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

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

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Tour Manhattan with your own private guide once your cruise docks at its New York City port. Your native New Yorker guide can fill you in on local history while leading you to top sights and attractions. Discover neighborhoods like Chinatown and SoHo and drive across the Brooklyn Bridge for stunning Manhattan views. Once your excursion is through, your driver will drop you at your hotel or area airport of choice.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$447.50
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New York Icon Photography Tour

New York Icon Photography Tour

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Discover how to achieve the best shots of the Big Apple’s iconic landmarks on this photography tour with a pro photographer. Rather than wasting time hunting for suitable subjects and using trial and error; get hands-on tuition to quickly find the best locations, pick up the right techniques, and learn how to frame and shoot perfect images. Stops include the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and other highlights.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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New York Rock the Yacht Cruise

New York Rock the Yacht Cruise

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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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$44.90
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Dyker Heights Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour

Dyker Heights Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour

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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. With this tour, head to the neighborhoods where Christmas decorations are taken to a whole new level to see the most dazzling displays; 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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$55.00
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Skip the Line New York Night Club Experience Ticket

Skip the Line New York Night Club Experience Ticket

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Dance until daybreak and glide past the velvet rope as you enjoy skip-the-line access to New York’s hottest nightspots on this weekend excursion. Avoid the queues outside as you head into the VIP area of some of the Big Apple’s hottest clubs, including Pacha, the Pink Elephant, the Cellar Bar, and Lavo. Then sip on one of your three included drinks (venue's choice), dance and live it up, making sure to be on the lookout for celebrities that frequent New York's always-happening nightlife scene. Your evening also includes a tour escort and host, skip-the-line access, cover charges, three drinks, and transport between venues. Minimum age is 21 yrs due to licensing regulations. ID required. Dress code must be followed.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sunset Cruise

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sunset Cruise

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See the spectacular New York City skyline and the iconic Statue of Liberty during this sunset cruise that sets sail from Pier 15. Snap photos of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges before passing by Lower Manhattan on route to Ellis Island. Take in the colourful sky as the sun goes down and watch the twinkling city lights come to life.
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  • 1 hour
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$29.00
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Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Brooklyn Bridge After Hour Cruise

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Brooklyn Bridge After Hour Cruise

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Set sail on the Hudson River on this scenic happy hour cruise. See Manhattan’s skyline and popular landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Dance to the live onboard DJ and choose from a substantial menu of snacks and drinks for purchase. Bring your camera for several photo opportunities throughout the cruise.
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  • 1 hour
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$35.00
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60-Minute Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise

60-Minute Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise

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First-time visitors or those in New York City for a short time will appreciate this express boat tour. Take in sights of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade, and other famous New York landmarks. While on-board, listen to the live guided commentary in English or an audio guide in 10 more languages, downloadable to your phone.
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  • 1 hour
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$32.00
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Christmas Lights Tour - Dyker Heights in Brooklyn

Christmas Lights Tour - Dyker Heights in Brooklyn

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Winter is the most wonderful time of the year! One neighborhood in New York is particular – Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. There, the residents take Christmas decorations to a new level - houses decorated with thousands of lights, toy soldiers, Santa Clauses and even motorized Christmas displays. If you want an easy, fun way to experience Christmas join this Dyker Heights Christmas lights Tour. Total duration is 4 hours • Luxury SUV or Stretch Limousine • Get a breathtaking view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge • See the famous Christmas lights of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn • A final stop at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$499.00
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New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine and Cheese

New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine and Cheese

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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. 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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.08
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New York City Shearwater Daytime Statue Sail

New York City Shearwater Daytime Statue Sail

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See some of New York’s top attractions away from the mobs of people on land during this daytime Statue of Liberty sail aboard a historical sailing ship. Cruise around New York Harbor, and enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline, plus landmarks like One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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$45.00
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Best of the Borough - Design Your Own Tour

Best of the Borough - Design Your Own Tour

Pick A Borough (or boroughs) - and your preferred language (please allow more than 48 hours notice for other languages than English) This tour is a totally customizable borough tour! You choose duration for you and your travel companions up to 6 hours. Can't find what you really want online? Well, look no further. We have years of experience creating unique, and individualized itineraries that fits more or less everybody traveling to New York City. Choose a borough - or let it be a cross-borough kind-of-tour! Up to 6 hours of fun exploring with a local tour guide. This is a WALKING TOUR. We will utilize public transportation when needed. Cost of public transportation is not included.
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  • 6 hours
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$640.00
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NOW OPEN Statue of Liberty Sunset Sightseeing Cruise & New York City Sky Line

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NOW OPEN Statue of Liberty Sunset Sightseeing Cruise & New York City Sky Line

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Enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor, and Statue of Liberty when you book this sunset cruise. Make your own way to Pier 36, hop aboard your vessel, and take to the water just as the sun starts to set. During your excursion, you’ll glide past Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges—and will enjoy marvelous views of the skyline as the lights start to come on.
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  • 1 hour
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Easter Sunday Dinner Cruise by Statue of Liberty with Buffet Dancing

Easter Sunday Dinner Cruise by Statue of Liberty with Buffet Dancing

Relish a buffet dinner, with a glass of Champagne or wine as you celebrate Easter. See some of the city's most famous landmarks as you go, and enjoy an onboard DJ and dancing. Seating is limited to 150 and there is an onboard cash bar should you wish to buy more drinks. Easter Dinner buffet menu is as follows: • Champagne toast or Wine • Caesar Salad • Penne Rigate with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil • Baked Tilapia served in a White Wine Sauce • Chicken Francaise • Carving Board of Oven Roasted Pork Loin with Traditional Homemade Applesauce • Medley of Seasonal Fresh Vegetables • Oven Roasted Baby New Potatoes • Assorted Dinner Rolls and Sweet Butter • Chef's Selection of Valentines Desserts • Freshly Brewed Coffee and Herbal Tea
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  • 3 hours
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$99.00
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New York Airport Luxury arrival Transfer by Stretch Limousine, SUV, or Sedan

New York Airport Luxury arrival Transfer by Stretch Limousine, SUV, or Sedan

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Booking a transfer before you touch down at John F. Kennedy Airport, LaGuardia Airport, or Newark Airport makes getting to your NYC hotel or home way less stressful. With this private transfer, choose between several different vehicles—accommodating between 3 and 14 people—then sit back and relax as you are driven to your final destination in any of the five boroughs of NYC.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$111.39
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New York Airport Luxury Departure Transfer via Stretch Limousine, SUV, Sedan

New York Airport Luxury Departure Transfer via Stretch Limousine, SUV, Sedan

Public transport can be a hassle and taxi services can be a bit wishy-washy. Avoid these inconveniences altogether, and opt for this private transfer service that ensures you conclude your visit to NYC on a high note. Get picked up outside your accommodations, and settle in for a smooth journey to your chosen airport.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$100.00
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Private New York City Sunset Boat Tour

Private New York City Sunset Boat Tour

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This classic private tour showcases the Manhattan skyline and the natural beauty of a stunning sunset. Depart from North Cove Marina near the iconic Freedom Tower and set sail on a tour that highlights the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and more. Pack food and drinks to ensure a memorable evening as you take in stunning views of one of the world's most dynamic cities.
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  • 2 hours
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$586.67
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New York City Nightclub Tour

New York City Nightclub Tour

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New York is nicknamed the 'City that Never Sleeps' for a reason. It's one of the best towns for clubbing on the planet. This guided tour gives you a thumping introduction to the Big Apple's nightlife scene. Start by meeting for a cocktail at a chic lounge and then move on to a posh nightclub. Best of all, breeze right past the bouncers and the velvet rope, indulge in complimentary libations and dance the night away. 
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$85.00
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New York City Rooftop Bar Crawl with VIP Skip-the-Line Entrance

New York City Rooftop Bar Crawl with VIP Skip-the-Line Entrance

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New York City has some of the best nightlife in the world—if you know where to go. With this insider's tour, stay up all night in the "City that Never Sleeps" by taking in the best rooftop parties. Save hours with VIP entrance and dance the night away at two rooftop clubs and one bar. Sip one complimentary drink at each venue and enjoy the safety and convenience of transportation between stops.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour - with Pedestal & Reserve Access

Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour - with Pedestal & Reserve Access

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Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with your own private guide on a tour of top New York City attractions, ideal for travelers seeking a personalized experience. Take a ferry to Ellis Island and ascend the 215 steps to the viewing pedestal at the top of the Statue of Liberty. All entrance fees, pedestal access at the Statue of Liberty, and round-trip ferry tickets are included. 
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  • 4 hours
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$248.00
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Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York City

Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York City

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Embark on a unique sailing adventure on this craft beer cruise of New York Harbor. Take in fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty from aboard a replica of a historic tall ship—one of the largest vessels in the country. As you sail, taste six different New York craft beers served with cheese and charcuterie form a local Brooklyn deli. You can even take a turn at the helm if you like!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$98.00
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Lobster and Beer Sail in New York City

Lobster and Beer Sail in New York City

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Enjoy beer and lobster on a 2-hour New York City cruise aboard a classic tall ship. As you admire views of New York Harbor and the Manhattan waterfront, chow down on lobster rolls from Luke's Lobster, a favorite eatery, and sip from a selection of brews.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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4th of July Fireworks on Clipper City Tall Ship

4th of July Fireworks on Clipper City Tall Ship

See New York City's 4th of July Fireworks from the deck of a tall ship for the ultimate visibility and photo ops. Help the crew raise the sails and navigate the ship, or just sit back and enjoy the show. Each year's fireworks show consists of more than 40,000 shells exploding above the East River for a brilliant display celebrating the nation's birth. Buy tickets in advance to avoid the last-minute scramble for 4th of July plans.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$499.00
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New York City Sunset Sail

New York City Sunset Sail

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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