Things to do in Staten Island, New York (NY): The Best Tours

May 17, 2022 Weston Hennigan

The most suburban of the five boroughs, Staten Island is often neglected as a tourist destination. Take a ride from Manhattan on the Staten Island Ferry and get some of the best views of New York City for free, then stick around and see what Staten Island has to offer. Check out the Himalayan monastery-style Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, or visit Historic Richmond Town for a recreation of colonial New York. The beautiful Hamilton Park neighborhood was the setting for "The Godfather."
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1. The New York Pass: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building

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Your New York adventure just got easier, and less expensive, with this all-inclusive sightseeing pass that gives you access to more than 100 things to do. From the city’s most iconic attractions, including the Empire State Building and the 9/11 memorial, to the hidden gems and tours with locals. Including extra perks at many museums and locations, as well as a free insider guidebook to help you plan your itinerary, The New York Pass® lets you spend more time exploring, instead of wasting your precious New York minutes in line. Get ready to Access Amazing® with your New York Pass.

Inclusions: Visit as many attractions as you like for the duration selected, Comprehensive digital guidebook, 1-day Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off tour included

Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified, Transportation to and from attractions unless stated, Gratuities

Reviewed By paulwynnemorgan

I am incredibly disappointed by the attitude of this company in refusing a refund. I have lost over £1100. No it won't bankrupt me, but it's a hell of a hit, that I can't afford. In unpicking my July 2020 trip to NYC, EVERY other provider from the hotel, to theatres, to Madison Square Gardens, to the New York Yankees, to a car hire company and Amtrak all refunded immediately. This was the ONLY exception. I am lost for words at their uncaring attitude and I urge you to think very carefully before buying their product. It is a huge mistake in my opinion and I will never use them again.

2. New York Sightseeing Day Pass: 100+ Attractions including One World Observatory

City Sightseeing New York
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Supercharge your NYC with access to over 100 of the biggest landmark destinations and experiences for up to 10 days. TOP ATTRACTIONS including: Gulliver's Gate Macy's Historical Tour Madame Tussauds New York Madison Square Garden Tour National Geographic Encounter - Ocean Odyssey NY Aquarium One World Observatory Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour Ripley's Believe it or Not! Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center 9/11 Memorial and Museum 9/11 Tribute Museum American Museum of Natural History Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum MoMA Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum The Met - 3 day access Whitney Museum of American Art Bronx Zoo Brooklyn Botanic Garden Central Park Zoo New York Botanical Garden Circle Line Landmarks Cruise Circle Line Liberty Cruise Manhattan By Sail - Clipper City Daytime Statue Sail Manhattan By Sail - Shearwater Daytime Statue Sail

Inclusions: Choice of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 calendar days of 100+ attractions., Access to the Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus valid through duration of pass., Discounts at Select Restaurants, Retailers, and Entertainment Options

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Reviewed By BoardingPass727303

Although i bought insurance the are still not able/willing to make a refund for the passes i bought for our covid-cancelled trip to New York in october 2020.

3. The New York Sightseeing Flex Pass: Save Big on 100+ Attractions and Tours!

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Entry to 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 12 attractions with the New York Sightseeing FLEX Pass. Choose from 100+ Attractions with the New York Sightseeing FLEX Pass. Pay nothing at the gate. See what you want in New York – Save Time & Money. Exclusive Edge Outdoor Sky Deck, 5 Double-decker Bus Tours and more. Select how many attractions you would like to see, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 12 and either download your mobile Pass or print at home. Simply present your Pass at each attraction for entry.

Inclusions: Choice up to 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, or 12 attractions, for up to 30 days and no fixed start date., Discounts at Select Restaurants, Retailers, and Entertainment Options.

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Reviewed By ava179

Had a wonderful time with my family. Would totally go in the mornings before the line gets long though.

4. Best NYC VIP Luxury Photography Sightseeing Leisure Tour ( Up to 4 People )

Gotham City Tours

Most luxurious way to see New York City. Your own chauffeur, professional photographer and concierge. Air Port Pick Up & Drop Off. Fly through the long attraction lines with VIP Access. Customization available. Well documented with over 500 HD Photos taken by our Professional Photographer / Videographer.

Inclusions: Private Tour Guide, Professional Photographer, Horse & Carriage Tour, Pedicab Tour, Hot Chocolate By GROM, Cookies from the World Famous Levain Bakery, Lombardi's Pizza. " America's first Pizzeria ", Statue of Liberty Boat Ride & Fast Track Access to The Crown., VIP Access to Rockefeller Center & The Top of the Rock., One dozen long stem Red Roses., VIP Access to Central Park Wollman Ice Skating Rink., Private Grand Central Terminal Hidden Secrets Tour., Private Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art Tour., VIP Access to Ice Skating Rinks.

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Reviewed By 730charlottef

Me and my friend had an amazing tour today with Sid our wonderful Tour guide he had a lots of knowledge about Central Park, and he was a excellent guide that provided an incredible experience. We learned a lot, laughed along the way, and have a ton of pictures to remember the day. And he is a excellent photographer and knew exactly all the best spots to get a great picture! which me and my friend enjoyed considering we are both girls ! And he also took us to the best bakery in NYC to get a cookie and that was not planned in the tour one little bit but we thoroughly enjoyed it and was very grateful for it ☺️ Me and my friend throughly recommend this tour as it was our first time travelling to NYC, and we have come home with so much knowledge of Central Park and many other parts of the incredible city !

5. Kosher Style Food Tour of the Upper West Side

First Baptist Church, 265 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024, USA Cititrek Tours and Guides

The Upper West Side Jewish community is still as vibrant as its illustrious past. During this 2 hour tour, learn about Judaism, its rites and rituals, the  sects, and KASHRUTH.  The tour includes stops at three shops specializing in kosher-style products popular with NYC residents and beyond.  Enjoy a total of six (6) TASTINGS of kosher/kosher-style foods. And until it officially closes, browse through the only remaining neighborhood Judaica and bookstore.

Inclusions: Six tastings, bottled water and crackers for smears

Exclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off

Reviewed By Mich0528

My parents, husband, and I took the two hour private walking tour of the north shore of Staten Island with our guide, Claudia. It was a beautiful day and Claudia took us around the ferry area and a big circle around the major areas of that part of the island. She knew up to date information about happenings in the area and also the historical comings and goings of Staten Island. She was an educated and wonderful guide.

6. Best of the Borough - Design Your Own Tour

New York, NY, USA The Danish Tour Guide | USA

Pick A Borough (or boroughs) - and your preferred language (please allow more than 48 hours notice for other languages than English) This tour is a totally customizable borough tour! You choose duration for you and your travel companions up to 6 hours. Can't find what you really want online? Well, look no further. We have years of experience creating unique, and individualized itineraries that fits more or less everybody traveling to New York City. Choose a borough - or let it be a cross-borough kind-of-tour! Up to 6 hours of fun exploring with a local tour guide. This is a WALKING TOUR. We will utilize public transportation when needed. Cost of public transportation is not included.

Inclusions: Private Tour, only your group will participate

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Reviewed By Lenelyng

It was a nice and comfortable shuttle from airport to destination. The driver was professionel and forward comming.

7. NOW OPEN: Statue of Liberty Sightseeing Cruise 60 Min

299 South St, New York, NY 10002, USA Statuewalks

Enjoy a 60 minute sightseeing cruise departing from the Brooklyn Bridge. See the NYC famous skyline. We will sail right next to the Statue of Liberty and you will have incredible opportunities to take selfies and group phones with the Statue of Liberty and the NYC Skyline. You will see the new incredible change to the skyline with the all new observatory, The Edge, located at the famous Hudson Yards. Upgrade you activity to include the tickets to The Edge.

Inclusions: 60 Minute Sightseeing Cruise, Cash Bar Available , Food Available for Purchase

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Reviewed By christopheraP5203CA

A slow start, but a great overall experience. Friendly staff. Beautiful views of Manhattan. Well worth the money and time.

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