10 Best Viator Tours In New York City - Updated 2024

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New York City is the most crowded cosmopolitan city in the United States with iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, indie boutiques, trendy coffee shops, and iconic bakeries. The city offers a complete blend of culture that pervades through the city’s distinctive neighborhoods and boroughs. As a densely populated city, New York has something for every traveler starting from its rich art and culture, theatre and fashion to marquee galleries, trendy bars and a host of architectural wonders that will keep you asking for more. The city invites you to create your own urban adventure and discover ways to spend your time in the city that never sleeps. There are endless options in the city for exploring. Below is a short guide of the best Viator tours in New York City.

1. Group Tour of Catacombs by Candlelight (from USD 38.0)

Explore the secrets of the Basilica St. Patrick’s old cathedral in a 90-minute group tour and traverse through the popular landmarks of the church. Meet your travel guide at a notified destination, follow them through the church and learn about the accomplishments of this unique historical landmark. It is the place where you can find the organs and other important features and unveil the famous resting place of New Yorkers past.

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New York City Catacombs Tour by Candlelight

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

2482 reviews

2. NYC One World Observatory Skip-the-Line Ticket (from USD 35.0)

Ride on top of the tallest building in the western hemisphere and witness the amazing skyline of New York City in the One World Observatory. It’s an amazing experience as you climb high to 102 stories in the skypod, and see the astonishing transformation of the city’s skyline through centuries of history. You can learn about the construction of the skyscraper offering sweeping views of the city and at the same time, explore the restaurants and cafes in the One World Observatory and experience the city from a different perspective.

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NYC One World Trade Center Observatory Skip-the-Line Ticket

Duration: 2 hours

2348 reviews

3. American Museum of Natural History (from USD 28.0)

Located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the American Museum of Natural History is the world’s largest scientific and cultural museum. The museum highlights the diverse wonders of the planets with over 33 million specimens of animals, plants, fossils, human remains, and artifacts on display. Visitors can purchase a general admission ticket and can also purchase an upgraded ticket to access the various space shows in the IMAX films, Hayden Planetarium, and other seasonal exhibitions.

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New York City American Museum of Natural History Admission

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

1581 reviews

4. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour (from USD 44.0)

The four-hour guided tour allows you to explore the two popular sites—the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Start your journey by boarding a ferry to Liberty Island. Explore this iconic tower of America and learn about the history before heading to Ellis Island and learn about the stairs of separation, and view the inside of the immigration museum.

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour NYC

Duration: 3 to 5 hours

9334 reviews

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5. Washington DC Day Trip from New York (from USD 179.0)

Enjoy a day tour exploring the top sights in the capital city. A van or a double-decker bus will take you around the town sightseeing the popular landmarks of the city such as the Washington Monument, White House, Lincoln Memorial, observatories, theatres, and museums. Explore the city like never before and experience the joy of exploring the popular sites.

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Washington D.C. Monuments and Memorials Day Trip from New York

Duration: 11 to 13 hours

1992 reviews

6. Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour (from USD 58.0)

Explore the popular landmarks and major attractions of this cosmopolitan city with a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour. Just grab your seat in the bus as it zips around the city passing through the popular sites such as the Empire State Building, the colorful and vibrant Times Square, the bustling lanes of China Town and learn about the history of the popular sites from the onboard tour guide. You can even choose to upgrade your ticket to a premium one to explore the Brooklyn loop or a night tour.

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New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Big Bus Tour

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

4072 reviews

7. Memorial Museum Admission (from USD 33.0)

Make a visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum to pay homage to the victims who lost their lives in the terror attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001. Through a guided tour you can explore the diverse artifacts and multi-media displays that commemorate the stories of 3000 people who lost their lives during the attack. You can also learn from the photographs and audio-recordings of family and friends of the past souls.

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Lower Manhattan New York City 9/11 Memorial Museum Admission

Duration: 2 hours

5164 reviews

8. Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York (from USD 249.0)

Experience an ethereal view of Ney York’s skyline in a short 15-minute helicopter tour. This enigmatic tour allows you to enjoy great views of the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center, the Chrysler Building, the George Washington Bridge and Central Park. As you tour through the skyline, the pilot will give you a commentary of all the iconic attractions of the city.

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New York City Small-Group Big Apple Helicopter Tour

Duration: 12 to 15 minutes

1673 reviews

9. Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Experience and Top of the Rock Observation Deck (from USD 109.0)

rockefeller center ice skating experience and top of the rock observation deck
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The 1.5-hour VIP tour allows you to experience the iconic ice skating at the Rockefeller Center and enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the Big Apple and Central Park from the Top of the Rock. You can make your way to the Rockefeller Center away from the crowd and explore the diverse exhibits of the diverse historic stories and artifacts of Rock’s past.

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Viator VIP: Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Experience and Top of the Rock Observation Deck

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10. Viator VIP tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (from USD 199.0)

Explore the Met museum on a VIP tour conducted by Viator for 1.5 hours. Head inside and explore the popular exhibits with your own private tour guide before it’s open to the general public. You can check out the key highlights of the place and even take snaps without any crowd. This conducted tour helps you have a unique experience with a limited number of people.

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VIP: NYC EmptyMet Tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

171 reviews

Exploring the city of New York

The populous city of New York will take you by surprise with its iconic landmarks, vibrant culture, the towering skyscrapers and diverse options starting from boutiques, fashion, and theaters to famous bakeries and trendy coffee shops. There are endless options for every traveler to explore this amazing city of New York. Check out our suggested Viator guided tours to help you make the most of it during your visit to this happening city of America.

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Sudarsana, a freelance writer, has an affinity for traveling to diverse destinations and exploring various cultures.

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