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Manhattan Skyline Tours

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Manhattan Skyline
Perhaps the most common backdrop for opening scenes of movies for the past several decades, the Manhattan skyline is New York City's shining beacon, designed to impress and inspire. From historical fixtures like the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building to One World Trade Center, the man-made masterpiece dazzles at any time of day and from any vantage point in the NYC area.

The Basics
From land, water, and air, there are plenty of ways to admire the Manhattan skyline. Take a cruise on the Hudson River, East River, or New York Harbor for views of the city skyline and other landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or Manhattan Bridge, an activity that provides the chance to see the skyline at your own pace. For aerial views, head to the top of Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, or One World Observatory, or opt for a helicopter tour for a VIP-style experience in the Big Apple.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The skyline is broken into two notable sections—Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan.
  • The walk from One World Trade Center to the Empire State Building is about three miles (five kilometers).
  • If you want to visit a skyscraper observatory such as that at the Empire State Building, consider a skip-the-line ticket to avoid the typically long wait.
  • For water views without booking a cruise, hop on the free Staten Island Ferry.

When to Get There
Consider the time of day for your viewing based on what you're looking for. If you want great photos, avoid the middle of the day, when the sun is high; for a romantic atmosphere, opt for a dinner cruise or nighttime stroll. Go during the holidays for the chance to admire the skyline in the snow and see the landmark buildings decked out in seasonal decorations.

Famous Buildings in the Manhattan Skyline
The 102-story Empire State Building is possibly the most iconic piece of architecture on the planet, built in 1931 in Art Deco style. The Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center offer more Art Deco examples, while the Time Warner Center, 4 Times Square, and One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) feature modern architecture.
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter FlightAudio Guided Tours

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this helicopter ride over Manhattan. Look out over the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the financial district and more. You’ll also spot top sights like Ellis Island and the Empire State Building during this unique sightseeing flight over one of the world's most iconic cities.
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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter TourAudio Guided Tours

New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

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New York's iconic landmarks, mighty rivers, and islands are even more impressive from the air. On this tour, soar over Manhattan’s most famous sights in a helicopter and enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Big Apple. There's plenty of time time to see Liberty Island, the Empire State Building, and Governor’s Island.
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New York City Harbor Lights CruiseDay Cruises

New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

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Experience the lights of New York City at sunset on this twilight cruise along the Hudson River and into New York Harbor. Book your ticket in advance online to spare any fuss on the night, and set sail to enjoy the illuminated landmarks while learning about the city from a guide’s informative commentary. A great way to end a day of sightseeing or kick off a night on the town.
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Bateaux New York Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

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Forget trying to snag a hard-to-get reservation at New York's hottest restaurants du jour. Instead, indulge in a delicious 3-course dinner during the cruise on an all-glass boat around New York City that offers you an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty and other famed sites. As a live pianist plays relaxing music for you, take in the immense view of one of the world's great cities and enjoy a delicious pre-set dinner by the on-board executive chef. Upgrade to enjoy a romantic or first class VIP experience including a private table and French sparkling wine.
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Full-Day New York Full-day Tours

Full-Day New York "Must See" Small-Group Tour + One World Observatory Ticket

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Take in all the highlights of New York City on this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind tour. Explore the Big Apple like a New Yorker, as you walk, ride the subway and take the Staten Island ferry. Visit Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, Grand Central Terminal, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and much more. Entrance to the One World Observatory is also included.
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Statue of Liberty Circle Line Express CruiseDay Cruises

Statue of Liberty Circle Line Express Cruise

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See New York City from the water and from one of its famous Circle Line boats on this trip. Book ahead of time to ensure your place for a departure that fits your schedule, and enjoy unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Manhattan’s skyscrapers, One World Trade Center, and New Jersey’s skyline. Plus, as you sightsee, learn about New York’s history via an on-board guide’s commentary.
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Cruise around Statue of Liberty & Manhattan Skyline Pier 36 Day Cruises

Cruise around Statue of Liberty & Manhattan Skyline Pier 36

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Even travelers with limited time can enjoy some of the best views in NYC with this quick Big Apple sightseeing cruise. Meet up at Pier 36 to set sail in the East River, where you can expect standout skyline views from the ship's deck. Relax and enjoy views of top area sights—like the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges—and make your way to see the iconic Statue of Liberty.
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan HighlightsLuxury Tours

New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building and Central Park, plus the Statue of Liberty. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture, Bus and Walking TourDay Trips

Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture, Bus and Walking Tour

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Take a bite out of New York City’s hippest borough on this half-day Brooklyn food and culture tour. From traditional ethnic eateries to culinary hotspots that spark national dining trends, your guide will show you where to eat like a local. Snack on kielbasa and pierogis in the Polish enclave of Greenpoint, satisfy your sweet tooth in DUMBO, and get a taste of farm-to-fork freshness in trendy Williamsburg. Vegetarians can be accommodated.
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NYC Skyline TourLuxury Tours

NYC Skyline Tour

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The skyline is one of New York City’s most impressive features, and though there are several observation decks and rooftop bars in the city, none offer as complete a view as a helicopter ride. With this helicopter tour, you can admire the Manhattan skyline in its entirety, making it ideal for travelers who want to see it all and are short on time.
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New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

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See New York City’s highlights on a 5-hour tour by luxury bus and harbor cruise, and experience the Big Apple in style and comfort. Cruise through Wall Street’s soaring concrete canyons, capture moving images of the 9/11 memorial, then continue to the elegant avenues that line Central Park. Pause to explore Grand Central Terminal and the Met, and board a sightseeing cruise across the New York Harbor. Enjoy sweeping views of the city from the water, where the Statue of Liberty gazes across to the unforgettable Manhattan skyline.
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Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

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Many of New York City's most memorable landmarks can be seen from the water and this cruise lets you see the sights without the crowds. Hop aboard a 1920s-style yacht and set sail around New York Harbor, Liberty Island, and the Hudson River. While on-board, sip an included drink as you admire views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty from the solarium or open-air deck.
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Circle Line: NYC Liberty CruiseDay Cruises

Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

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See the highlights of New York City from the water on this sightseeing cruise along the Hudson River. Ideal for first-time visitors who want to see as much as possible and avoid waiting in traffic, this cruise offers views of the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building, plus close-ups of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
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Alive After Five Happy Hour CruiseBoat Tours

Alive After Five Happy Hour Cruise

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Experience New York City in a whole different light on this entertaining happy hour cruise along New York Harbor. See the best of the Big Apple’s iconic landmarks — like One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty — while soaking up the energetic atmosphere on board. Choose from a variety of cruise options to include beer and wine or an unlimited open bar. Relax, mix, mingle, make new friends and have a good time on this popular 2-hour cruise.
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Rock the Yacht Party CruiseDay Cruises

Rock the Yacht Party Cruise

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Experience a New York City party on the water during this entertaining cruise along New York Harbor. See the best of the Big Apple’s iconic landmarks—like One World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty—while soaking up the party atmosphere of music and dancing on board. Leave the club lines and crowds behind and enjoy this exclusive night out in NYC.
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The Sopranos Sites TourHalf-day Tours

The Sopranos Sites Tour

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Go on a ‘Sopranos’ filming locations tour unlike any other—one led by a guide who was an actor on the show. Immerse yourself in the shadowy world of Tony Soprano and the gang, and get in touch with your inner boss as you visit more than 40 recognizable sites from the hit HBO series. See Pizza Land, Father Phil’s parish, the Bada Bing! nightclub, and the restaurant used as Vesuvio.
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NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing CruiseDay Cruises

NYC Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing Cruise

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Admire New York City's famous skyline from the water on this afternoon cruise. Choose from two departure times and set sail around New York Harbor on-board a historic sailboat. Enjoy incredible views of Manhattan and spot landmarks such as One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. While on-board, help raise the sails or even take a turn navigating the ship.
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New York City Sunset SailDay Cruises

New York City Sunset Sail

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Enjoy a New York City evening on the water during this 2-hour twilight cruise. Take in views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline while the sun sets, and order drinks from the on-board bar (own expense). This is a great way to start a night out in the Big Apple.
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Taste of NYC TourLuxury Tours

Taste of NYC Tour

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Get unobstructed views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty on this helicopter tour. With a small group of just six people or fewer, you'll enjoy an intimate atmosphere while hovering above New York's most famous attractions. Listen to in-depth commentary from your guide, see more of the city in less time, and take advantage of the chance for epic aerial photo ops from your bird's-eye view of Manhattan.
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Statue of Liberty Bateaux Lunch CruiseDay Cruises

Statue of Liberty Bateaux Lunch Cruise

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Forget trying to snag a reservation at New York's hot restaurant du jour. Don't wait in line at a popular eatery, either. Instead, indulge in a delicious lunch during this 2-hour cruise on an all-glass boat around New York City that offers you an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty. As a live pianist plays relaxing music for you, take in the immense view of one of the world's great cities and enjoy a delicious pre-set lunch by the on-board executive chef.
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Deluxe Private SUV Tour: Best of NYCHalf-day Tours

Deluxe Private SUV Tour: Best of NYC

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Skip the hassle of getting around in New York City with a local guide and a private SUV. This tour of Lower Manhattan shows you the best of the borough, including historic Greenwich Village, SoHo, TriBeCa, Chinatown, and Little Italy, among other neighborhoods and sites. Learn about the history of each place and hop out to take photos as often as you like. Upgrade to a half-day tour to explore Upper and Mid-Manhattan too.
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New York City Sky Line and Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise Pier 36Day Cruises

New York City Sky Line and Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise Pier 36

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Cruise the New York Harbor in style—and enjoy a speedy and convenient way to see some of its highlights—on this seamless sightseeing cruise. Pick from multiple convenient departure times, make your own way to Pier 36, and hop aboard your vessel. Get comfortable indoors or on the outer decks, and keep your camera at the ready: you’ll glide past the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, and more.
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Boat CruiseDay Cruises

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Boat Cruise

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Secure your ticket in advance for this New York Harbor sightseeing cruise: prebooking will spare you the fuss of ticket-buying in Manhattan. Settle indoors or out on the 3-level Lady Liberty paddleboat and pass under the Brooklyn Bridge for views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Manhattan’s skyline, including One World Trade Center. Choose a departure to suit you and upgrade to add access to Liberty Island’s grounds.
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New York Gospel Music Tour in EnglishHalf-day Tours

New York Gospel Music Tour in English

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Nothing gives you a feel for a neighborhood like its music, and with this experience, you can immerse yourself in the history and hymns of African American gospel music in Brooklyn Heights, the heart of New York’s gospel scene. Explore the history of the neighborhood and learn about gospel’s roots as you stroll past landmark churches and admire views of the Manhattan skyline before a church service and live gospel performance at the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle.
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