NYSee Tours offers you two distinct tours, with the full rundown on each below.
What sets us apart? We’re one of the only New York City touring companies to provide our guests with a combination walking/riding tour. You’ll ride with us in comfort, then dive deep into the city when we walk the streets, where you’ll experience the genuine excitement and breadth of New York.
And did you know some of the big touring companies in New York have eliminated their guides and mechanized their tours? NYSee Tours believes in the value of a living, breathing guide; someone who knows his or her history, but brings personal anecdotes, passion and humor to the table. Simply put, we don’t hand you a pair of headphones when you hand us your ticket. Our excursions are animated and alive, so you can live and breathe New York City.
The Get Acquainted Tour — a perfect balance between riding in a small comfortable vehicle and walking, where we'll get out to explore enchanting Central Park, the mansions of the Gilded Age along Fifth Avenue, and then down to the remarkable Grand Central Station to see one of the most beautiful buildings in the world — and this is just the first half of your tour.
After a short lunch at Chelsea Market, where you can indulge your taste for chocolate, sushi, crepes, delectable grilled cheese sandwiches, lobster rolls, to name a few, we'll walk our meal off on the wondrous High-Line, an elegantly landscaped urban walkway built on a disused railroad trestle, stretching from Greenwich Village to 34th Street.
Our excursion continues through The Village, a unique part of town that was actually one of Gotham's first suburbs, with cobblestone streets lined with beautiful homes, some even dating from the early 1800's. Emma Lazarus, Bob Dylan, Edith Wharton, Cary Grant, and Dylan Thomas have called the Village home. Today, Julia Roberts, Anderson Cooper, and Anna Wintour, to name a few, reside here.
To travel south on the Island of New York is to head back through time to the epoch of the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam. The Financial District, Wall Street, and the winding streets and alleys of lower Manhattan are the oldest parts of the city. We will pass through these areas as we make our way over to the Winter Garden to view the new World Trade Center.
We end our journey by whisking you uptown on the Subway for the quintessential New York experience, and give you a lesson or two on Subway etiquette and safety.
The Two Borough Tour - NYSee Tours now offers an engaging new tour from Midtown Manhattan, to the 9/11 Memorial through Lower Manhattan, the Financial District and then to one of the most picturesque spots in Gotham, Brooklyn Bridge Park and DUMBO, a neighborhood of beautiful homes and one of New York’s premier art district. Our mode of transportation: The NY Water Taxi and by foot. From neighborhood to neighborhood, we’ll take to the water, riding the waves of the Hudson and East river that divides the boroughs of NYC.
New York City has so many diverse facets that layer its character. Our tour unearths this very experience. See the city from the water, and on the streets; from the dense, soaring skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan to the small-town, country feel of Brooklyn. It’s about digging into New York to discover the spectrum of personality this city holds.
Our tour – we meet at the NYC Water Taxi at Pier 84, with tickets for the boat and WTC memorial in hand, and sail down the Hudson River to Battery Park. The skyline view of the West Side of Manhattan is majestic, and is best appreciated from a journey down the river.
We disembark at the southernmost point of Manhattan, near the historic Castle Clinton, just footsteps from the waterfront. Having just celebrated its 200th anniversary, this National Monument has evolved from a fort built to defend New York City from the British during the war of 1812, to an opera house, the New York City Aquarium, and now the point of departure to the Statue of Liberty. There is a small museum in Castle Clinton where we’ll see intricately detailed dioramas of Manhattan from three key points in history, to afford you a potent grasp of the city’s evolution.
After a stroll through Battery Park, we’ll stop at the historic Flagpole on lower Broadway to give you a feeling of how the area developed from South to North during its Dutch, and later, British rule. We’ll pay a short visit the Museum of the American Indian, an architectural gem just steps from Battery Park on the site of the original Dutch Fort of New Amsterdam.
Our walk continues up through the Canyon Of Heroes (Broadway), stopping at the famed Wall Street Bull and historic Trinity Church, ultimately arriving at the World Trade Center Memorial.
Considering what transpired on 9/11, the WTC Memorial is a place that has been transformed into a sanctuary of tranquility and reverence. We, as New Yorkers, are proud of this accomplishment, and are honored to share this powerful encounter with our guests.
After leaving the 9/11 Memorial, we’ll wend our way through the winding and narrow, historic streets of the Financial District over to Pier 17 on the East River to board the Water Taxi. There we’ll leap across the East River to experience…Brooklyn.
Upon hitting the shore, we dive deep into DUMBO, situated between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Lined with old warehouses, art galleries, local boutiques, hip eateries, and dramatic views of Manhattan, this historic neighborhood transports you to a completely different universe from the first half of the tour. We’ll stroll the streets, with some stops along the way like Brooklyn Bridge Park and Jane’s Carousel, a beautifully restored old-style amusement park ride.
After we grab a couple of slices of pizza or sandwiches, we’ll head down to Brooklyn Beach to chow down and enjoy the views of Manhattan. We’ll then return to our old friend, the Water Taxi, for the journey back up the Hudson to Pier 84. This time, though, we’ll ride right by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for an opportunity to take some up-close photographs.
By boat and by foot through two distinct boroughs, we hope to leave you with an experience of New York you may not have expected, but with a sense of the authentic range of personality this city has.