Full-Day Tour: Iconic New York Highlights & Observatory
1,442 Ratings
New York
Embark on an immersive journey through New York City's iconic highlights. Walk, use the subway, and take the Staten Island ferry to explore Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy exclusive access to the One World Observatory for a breathtaking perspective. Book now!
Duration: 7 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Times Square - Start the tour here under the George M. Cohan statue
  • Broadway - View from route
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral - If possible group will go inside
  • Fifth Avenue - View from route
  • Rockefeller Center - Visit both inside and outside areas
  • New York Public Library - View from route
  • Chrysler Building - View from route
  • Grand Central Terminal - Visit the Main Concourse
  • New York City Subway - Ride the subway twice during the tour
  • Trinity Church - View from route
  • New York Stock Exchange - View from route
  • Federal Hall - If possible group will go inside
  • Charging Bull (Wall Street Bull) - View from route
  • Canyon of Heroes - View from route
  • United States Custom House - View from route
  • Staten Island Ferry - Group will take return trip on the ferry
  • Brooklyn Bridge - View from Staten Island Ferry
  • Manhattan Skyline - View from Staten Island Ferry
  • Statue of Liberty - View from Staten Island Ferry
  • The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum - Entry to the 9/11 Museum is not included in the tour
  • One World Observatory - End your tour with a trip to the top of the highest building in the Western Hemisphere!
What's Included
  • Fastest itinerary to make the most of your visit
  • Professional, entertaining, local guide
  • One World Observatory Entry Ticket
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation - at least $5.50 per person on a Metrocard needed
  • This is NOT a bus tour
Additional Information

ExperienceFirst invites you on a captivating exploration of New York City, guided by a local expert. Considered one of the best tours, it encapsulates the city’s renowned landmarks.

This tour is structured to enable you to absorb the city’s spirit through walking, taking the subway, and the Staten Island ferry, transporting you from the lively Times Square to the historic Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

Moreover, the tour offers special entry to the One World Observatory for a stunning viewpoint. In a small group atmosphere, you’ll benefit from a more personalized and focused experience with your guide.

  • Approximately 5 miles of walking. Please do not book this tour if you cannot walk 5 miles over 7 hours.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
1552 Broadway
Tour meets at 46th St. & Broadway (Times Square) under the George M. Cohan Statue. The guide will be there 15 minutes prior to the tour start time and they will be wearing an orange hat and/or a blue shirt or jacket.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 20, 2024
Best Tour Guide Experience - This was my husband’s and kids’ first visit to NYC. My family and I had the best tour experience with Jim W. He took the time to get to know about our family and provided insights that made the tour more about information. It was invaluable having a local guide who grew up nearby and lived in the area. We learned so much about the history and architecture of NYC. We walked about 7 miles on a really warm day, but Jim made it fun with good conversation and very interesting info. There’s ample shade around the city and opportunities to rest, grab a snack, etc. My kids loved the Staten Island Ferry ride to see the Statue of Liberty, and visiting One World Observatory at the end was special. Like so many others, I have a deeply personal connection to 9/11, and this was the first time I returned to NYC since after and since rebuilding started. To see what the World Trade Center rebuilding has turned into today was a very heartfelt moment. We look forward to taking more tours in other cities with Experience First, especially if they have the same qualities and guides as this one.
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Jun 19, 2024
Excellent One Day NYC tour with JIM! - Our 7 hour tour of New York City was phenomenal! Jim, our tour guide made the day amazing with his knowledge and expertise. He showed us so many historical sites and explained the history so well. I HIGHLY recommend the One Day NYC tour with Jim!
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Jun 19, 2024
Fabulous and Busy Day in NYC - Our family with two kids (9 and 12) had an amazing day with our guide Jim. We covered an huge amount of NYC and it was great having a more personal and authentic experience compared to a large bus tour. It was a hot day, but Jim was very good about finding shade and stopping for water and breaks as needed. We were glad we did this tour on our first day in NYC. We feel prepared to go back and explore further in the city with great recommendations for activities/restaurants.
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Jun 17, 2024
Perfect start to our NYC trip! - Lindsey was so fun and so informative. She even helped us find the right subway to take home! Def recommend this trip to first timers to New York! An excellent way to kick off the trip!
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Jun 11, 2024
Walking NYC - Made a long tour safe and educational and enjoyable. Took the time to answer questions, while adding u known historic facts
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Jun 8, 2024
Excellent way to explore the city. - An amazing walking tour and great way to see the city. Jim our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable and made the tour extra special. Especially enjoyed the trip on the ferry. The architecture so interesting and different. Highly recommend this tour.
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Jun 5, 2024
Excellent Tribute - INTENSE DIFFICULT EMOTIONALLY BUT WELL WORTH IT. DON'T just do the reflecting pools but the Museum. Take the time needed for this experience . You will not regret it, we can always learn and MUST never forget the cost of our freedom and liberties. A the fact that we have grown up in a culture that does NOT promote hate.
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Jun 3, 2024
Enjoyed thoroughly - The guide was very professional and gave us a good idea about the history and culture of New York. He covered all the important places and gave us enough time to stop by for lunch as well.
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Jun 2, 2024
World Trade Center memorial - Our tour guide Ray was great. He offered many insights, was knowledgeable, answered questions and was enthusiastic. He was passionate and helpful.
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Jun 7, 2024
USELESS - You are exhausting, very heavy! I'm waiting for the day my vacation starts And you keep bombarding me with offers and asking me for "a new password" Bunch of useless people! Never again!!!!
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024