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Exploring New York City's 5 Boroughs

By Viator, November 2017

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Most New York visits focus on Manhattan, home to many of the city's top attractions. But NYC is a city of five distinct boroughs, each with its own personality and charm and all well worth a visit. Here's your guide to exploring all five.

Manhattan
The island of Manhattan is what most New York visitors picture when they think of the Big Apple. Home to famous areas including Harlem, Chinatown, Times Square, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village, Manhattan also houses many of the city's top museums, such as The Met, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Art. Manhattan is also known for its towering Midtown skyscrapers and its crown jewel: Central Park. 

Brooklyn
With a population large enough to be named the third-largest city in America, Brooklyn is New York City's biggest borough. The area is known for its extremely hip neighborhoods, including Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Dumbo, each home to a number of eateries and shops. But beyond the hip 'hoods, Brooklyn offers a wealth of history and culture. Prospect Park, the area's answer to Central Park, is a great place for a stroll or bike ride, as is the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Many travelers head to the Navy Yard, a former naval base and shipbuilding site dating back to the Revolutionary War, to learn about the borough's industrial past.

Queens
Just north of Brooklyn and across the river from Manhattan is Queens. Queens is a melting pot of languages and culture, with nearly half of its residents having been foreign born. A food tour exploring areas like Flushing's Chinatown or the Indian American community of Jackson Heights is a great way to learn more about the borough's cultures, while sports fans should make the trip out to Citi Field, home of the MLB's Mets, or check out the National Tennis Center, which hosts the annual US Open Tournament.

The Bronx
The Bronx may not receive the same attention as hot spots like Manhattan or Brooklyn, but visitors who make the trip know it's a borough with plenty to offer. Home to the famous Yankee Stadium, the borough is a well-known a mecca for baseball fans. Meanwhile, anyone looking to enjoy nature in the city should head to the Bronx's New York Botanical Garden or the Bronx Zoo. Those hungry for culture can take a hip hop tour to learn about the Bronx's role in the origins of the music genre, or visit the Italian eateries along Arthur Avenue.

Staten Island
For one of New York's best free sightseeing experiences, hop on the Staten Island Ferry to this lesser-known borough, which punches well above its weight in cultural attractions and history. Staten Island's Historic Richmond Town offers unique insight into American colonial life, while the St. George neighborhood is home to range of arts and culture institutions including the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences and the National Lighthouse Museum.

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Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour, New York City, null
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Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 507 Reviews

The new culinary center of the Big Apple, where food and dining trends are dispersed to the rest of the country, is Brooklyn. And with this half-day tour, you ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo, New York City, Food Tours
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Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 76 Reviews

This unique walking tour of New York City will take you from Manhattan over the famous Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn. Admire the stunning city skyline as you ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2.5 hours

From USD $35.00
Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour, New York City, Walking Tours
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Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 65 Reviews

The Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour lets you safely explore the best of Manhattan by bike. Pedal on the new Hudson riverside bike trail, past famous landmarks and ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 Reviews

Known today for popular restaurants, shops and tourism, the Manhattan neighborhoods of SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown boast some of New York City’s richest ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
New York Hip-Hop Tour, New York City, Walking Tours
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New York Hip-Hop Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 51 Reviews

If you're into hip-hop, or want to see another side of NYC, take a tour with one of hip-hop's Grandmasters! Suitable for all ages, this one-of-a-kind ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Varies

From USD $74.99
High Line and Chelsea Walking Tour, New York City, Literary, Art & Music Tours
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High Line and Chelsea Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 59 Reviews

The High Line, an elevated freight rail line converted into a park, has become a classic New York City attraction. Couple it with Chelsea, the neighborhood it ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Brewery and Beer-Tasting Tour in Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Walking Tours
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Brewery and Beer-Tasting Tour in Brooklyn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Learn about Brooklyn’s beer-brewing past and present on a guided walking tour of a local brewery and the history-rich neighborhood in which it’s located. ...  Read more

Location: Brooklyn, New York
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $82.00
Brooklyn Navy Yard Tour, Brooklyn, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Brooklyn Navy Yard Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

See a unique part of New York City and learn something new about US history on this guided tour of Brooklyn Navy Yard, located on the borough’s historic ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Queens Food Tour: Flavors of Long Island City, New York City, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Queens Food Tour: Flavors of Long Island City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a unique, 3-hour food tasting and cultural walking tour in one of New York City’s most unexplored and underrated boroughs — Queens. Experience ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.95
Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour, New York City, Food Tours
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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 503 Reviews

Spend Sunday morning in Harlem, the ethnically diverse borough of New York. You'll join a local church congregation and experience the soul-stirring power of ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00

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