There are certain must-sees that most visitors to New York have on their itinerary: the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial, and, of course, the Empire State Building. Here's a great way to see the best of New York land and sea in one fell swoop: the New York Icons pass, which includes both the Circle Line's popular Liberty Cruise, as well as admission to the Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory and the multi-media sustainability exhibit at the second floor visitor center.
Circle Line’s Liberty Cruise lets travelers experience all these historical sites from the unique vantage point of the water. The dramatic Manhattan skyline looks even more majestic from the water, and on a clear day, passengers can see the Empire State Building and get a peek at some of the different eras of architecture found in the city. Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides provide commentary as the ship cruises down the Hudson, past the 9/11 Memorial site. Then the ship slips into the Harbor and cruises by Ellis Island, the complex where so many of our ancestors entered this country. After that, it’s a close-up look at one of the city's most famous residents, the Statue of Liberty.
The Empire State Building Observatory is a world-famous viewing deck located on the 86th floor of the landmark New York City office building. Renowned for its panoramic views of New York, the Observatory has been featured in classic films like An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle. Here, visitors can enjoy sweeping vistas of Manhattan and surrounding areas – including Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey – from both the outdoor open-air deck and the glass-enclosed climate-controlled viewing area. Landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park are all visible on clear days from the Empire State Building Observatory, which towers 1,050 feet above the city streets below.
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See two of New York City’s most iconic landmarks at one low price.
This adventure is top rated, and promises to show you the heart of New York City. You will visit the Empire State Building first, because you’ll have to redeem your voucher there before you can take your cruise to Ellis Island. You will be able to pay a small fee to listen to an audio tour and learn more about these inspiring locales, adding some historical context to your visit. And make sure not to forget your camera because views from the observatory at the top of the Empire State Building and from the boat in the harbor are absolutely phenomenal!
THE NEW YORK ICONS TOUR TIPS
Visit the Empire State Building first because you’ll have to redeem your voucher at the observatory.
While you’re at the Empire State Building Observatory, pay a small fee to listen to the audio tour and learn more details about this NY landmark.
Don’t forget your camera; the New York Icons Package at Showtickets.com has some of the best opportunities for most splendid shots.
Bring a snack on board the Circle Line sightseeing cruise, just no alcoholic beverages. Although, they do sell beer and wine on board.
Arrive early to the Liberty Cruise to snag the best spots on the ship, and to make sure you don’t miss the departure.
You must redeem your New York Icons voucher at the Empire State Building Observatory. Upon redemption, guest will receive admission to the Observatory. Ticket vouchers for admission to the Circle Line Cruise is valid for up to 14 days.
You may bring food and drink on board the Circle Line Cruise, but no alcoholic drinks.
Circle Line Cruise departures vary depending on the season. Please, check the schedule details.