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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 an unparalleled 360-degree view of New York City from the top of the iconic Empire State Building. See popular landmarks such as Central Park, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square. In addition to the two indoor/outdoor observation decks, enjoy access to the Dare to Dream exhibit, the new Sustainability exhibit, and an informative new multimedia app available for download. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the Empire State Building.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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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
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Duration: 15 minutes
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US$134,00
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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
  • Duration: 19 minutes
  • Duration: 19 minutes
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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 three-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!
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

Experience the beauty of New York City as the sun sets and the city lights up on this two hour 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this 12-15-minute 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.
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Duration: 15 minutes
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US$209,00
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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.
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Duration: 20 minutes
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US$289,00
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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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$279,00
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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!
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Full-Day New York "Must See" Small-Group Tour with 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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$109,00
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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.
  • Duration: 12 to 15 minutes
  • Duration: 12 to 15 minutes
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US$234,00
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Rock the Yacht New York City Party Cruise

Experience a New York City party from the water on this entertaining 2.5-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 party atmosphere of music and dancing on board. Choose from a variety of cruise options including beer and wine or an unlimited open bar. Leave the club lines and crowds behind and enjoy this exclusive night out in NYC.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$35,00
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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private SUV Tour: Best of NYC

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$675,00
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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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Statue of Liberty and New York City Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

Admire New York City from the water on a 1.5-hour cruise aboard a 1920s-style yacht. From the solarium or open-air deck, you'll view landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty as you enjoy this chance to escape the crowds and noise of the city. One drink is included.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$109,00
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island 60 Minute Boat Cruise

Enjoy views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, during this 60-minute sightseeing boat cruise. You’ll depart from the East Side of Manhattan before cruising under the Brooklyn Bridge and sailing within 100 feet (30 meters) of these famous landmarks, admiring One World Trade Center in the distance.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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New York Harbor Evening Sail with Live Jazz

Get a glimpse of New York City from a different perspective: from a boat sailing around New York Harbor. This tour of the waters around New York features incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and live music from a jazz quintet. Bring some food to eat while sailing around and sip cocktails from the cash bar.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$79,00
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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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US$16,99
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New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine Cheese and Charcuterie

Set sail in the waters of New York City on the only floating designated landmark around on this wine and cheese waterway experience. Float through the New York City Harbor as you sip on top wines and sample local cheese and charcuterie. Cruise alongside the State of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Brooklyn Heights and New York City skylines on this relaxing excursion. This tour is the perfect way to unwind on the water and enjoy some of the city's top attractions while sipping wine.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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