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Excursions in New York

Updated Oct 05 2014 04:43 PM EST with 31 listings

Here we list organizations that take you around to various places in the city, by bus, boat, helicopter, foot, carriage or limousine.

For other sightseeing experiences, see the following related categories:

TOURS OF BUILDINGS AND PLACES: for tours of buildings and places such as the NY Stock Exchange, Empire State Building, etc.
TOURS THEME AND AREA TOURS: for tour-excursions featuring a special theme ("Backstage on Broadway" or "Harlem Jazz Tours" or "Fashion Tours.")
EXHIBITIONS AND DISPLAYS: for special exhibitions in libraries and company headquarters.
MUSEUMS: for museums, famous monuments, famous houses and estates, and famous historical places.
SIGHTSEEING: for a list of various sights open to the public.
CHURCHES: for tours of well-known churches and synagogues in New York.

Excursions By Bus (4 listings total)


A favorite way to start your visit to New York, especially in good weather, is a tour on the top deck of one of the private double-decker bus tours. A typical tour covers either Lower Manhattan (below Chambers Street) or Upper Manhattan, and has 20 or more stops where you can get off and visit the sights and then get back on the next bus. Buses run every 30 minutes.

Some tours allow you two days to see all the sights. There are also specialized tours of Manhattan by Night.

Campus Coach

545 Fifth Ave., Midtown NY 10017 Tel 212-682-1050
Fax: 212-687-1010

Keith Prowse Tours

A variety of tours available through several areas of Manhattan.
234 W. 44th St., Theater District NY 10036 Tel 212-398-1430
Tel: 800-669-8687; Fax: 212-302-4251
Website: keithprowse.com

Sutherland Hit Show Tours

370 Lexington Ave., Murray Hill NY 10017 Tel 212-532-7732
Tel: 800-221-2442; Fax: 212-532-7741

TLC Tours

Tel 800-624-4216
Fax: 212-565-1220; Website: leprechaunlines.com

Excursions By Boat (3 listings total)

NY Waterway

Cruises on the Hudson River. Take the special Yankee Clipper ship that sails to Yankee Stadium for Yankees games. There are also varying seasonal tours as well as New York waterway harbor cruises leaving from Midtown and Downtown operating at twilight for fantastic views. Available for private charters and group tours.
& 12th Ave. Pier 78, Group Sales 201-902-8711
Tel: 800-533-3779; Website: www.nywaterway.com


Saturday night sunset cruises around Manhattan during the summer months and many other types of cruises throughout the year.
Toll-Free 800-262-8743
Website: seastreak.com

South Street Seaport

Take a 2 hour tour on a 1885 iron cargo schooner, The Pioneer sailing from Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport. Call 669-9400 for reservations. Or try a one hour tour of New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan on the Seaport Liberty Cruise. Call 425-3737.
19 Fulton St., Fulton NY 10038 Tel 212-732-7678
Tel: 212-732-8257; Fax: 212-964-8056
E-mail: seaport@generalgrowth.com; Website: southstreetseaport.com

Excursions By Air (5 listings total)

800 Soaring

So you want to conquer that fear of flying once and for all? See how pleasant it can be in a hot air balloon ride or a soaring glider ride! Fly in NY, NJ, CT.
Tel 212-925-5041
Tel: 800-762-7464; Website: 800soaring.com

Helicopter Flight Services, Inc.

Airport transfers about $500 per ride. Tours of NYC by air available Mo-Fr 10-18:15 & Sa-Su 11-18:15.
1 Pennsylvania Plaza, Chelsea NY 10119 Tel 212-355-0801
24 Hours: 888-933-5969

Keith Prowse Tours

234 W. 44th St., Theater District NY 10036 Tel 212-398-1430
Tel: 800-669-8687; Fax: 212-302-4251
Website: keithprowse.com

Liberty Helicopters

The Liberty Helicopters experience, combined with the level of service results in a wonderful flight-seeing experience every time: the grandeur of Manhattan's famous skyline, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Twin Towers and many other famous landmarks in a way unimaginable from the ground. Pilot-narrated, they last 4-18 minutes.
Tel 212-973-9292
Fax: 212-487-4781; Fax: 973-593-0053
Tel: 800-542-9933; Information: 212-967-6464
Website: libertyhelicopters.com

Wall Street Helicopters

Tel 212-943-5959
Fax: 212-363-6792

Walking Tours By Foot (17 listings total)

92nd Street Y

Neighborhood tours with different emphases on architecture, cultural and literary history, architecture and sports. Also have bus tours of outlying NY areas: Nyack, Brooklyn and Long Island. Seating Chart
1395 Lexington Ave., Carnegie Hill NY 10128 General Info 212-996-1100
Health Club: 212-415-5729; Website: 92ndsty.org

Adventure on a Shoestring

Tel 212-265-2663

Alfred Pommer Walking Tours

Tel 212-979-2388
Website: nycwalk.com

Big Apple Greeter

Big Apple Greater New York City is a New York City volunteer tour organization which matches tour guides with new comers to New York City Information about the city and personalized walking tours Also information on accessibility and other programs about those with physical challenges
1 Centre St., CivicCenter NY 10007 Tel 212-669-2364
Tel: 212-669-3602; Fax: 212-669-3685
General Info: 212-669-2896; Visitor Center: 212-669-8159
E-mail: information@bigapplegreeter.org; Website: bigapplegreeter.org

Big Onion Walking Tours

Historic districts & ethnic neighborhoods can be explored with tour guides who hold advanced history degrees.
Fax 212-794-0064
Main Office: 212-439-1090; E-mail: bowtnyc@aol.com
Website: bigonion.com

Brooklyn Historical Society

Urban history center dedicated to the exploration and preservation of documents, artwork and artifacts representative of Brooklyn's diverse cultures past and present.
128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn NY 11201 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY, Fax 718-875-3869
Tel: 718-222-4111; Website: brooklynhistory.org

Friend For A Day Tours of New York City

Walking tours of NYC given by Naomi Gross.
Tel 212-420-9672
E-mail: friendforaday@iname.com; Website: nyunique.com

Garment Center Walking Tour

457 Madison Ave., Midtown NY 10022 Tel 212-935-3960
Fax: 212-753-1816; Website: mas.org

Harlem Your Way

129 W. 130th St., Harlem NY 10027 Tel 212-690-1687
Fax: 212-866-7133

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Free! Thursdays at 12 noon. Meet on the steps of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
1 Bowling Green, Tel 212-606-4064

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Allows a visitor to experience how immigrants lived in the late 1800s. Admission to exhibits is free; admission for tours for adults $9: Students & seniors $7: Members free. A guided architectural tour through several streets in this area is also offered. It runs 1 hour.
97 Orchard St., Lower East Side NY 10002 Tel 212-431-0233
Fax: 212-431-0402; TTY Line ( Deaf ): 212-431-0714
E-mail: lestm@tenement.org; Website: tenement.org

Museum of the City of New York

New York City's history told through "fascinating exhibits of photographs, memorabilia, documents, arts, toys & costumes." Suggested contribution $7 adults, $4 students, children, senior citizens & $12 families. Picture
1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem NY 10029 At E.103rd St., Tel 212-534-1672
Fax: 212-423-0758; Website: mcny.org

New York Historical Society

The Society highlights the history of New York and the nation featuring a collection of more than 40,000 objects from New York history.
170 Central Pk. W., Central Park NY 10024 Tel 212-873-3400
Website: nyhistory.org

New York Talks & Walks

Customized sightseeing tours and presentations.
P.O. Box 6780, Flushing, Queens, Tel 718-591-4741
Fax: 718-380-7282; E-mail: DrPhil1@aol.com
Website: newyorktalksandwalks.com

Radical Walking Tours of New York

$ 10 per tour - no reservations required. The book, published by Seven Stories Press contains twelve walking tours of Manhattan. See website for schedule of tours. Click here for tour highlights.
Tel 718-492-0069
E-mail: radtours@he.net; Website: he.net

Times Square Visitors Center

The free walking tour, "Times Square Expose," sets out from the Times Square Visitors Center each Friday at noon. Click here for Location.
1560 Broadway, Theater District NY 10036 Tel 212-768-1560
Fax: 212-768-0233; E-mail: info@timessquarealliance.org
Website: timessquarenyc.org

Central Park Bike Tours

Guided bicycle tours through the park-$30 adults and $20 children.
Reservations 212-541-8759
Website: centralparkbiketour.com

Horse-drawn Carriages

The ultimate beginning or end to a romantic evening or just for the fun of it. Horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park. Get a carriage across from the Plaza Hotel at the corner of Central Park South & Fifth Ave. $34 for 25 minutes, $54 for a 45 minute ride.
Central Pk. So., Central Park NY 10019