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10 top tours for New York City

Finally, spring is in the air, and New York City's warmer-weather sites are ready to be explored which can be daunting tasks for any visitor. The 10 tours featured here, in our seasonal slideshow, offer views of New York City's historical spots, exciting attractions and tours to places that are off the beaten path. Read on for more of our springtime picks.

Manhattan Helicopters 
Get a bird's-eye view of Manhattan's famous skyline Manhattan Helicopters which take visitors to the sky on tours which depart from a downtown platform. These tours showcase iconic landmarks, like Times Square and Central Park. Along the way, you'll glide by the nearly complete Freedom Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building and views of Brooklyn and Staten Island. Tours run approximately 15 to 30 minutes long and are narrated. You'll want to bring your camera along for the ride.

Spirit of New York
These three-deck ships accommodate up to 600 passengers for lunch and dinner cruises that pass the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Governors Island and travel under the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges before returning to Chelsea Piers. Take in the Manhattan skyline from the cruiser's spacious deck, then indulge in a buffet packed with options like tilapia, lemon-basil chicken and pasta primavera and of course dance until you dock.

Explore New York With Martha 

Strap on some comfortable shoes and take a springtime stroll with Manhattan-based tour guide Martha Lanzillotti, who offers numerous itineraries tailored to the needs of both groups and individuals alike. Choose from tours of culture-heavy neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, Little Italy and Chinatown or site-specific options that explore areas such as the Garment Center.

A Taste of Harlem Food Tours

Harlem is one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in NYC. With historic music venues, lounges and eateries, plus an influx of new restaurants, there's a lot to take in here. Harlem is home to restaurants serving tasty soul food, classic Southern fare, as well as cuisine from Africa, the Caribbean and France. You'll see beaux arts homes, theaters and parks in the area, too.

Artigo Tours LLC
New York City is full of galleries and studios that are unknown even to locals. Artigo Tours offers behind-the-scenes art walks through art-friendly neighborhoods including Chelsea, DUMBO, Bushwick and Long Island City. The Fisher Landau Center for Art, The Museum of Modern Art and Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Chelsea are among the many spots that can be included on these visually stimulating expeditions.

MCNY Bronx Historical Tours 
These guided jaunts explore the culturally diverse neighborhoods of Woodlawn (also known as Little Ireland) and Arthur Avenue (the borough's own Little Italy). In Woodlawn visitors will taste unique ales from a number of pubs, while a tour of Arthur Avenue offers wine and cheese samples. Other highlights include weekend trips that cover the Grand Concourse and its historic sites, as well as a tour of the Bronx's finest pizza choices. They also supply a wealth of fascinating information about Yankee Stadium, The Bronx Museum of the Arts and the real-life neighborhood where the movie A Bronx Talewas filmed.

New York's Finest Walking Tours 
Tried and true (blue) New Yorker and former NYPD lieutenant Paul Murphy offers an exclusive perspective on New York City neighborhoods. Murphy takes visitors to spots such as Grand Central Terminal and Greenwich Village, providing historical information and details about infamous crimes and NYC folklore. Highlights of the Greenwich Village tour include a visit to Aaron Burr's carriage house, the Hangman's Elm in Washington Square Park and NYC's smallest piece of private real estate.

Urban Oyster Tours 
An expert tour guide will take you to areas brimming with local microbreweries, restaurants, and mom-and-pop shops. If you have an appetite for something beyond the mainstream, artisanal markets and Italian and Middle Eastern eateries should take care of that, too

The Wall Street Experience
If finance and architecture appeal to you, then it's worth checking out The Wall Street Experience. Notable landmarks—including the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Bank and Wall Street—are covered through a number of tours that range from two to five hours in length.

Stray Boots Scavenger Hunts 
Stray Boots Scavenger Hunts offers a scavenger-hunt-style sightseeing experience called New York: The Game. The Game transforms sightseeing from a passive experience into an engaging, interactive exploration of New York’s sights and streets. Participants pick a neighborhood (or museum) they want to “play” and receive clues, tasks and other challenges on their own cell phones.


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