New York (June 29, 2010) – As a melting pot of travel activities—from TV & Movie tours and food trips to helicopter rides and Niagara Falls excursions, New York City consistently ranks among the top destinations of travelers on City-Discovery.com. To help its customers stay informed about activities and attractions in New York this summer, City-Discovery continues its series of top 10 things to do in the City that Never Sleeps.
The travel website announced that TV and movie hotspots dominate the top 10 New York picks on City-Discovery.com, a travel website of over 5000 tours and attractions across the globe. Also in the top 10 are helicopter rides, island cruises, Brooklyn pizza stops, photo tours, Niagara excursions, and authentic Harlem experiences.
Top 10 Summer Activities in and around New York City
See behind the scenes of famous movies and TV shows
On Location Tours featuring TV and Movie Sites as well as Sex and the City Hotspots lead the list of favorite things to do in the Big Apple. Bus tours, led by local actors, go to over 40 famous locations of TV shows and movies set in the city, including the deli from When Harry Met Sally and exterior of Peter Parker's apartment from Spiderman. Locations from shows like Friends, Will and Grace, Seinfeld, Gossip Girl, and Sex and the City are also showcased.
Journey to Broadway
City-Discovery.com offers a two-hour walk through the world's most famous district, with Broadway Theater District Tour. Highlights include visits to legendary theaters such as the New Amsterdam, the Imperial, and the Palace. A trained tour guide will help bring alive the rich history of the grandest plays and musicals in and around Times Square.
Island Cruise plus an up-close encounter with the Statue of Liberty
The New York 3-hour Full Island Cruise circumnavigates Manhattan Island, passing by three famous rivers, seven major bridges, five boroughs, and 25 world-renowned landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty up close.
Helicopter Ride over Brooklyn and Manhattan
The popular 15-minute Big Apple Helicopter Ride flies right over the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, offering a good view of the UN and Chrysler buildings, before cutting across to the south end of Central Park. It also cruises closely past the Empire State, Woolworth, and Metlife buildings. Other sights include USS Intrepid, World Financial District, Governors and Ellis Island, Battery Park, and the Statue of Liberty.
Photo tours in Downtown NY
New York thru the Lens – Downtown Eclectic is intended for budding photographers and enthusiasts. The Big Apple is experienced through the eyes of a local photographer, who encourage observation from new points of view, attention to interesting but easily overlooked details, and the application of better photography techniques. This four-hour photo tour takes participants in and around the city's scenic spots and neighborhoods including Greenwich Village, SoHo, Broadway, Little Italy and Chinatown.
See 5th Avenue and other city landmarks
The New York See It All Tour is ideal for travelers on a budget who wish to see New York's top attractions in as short as five and a half hours. In this comprehensive tour of the Big Apple, the guide steps off the shuttle with the participants at each stop and free refreshments are included. It includes visits to major New York landmarks like 5th Avenue, Times Square, World Trade Center Site, New York Stock Exchange, Madison Square Park, and Rockefeller Center.
Enjoy Brooklyn's Attractions
The half-day Brooklyn Pizza Tour offers more than a taste of an authentic Brooklyn Pizza, as it takes participants around famous landmarks (such as Coney Island and DUMBO), famous movie locations, and various points of interest within this unique NYC neighborhood. Movies whose locations are featured on this tour include Saturday Night Fever, Goodfellas, Annie Hall, Scent of a Woman, and The French Connection. Other highlights are authentic Brooklyn pizza and drinks at Grimaldi's, a brick-oven Neapolitan-style pizza joint, and Sicilian-style pizza at L&B Spumoni Gardens.
The four-hour Harlem Gospel Sunday goes to an authentic church service in Harlem for some soul-stirring gospel music. It also highlights the rich and diverse culture of Harlem – from the grand row of houses of Striver's Row, originally built for the upper-middle class, all the way to the cobblestone streets of Sylvan Terrace, once the carriage drive for Mount Morris. A visit to 125th Street and the Apollo Theater is included.
Day trip to Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls by Air is an all-inclusive day trip to the famous falls. Round trip airfares between New York City and Buffalo, round-trip transfers from/to Manhattan Midtown Hotel and airport and between Buffalo Airport and Niagara Falls, a half-day guided tour of Niagara Falls onboard the Maid of the Mist, and a lunch buffet, and buffet lunch are part of the deal.
Upscale Shopping at a discount
New York's most popular premium outlet shopping day trip is at Woodbury Common, where items can be purchased 25 percent to 65 percent less than retail price. With 220 stores, it is the largest collection of upscale designer and name-brand outlets in the world. This shopping tour includes a round-trip bus transportation, lunch and dinner discounts, and VIP Discount Coupon Book (value $10) worth hundreds of dollars of additional savings with the purchase of a tour excursion ticket.
To save on regular admission tickets to the city's major attractions, sightseeing and skip the line tickets can be purchased on the site. The following—City Pass New York and New York City Explorer Pass—are priced up to 40 percent less than admission tickets purchased separately.
For more information on what to do, where to go, and what to see in the Big Apple and surrounding areas, visit www.city-discovery.com. For featured travel experiences and photos by customers, read the City Discovery Travel Blog (blog.city-discovery.com), Facebook Page (facebook.com/citydiscovery), and Twitter Feed (twitter.com/citydiscovery).
Economical transfers and ground transportation options such as private vans, limousines, mini coaches, and deluxe motor coaches are also available on the main website.
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