United Nations Headquarters Tours

United Nations Headquarters
One of New York City's most iconic buildings, the United Nations headquarters occupies several blocks of Midtown Manhattan near the East River. The complex is comprised of a number buildings, including the domed General Assembly Hall, the Visitor Centre, and the Secretariat Building, a high-rise completed in the early 1950s. 

The Basics
The official headquarters of the United Nations since 1952, the complex is surrounded by sculpture-studded gardens and the international flags of all of the UN’s member states. Although the UN is situated in New York City, its land and buildings (designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer) are under the sole administration of the United Nations—not the city or the US government.

The best way to get a feel for the UN—the organization’s mission and physical campus—is to take one of the 45-minute guided tours that run on weekdays (9:30am to 4:45pm). Highlights include the General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • All visitors entering the UN buildings must pass a security check. All visitors age 18 or over must have a valid ID issued by a UN Member State or Observer State.
  • For security reasons, children under 5 are not permitted on tours of the UN. All ages can explore the Visitor Centre.
  • The Visitors Café at the Visitor Centre serves a variety of international meals, snacks, and drinks. 
  • Foreign-language tours (including French, Korean, and Spanish) are usually available daily.

How to Get There
The United Nations Headquarters is on First Avenue between 42nd and 48th streets on the East River. The visitors entrance is on First Avenue at 46th Street. The closest subway stop is at Grand Central; walk along E. 42nd Street to First Avenue.

When to Get There
The UN Headquarters is open for tours on weekdays (9:30am to 4:45pm). Visitors who have booked at tour should arrive at least 60 minutes prior to their scheduled tour. Although no guided tours are offered on the weekends, visitors can explore the UN Visitors Centre on weekends from March to December.

The UN for Kids
Kids ages 5 through 12 can tour the UN Headquarters, where a variety of educational programs, including UN4U and the UN Kids Corridor, offer colorful maps, games, and quizzes.
Address: 760 United Nations Plaza, 10017, USA
Hours: Open weekdays 9am - 4:45pm. Closed most holidays.
Admission: Varies
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Hudson's by World Yacht New York Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a New York dinner cruise on Hudson’s brought to you by the team behind World Yacht at Pier 81. As you sail around Manhattan and past Lady Liberty, take in 360-degree views from any of the vessel's three levels. After arriving at 6:00pm, enjoy a 1-hour Champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception. Your four-course dinner cruise departs at 7:00pm. Upgrade options are available to enhance your experience including an open bar or opt for the Exclusive VIP package which includes an open bar and guaranteed window seating, only available here.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience

See the sights of New York City from up in the air on this 20-minute helicopter tour of the city at night. Take off, and soar over the NYC as you take in aerial views of some of the most famous sights. See the Statue of Liberty, the Rockefeller Center, and Times Square all lit up, and then pass by the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

Get a bird's eye view of New York City wit this comprehensive 25-30-minute Grand Island helicopter ride around the City that Never Sleeps. See some of the world's most famous landmarks from the sky, offering a fresh and exciting perspective: Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State  Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and Yankee Stadium are all sites to behold. It will be grand indeed!
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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New York City Skyline Cruise

Leave the hustle of the busy New York City streets behind and escape to the water on this 90-minute Manhattan Harbor sightseeing cruise. Get an unobstructed view of the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building, plus close-ups of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and more. Learn about the history of the landmarks with live commentary from a tour guide. Choose from climate-controlled indoor seating or the outdoor observation deck for a panoramic view. Morning or afternoon departures available.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Circle Line: NYC Liberty Cruise

Crunched for time but still want to see the best of New York City? Try this 1-hour sightseeing cruise along New York’s Hudson River. Get an incredible perspective of the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building, plus close-ups of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and more from the water. Learn about the history of the sites with commentary from a tour guide. Food and beverages are available for purchase on board.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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New York Helicopter Tour: City Skyline Experience

Get aerial views of the Manhattan skyline and other New York highlights during this 20- to 25-minute helicopter flight over New York City. With a small group of fellow passengers, marvel at the most famous sights and snap photos from a bird's eye view.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Baltimore to New York City by Rail Day Trip

Experience the highlights of New York City on a full-day trip from Baltimore to New York by train. Enjoy the flexibility to explore at your own pace once you arrive, with tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Manhattan and Brooklyn. This full-day New York City tour includes all transport, bus tickets, and lunch at a Times Square restaurant, with the option to upgrade for ferry tickets to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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NYC Night Bus Tour

Watch New York City come to life after dark with 1 hour and 45 minute night time coach tour on a double-decker bus, and follow an exciting route through the heart of midtown Manhattan’s highlights. See Times Square’s towering lights and capture unforgettable images of the Empire State Building’s bright spire, then continue through the bustling streets to the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. Enjoy recorded narration throughout the tour, learn about New York’s colorful history and hear about life in a city that never sleeps.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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New York City Sightseeing Tour by Coach

See as much as you can in fast-moving New York on this comprehensive 5-hour coach sightseeing tour of the Big Apple’s top attractions. Listen to live commentary as you tackle NYC from top to bottom, starting with Uptown highlights like Harlem and the Dakota (once home to John Lennon) before heading towards downtown. After admiring the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings, catch a glimpse of Greenwich Village and Soho and beholding the Brooklyn Bridge. Make sure to watch for the new World Trade Center as you head back to Herald Square.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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24-Hour NYC Downtown Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Statue of Liberty Cruise

Explore the best of New York City at your own pace with hop-on, hop-off bus tickets through downtown, a cruise to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and bike rental in Central Park. You’ll have 24 hours to see everything from Times Square to Greenwich Village, Freedom Tower, and Battery Park, with stops at New York City’s most iconic landmarks and neighborhoods.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour

See Midtown Manhattan’s architectural highlights on a 3-hour walking tour that takes in New York City’s most iconic buildings, hidden gems and monuments. Learn about the history of the city’s architecture as you explore alongside your experienced guide, and capture unforgettable images of soaring skyscrapers, elegant interiors and historic façades. Trace a route from Tudor City to Times Square and the Theater District, crane your neck as you step inside Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building, and experience the Big Apple’s must-see historic structures.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Superhero Tour of New York

Discover a different—and entirely more superhuman—side of the Big Apple when you embark on a superhero-themed walking tour. Meet your guide in the afternoon, and hit the pavement: you’ll be visiting a number of filming locations that you might recognize from The Avengers films, the Spiderman movies, and other blockbusters. See New York highlights like the Flatiron Building and Chrysler Building as you go, and learn more about the city’s role in comic book history.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Holdouts: A NYC Architecture Walking Tour

Explore another side of Manhattan’s ever-busy Midtown neighborhood—and discover details that most visitors overlook—on this 2.5-hour, small-group walking tour. Choose between convenient morning or afternoon departure times, and find your guide at an accessible meeting point in Midtown East. As you explore the area, you’ll learn all about the holdouts who refused to sell their properties to developers, and how their personal stories changed the layout of the city, and the look and feel of its skyscrapers, forever.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Washington DC to New York Day Trip by Rail

Explore New York City on this full-day adventure from Washington DC. Take a train from the nation’s capital to the Big Apple, then enjoy a day of sightseeing on board a double-decker bus. See many of the city’s famous attractions, from Times Square to the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Customize the tour to meet individual needs. Make a stop to shop, visit a museum or attend a concert or theater performance. This tour includes round-trip train fare, a 2-course lunch, plus a headset to hear the guide clearly.
  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Duration: 16 hours
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Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise

Do brunch in style during this leisurely cruise around the island of Manhattan with four-course brunch included. Go back in time as you board the 1920s style yacht with teak floors and open-air decks and raise a mimosa filled glass to brunch in the Big Apple. Choose from pastries, classic brunch dishes, fruit and more at the buffet. Enjoy the everchanging skyline views as you sail around the entire island.
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
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Private Full Day Iconic Tour of New York

With so many sights to see in New York City, make sure you get to see the ones that matter most to you. This private 8-hour tour of the city is tailored to your wants and needs. Your customized itinerary takes you to the places you request, and your private guide's commentary is based on your interests. See famous places such as Grand Central Station, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Wall Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full Day Private Custom Tour of NYC

Customize your itinerary without the stress of navigating when you book a private tour of New York, with pickup available at any accommodation in the city. Going with a guide ensures you see more than you could on your own, including hidden gems that visitors often miss. Leave with an inside perspective on New York and plenty of recommendations for the rest of your trip.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Day Trip from Hartford CT to New York City by Rail

Enjoy a day trip to the Big Apple and see the major sights without fighting traffic. Relax and enjoy the views on an Amtrak train from Hartford for a family-friendly day of fun. Board a double decker bus to visit New York’s iconic attractions. Your family chooses the sights with a hop-on hop-off pass, with something to do at every stop. A meal in Times Square ends your memorable day.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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New York City Downtown Experience

Get the full New York City Downtown Experience with this package of activities. See the sights at your own pace with this combination tour that includes a ticket for a hop-on hop-off ferry tour, a hop-on hop-off bus tour, admission to the 9/11 Museum and admission to the One World Observatory. Explore on your own time and do the activities in any order you like; see Itinerary section below for a full list of included stops and attractions.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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NYC Day Trip from Providence, RI by Rail

Experience the best of the Big Apple with a full day tour of New York City from Providence, RI by rail, including lunch at Señor Frogs. Enjoy a relaxing train ride to the city, then trace an all-star route through the city with tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour that covers the essential sites. Take in the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, see the One World Observatory and get unbeatable views of the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park before returning to Providence.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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New York by Night Photo Tour

As the city that never sleeps, New York is the perfect place to take a crash course on nighttime photography. Follow your professional photographer guide to some of New York’s most photogenic locations, from the Grand Central Terminal to Radio City. A small group size ensures the full attention of your guide and ample time to learn the tricks of the night photography trade.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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New York City Day Trip from Miami by Air

Explore New York City on this full-day adventure from Miami. Fly from the Magic City to the Big Apple, then enjoy a day of sightseeing on board a double-decker bus. See many of the city’s famous attractions, from Times Square to the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Customize the tour to meet individual needs. Include stops for shopping, visit a museum or attend a concert or theater performance. This exciting tour includes all the necessary transfers, lunch and a Miami hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Duration: 18 hours
  • Duration: 18 hours
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Architecture of New York Private Walking Tour

Take an in-depth look at New York City’s most impressive buildings during this 3-hour architecture walking tour with a private guide. Explore the Big Apple’s most eye-catching structures as you marvel at sites new and old, including the New York Times Building, New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, Chrysler Building, and much more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Midtown Manhattan Private Walking Tour

Explore the best of Midtown Manhattan on this half-day private walking tour. See famous New York attractions such as the Flatiron Building, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building, and more as you listen to informative commentary about the history of the city. This tour also explores Roosevelt Island via the Aerial Tramway where you can catch incredible views of the skyline.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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