I read / researched a lot about New York City Tours months before this trip. And I’ve seen so many options. I finally decided though to go with this one –
Let me elaborate why:
1. The said pass has 80 free tours we can enjoy. So it’s up to us how many of those tours we will avail.
2. It comes out a lot cheaper than paying for day tours.
I opted for a 2 day pass with hop on / hop off bus ride.
And after paying online, I had the New York Pass Cards and Guidebooks sent to our home.
The guidebook comes with a map. It showed us also where to pick up our bus tickets. When I booked our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn between 8th and 9th Streets, I knew that the City Sights Bus Tour office is a block away. When we got there, I realized that it’s just a few steps away! So convenient huh! 🙂
Upon showing our NYC Pass, we were given 2 id’s which we need to present to the drivers during our hop-on / hop-off tour.
Please note everyone, this alone costs $99 dollars per person for a 2 day + plus 1 day ride. That’s just for the day tour. There’s a separate cost for night tours. And I only paid $159 per person for a 2 day pass and bus tour. It’s a no brainer right?
Our first destination of the day was the Statue of Liberty. We took the red bus. And hopped off at the stop near the Ellis Island Terminal. After a short walk in the park, we found the ticket booths. Those with passes went to a separate booth and were given tickets immediately. And true enough, we did not pay. Remember , 80 tourist attractions with free entrance fees.
It looked cloudy that day. No rain but I remember it to be cold. There were big waves but eventually the sea calmed down. After a few minutes, I saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time. 🙂 That’s like a cool moment for me because I only saw that in TV or the movies. ha ha …
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the US representing Libertas , “the Roman Goddess of Freedom”.
From there, we proceeded to Ellis Island. According to history, that’s the US Immigration a long time ago. Looking at the preserved things there was like going back in time. S0 interesting….
Manhattan skyline, as seen from Ellis Island.
After Ellis Island, we opted to go back to Battery Park. (We had an option to go to New Jersey as part of the boat cruise. ) Walking through the park is nice, specially with all the birds and squirrels playing on the ground. Finding those in the middle of a busy city is just awesome to me. 🙂
A few minutes walk from Battery Park is the Financial District of New York. I don’t know if I told you before but I used to be a currency trader. So Wall St. made a big part of my day a long time ago. That said, of course, I would not pass out an opportunity to see the Wall St. Bull, would I?! Duh… haha
Around this time, I was already tired of walking. ha ha. So John and I hopped on another bus and took the guided city tour.
We saw the Empire State Building. Our city pass gave us free access to going inside and seeing NYC’s skyline. But we were kinda lazy to go down the bus. lol So we just contented ourselves with just looking at it from the road.
Empire State Building, in the middle.
Other places that are included in the tour are: china town, shopping district, Little Italy, etc.
Famous structures along the way are: 911 memorial. World Trade Center, which is being done now. Trump Towers. Waldorf Astoria, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt supposedly live there according to the tour guide. I saw a very nice Forever 21 store. Different from all the others that I’ve seen.
The Rockefeller Center, by wikipedia – is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres (89,000 m2) between 48th and 51st streets in New York City, United States. Built by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
The Head Quarters of NBC is in this area. And currently the home of : Top of the Rock. And the Today Show, among others.
NBC Studios is where MS-NBC News is recorded. 🙂
The Waldorf-Astoria. (photo below).
Donald Trump’s building is so flashy, with its gold color. hehe
You know, I just have to say this. Most buildings in Manhattan are really nice. The workmanship is really admirable.
I still have so many pictures. But I cannot put them all here. 🙂 So I’ll end this article with a quiet place we found in Times Square. Amidst its chaotic pace, it is nice to find a peaceful dwelling to contemplate and say a thanksgiving before the day ends.
Lea C. Walker