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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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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

Get unparalleled 360-degree views of New York City’s most popular landmarks from the 86th-floor Observation Deck of the Empire State Building. Enjoy access to the Dare to Dream and Sustainability exhibits plus the latest immersive exhibits among the second-floor galleries. An informative multimedia app is available for download. Simply scan your mobile ticket at the spectacular new entrance—part of the ESB rebuilding project. Upgrade to VIP Express for skip-the-line access.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Attraction Tickets

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

Get up close and personal with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on this tour of two New York City legendary landmarks. Listen to the live narration from you guide through your own personal headset and learn about the history of both historical spots. Enjoy access to reserve line boarding on the ferry and then take in the amazing views of southern Manhattan as you cross New York Harbor. Explore the Statue of Liberty’s onsite museum before ascending to the pedestal for views of the city skyline from 10 stories up. Relive America's immigrant experience through personal narratives and images in the Ellis Island checkpoint museum.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

City Tours

New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

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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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Helicopter Tours

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Taste of NYC Tour

Departing from Kearny NJ Heliport includes the sites of New Jersey first and then The statue of liberty and New York city Skyline
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  • 12 to 15 minutes
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  • 12 to 15 minutes

Helicopter Tours

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NYC Skyline Tour

Departing from Kearny NJ Heliport you get to see the sites of NJ and first stop at Statue of Liberty
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  • 17 to 19 minutes
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  • 17 to 19 minutes

Museum Tickets & Passes

Whitney Museum of American Art Admission

See world-class collections and special exhibitions in the heart of New York City’s Meatpacking District with admission to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Explore the 220,000-square-foot (20,000-square-meter) space at your own pace, and take in a permanent collection that includes pieces by Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe, and many others. Catch temporary exhibits from around the world as you visit stunning natural light-filled galleries and enjoy sweeping views of the City skyline from the museum's outdoor terraces. The Museum is located just steps away from the High Line, Chelsea Market, Hudson River, and other popular downtown attractions. The 2019 Whitney Biennial is on-view May 17 through September 22, 2019, and is included in your admission ticket.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Helicopter Tours

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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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  • 15 minutes
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  • 15 minutes
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Day Cruises

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Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Helicopter Tours

New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

Take flight over the spectacular skyline of New York City on this 18-20-minute scenic helicopter tour. Soar over Manhattan’s most famous landmarks and experience the city like never before. This is your chance to get a truly memorable view of the Big Apple.
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  • 20 minutes
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Night Cruises

New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

Experience the beauty of New York City as the sun sets and the city lights up on this twilight cruise along the Hudson River. Learn about the city with informative commentary from a tour guide. It’s a great way to end a long day of sightseeing or kick off a night on the town.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Viator VIP Tours

Viator VIP: NYC Helicopter Flight and Statue of Liberty Cruise

See New York City from two totally unique perspectives: from the sky and the water. This VIP tour of New York City takes you in a helicopter over some of the city's greatest landmarks: from One World Trade Center to the Chrysler Building to historic Greenwich Village. Hop off the helicopter and get on a boat where you'll have a Mimosa or Champagne toast in front of the Statue of Liberty.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Helicopter Tours

New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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  • 12 to 15 minutes
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  • 12 to 15 minutes
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Day Cruises

Circle Line: Statue of Liberty Express Cruise

See New York City from the water on this 1-hour sightseeing cruise. Get an incredible view of the Manhattan and New Jersey skylines, One World Trade Center and more, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Learn about New York’s history with commentary from a guide. Now sailing on iconic Circle Line Sightseeing boats!
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Night Cruises

Alive After Five Happy Hour Cruise

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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Day Trips

Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour, combination bus & walking tour

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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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Lunch Cruises

Statue of Liberty Bateaux Lunch Cruise

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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Full-day Tours

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

Experience the ultimate New York City tour on this guided, full-day outing. This comprehensive, one-of-a-kind, small-group experience is a walking, subway and ferry tour of the Big Apple. The authentic trip features famous landmark locations and sites, like Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, Grand Central Terminal, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and much more.  Approximately 5 miles of walking.  Please do not book this tour if you cannot walk 5 miles over 7 hours.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Sailing Trips

New York City Sunset Sail

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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Movie & TV Tours

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The Sopranos Sites Tour

Immerse yourself in the shadowy world of Tony Soprano and the gang on this location tour of sites where the hit HBO series ‘The Sopranos’ was filmed. Head to New Jersey for a half-day bus tour, accompanied by an entertaining guide who has worked as an actor on the show. Get in touch with your inner boss as you visit more than 40 recognizable sites like Pizza Land, Father Phil’s parish, the Bada Bing! nightclub, and the restaurant used as family favorite Vesuvio.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Deluxe Private SUV Tour: Best of NYC with a local New York Guide

See New York City like a celebrity—via a comfortable SUV. This private SUV tour of Lower Manhattan shows you the best of the borough, taking you to historic Greenwich Village, SoHo, TriBeCa, Chinatown, and Little Italy, among other neighborhoods and sites. Learn about the history of each place and get out of the SUV when you like to take photos. Can't get enough of New York? Upgrade to the half-day tour to explore Upper and Mid-Manhattan.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Christmas

Christmas Lights in Dyker Heights Brooklyn

Christmas in New York City is a magical time, and some of the best festive spots in the Big Apple are Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge in Brooklyn. Residents in these areas take Christmas decorations to a whole new level that shouldn't be missed. This tour whisks you out to Brooklyn, and then on the way back, you can enjoy views of the lit-up Manhattan skyline.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Ports of Call Tours

New York City Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Half-Day Private Tour

Tour around Manhattan with your own private guide once your cruise docks at its New York City port. Explore the Big Apple with a native New Yorker who can fill you in on local history while leading you to top sights and attractions. Discover neighborhoods like Chinatown and SoHo, visit the World Financial Center, and drive across the Brooklyn Bridge for stunning Manhattan views. Once your half-day, post-cruise excursion is through, your driver will drop you at your hotel or area airport of choice.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Brunch Cruises

Champagne Brunch Sail in New York City

Savor the traditional New York City brunch with a serious twist on this Big Apple champagne sailing cruise. Tuck into a full buffet, complete with coffee, tea and Prosecco. Enjoy homemade muffins, breads and bagels, plus meats, cheese and more. Relax on board as you make your way through the placid waters surrounding the city and take in epic skylines as you enjoy brunch. This cruise is capped at 40 people, which ensures there's plenty of room on deck. Beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks are available for purchase.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Day Cruises

Rock the Yacht Party Cruise

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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Sailing Trips

Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Sailing Cruise

See the best of New York City aboard a historic sailing ship on this cruise around New York Harbor. Choose from two afternoon departure times. Enjoy incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, plus landmarks like One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and much more. Help raise the sails or even take a turn navigating the ship.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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