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Central Park: Horse and Carriage Ride

1. Central Park: Horse and Carriage Ride

Explore Central Park during this iconic horse and carriage ride around. Discover why it has been the most popular way to see Central Park for so long. Enjoy a choice between a short and long ride that can be taken during the day or in the evening. The carriages are a symbol of pre-modern life, before the advent of motor vehicles. During this time, New Yorkers traveled by horse-drawn carriage, and as a result the horses became as much of a symbol of the city as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Statue of Liberty. Being your ride meeting your driver who will introduce you to the horse. Majestical beings, you can approach the horse and pat time hello. Once you are ready, with a little signal, the horse will trot off to explore the many sights. Clip-clop serenely through the park, listening to the rattle of the wheels, the whinnying of the horse and the tinkling of the harness. Enjoy commentary from your driver who will show you through many attractions scattered around the park. A typical trip takes in the pond, the famous statues, Wollman Rink, the Carousel, Sheep Meadow, the Central Park Zoo, and the San Remo Building, to mention a few. The driver will also point out some of the locations for the many movies that have been filmed in the park. Return back to your meeting point where you can take off back into the park to explore further at your own leisure.

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From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

2. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

Christmas in New York City is a magical time. From the adorned trees in Rockefeller Center to the festive windows of Macy’s, Bergdorf’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Dyker Heights is world-known for its light displays. Residents have been decorating their homes since the 1980s. This quaint residential neighborhood is located in the heart of southwest Brooklyn between Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Gravesend Bay. Originally founded as a luxury housing development in the late 1800s, the first house in this iconic neighborhood was built in the late 1820s.  Dyker Heights was originally praised for its public transit access to Lower Manhattan and its ritzy country club and well-established Episcopal Church. Like Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst nearby, Dyker Heights is an Italian-American neighborhood today. The optimal way to enjoy this tour is by bus, with an expert, live tour guide. On your tour, drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn and see lights from both on the bus and off. Due to narrow streets, buses are not allowed in Dyker Heights. Your guide will escort you to the two most illuminated streets. See Lucy Spata's house which started the tradition of Dyker Lights in the '80s. The Polizzotto home features the neighborhood's largest Santa at 15 feet tall. Next, stop at the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights. Take in the Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge for about 25 minutes.  Return via the Manhattan Bridge. The tour ends at Bryant Park where you can admire the famous winter market or take a spin on the Ice Rink.

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New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

3. New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

Immerse yourself in the food culture of Little Italy on a 2-hour tasting tour, and visit 4 different venues in the famous New York neighborhood. Every venue you will visit is more than a century old, and the tastings will make up the equivalent of a 4-course lunch! Start at Parisi Bakery, loved by Frank Sinatra for its prosciutto-infused bread. Then, visit the family-owned Alleva Dairy, where more than 4,000 pounds of fresh mozzarella and ricotta are whipped up each week at America’s oldest cheese shop. Go to the oldest pizzeria in America at Lombardi's Pizza, and take a peek at their 106-year-old coal oven. Skip the lines (among New York’s longest since 1892) at Ferrara Bakery. Your guide will point out movie locations from blockbuster films, such as “The Godfather,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Mean Streets,” and “Sex and the City” along the way. See the bootlegging depot from the days of Prohibition, discover a square named after New York’s first Italian detective, and peek inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to see where high profile weddings and memorials take place. Hear stories behind the historic landmarks as you stroll, and learn more about the immigrant experience in turn of the 20th-century New York.

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From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Bus Tour

4. From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Bus Tour

After pickup, head north from Manhattan, going through the neighborhood of Harlem and crossing into the Bronx. Visit the Yankee Stadium, home of the legendary NYC baseball team. Enjoy a stop to take pictures and shop for souvenirs. Proceed to the South Bronx to see graffiti and street art masterpieces. Hear the stories behind each of the most famous pieces, snapping photos along the way. Next, head to Queens, the largest and most multicultural borough in New York. Visit Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where you'll find the Mets' Stadium and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The final stop in Queens will be on Roosevelt Avenue, one of the borough’s main streets. See first hand how immigration has contributed to the vibrant life of this neighborhood, full of multicultural stores and restaurants. The last borough to visit is Brooklyn, where you’ll see the Jewish Quarters in Williamsburg, which provide a stark contrast to the more trendy areas made famous by movies and TV shows.

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From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

5. From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

After pickup from Manhattan, the tour bus will take you through the Battery Tunnel directly to the borough of Brooklyn. Once you are in Brooklyn you'll head to the Dyker Heights district, an Italian-American neighborhood famous for its elaborate houses and gardens. Each year residents compete between each other to put up spectacular Christmas decorations, illuminations, and displays. Your tour guide will tell you about the origin and history of this tradition, before giving you free time to walk the streets to admire and take pictures of the houses. Once you have finished strolling around the neighborhood, you will get back on the bus to head to the Brooklyn Bridge. There you will enjoy the different viewpoints, with more free time to take pictures of the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Finally, you will return to Manhattan where the tour ends. You can feel free to ask your guide for local tips and recommendations on what else to see and do during your visit to New York City.

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From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Bus Tour

6. From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Bus Tour

This holiday tour takes you through the residential neighborhoods of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. These Italian-American sections of Brooklyn is where you'll find tree-lined streets and beautiful private residences decorated for the holiday season. It has been a tradition for many years to illuminate these homes with tens of thousands of lights and dazzling holiday scenes, which has become a festive competition amongst the homeowners, as to who has the "brightest" holiday cheer in the neighborhood. You won't just see the lights, you'll walk through the neighborhoods on a guided tour, and hear the stories and wonderful lore behind this fun holiday event, that brings so many here each year. You may even meet some of the homeowners, who are a proud part of this festive holiday, and truly get an understanding of why these neighborhoods come together in such a way to bring such holiday magic to New York City, and thousands of visitors from all over the world On your way back to Manhattan, you'll see the spectacular New York City skyline and some of the other beautiful holiday displays through the city. Upon conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped off in Midtown Manhattan.

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From Manhattan: Private Brooklyn Christmas Tour by Limousine

7. From Manhattan: Private Brooklyn Christmas Tour by Limousine

After pick up at your hotel or apartment in Manhattan, drive to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. Walk for 30 to 40 minutes and take pictures of the best-lit houses in New York. Wander through an Italian-American neighborhood to see the houses strewn with green and red lights. Continue to Dumbo to take great pictures of Manhattan from the Brooklyn side, and get closer to the Brooklyn Bridge. Make a quick stop to visit the Wall Street Area and take some pictures with the famous Charging Bull. Move on to Battery Park and see the Statue of Liberty, before you head back to your hotel or preferred drop-off point.

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New York: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

8. New York: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

Travel to uptown New York for a glorious brunch tour, and experience the uplifting sounds of live gospel music in one of Harlem's more prominent houses of worship. The 4-hour walking tour leads you through the Mount Morris Historic District, where the abundant churches are rich in history, and where the Founding Fathers made their homes. Some of the best-known musicians and entertainers started their journey here. The Sunday morning tour introduces you to the sights and sounds of Harlem at its best, with the soulful sounds of Black Gospel Music. Celebrate with world famous congregational choirs whose renowned songs will have you jumping in your seat. Feel the spiritual energy flowing through you, and top off your day with the area's best kept secret - fine dining at affordable prices! Let Harlem's culinary masters tempt you with their authentic ethnic delights at one of the best brunch establishments in the city.

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Philly & Amish Country Day Trip from NYC

9. Philly & Amish Country Day Trip from NYC

Enjoy a unique day in historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. You’ll travel from New York through New Jersey on your way to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. On your guided tour of Philadelphia you’ll see Elfert Alley, which is the oldest inhabited street in America. You’ll visit the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall, and have the opportunity to run up the famous Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Following your sightseeing in Philadelphia, the tour heads to Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. Explore the Amish market and enjoy some country cooking at lunch. After lunch at the Amish market you’ll go on an authentic Amish buggy ride through farm country and learn how the Amish live without the benefit of modern technology. Imagine no electricity, no running water, no telephones, and no appliances!

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SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown 2-Hour Guided Walk

10. SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown 2-Hour Guided Walk

A Big Apple experience doesn’t get more authentic than a visit to SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown, where you’ll experience very different worlds in a relatively small area. Spot movie stars, celebrities, and fashionistas in historic SoHo district with its charming cast-iron buildings – its greatest treasure. On this 2-hour guided walk you’ll hear stories of immigrant struggles and gang violence in Little Italy and Chinatown as you sample ethnic food. The itinerary includes visits to many of the following sites: • Spring Street • Greene and Spring streets (site of the Manhattan Well Murder, which was the first recorded murder case in New York City) • Cast Iron district • E.V. Haughwout Building (home to the first safety elevator) • 421 Broome Street (where Heath Ledger died, in Mary Kate Olsen's apartment) • Old Police Station (1909 Beaux-Arts building, which is now a residence) • Ravenite Club (the story of John Gotti) • Old Saint Patrick's • Mulberry Street (heart of Little Italy) • Alleva Dairy (where cheese has been made for a hundred years) • Italian American Museum (site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire) • Umbertos (site of the mob hit on Joe Gallo) • National Shrine Church of San Gennaro (story of the liquefaction of the saint's blood) • Opium den • Bloody Angle (Doyers Street) • Columbus Park (of Gangs of New York fame)

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based on 2,332 reviews

This was an amazing tour. We had a great tour guide named Freddy (I believe). Very informative. The houses were absolutely beautiful! Our tour guide carried a light in case we got lost. And of course we were the ones to get lost. Didn’t realize how many people were going to be there and how easy it is to get lost in the crowd. However we were able to do our own thing at our speed abs still catch up with our group. We were able to get great pictures and the pictures at Brooklyn bridge (or Manhattan bridge) were gorgeous! It was a fabulous tour! Highly recommend it!

The driver was friendly and accommodating, the limo itself was nice and clean, and the lights were amazing! It was pricey, but definitely worth it for a wonderful experience!

I had a great time! The tour guide was fun and entertaining. He guided us smoothly and seamlessly. Would definitely recommend to everyone.

Nice, very informative. Would definitely do again !

The guide was perfect and very knowledgeable.Thanks