for the Statue or Liberty, Cruise and Empire State Building. Difficulty is using the pass in the time frame. Only plan on using two of the attractions per day due to waiting times which can be up to an hour or more. Definitely saved some money using the pass.
Doing what: New York City Explorer Pass
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