Eastern Caribbean (7 Days)

Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises
Cape Liberty, NJ, United States to San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dates: 20 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019

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DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
20 Oct 2019
Cape Liberty, NJ, United States
4:00 PM
DAY 2
21 Oct 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 3
22 Oct 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 4
23 Oct 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 5
24 Oct 2019
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 6
25 Oct 2019
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
7:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 7
26 Oct 2019
San Juan, Puerto Rico
6:00 AM
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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Cape Liberty, NJ, United States - 20 Oct 2019

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 1 Hour
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations
Pre-Opening Tour of the Guggenheim

Explore the Solomon R. Guggenheim with a guide, before it opens to the public. Perfect for first time visitors, the Highlights Tour focuses on the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed architecture, permanent collection, and introduces the special exhibition on view. Guests are free to explore the museum on their own after the guided tour.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 1 Hour
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations
Meet a Pro, See Their Show

Meet a Pro, See Their Show


  • The guest(s) will meet their BEYOND TIMES SQUARE Host and Broadway cast member at Sardi's about two-and-a-half hours prior to the show for an hour-long visit.

  • Learn of the actor’s most nerve-wracking auditions, survival jobs before landing on Broadway, embarrassing moments on stage, etc.

  • After the visit, the cast member goes to the theatre to prepare for the show. The guest(s) are on their own until curtain.

  • Before the actor leaves for the theatre, find out what costumes they are wearing in the show, so you’re sure to pick them out! Enjoy the show, watching your new “friend” on stage.

  • When the curtain comes down, the BEYOND TIMES SQUARE Host will meet the guest(s) again and escort them to the stage door. Walking past the police barricades and through the stage door, the guest(s) will be exposed to the most private of private places on Broadway, as well as a chance to take pictures standing on the stage. Again, the BEYOND TIMES SQUARE Host will coordinate the post-show visit between the cast member and guest(s).  

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 1 Hour
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations
American Museum of Natural History Private Pre-Opening Tour

American Museum of Natural History Private Pre-Opening Tour

Guests arrive and are met by their museum guide for a private one hour pre-opening tour of the highlights. Afterwards, they are given early entrance and VIP seating to the Space Show. Following the show they are free to explore the museum. They have “skip the line access” to all special exhibits and VIP seating for the IMAX show. Program begins at 9:00am; we ask that visitors arrive on time. Guests can stay in the museum for as long as they wish until closing.

Please note that pre-opening tours are not available on weekends.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 1 Hour
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations
Pre-Opening Tour of the Brooklyn Museum

Experience the Brooklyn Museum collection in an exclusive way: before it opens to the public. Explore the permanent collection or a special exhibition on a private guided tour led by a Museum Guide.

Guided tours include three to seven artworks using discussion and sensory experiences that accommodate diverse learning needs.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations
Empty Met

Over Five Million people visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art each year. It is always ranked in the top five museums in the world. Everyday there is a line outside for those who want to enter. Today for you, there is no line, there are no other people. Just you and the people you choose to be with you. Your Met specialist guide will meet you in the grand entrance of the Museum and take you to see some of the world master pieces alone, with no one in your way. Walk through the Temple of Dendur, the Greek and Roman Galleries, visit the self portrait of Vincent van Gogh (it is pretty much just you and him) and so many other treasures. When you return to the foyer the masses are entering, but you have already been there and done that with no one around.

The tour is from 8:30a to 10:00a.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 5 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Adventure • Cruises & Water Tours • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Private Adventure Ride Through New York Harbor

Designed and built for the US NAVY, the 24-foot Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat will take you on an unforgettable ride through the New York harbor. You’ll experience the city from unique vantage points and your captain will stop the boat at many places along the way to point out landmarks and give you the opportunity to take photos.

Highlights include: Aviation Pier, FDNY Fireboat Station, Intrepid Aircraft Carrier, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island.

The tour is not suitable for pregnant women or guests with back problems.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Broadway Up Close

Hear about the titans and legends who helped move the Broadway Theatre District from its 1800’s beginnings in Herald Square north to Times Square. The tour travels from the southern end of the Broadway Theatre District on 41st Street to 45th Street in between 6th and 8th Avenues. Highlights include the rise and fall of 42nd Street, Roof Top Gardens, and ghost stories, in addition to the tour guide’s personal stories. The tour guide is equipped with an iPad chock full of one-of-a-kind photos and videos to further enhance each story.  


Some of the theatres you will be walking past during this tour include: The Netherlander, The New Amsterdam, The Lyric, The Stephen Sondheim, etc.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 12 Hours
Meals: Lunch, Snack
Recommended Ages: 18 and Above
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons • Walking & Biking • Wildlife & Nature
Hudson Valley Biking and Tasting Experience

Spring & Fall are perfect times for a bike ride. And when it comes to beautiful scenery mixed with delicious locally produced wine, spirits, and gourmet food, it’s hard to beat this ride in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

With your detailed instructions in hand, catch the Metro North train out of Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan and enjoy the beautiful 2-hour scenic ride to Poughkeepsie, NY. Upon arrival in Poughkeepsie, your bike support coordinator will be there to welcome you and help you set up your bike.

This bike ride packs a lot of highlights into only 20 miles of riding. Vault across the Hudson River on the Walkway Over the Hudson, then experience two beautiful rail trails on a mostly car-free ride to the town of Gardiner, where your bicycling adventure takes a turn to explore the local flavors of the Hudson Valley:

- Sample a few local ciders, while you enjoy a fabulous lunch featuring food from local farms

- Take a tour of a charming distillery and have a tasting of their award-winning whisky or other spirits

- Enjoy a wine tasting in a beautiful surrounding at the end of your day

Your bike support coordinator will be meeting you at different stops during the day and will share with you his knowledge of the Hudson Valley.

Please note that this is a self-guided experience. Your bike support coordinator will check in on you at multiple locations during your ride. You can also reach them via cell phone if needed. The bike support coordinator travels by mini-van and at any time you have the option of ending your ride and instead be escorted to the next stop by mini-van.

This is a seasonal program (Spring through Fall)

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 2 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Outdoor Art Tour in Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan is an open-air art gallery with masterpieces from artists like Daniel Chester French, Isamu Noguchi, Keith Haring and many others which you will discover on this unique walking tour.

On this tour, you will take a stroll down Broadway and then meander through Battery Park. With each piece you visit, you and your tour guide will take the time to deconstruct the image, understand the context of the piece of art, discuss what is known about it and then share reactions. You will be sampling art not only from different eras but also art that has different purposes: propaganda, place-making, reflection, honoring an idea or group, whimsy, and more.

This is a walking tour only.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 2 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 18 and Above
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Food & Wine
Private Mixology Class at a New York City Speakeasy

The experience begins wandering down a hidden street to find the unmarked entrance, which transports you to an opulent antique interior. At this NYC speakeasy, the presentation of a cocktail is just as dramatic as the cocktail itself. The bar is no longer a bar. It’s a stage. A chemistry lab. A theatre.

Indulge in a spectrum of specialty cocktails infused with exotic herbs, fruits, and botanicals.

Choose one of the four different mixology classes:

- Market Fresh: experiment with unique ingredients – ranging heirloom tomatoes and lemongrass to aprium and gooseberries – through juicing, blending, and infusion to create delicious market-fresh cocktails.

- Prohibition Era: let your mixologist lead you into the history, mystery and birth of the classic cocktail during the Prohibition Era (1919-1933) while experimenting with Early American cocktails like the Sazerac, French 75, and Old Fashioned.

- Agave Master: from the Ancient Mayan Ruins to the modern day of agave fields of Oaxaca, Tequila and Mezcal have played an integral part of the Mexican history. Learn about the history, flavor profiles and differences in blue and subspecies of agaves.

- Absinthe Minded: few spirits have inspired as much controversy and allure as absinthe. Let your mixologist lead you on a journey of the rise, fall, and recent resurrection of absinthe. Learn the traditional preparation, as well as classic and signature absinthe cocktails.

Participants must be at least 21 years old.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 2 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 5 and Above
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations
Wizard School Family Scavenger Hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wizard School Family Scavenger Hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, flying owls and dragons, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, strange mermaids and sharks that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, fierce knights in armor, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor.

This hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry Potter’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many stranger and wonderful works of art. It’s a great way to discover – or rediscover – the Met.

This scavenger hunt is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 2 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
Private Bike Tour of Central Park

Private Bike Tour of Central Park


What could be better than a guided bike ride in Central Park, the first landscaped public park in the USA?  Your guide, a city-licensed professional, rides alongside you and shows you all that the park has to offer: Bethesda Fountain, hidden waterfalls, cast-iron bridges, movie scenes, celebrity homes, and skyscrapers, all while passing beneath many of the park’s 26,000 trees.  You’ll learn the history of New York City, told in terms of the development of the city and its parks.  You’ll bike right up to Strawberry Fields, the memorial to the life of John Lennon, to see the famous building where he lived, and much more!  

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 2 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 5 and Above
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations
Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt at the AMNH

Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt at the American Museum of Natural History

Kids and adults work together on a scavenger hunt that reveals the weirdest, the wildest, and the wackiest secrets of the Museum of Natural History. You won’t be collecting objects – drop that fossil! – you’ll be searching for answers to tricky and humorous questions about the amazing exhibits you discover.

Along the way, your team will search for snakes in Africa, touch ancient meteorites and dinosaur bones, find out your weight on the moon, discover why a T.Rex shouldn’t stand up, mingle with cavemen, and so much more.

This scavenger hunt is recommended for ages 7 and up.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 2 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations
Sing Broadway, Dance Broadway

Sing Broadway, Dance Broadway

Do what the Broadway performers do before hitting the stage. Prior to the big day, you will work with a Broadway producer to choose a song and dance. Upon arriving to the Broadway rehearsal studio, you’ll meet Broadway pros you’ll be working with. First, rehearse the vocal with a Broadway musical director. Get coaching and learn tricks of the trade. Then, get on your feet to learn the choreography with a Broadway pro. A prop or costume piece will be added to enhance your presentation. A “photo call” will take place before opening the doors for your guests. Finally, step into the spotlight and blow away friends and family, who are welcome to take photos and video!

* In advance, choose a Broadway song and dance

* Meet in a Broadway rehearsal Studio

* Rehearse your song with a Broadway musical director

* Rehearse your dance with a Broadway choreographer

* Add a prop or costume piece that you can take home!

* Photo call - participants pose "in character"

* Perform for an audience of friends and family!

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts
An Insider's Guide To Art: Upper East Side

This elegant neighborhood is host to galleries tucked into townhouses and former mansions, which showcase 19th and 20th century art through contemporary. Enjoy a lecture about exciting exhibitions, as well as insight into the inner workings of the art business.

Visits to galleries specializing in post-war and contemporary art such as Levy-Gorvy, Gagosian, Venus Over Manhattan, Acquavella and Skarstedt can be arranged.

Museum spaces in the neighborhood such as the Met Breuer or Institute for the Study of the Ancient World can also be included depending on the guests’ interests (additional cost for entrance fees might be incurred).

Offered by: Urban Adventures
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Meals: Snack
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts
Private New York: Arthur Avenue Food Tour - NY's Real Little Italy

The Bronx neighborhood known as Arthur Avenue is one of New York's last enclaves of small, family-run food shops, most of which have been in business for over 100 years. The Belmont section of the Bronx, also known as Little Italy or simply “Arthur Avenue,” is one of New York's last enclaves of truly family-run food shops. On your European-style food tour, we visit nearly a dozen Italian food shops, most of which have been in business for over 100 years. We’ll start your private food adventure at the famous Arthur Avenue Retail Market, where we’ll explore the many stalls inside and make a special stop to see what foods have just arrived from Italy. Next, we’ll head next door to a pork shop where the entire ceiling is covered with their homemade sausages.

Then, our friend Diego will give us samples of his house-made ricotta at his cheese store before we move onto a local bakery for a taste of their singular white chocolate bread. We’ll say hi to Carmela at a local pastry shop, watch fresh pasta being made, and visit a neighborhood deli for a sample of their hand-pulled mozzarella. Finally, we’ll find out where NYC chefs get their Italian food supplies and why. Your private tour has been created and is often led by Danielle Oteri and her husband Christian Galliani. Danielle’s great grandfather, Albino Oteri, settled in the area and opened a fish market at 2374 Arthur Avenue. The store later became a butcher shop where the Academy Award-winning movie “Marty” was filmed.

Christian is a first-generation Italian-American whose culinary tradition hails from Northern Italy. He’s also a sommelier who believes firmly in the Italian wine pairing principle of what grows together, goes together. (If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Arthur Avenue: NY's Real Little Italy group tour.) This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

Offered by: Urban Adventures
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Meals: Snack
Recommended Ages: 18 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts
Private New York: Craft Cocktail Tour

Your private NYC cocktail tour starts in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, a site that’s famed for being the gathering place for political radicals and socialists, as well as the city’s immigrant poor — an appropriate place to begin since so much of NYC’s cocktail culture was invented by these very same people. The East Village of New York was once an immigrant neighborhood, but today is one of the prime nightlife districts of the city, with great restaurants, bars, and theaters — and we’re taking you to discover the best local haunts and hidden corners. We’ll start out at a drinking fountain dedicated by a temperance advocate who extolled the virtues of water over whiskey.

But don’t worry, we’re not going to listen to him. Instead, we’re taking you to visit three of New York City’s best cocktail bars, where we’ll sample drinks, meet the people behind the bars, and learn how their craft cocktails are made. Along the way, you’ll hear stories of how the modern cocktail came to be, how prohibition in America affected the bar scene, and how cocktails are enjoying a resurgence as a result of the craft distilling and cocktail movement. We’ll keep the discussion going with visits to the sites of former speakeasies (hidden illegal bars that operated during the prohibition era) and share tales of the gangsters and politicians that kept the liquor flowing despite the 18th Amendment.

We’ll also swing by New York’s premier wine and spirits store, Astor Wines, where our expert guides can help you pick out the perfect boozy souvenir to take home with you after the tour. We’ll show you what to look for when buying different spirits and will highlight the new local micro-distillers that have opened up over the last several years and are producing delicious whiskeys, rums, vodkas and gins. In between stops you’ll learn all about the East Village, its history, and what is happening there today, including where to eat, drink, and play. (If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our New York Craft Cocktail group tour.) This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

Offered by: Urban Adventures
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: Snack
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts
New York Times Journeys - Dumbo, the New Brooklyn

Start your tour in iconic Manhattan before hopping the commuter ferry for a short ride across the East River to Brooklyn, with great views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. (Note that as the ferry leaves immediately after the tour starts, you must be on time. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early to the meeting point to ensure you don't miss boarding.) Land in Dumbo, named not for the elephant, but because it is “down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass.” Long home to shipping piers and industrial warehouses, this charming and historic neighborhood is now one of the most desirable in Brooklyn because of its access to the waterfront, breathtaking views and historic architecture. Walk through Brooklyn Bridge Park, built largely on those old piers, to learn how the waterfront changed from a source of food to a thriving industrial area (where entrepreneurs did everything from process tobacco to create the first cardboard boxes), to an unsafe abandoned slum, and finally to what it is today: a beautiful park for recreation and home to modern businesses. Stop at Jane’s Carousel, from a 1920s amusement park. It was purchased by a local artist who restored it, and a glass-enclosed ride offers a view of modern Manhattan from a historic perch. From there, we head to Smile to Go, a spinoff of a popular downtown restaurant. See where all the pastries are made, watching the bakers at work as you hear about the process.

Then sample an array of creative, chef-driven pastries fresh from the oven. At the Empire Stores, you’ll see the latest transformation. This brick warehouse block is believed to be the first place coffee was commercially roasted and processed.

Pass under the Manhattan Bridge archway and into another part of the neighborhood to visit the Brooklyn Roasting Company. It is housed in an old building that was part of the historic Arbuckles’ Coffee company, whose roasted coffee was a favorite of cowboys for years. Brooklyn Roasting has brought the coffee tradition back to the waterfront. Learn about their history and how it ties into the neighborhood’s past. Of course, sample some of coffee, which is curated and blended from beans from all over the world. Head farther into Dumbo and learn about the growing startup and tech world in the neighborhood. Stop for a quick bite at Untamed Sandwiches, which uses sustainable and local food for its braised meat and vegetables. You might stop instead at Cuper, an unassuming cafe inside the Made in NY Media Center, a co-working space and incubator where you can usually find artists discussing projects and business people making deals. Finally, stop at the hidden gem of Randolph Beer. Craft brewing is all the rage, but the Randolph goes it one better and serves its beer where it’s made.

Learn about the growing craft beer scene in Brooklyn, and pull your own beer from the tap. (You can’t get much more local than that!) End the tour sipping your beer and reflecting on how far Brooklyn has come, yet how close it remains to its roots. New York Times Reading List: How the Ferry Is Changing the Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront The Cobblestone Runway Want the ‘Real’ Brooklyn? Go Cheap Transforming Dumbo, a Brooklyn Neighborhood, With New Condos

Offered by: Urban Adventures
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: Snack
Recommended Ages: 18 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts
Private New York: Brewed in Brooklyn

Toast your way through the past and present of beer brewing in Brooklyn! This neighborhood was once home to 48 breweries, but this ancient trade disappeared from the borough in the 1970s, only to be reborn in recent years with craft breweries leading the way. If you want a taste (quite literally...) of the history behind beer brewing in New York, look no further! On your own private NYC beer tour, you'll take a behind-the-scenes local look at how beer is made at one of Brooklyn's present-day breweries.

Explore the pre-prohibition era as we check out 19th-century brewery buildings, visit landmarked sites, and share stories of the German immigrants who lived and worked in the neighborhood. Plus, don’t forget all the craft beer and food along the way! You’ll enjoy a number of great Brooklyn brews from all kinds of spots, and stop off at a local pizza joint for lunch.

Join your private guide and raise a glass to the history and masters of beer in Brooklyn! (If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Brewed in Brooklyn group tour.) This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

Offered by: Urban Adventures
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: Snack
Recommended Ages: 5 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts
Private New York: Neighborhood Eats - Brownstone Brooklyn

Indulge youself with a private tour and discover the delicious mom-and-pop shops and restaurants of Brooklyn to experience how food is the engine of our local ecosystem. Brooklyn's Smith and Court Streets and surrounding neighborhoods have a vibrant mix of small, locally owned, artisanal food shops unlike almost any other neighborhood in America. On your Brooklyn tour you will find out how these unique spots came to be, and with a local guide you’ll discover just what it is that makes them special. We’ll visit both old school haunts and new culinary entrepreneurs to experience an exciting menu of both traditional flavors and daring dishes. We'll stop into Italian and Middle Eastern shops that have long been the staple of the neighborhood, and explore the growing scene of cafes and restaurants specializing in New American cuisine.

While we enjoy their delicacies, we'll learn about the neighborhood's rich history and changing character from the local business owners and residents themselves. From artisan cheese and bread shops, Italian pastry stores, cafes with coffee roasters, the oldest Middle Eastern bakery in NYC, and a modern soda fountain, your NYC food tour couldn’t get more unique if it tried. The shops and food in this area have been featured in press and TV all around the world, from Australia to France, and is by consensus the best food neighborhood in NYC.

So definitely come hungry! (If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our New York Neighborhood Eats: Brownstone Brooklyn group tour.) This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

Offered by: Urban Adventures
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: Snack
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts
Private New York: Tenements, Tales & Tastes

Get in touch with the tasty culture of NYC on your own private New York food tour that is a pleasure for both the body and the mind! Your New York City tour will start off at a location where many new citizens are made official, City Hall. Here at the northern edge of the colonial city we’ll start our journey with a delicious Dutch breakfast treat, just one of many foods that has made its way over thanks to the immigrant population in NYC. We’ll make our way in a loop around the NYC LES, visiting 100-year old bakeries, churches, markets, and historic sites. We’ll stroll the streets of Little Italy just as Lucky Luciano might have a century ago. Marvel at former and still operating synagogues and Jewish clothing stores. We’ll dive into latin culture at the Essex St. Market and take in cultural sites like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the African Burial Ground.

Finally we’ll end up in the crowded and teaming streets of Chinatown, where you’ll feel like you're in Shanghai! Along the way on your New York food tour, we’ll sink our teeth into amazing stories and amazing food. Knishes, tacos, dumplings, and more. We’ll taste why New York City is the center of the world and the culinary legacy left here by those that have passed by Lady Liberty on their way to the American Dream. (If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Tenements, Tales & Tastes group tour.) This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Walking & Biking
New York Cite Ice Cream Challenge: A Taste and Rate Tour

In recent years, New York City has become home to dozens of premium ice cream shops manufacturer and gelaterie. Using top quality ingredients like local, organic milk, fresh fruit, and single origin chocolate, and presenting the ingredients in novel ways, these new ice cream artisans are changing how we think about ice cream.

This taste and rate tour features visits to four shops where guests will learn about the process of ice cream making, differences between gelato and ice cream, and what makes a premium ice cream.

This walking tour highlights the East Village as an important center for small-batch, frozen treats.

Your guide is a well-respected culinary historian, cookbook author and culinary educator with a specialty in fine chocolate and other artisanal foods. Her accolades include a certificate of outstanding achievement from The James Beard Foundation and a book award from The International Association of Culinary Professionals. From Jacques Pepin to Julia Child, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Jacques Torres, Anthony Bourdain and Padma Lakshmi, she has worked with the most distinguished culinary talent.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons
Private Culinary Experience

Experience a private culinary class in a charming studio in the heart of Greenwich Village, just south of Washington Square. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced home cook, you will benefit from the experience of classically trained chefs, who will share with you their most popular recipes in hands-on sessions. Expand your skills, gain confidence in the kitchen, and learn tips of the trade while preparing a 3-course meal made with fresh, seasonal produce. At the end of the class, enjoy the meals you’ve just cooked at the studio’s beautiful table.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 5 and Above
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Grand Central Terminal Behind-The-Scenes Tour

Highlights:

- Main Concourse with its secrets, histories and mysteries

- Vanderbilt Hall, and the rise and fall, and rise once again, of Grand Central

- Glass Catwalks, viewing and shooting from 110 feet above the Main Concourse

- War Room and Operations Control Center (subject to availability)

- FDR’s secret, hidden train station, complete with his abandoned train car

- Secret sub-basement M-42 (subject to availability). The sub-basement is located 9 stories down from the ground floor and is only accessible by stairs.

Guests might be required to wear hard hats during the tour.

Strollers are not permitted.

This is not a scheduled tour program and since it is offered infrequently the tour guide might add other guests to the tour so more people can experience it. The maximum is 25 guests.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Thanksgiving Day Parade VIP Viewing Event

We are very excited to offer an outstanding Thanksgiving viewing package in New York City. We offered it for two years now and it was a smash hit both times. That may sound like a bold statement, so let us back it up:

1) We have limited the viewing spaces to 75 guests and we have booked the entire floor. This will make the viewing less crowded and just our guests. No outsiders.

2) A full three-hour event so you can see all of the parade come by our windows and also have to time to partake of our delicious buffet and brunch cocktail bar.

3) Our viewing space is right on parade route. It is not set back from the street like other viewing areas. Who wants to be 20 feet from the parade?

4) Our viewing area is on the second floor, not street level, so you are eye level with the balloons coming by allowing you to get the best pictures. (get your iPhones ready).

5) Our guests receive a commemorative silicone wrist band which will allow them to enter, leave and reenter the event. Why is this important? Sometimes the kids (& adults) want to go outside to experience the parade. Since they have the wrist bands they do not have to worry about getting back inside the event space.

6) Beyond Times Square hosts are on site.

7) Beyond Times Square gift bags for all attendees.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Family Vacations • Food & Wine
History of Chocolate Tasting Program

History of Chocolate Tasting Program

Chocolate is practically a part of human DNA; records of its early use date back over three millennia to ancient Mesoamerican society. But though many love its rich flavor, few understand the breadth of its long history, let alone how it’s produced or how to distinguish between varieties.

Uncover the immense world of cacao alongside one of the leading chocolate scholars, producer of 92 Y’S Annual Chocolate Fest, and the media’s go-to person for all matters pertaining to chocolate’s history. With cocoa beans literally in hand, begin the day with an overview of chocolate’s origins and the bean-to-bar process. Your guide will cover all the basics, including cacao genetics, single origin and blended chocolates, and how fine chocolate compares to its mass produced counterpart. Once you’ve boosted your chocolate background, dive into the decadent goods themselves with a tasting session, where you’ll learn to sample like a pro and use the vocabulary of fine chocolatiers to describe the flavors. Leave with a deeper perspective of chocolate and a more than satiated palate. The tour will end at a chocolate shop to allow time for shopping.
Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Family Vacations • Food & Wine
History of Cupcakes Taste-and-Rate Program

History of Cupcakes Taste-and-Rate Program

Since their creation, cupcakes have become a pop culture trend in the culinary world. In the early 21st century, a trend for cupcake shops, known as cupcakeries, which are specialized bakeries that sell little or nothing except cupcakes, developed in the United States, playing off the sense of nostalgia evoked by the cakes. There are dozens of upscale bakeries in New York City. Shops like Magnolia Bakery gained publicity in their appearance on popular television shows like Sex and the City.

On the tour, you will taste and rate your way through some of the city's best cupcakes, ranking them on presentation, frosting quality/style, and moistness/crumb density. Learn about trends in the cupcake world, visit a commercial kitchen, and learn about the cupcake's unlikely origins. Your guide’s credentials speak for themselves – she taught the first food history course ever offered at The New School here in NYC, and has written all about cupcakes’ history and culture for the Oxford Encyclopedia Companion to Sugar and Sweets.

The tour will end at a bakery to allow time for shopping.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: Lunch
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park Ending with a Picnic Lunch

Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park Ending with a Picnic Lunch


Meet your horse and carriage at the corner of 59th Street and 5th Avenue.  Take a leisurely ride through Central Park, seeing the South End Quadrant (Central Park South to the Lake, just north of Terrace Drive), which includes the views from the small loop plus Balto’s Statue, Summer Stage, Conservatory Water, the Bandshell, Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Cherry Hill, the Lake, Strawberry Fields, the Dakota building where John Lennon lived, Tavern on the Green, Sheep Meadow, and Columbus Circle.  The carriage ride is 45 minutes.  You end with a wonderful picnic set and waiting for you.


Picnic Lunch

The Gold Picnic is one of our personalized, butler-serviced picnics.  We create a personalized picnic experience that includes the best meats, cheeses, fresh fruit, and crudités New York City has to offer, just for you, and we never forget something special for dessert.  When you arrive at your picnic spot, one of our picnic experts will have everything set up, ready and waiting for you.  When you’re finished, simply walk away. We take care of the clean up!

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: Dinner
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Cruises & Water Tours • Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Private Yacht Charter in New York City

Private Yacht Charter in New York City

Say goodbye to the crowds, lines, and hassles of boarding a public sightseeing cruise; your private yacht awaits. You board and are greeted with champagne, then your captain welcomes you and explains the itinerary for the evening. You and your party are on board and it is time to depart. You smell the dinner being prepared as the chef is at work in the kitchen. You then step through the glass door and you are outside watching the bright lights of New York City go by. You wave to Ms. Liberty as she looks over the harbor and you nibble on hors-d’oeuvres. You are surrounded by friends and you know this is going to be the best night of your visit to NYC.

We have multiple size yachts to suit any need. We offer both motor and sailing yachts. Romantic dinners for two, family outings, corporate events, and sightseeing are all available. From 2 guests to 600.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Brooklyn by Bike

Brooklyn by Bike


The tour starts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and makes its way through the hoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park and DUMBO. All along the way we're providing commentary (via walkie-talkies and headsets) about local culture and interesting history while showcasing beautiful parks, great bars and restaurants, boutique shops and nightlife. Highlights include a visit to an artisan chocolate factory, samples at a waterfront bakery and a slice of pizza from an authentic Brooklyn pizzeria.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 30 Minutes
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 5 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations
Backstage on Broadway

Backstage on Broadway


The backstage door.  An unmarked but well-known feature on Broadway.  The fans know where it is.  They wait to catch a glimpse of their favorite leading man, maybe get a photograph or even eye contact.  For you it is a little more concrete.  After the performance, you will be met and escorted backstage.  See the real deal behind the scenes of a Broadway production.  The stage left and stage right, the sets, the costume change areas, and all the pieces that make a show come together.  Your escort will make the rounds with you to meet the cast members, take some photos, and get some autographs.  When you are done, you stroll on out of the theater like you just performed yourself.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 30 Minutes
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Air & Helicopter Tours • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Helicopter Ride Over Manhattan

Helicopter Ride Over Manhattan

See New York like never before. Experience a luxurious new perspective on this incomparable city by making your way up the Hudson River, and enjoy the sights of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, Central Park, Times Square, and so much more. This is New York City’s most extravagant and exhilarating sightseeing and photo opportunity. It will be an everlasting memory for you on your special trip to NYC.

This tour also includes the following sights: Columbia University, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, George Washington Bridge, New Jersey Palisades, The Freedom Tower, Yankee Stadium (except on game days), Chelsea Piers.

Helicopter tours are not private.

Helicopter tours are not available on Sundays.

We use Bell 407, Bell 427 or Eurocopter EC 130 helicopters. All have Avoidance Collision System.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Program

Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Program – Two Cities and a Bridge

Opened in 1883 after thirteen years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge was built across the East River to connect Manhattan with the then-rural city of Brooklyn. From the beginning, the bridge’s designer, John A. Roebling, planned not just a structure of convenience, but a great work of art that would stand the test of time. The Brooklyn Bridge is a fully accessible bridge, with a center lane above traffic open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Your fully guided tour takes you on a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge; a walk taken every day by commuters and tourists, and during times of crisis, such as after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11.

The tour also includes an exploration around City Hall Park and the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn.

A ride on Jane’s Carousel can be added.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Harlem: Yesterday and Today Sightseeing Program

Harlem: Yesterday and Today Sightseeing Program


Almost a city unto itself, Harlem is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world.  Founded by the Dutch in 1658, Harlem was once farmland and the first US home of hundreds of thousands of European immigrants.  The center of New York City’s African American culture, Harlem is a diverse neighborhood with a vibrant and influential history.  Your fully guided tour explores the changing face of Harlem, with special focus on the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s.  A literary, music, drama, and art revival in Harlem, the Renaissance period cultivated and nurtured the talents of great jazz musicians like Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, and authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and W.E.B. Du Bois.  Home to the famed Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, the effect of the Harlem Renaissance can still be felt in America’s artistic and cultural life today.


We can add a Gospel Choir experience on Sundays, additional hours will be required.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Discover Manhattan: From Central Park to Battery Park

The most popular part of New York City is the area between Central Park and Battery Park. Within those borders are some of the world’s most famous places: the Empire State Building, Chinatown, Grand Central Terminal, the 9/11 Memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge, the South Street Seaport, Washington Square Arch, Little Italy, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square. On tour with a private guide you will see, hear, and explore the city. In some cases you will get out and walk around so you can truly experience Gotham. This tour is customizable. We can focus on art, cuisine, architecture, walking, or a mix of everything.

These are attractions that can be added to your program. We suggest adding at least an additional hour of service for each attraction added.

One World Observatory, One Hour Harbor Cruise and/or National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
One World Observatory and National 9/11 Memorial & Museum Tour

Your private guide will take you to the 9/11 Memorial, a national tribute of remembrance and honor to those who perished in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 2003. You will also explore the National September 11 Museum, the principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11.

Now on the site is One World Trade and your tour will end by ascending to the top and experiencing One World Observatory. Look towards the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit. Take the iconic sights, surrounding waters, panoramic views of the skyline, and beyond from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Please note that this tour is for parties of four or less

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
The Origins of New York City Sightseeing Program

The Origins of New York City Sightseeing Program

New York traces its rich history to Lower Manhattan, the meeting point of the Hudson River and the East River. Originally named Nieuw (New) Amsterdam, New York City began as a small Dutch settlement in what is now known as Lower Manhattan. Broadway, which was then called Heere Straat (Gentleman Street), was nothing but a small road. Wall Street actually had a wall back in 1653 to protect the settlers from attacks. As the city grew, so did the nation. New York was the first capital of the United States and the spot where George Washington was inaugurated is marked by his statue. Over the years, Lower Manhattan has become the financial capital of the world. Today, the streets are teeming with people and filled with stories of New York’s past, present, and future. As you explore Lower Manhattan with your guide, you’ll see the 9/11 Memorial, St. Paul’s Chapel, Battery Park, and Trinity Church as you learn about the history of the Native Americans, Dutch, and English.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
SoHo Sightseeing Program

SoHo Sightseeing Program – From Trendy to Trashy and Back Again


Like most of the developing city in the early years, SoHo (which stands for South of Houston Street – and by the way, it’s pronounced How-ston) started as a small village.  Over time, the neighborhood went from the wealthiest, to the most industrial, to a slum called “Hell’s 100 acres.”  Now it is back to trendy again.  SoHo is one of the most stylish neighborhoods in New York City, with clues of its past around every corner.  Several of its cast iron buildings built in the mid-1800s still stand.  As you explore the area, you will get the feel of its many cobblestone streets.  When artists arrived in SoHo in the 1970s, they began the revival of the neighborhood.  You’ll visit two of SoHo’s famed art galleries, including the Earth Room.  Next to SoHo is NoLIta – which is Northern Little Italy.  The area is home to the old St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  One story in particular your guide will impart is the 1799 murder of Elma Sands, the “Ghost of Spring Street.”

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
High Line, Chelsea Market & Meatpacking District Sightseeing Program

High Line, Chelsea Market & Meatpacking District Sightseeing Program

Until 1958, the building that houses the famous Chelsea Market was a Nabisco factory, and less than 20 years ago, it was used for light manufacturing.

Fifteen years ago, the area known as the Meatpacking District was known for just that, plus some really “interesting” night clubs, and many used the street as a place to do business.

About 10 years ago, the park called the High Line was an abandoned elevated railway and the park was only on paper.

Today, the area is one of the hottest in Manhattan. Chelsea Market has some of the best food purveyors in the city. Bring your appetite and get something to eat. The Meatpacking District, with its cobblestone streets, still has some grit and its checkered past along with all kinds of new development mixed in. You’ll learn a lot from your guide who will point out things only a professional will know. The most important addition to the area has been the High Line Park, which went from urban decay to metropolitan oasis. Walk a portion of the High Line with your guide as she tells you its secrets and stories.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Eating Your Way Through Manhattan: Midtown and Downtown Food Tasting Tour

Eating Your Way Through Manhattan: Midtown and Downtown Food Tasting Program


There is no better way to get to know a city than to eat its food.  Food can be a time machine giving you an experience of the past.  With your private guide, explore Midtown and Downtown Manhattan food sensations and sightseeing covering Hell’s Kitchen, Little Italy, Greenwich Village, and the Lower East Side.  Norwegian smoked salmon (a NYC favorite) and Sicilian cannoli are just a few of the city’s delicious eats.  Throughout the tour you will taste a variety of ethnic treats.  The delectable delights will excite your stomach and are enough for lunch.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Manhattan Holiday Lights Sightseeing Program

Manhattan Holiday Lights Sightseeing Program

During the holidays in New York City there is something special in the air. It is not easy to describe, but it is something you sense when you see the lights, the people, and the hustle and bustle of holiday preparation. All New Yorkers have their favorite spot to “sense” the holidays. The Christmas Markets in Grand Central Station is one and the plaza at Lincoln Center is another. Many like to gaze at the stupendous windows of Macy’s and Sak’s, while the traditionalist will marvel at the wonder of 30,000 lights on the tree at Rockefeller Center. Come along with one of our New York guides and experience the holidays in New York; like no other place for the holidays. Your guide will take you to spots you have only seen in the movies and also their favorite spot, and if you have been nice and not naughty, maybe even reveal a secret or two about the holidays in New York. So, grab your Santa cap and come along for a ride of lights and smiling faces.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
A Cultural Walk Through Little Italy and Chinatown

There are numerous ethnic groups in New York City, but only two have neighborhoods named after them: one is Little Italy, and the other is Chinatown.

Little Italy was formed in the late 1800s as millions of Italian immigrants streamed into the United States. And although nowadays you do not hear much Italian on the street, there are still old school establishments that carry on the traditions.

Chinatown on the other hand is still growing and when you enter it, it is like being transported to another country. All the signs are in Chinese, the languages spoken are all dialects of Chinese, the produce and food shops sell many items you will not recognize. It is submersion into another culture.

Join your guide on this walking tour and find out what is below the surface that makes both these neighborhoods even more unique and intriguing.

Tour will include the following sights and/or stops: Mulberry Street (main drag of Little Italy), Mott Street (main drag of Chinatown), Canal Street, Five Points, Mahayana Buddhist Template, Chatham Square, Columbus Park, First Shearith Israel Graveyard.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Central Park Sightseeing Program

Central Park Sightseeing Program

New York's Backyard

Where else can you see a castle, a sled dog, Alice in Wonderland, a pair of hawks, and a 4,000-year-old obelisk from Egypt in one place? You guessed it: Central Park is more than just a green space in the middle of Manhattan Island; it is an 843-acre oasis 150 years in the making and a favorite retreat for New Yorkers of all walks of life. An essential part of the urban landscape, Central Park is something that no New Yorker could live without. It fits into the Manhattan environment so naturally that many people never realize it is entirely man-made. Follow your guide on the winding paths and over the bridges and through the tunnels, and learn how the architects Olmsted and Vaux created New York’s “backyard.”

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
A Bronx Tale Sightseeing Program

A Bronx Tale Sightseeing Program

The Bronx still surprises even native New Yorkers. Most notably known for its world famous baseball team, it also has beaches, a New England fishing village, a globally recognized zoo, a botanical garden, and countless historic sites. Over the years, it has been home to Tony Curtis, Anne Bancroft, Edgar Allen Poe, Colin Powell, and Ralph Lauren, as well as the many different immigrant groups that have shaped the borough. Step into the Bronx where you and your guide will weave yourselves into yet another thread of the fabric of New York.

Highlights of the tour are: Yankee Stadium (tour can be included), Bronx Zoo (entrance can be included), Arthur Avenue (the real Little Italy), City Island, Wave Hill (entrance and/or tour can be included), New York Botanical Garden (entrance and/or tour can be included).

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Arthur Avenue Food Tasting Program

Arthur Avenue Food Tasting Program

Explore New York’s “Real” Little Italy: the Belmont section of the Bronx along Arthur Avenue where many Italian immigrants settled after building the Bronx Zoo. A proud Bronx resident takes you to some of her most cherished spots to taste some of the best authentic Italian treats available in New York. See the ribbons of fresh pasta, warm, fresh mozzarella being made before your eyes, and cigars being rolled by hand. Munch on cheese, sweet cannoli, and many more delicious tastings!

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Queens Sightseeing Program

Queens Sightseeing Program

Astoria, as you might guess, was named for millionaire merchant John Jacob Astor, in the hopes that America’s then-richest man might bestow some of his fortune on this area of northwestern Queens. He eventually invested $500 in the area, but reportedly never set foot there. Today, Astoria is one of New York City’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods and home to cultural institutions, food destinations, and shopping. Known primarily as a traditionally Greek neighborhood, Astoria is home to a significant number of residents of Italian, Brazilian, Baltic, Irish, and Egyptian descent, as well as a new set of émigrés – young, hip, creative types drawn to the neighborhood’s affordable housing, inexpensive amenities, and short commute to Manhattan. There is much to enjoy in the neighborhood.

A visit to the Museum of the Moving Image and/or the Louis Armstrong House Museum can be added to the tour.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Lower East Side Sightseeing Program

Lower East Side Sightseeing Program

Where Did Grandma Come From?

Discover how the Lower East Side evolved as it welcomed wave after wave of immigrants, including the Irish, Germans, Eastern Europeans, Italians, Chinese, and Latin Americans. Learn about life in the tenements in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You will see what people endured to come to America and learn how they lived, worked, and made the best of what they had. Every culture that passed through the Lower East Side has left its mark; discover an intact synagogue from 1887, and another synagogue that is now a Buddhist temple. Before the arrival of the immigrants, the area was a farmland. In fact, Orchard Street on the Lower East Side was named for what it once ran through: Mr. de Lancy’s orchards. Several stops will be made along the way to illustrate the area’s rich history.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
New York's Big Three Sightseeing Program

New York's Big Three Three Sightseeing Program

Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park: these three sights make up one of the most popular triangles in the world. All within walking distance of one another, they are three of the most visited places in New York City. This walking tour will take you to each location, showing specific highlights and pointing out well-known locations from television and motion pictures.

Central Park

More than just a green space in the middle of Manhattan Island, it is an 843-acre oasis, 150 years in the making, and a favorite retreat for New Yorkers. An essential part of the urban landscape, Central Park is a place no New Yorker can live without. You will follow your guide on the park’s winding paths, over the bridges, through the tunnels, and learn how the architects Olmsted and Vaux created New York’s “backyard”.

Times Square

Also known as “The Great White Way”, located at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Don’t let the name fool you, it is actually more a triangle of intersecting major streets. It got its name when the NY Times building was built there, long before it was a showcase of neon lights and jumbo digital screens, and the name has stuck ever since.

Rockefeller Center

Located in the center of Midtown Manhattan and a complex of 19 commercial buildings, it is NYC’s top tourist attraction. John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s resolution to make Rockefeller Center contemporary and innovative can be felt with every artwork and attraction.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Greenwich Village Sightseeing Program

Greenwich Village Sightseeing Program

The Quaint Streets Beyond the Grid

Greenwich Village is among Manhattan’s most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. With stunning street grids, societal conventions, and commercial developers, the West Village has proudly displayed its hard-won heritage for centuries. You will be lead through some of the neighborhood’s most enchanting sites, revealing extraordinary histories, architectural delights, and secrets unknown even to many New Yorkers. Stroll along genteel Commerce Street, with its restored Federal-style residences and historic Cherry Lane Theater. Around the corner on Bedford Street, view a former speakeasy which discreetly plied its boozy trade during the 1920s Prohibition era. Pass by one of the narrowest pieces of real estate on the island of Manhattan on Grove Street. Your tour includes sights of historical significance and your guide has stories to share with you about each.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Skyscrapers Sightseeing Program

The Skyscrapers of Midtown

Few city skylines are as recognizable as that of New York City. The Empire State Building, MetLife Building, Chrysler Building, and other iconic structures have featured prominently in film and television and have become part of America’s national identity.

On this fully guided tour, you will visit skyscrapers of every style, shape, and size. Learn why there are skyscrapers in some areas and not others, and why the Empire State Building used to be called the Empty State Building. The tour ends at Rockefeller Center, where you can take a trip to the top of the Rock, the 70th floor observation deck, if you wish.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Family Vacations • Sightseeing
"Star"-chitecture Sightseeing Program

"Star"-chitecture Sightseeing Program

Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano: these and other so-called “Starchitects” are transforming Manhattan by creating memorable new museums, corporate headquarters, and high-rise apartments.

Join your architectural historian for a three-hour tour of some of the city’s most talked-about architecture. Many of the buildings are by Pritzker Prize-winning laureates from around the globe. You’ll view cutting edge designs that display striking shapes, unusual materials, and a number of environmentally-conscious works that have received LEED platinum ratings, such a Thom Mayne’s stunning new academic building in the East Village for the Cooper Union and Norman Foster’s crystalline Hearst Tower near Columbus Circle.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Manhattan by Subway

Real New Yorkers get around by subway and today, so will you. In fact, by the end of the day you will be swiping your MetroCard like a local. Start with a ride to Lower Manhattan and stop at Battery Park, which offers vistas of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Walk up Broadway and see the Bull, Bowling Green, Fearless Girl, Federal Hall, New York Stock Exchange, Trinity Church, and the National September 11 Memorial. Jump on the subway to Greenwich Village and see the famous Washington Square Arch and the main campus of the most expensive college in the USA, New York University. Your next ride will take you to Bryant Park, once a “no-go” location for even locals but now a prime destination for food, drinks, and shopping. Its eastern border is the main branch of the New York Public Library, a must-see when in Manhattan. Your final ride will take you to Central Park for a stroll on its idyllic paths.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Brooklyn Heights Sightseeing Program

Brooklyn Heights Sightseeing Program

A Neighborhood of History

One of the best-kept secrets of the City of New York is Brooklyn Heights, a beautiful district in Brooklyn. Some historians call it one of the first suburbs in the United States. Brooklyn Heights is unique as it radiates a hometown atmosphere while situated right next door to one of the most recognizable cityscapes in the world. In 1964, Brooklyn Heights was the first area designated as a New York City Historic District; you will understand why as you see Federal style homes built in the 1820s, brick and brownstone homes from the 1830s and 1840s, and two Italianate mansions that overlook Pierrepont Street.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Broook-lyyyn Sightseeing Program

Broook-lyyyn Sightseeing Program

Traditional and hip, city and suburb, historic and cutting edge, cultured and gritty; Brooklyn is a city unto itself (if it were to be a separate city, it would be one of the most populated in the USA and maybe the most culturally diverse). It is home to the neighborhoods of DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Park, Park Slope, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Promenade overlooking Lower Manhattan. Come discover what so many New Yorkers already know: Brooklyn is the real crossroads of the world.

A ride on Jane's Carousel can be added.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Brooklyn Epicurious Neighborhoods Food Tasting Program

Brooklyn Epicurious Neighborhoods Food Tasting Program

See and taste at four venues across several neighborhoods. You’ll enjoy panoramic sky-line views, street walks, free time for browsing/shopping, and – of course – classic conversations on ethnic diversity, changing trends, and anything else that seems timely and appropriate. Our venues include a chocolatier in DUMBO, famous Brooklyn pizza, and a trip to the Middle East.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Chelsea: Chelsea Market, High Line, and Galleries Sightseeing Program

Chelsea Market, High Line, and Galleries Sightseeing Program

This Chelsea tour begins with an exploration of the Chelsea Market – learning about its history as the Nabisco factory (the birthplace of the Oreo in 1912!) and its creative conversion into a destination for food lovers.

A stroll on the High Line follows. The transformation of this abandoned elevated railway into a public park is discussed, along with spectacular views of the surrounding architecture and unique works of art created specifically for the structure. The tour finishes with visits to selected art galleries featuring the work of cutting-edge and established artists.

Chelsea boasts the greatest concentration of galleries anywhere. Situated in formerly industrial spaces, they feature the work of cutting-edge and established artists. Enjoy a lecture about the exhibitions as well as insight into the art business and collecting.

Offered by: Urban Adventures
Location: New York, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: Snack
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts
New York Times Journeys - Tokyo: Past, Present and Reused

Your tour begins in Tokyo’s electronics heartland, known as Electric Town, at the J.R. Akihabara railway station. We’ll stroll through the frenetic, neon-lit streets to nearby Manseibashi Station, where we will stop to admire and discuss how the city has cleverly repurposed many of its old buildings. Built in 1912, the original station was destroyed by an earthquake in 1923, leaving only its platform and some stairs, which remain today. The rebuilt station was then closed in 1943 and has been spookily nicknamed “the Ghost Station.” Re-generation occurred in 2013 after the station was transformed into a collection of trendy boutiques and restaurants known as mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi, which the trains still regularly pass through, giving this shopping mall a quirky edge! Next, we will head towards the Hitachino Brewing Lab to find out more about the Japanese craft beer boom.

This historic company has been making sake since the early 19th century, and started making beer in 1994. We will taste some of the 10 craft beers that are available on tap, paired with some delicious local snacks, and chat to the brewery staff about how their beer is made. A walk through the larger-than-life Akihabara neighbourhood follows. The buildings here are a riot of color, proudly displaying anime images almost everywhere you go! Stop to take a group picture inside a quirky photo booth that will make you look like an anime character yourself, with big eyes and perfect skin. We’ll arrive at 2K540 Aki-Oka Artisan, an urban space under the train tracks that used to be a car park but is now home to 50 shops and cafes. The retail offering focuses on artisan products from across the country, so it’s a great place to peruse for meaningful souvenirs to take home. We will stop at Nocra, renowned for its lifelike wooden toys from the north of Japan. T We will spend some time with Pepper, learn about the processes that go into developing these high-tech robots and interact with them in English. A short subway ride will take us into the heart of Tokyo, where we will pass by the Imperial Palace.

The emperor and empress of Japan reside behind the pretty moats that surround it, with 300 police officers and more than a thousand staff members on hand to support them! Godzilla is next on our Tokyo agenda, no doubt the unspoken icon of the city for nearly a century. Tokyo is fascinated by Godzilla and isn’t shy about celebrating his notoriety, with statues and street art dedicated to him all over the city. We will check out the latest Godzilla statue to spring up; this 2018 statue, modelled on a 2016 movie, replaced a 1995 version (like we said, Godzilla is much loved in Tokyo!). Finally, after a busy afternoon of sightseeing, we will settle in at Matsuso, a typical izakaya (a kind of Japanese pub). Like many izakaya, it’s nestled under the train tracks, allowing commuters to stop in for a quick drink or a snack on their way home from work. We will sit down with the bar owner, who previously worked in real estate, to chat about his business and what makes this location under the train tracks so special to the locals. New York Times Reading List: In Tokyo, Stories on Their Wrists An Unassuming Tokyo Enclave Is Having Its Moment A Japanese Street Wear Designer Wins LVMH’s Prize for Emerging Talent From Hiroshima to Tule Lake, Films About Japan and America In Rural Japan, Lifting a Shrine and Building a Friendship In Pursuit of Cartoonish Perfection in a Japanese Rice Bowl Review: ‘Ascent’ of Mount Fuji, Guided by Over 4,000 Images

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 4 Hours 15 Minutes
Meals: Lunch
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
Private Bike Tour of Central Park Ending with a Picnic Lunch

Private Bike Tour of Central Park

What could be better than a guided bike ride in Central Park, the first landscaped public park in the USA? Your guide, a city-licensed professional, rides alongside you and shows you all that the park has to offer: Bethesda Fountain, hidden waterfalls, cast-iron bridges, movie scenes, celebrity homes, and skyscrapers, all while passing beneath many of the park’s 26,000 trees. You’ll learn the history of New York City, told in terms of the development of the city and its parks. You’ll bike right up to Strawberry Fields, the memorial to the life of John Lennon, to see the famous building where he lived, and much more! The bike tour is two hours.

Picnic Lunch

The Gold Picnic is one of our personalized, butler-serviced picnics. We create a personalized picnic experience that includes the best meats, cheeses, fresh fruit, and crudités New York City has to offer, just for you, and we never forget something special for dessert. When you arrive at your picnic spot, one of our picnic experts will have everything set up, ready and waiting for you. When you’re finished, simply walk away. We take care of the clean up!

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 45 Minutes
Meals: Snack
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park with Hot Chocolate and Cookies

Meet your horse and carriage at the corner of 59th Street and 5th Avenue.  Take a leisurely ride through Central Park, seeing the South End Quadrant (Central Park South to the Lake, just north of Terrace Drive), which includes the views from the small loop plus Balto’s Statue, Summer Stage, Conservatory Water, the Bandshell, Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Chery Hill, the Lake, Strawberry Fields, the Dakota building where John Lennon lived, Tavern on the Green, Sheep Meadow, and Columbus Circle.  The carriage ride is 45 minutes.  During the ride you will be met by your hot chocolate concierge who will have homemade hot chocolate and cookies for you.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 5 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sightseeing Program

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sightseeing Program


Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States.  It is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy.  The views of the Statue from the water are breathtaking and reminiscent of what immigrants first saw entering New York Harbor.


Ellis Island

Ellis Island opened in 1892 and was the entry point for European immigrants for more than 60 years.  Twelve million people passed through the halls that are now the historical Ellis Island Immigration Museum.  Walk through the Great Hall as the new Americans once did – ancestors of more than half of the US population.  You can search for your family surname on the American Immigrant wall of Honor.  With over 600,000 entries, it is the longest wall of names in the world.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 6 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Coney Island & Little Odessa Sightseeing Program

Coney Island & Little Odessa Sightseeing Program

Drive to Manhattan Beach, the more upscale neighborhood of Brighton Beach, with its beautiful single-family homes form the late 19th century. You will begin to think that you are no longer in New York, but a Russian city. The shops’ signage is in a foreign alphabet and the markets are full of Russian-made goods. Besides the ethnic attraction, it was also the childhood home of writer/producer/comedian Mel Brooks and playwright Neil Simon, who put the neighborhood on the stage with Brighton Beach Memoirs. Your guide will take you through the historic sights and shops.

As you enter the ever-popular, world-famous Coney Island, the first thing you will notice is that it’s not an island. Coney Island was connected to Brooklyn with landfill in 1920; now it is best known for hotdogs, amusement parks, and the Cyclone. Coney Island is full of iconic history that has created the legend it’s become. You will walk along the famous boardwalk and even dip a toe in the Atlantic Ocean.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 6 Hours
Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Air & Helicopter Tours • Cruises & Water Tours • Family Vacations • Food & Wine • Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons • Sightseeing
New York City by Land, Sea, and Air

The excitement begins when you meet your guide, car, and driver at your hotel to start. You will experience New York City today by land, sea, and air. Start off with a short sightseeing tour on the way to the pier to board your yacht.

Say goodbye to the crowds, lines, and hassles of boarding a public sightseeing cruise; your private yacht awaits. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast while you cruise by the World Trade Center, Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Intrepid, and so much more. On board, your private guide will be there to share stories about New York City and its harbor, and point out interesting sites.

After your private cruise, proceed to the heliport to get a bird’s eye view of New York City. Experience a new perspective on this incomparable city on a 30-minute helicopter tour. You’ll see wonders like the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, and other famous landmarks. It will be an everlasting memory for you on your special trip to New York City.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 6 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Islands & Beaches • Sightseeing
The Hamptons Experience

A two-and-a-half-hour drive from New York City or a 30-minute helicopter ride will whisk you to a wonderland of opulence, exquisite scenery, magical forests, world class beaches and charming villages known as The Hamptons, the playground of the rich and famous.

Your guide will escort you through the historic Southampton Village, the oldest English settlement in New York State, through former farmlands, now the location of the estates of its celebrated residents. A stop at America’s Number 1 beach – Cooper’s Beach is a must. Taking a stroll on Cooper’s is a sublime experience and affords a firsthand look at where Southampton Village’s residents like to relax, enjoy a swim or eat at its renowned café. From there, your journey will take you to the heart of Southampton Village’s shopping district where your guide will point out Village landmarks including, Hildreth’s, America’s oldest department store, the charming boutiques of Job’s Lane and the delightful eateries that line the tree lined and lushly planted streets. From Southampton Village you will travel the route to Conscience Point, the location where the English settlers landed in 1640. A short walk to the Point gives you the opportunity to take in the natural beauty of Southampton’s Peconic Bay. Our journey continues to Sag Harbor, once the center of the whaling industry, now the home of historic neighborhoods, fabulous yachts, excellent restaurants and wonderful shops. There is an option to stop at the Whaling Museum where you will hear the amazing history of whaling in Sag Harbor and or the Whaler’s Church. Lunch will be in Sag Harbor Village where there is the largest concentration of restaurants in the Hamptons including the historic American Hotel among many other fine eateries. The tour continues to Sagaponack, America’s most expensive zip code as well as Bridgehampton. Once again we will travel past some of the most beautiful homes in the country. From Steven Spielberg to Ina Garten, your guide will be sure to tell you who lives in many of the homes on the route. While in East Hampton and if time permits, we will stop at the Ladies Village Improvement Society Thrift Shop where many celebrated locals donate items that are practically new. A purchase from this famed thrift store is the perfect souvenir of your day in the Hamptons and helps sustain National Geographic’s description of East Hampton as one of the most beautiful Villages in the United States.

As there are many touring options on the East End of Long Island encompassing the Villages that are known as The Hamptons and the North Fork, home of 40 wineries, tours can be tailored to your interests. From private gardens to renowned museums and galleries and high profile social and cultural events, a visit to the East of Long Island will be a memorable experience.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
FDR Presidential Library & Museum, Walkway Over the Hudson & Madava Farms

A Day in the Hudson Valley

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

“All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River.”- FDR

This quote captures FDR’s connection to Springwood, the estate that he loved and the place he considered home. The first US Presidential Library was started by FDR here. Visit the home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum to learn about the only President elected to four terms.

Walkway Over The Hudson

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is a linear walkway spanning the Hudson River. At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, it is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The park is managed and maintained by NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - Taconic Region. Walkway State Park officially opened to the public on Saturday, October 3, 2009.

Crown Maple at Madava Farms

The home of Crown Maple, Madava Farms is situated on 800 acres of pristine, sustainably managed land in Dutchess County, New York, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Its century-old sugar and red maples have ideal terroir and seasonal weather conditions to produce a superior sap for maple sugaring. It is also home to the most advanced maple syrup production facility in the country, where the pure sap collected from the eco-friendly maple groves meets the latest in green, organic production techniques to produce a distinct and versatile product. Madava Farms offers many vistas from which to enjoy breathtaking seasonal colors and views across the Hudson and Harlem Valleys, and is a unique experience. (one-hour tour)

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Exploring the Boroughs of New York City Sightseeing Program

Exploring the Boroughs of New York City Sightseeing Program

Harlem

Almost a city unto itself, Harlem is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world. Founded by the Dutch in 1658, Harlem was once farmland and the first US home of hundreds of thousands of European immigrants. The center of New York City’s African American culture, Harlem is a diverse neighborhood with a vibrant and influential history. Your fully guided tour explores the changing face of Harlem, with special focus on the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. A literary, music, drama, and art revival in Harlem, the Renaissance period cultivated and nurtured the talents of great jazz musicians like Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, and authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and W.E.B. Du Bois. Home to the famed Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, the effect of the Harlem Renaissance can still be felt in America’s artistic and cultural life today.

Bronx

The Bronx is the only borough actually connected to the North American continent. It gets its name from the Bronx River, named for Jonas Bronck, one of the first settlers in the 1600s. The Bronx continues to surprise even native New Yorkers. Most notably known for its world-famous baseball team, it also has beaches, a globally recognized zoo, a botanical garden, and countless historic sites. Over the years, it has been home to Tony Curtis, Anne Bancroft, Edgar Allen Poe, Colin Powell, and Ralph Lauren, as well as the many different immigrant groups that have shaped the borough. Step into the Bronx and you will weave yourself into yet another thread of the fabric of New York.

Brooklyn

As you depart the Bronx for Brooklyn, the route will take you through Queens, driving by Citi-Field (where the Mets play baseball), the Billie Jean King Tennis Complex (home of the US Open), and Flushing-Corona Park (home of the 1939 World’s Fair Globe). Arrive in Brooklyn, the real crossroads of the word. Traditional and hip, city and suburb, historic and cutting edge, cultured and gritty, Brooklyn is a city unto itself (if it were to be a separate city, it would be one of the most populated in the USA and maybe the most culturally diverse). Once the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, it is now the new home of the Nets basketball team, playing at the brand-new Barclays Center. You and your guide enter at the northern edge and travel through Williamsburg (including the large Hasidic Community), Ft. Greene, Brooklyn Heights, and DUMBO.

Highlights: Apollo Theater, 125th Street, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, History of Jazz Music, Yankee Stadium, Arthur Avenue, Grand Concourse, Brooklyn Bridge, Barclays Center, Fulton Ferry Park, Views of the Manhattan Skyline.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 9 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Hudson Valley, History & Mansions

A Day in the Hudson Valley

Visit historic Hyde Park with a grand tour of both Roosevelt homes and a visit to one of the masterpieces of the Gilded Age. Your Hudson Valley guide will detail the area’s human history, geology, wine making, and more.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

“All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River.”- FDR

This quote captures FDR’s connection to Springwood, the estate that he loved and the place he considered home. The first US Presidential Library was started by FDR here. Visit the home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum to learn about the only President elected to four terms.

Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Staatsburgh State Historic Site was the elegant country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills. Sitting atop a grassy hill overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, their house is a fine example of a great estate built by America’s financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age. In the 1890s, Mr. and Mrs. Mills commissioned the prestigious New York City architectural firm of McKim Mead and White to remodel and enlarge their home. A year later, the house had been transformed from a 25-room Greek Revival style home into a Beaux-Arts mansion of 65 rooms and 14 bathrooms.

Offered by: Beyond Times Square
Location: New York City, NY United States
Length: 9 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy • Wheelchair Acceesible
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Lyndhurst Mansion, Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate & Union Church

A Day in the Hudson Valley

Lyndhurst Mansion

Lyndhurst, a historic site of the National Trust, is one of the great domestic landmarks of America. A visit to the house and its 67-acre park is a must for all who are interested in 19th-century architecture, decorative arts, and landscape design. Lyndhurst was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892) in the gothic revival style. Davis completed this first phase in 1842, and designed much of the furniture. In 1864, Lyndhurst's owner hired Davis to more than double its size.

Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate

Kykuit is a preeminent Hudson Valley landmark. For architecture, remarkable gardens, art, history, and spectacular scenery, a trip to Kykuit is simply amazing. This hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. His business acumen made him, in his day, the richest man in America. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this extraordinary landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained for more than 100 years.

Union Church

Visitors marvel at the colorful rose window created for the church by Henri Matisse. The design for the window was his last work of art before his death in 1954. The commission, spearheaded by Nelson A. Rockefeller, honors the memory of his mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Mrs. Rockefeller, one of the founders of the Museum of Modern Art, admired Matisse, collected his work, and entertained him in her home in New York City.

The glorious Good Samaritan window by Marc Chagall is a memorial to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller's husband, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Their son David Rockefeller masterminded the commission in 1963, which later expanded to include all eight windows in the nave of the church.

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