New York is home to some of the world's most renowned museums, iconic buildings, Broadway theatres and famous districts and boroughs including Times Square, Wall Street & the Financial District, Chelsea, Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown and Central Park.
New York City Sightseeing Cruise
This fully-narrated ferry cruise allows you to explore New York City and its famed waterways from the comfort of a ferry boat complete with ample outdoor decks and a climate-controlled interior for cooler days. Cruise down the Hudson, around the Battery, up the East River and under the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges to the United Nations and back.
A friendly and informed tour guide on board introduces you to the best of Big Apple history, culture and, of course you’ll enjoy unforgettable views of the Manhattan skyline including the Empire State Building, close up views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, One World Trade Center, Brookyln Bridge and more.
The cruise has 3 hop-off/hop-on locations; Pier 78, the World Financial Center or DUMBO, Brooklyn, so you’ll also have the opportunity to either further explore some of New York City’s most unique neighbourhoods or simply stay on the cruise for the full duration of 90 minutes.
Top of the Rock
A New York City landmark, the Rockefeller Center is located in the heart of Manhattan and the Observation Decks on the 67th, 69th & 70th floors afford sweeping, unobstructed views of both Central Park and Manhattan’s midtown and downtown skyscrapers. Originally opened in 1936, for the re-launch it now includes innovative features such as a multi-media theatre exhibit on the history of the Rockefeller Center and Sky shuttle elevators showing projections on the glass ceiling of images from 1930s through to the present day, as they transport visitors to the deck.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum are located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex.
The National September 11 Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are a tribute of remembrance and honour to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001.
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Museum of Immigration
Ferries to the 151 foot high Statue of Liberty leave regularly from Battery Park. First stop is Liberty Island and an opportunity to explore the Statue (access to inside the pedestal is subject to availability). To eliminate long waiting lines, tours are offered of the Statue by timed reservations that can be made in advance by walk up before boarding the ferry. After visiting the statue, the ferry will take you on to Ellis Island, where twenty million people from 120 ethnic groups became US citizens. It was the country’s major point of entry during the peak period of immigration from Europe. The exhibits on the museum’s first floor describe the patterns of immigration including a multitude of interesting facts about the millions of people who passed through the processing station at Ellis Island. An audio guide is included.
Empire State Building
Reaching a ¼ of a mile into the Manhattan sky, the Empire State Building is New York’s best known skyscraper and a visit is an essential part of anyone’s trip. Conceived in the booming 1920s and completed in the gloom of depression in 1931, it rose at the rate of four storeys a week. It held the world’s tallest building title until 1973. Your tickets allow access via elevator to the observatory on the 86th floor. You can then continue up to the 102nd floor, but do expect to have to queue. Both observation decks are are open to the general public every day, the last elevators go up at 0115. Timed reservations are now available.