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Bus Tours of New York City

Gray Line New York Tours is the largest tour operator in New York City. They offer the hop-on, hop-off Gray Line Classic New York Double Decker Bus Tour sightseeing tours all around Manhattan for prices ranging from $50. You can see uptown, downtown, The Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn, and many other attractions on Gray Line busses.  They also offer the the  Gray Line New York's Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Shopping Tour for some serious shopping. Another special feature is their Gray Line New York City Tour in Foreign Languages in german, Italian, french, and spanish.

New York Visions and several other tour operators offer a number of different guided tours of New York City. The tours vary in length and price, but usually cost around $20 to $30. On Sunday Mornings, some tour operators offer a Harlem Spiritual Tour that includes a visit to a church with a choir singing authentic, Afro-American Spirituals.

Liberty Helicopter Tours in New York City

For a real "birds eye" view of New York City, try the aerial tours offered by Liberty Helicopter Tours. You will see the magnificent Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty as well as the aircraft carrier Intrepid. You can check the prices and make your reservations directly from this page. Liberty Helicopter Tours

Cruises around Manhattan Island

Circle Line Seaport Cruises offers sightseeing boat tours around Manhattan Island departing nearly every hour during the summer months. They leave from Pier 83 at the west end of 42nd Street. The 3 hour Circle Line Cruise costs about $35. They also offer shorter cruises and evening musical cruises.

New York Waterway and several other tour operators offer short cruises around the harbor and rivers. Many of them depart from the South Street Seaport downtown or from Pier 78 at the West End of 38th Street. They usually cost between $15 and $30 depending on length.

Harlem Gospel and Jazz Tours

The tours begin with a trip to Harlem, New York Cities renowned Afro-American community. They usually include a stop at the historic Apollo Theater, where many world-famous entertainers began their careers. Gospel tours include a visit to an Afro-American church to hear a Gospel Choir. Jazz tours include a visit to one of the Harlem Jazz clubs. The Harlem Gospel Tourprices begin at $55 per person. Most tours are available in English, German, French and Spanish and other languages, but they are available only on certain days of the week.

Madison Square Gardens Tour

Madison Square Gardens, the world's most famous arena, contains a 20,000-seat sports arena five floors above street level with a 5,000-seat theater beneath it. All of this is perched atop subterranean Pennsylvania Station, the world's busiest railroad terminal. "The Gardens" is home to the New York Knicks NBA basketball team, the New York Rangers NHL hockey team, and the New York Liberty women's HBA basketball team. You can tour the arena, the theater and the team locker rooms from 10AM until 3PM daily for a modest fee. You can even arrange a tour in your native language, if you contact them in advance. www.thegarden.com/inandaroundgarden_allaccess.html

USS Intrepid Tour

The USS Intrepid, a World War II vintage aircraft carrier that saw action in the Pacific Ocean, in Vietnam and as a space recovery vessel, is docked along pier 86 at the western end of 46th street. A collection of military aircraft is parked on the flight deck and the great hanger bay contains a Naval museum with vintage aircraft, military artifacts and interactive exhibits including a flight simulator. The admission price of $11 includes a tour of the USS Edson, navy destroyer and the USS Growler, nuclear submarine. This tour tends to be a big hit with children of all ages. www.intrepidmuseum.org

Written by: Mike Leco
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Photo Description: New York Waterways offers sightseeing boat tours around Manhattan Island.