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5 New York City Tours to Take this Fall

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|by Mark Robinson |


Featuring chocolate, craft beer and more

New York City is a perfect place to explore, learn and experience many out-of-the-box offerings that you may not have considered, but certainly should not miss out on. The choices of what to do and see are plentiful. From carefully curated tours to uniquely inspired dining options, the Big Apple has something for everyone. Why not consider taking a tour where an experience is planned for you, and where you need only give yourself over to enjoying an exclusive adventure as part of your stay?

Sink your teeth into some of NYC's best sweets this season with our curated selection of tours (Photo: iStock)

Sink your teeth into some of NYC's best sweets this season with our curated selection of tours (Photo: iStock)

The Clipper City Gypsy Craft Beer Tasting Sail
Manhattan By Sail has assembled a signature outing for those visitors who enjoy their craft beer. You will set sail on the waterways around New York City, breathing the sea air, drinking in the awe-inspiring sights of the iconic skyline, while simultaneously drinking in some of the finest craft beers. Experts of the brewing industry will introduce you to five outstanding ales and lagers from NYC’s premiere and gypsy breweries. Along the way, you will also learn a little bit about the history of NYC, as well as details about the making of beer itself. The feeling of intoxication you will feel on your voyage will most-likely be inspired by up-close views of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, and maybe just a bit by the libations served. 

The Central Park TV and Movie Sites Tour
New York City’s historic Central Park has appeared in so many movies and on so many television shows that there is actually a tour designed around visiting these filiming locations. In this giant, 843-acre expanse of green, visit sites such as the Dakota (Rosemary’s Baby), the Promenade (Kramer vs. Kramer) and the Boathouse (When Harry Met Sally). Others films and television shows represented in the tour include On the Town, Angels in America, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, Gossip Girl, Ghostbusters, The Way We Were, Serendipity, Enchanted and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Allow yourself to be ushered through a veritable parade of Hollywood memories by an expert tour guide. The Central Park TV and Movie Sites Tour is a daytime walking tour that comes courtesy of On Location Tours. 

The Highlights of Midtown Architecture Tour
Midtown Manhattan is overflowing with architecture that is both historically significant and aesthetically unique. To unveil many of these gems, take The Highlights of Midtown Architecture Tour and find yourself immersed in something truly special. Expert guides will provide insight and history on the structures you will explore, while also bringing to your attention many details you might have otherwise missed. Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour include Tudor City, a hidden residential enclave at the far East end of 42nd Street, the United Nations Building, the Ford Foundation Building, the art deco Daily News and Chanin Buildings, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station and Carrére and Hastings’ New York Public Library. This visual feast, curated by Inside Out Tours and Events, is approximately three hours in length.

Premier Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and so is our traditional consumption of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. However, have you ever just wanted to do something a little different and special for the Thanksgiving holiday? Well, we have the perfect alternative for you. The Premier Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise, aboard the Hornblower NYC, takes you on a voyage of dining, music and fun. You’ll enjoy your usual Thanksgiving feast, but this time around it will be prepared for you. From appetizers to desserts, from wine to coffee, you will delight in every bite as you sit back and enjoy the scenery. After your meal, there will be dancing, with a DJ keeping the party going. The meal and tour lasts for three hours, a perfectly elegant and memorable way to celebrate gratitude with family and friends. 

A Slice of Brooklyn Chocolate Tour
We’re concluding our list with the best way to draw anything to a close: chocolate. A Slice of Brooklyn Chocolate Tour takes passengers on a four-hour bus ride around Brooklyn to visit some of the city’s finest chocolatiers and sample their wares. You’ll visit Jacques Torres Chocolates, The Chocolate Room, Raaka Chocolate, Baked and LI-Lac Chocolates. Not only will your taste buds tap dance with enthusiasm as you delight in this indulgent outing, but you will also come away from the experience with a better understanding of the art of creating fine chocolate. You will not be able to help buying plenty of confections to take home with you. A Slice of Brooklyn Chocolate Tour is truly a little slice of heaven. 

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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