Sightseeing Tours in New York City

Sightseeing Tours in New York City
There is so much to see and do in New York City that the choices can be overwhelming. Choosing a tour is a good option because the hard work is done for you--your NYC tour guide will have the insider information, historical knowledge and local perspective needed to make your trip to New York more rewarding. Following are some of the top tours of the Big Apple.

Central Park Bike Tours

See Central Park highlights, including Strawberry Fields, the Shakespeare Garden and the medieval Belvedere Castle on this guided cycle tour. The company also operates a movie tour, which takes in famous film locations, and a Sex and the City tour featuring sites from the show like the Plaza hotel, the Monkey Bar and the Manolo Blahnik store.

Gray Line Double-Decker Bus Tour

One of the most popular sightseeing tours in New York City, the hop-on hop-off Double-Decker Bus Tour allows you to see the city on your own timetable. The line travels to 50 stops around Manhattan and Brooklyn, giving you the freedom to choose where to go and how long you want to stay. When you are ready to move on to the next spot, simply head back to the bus stop and jump on the next bus. With no expensive taxi rides or confusing subway schedules, it is one of the best ways to get around Manhattan.

NYC Duck Tours

The NYC Duck Tour is the only New York tour that allows you to see Manhattan from both land and water--in the same vehicle. The "duck" is a 44-seat amphibious vessel that will take you from the center of Times Square straight into the Hudson. You'll be given a poncho and a whistle and treated to a unique look at New York's famous harbor. The duck tour only operates from April to December, so plan to try it during the warmer months.

Ghosts of New York

Do you love spooky stories? The people behind Ghosts of New York call New York "America's most haunted city," and after taking in one of their ghost tours you'll know why. Each 90 minute walking tour covers less than one mile, but you'll hear dozens of stories of ghostly sightings and paranormal phenomena, reaching back to the days of Harry Houdini, Captain Kidd, Eleanor Roosevelt and Edgar Allan Poe.

Article Written By Hailey Williams

Hailey Williams is a freelance writer and editor from Los Angeles, California. She has a particular interest in culture, lifestyle, health, and women's interest reporting, and her work has been published in magazines including TV Week and Sugar. She graduated from the University of Sydney.

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