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5 Top Tours for First-Time Visitors to NYC

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|by ShowTickets Editors |

New to New York? Discover the city with these 5 awesome tours

Where to begin exploring New York? For a newbie in Manhattan, a plan is in order, and it often helps to call in an expert. Let a local lead the way with tours across the city, from the New York Harbor to Wall Street. Here are some of our favorite tours that provide a worthwhile introduction to the Big Apple.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour is a must in New York (Photo: iStock)

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour is a must in New York (Photo: iStock)

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
Certain iconic landmarks are non-negotiable must-sees for first-time visitors to New York, and the Statue of Liberty is absolutely one of them. This 4.5-hour tour will lead the way to one of New York's most beloved sights, beginning in lower Manhattan at Castle Clinton in Battery Park. From here, guides will lead you onto the ferry (priority boarding is included) that sails across the New York harbor to its first stop on Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty. After taking in Lady Liberty from all angles, you will board the ferry and cruise over to Ellis Island, the site where millions first landed in the US. Get tickets

Circle Line Landmark Cruise
When first visiting New York, it might be hard to even picture Manhattan as an island. Get the full perspective by boarding the Circle Line for a cruise around the southern tip of Manhattan that will include views of iconic landmarks from One World Trade Center to the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge. The 90-minute cruise departs from Pier 83 on the west side of Manhattan in the Hudson River and sails south. After a spin in the New York harbor, the cruise heads up the East River, revealing just how narrow the island of Manhattan really is. Get tickets

Wall Street and 9/11 Memorial Tour
For a first visit to New York, begin your exploration where the city itself began. The Financial District is the oldest neighborhood in Manhattan – Wall Street actually once signified a literal wall at the northern edge of New Amsterdam that separated settlers from Native Americans. This 90-minute walking tour will explore the history of the Financial District, from the American Revolution all the way through to the modern-day stock market crashes. Knowledgeable guides will tell tales of those who walked the same streets before you. The tour wraps up at the World Trade Center site. Get tickets

NYC TV and Movie Tour
For visitors who have only seen New York in the movies, it can be fun to bring film backdrops off the silver screen and into real life. This 2.5-hour tour will lead you straight to the settings of your favorite TV shows and movies, from Friends and How I Met Your Mother to American Hustle and Spider-man. This bus tour covers serious ground in Manhattan, from Midtown to the Meatpacking District, the West Village to Tribeca. During the ride, guides will ask some fun trivia questions while scenes from New York-centric films play on screens throughout the bus. Get tickets

A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour
When first exploring New York, you must taste the city's classic flavors. Join this 4.5-hour tour for a crash course in all things pizza, as you hop throughout Brooklyn sampling the best the borough has to offer. This tour includes fantastic sightseeing as well, as you weave through the waterfront neighborhood of Dumbo and all the way out to Coney Island. During this tour, you will taste some of New York's most famous pies, from pizzerias including Grimaldi's and L&B Spumoni Gardens. Clips of movies that were made in Brooklyn (including Goodfellas and Saturday Night Fever) are shown on the bus to complete the New York atmosphere. Get tickets

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