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Manhattan Skyline Tours

Perhaps the most common backdrop for opening scenes of movies for the past several decades, the Manhattan skyline is New York City's shining beacon, designed to impress and inspire. From historical fixtures like the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building to One World Trade Center, the man-made masterpiece dazzles at any time of day and from any vantage point in the NYC area.

The Basics
From land, water, and air, there are plenty of ways to admire the Manhattan skyline. Take a cruise on the Hudson River, East River, or New York Harbor for views of the city skyline and other landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or Manhattan Bridge, an activity that provides the chance to see the skyline at your own pace. For aerial views, head to the top of Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, or One World Observatory, or opt for a helicopter tour for a VIP-style experience in the Big Apple.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The skyline is broken into two notable sections—Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan.
  • The walk from One World Trade Center to the Empire State Building is about three miles (five kilometers).
  • If you want to visit a skyscraper observatory such as that at the Empire State Building, consider a skip-the-line ticket to avoid the typically long wait.
  • For water views without booking a cruise, hop on the free Staten Island Ferry.

When to Get There
Consider the time of day for your viewing based on what you're looking for. If you want great photos, avoid the middle of the day, when the sun is high; for a romantic atmosphere, opt for a dinner cruise or nighttime stroll. Go during the holidays for the chance to admire the skyline in the snow and see the landmark buildings decked out in seasonal decorations.

Famous Buildings in the Manhattan Skyline
The 102-story Empire State Building is possibly the most iconic piece of architecture on the planet, built in 1931 in Art Deco style. The Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center offer more Art Deco examples, while the Time Warner Center, 4 Times Square, and One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) feature modern architecture.

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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour, New York City, null
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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 355 Reviews

Take to the skies on a helicopter tour to see New York's amazing skyline! On this scenic 18-20-minute helicopter flight you'll soar through the sky and ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $289.00
Viator VIP: NYC Helicopter Flight and Statue of Liberty Cruise, New York City, Air Tours
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Viator VIP: NYC Helicopter Flight and Statue of Liberty Cruise

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Get unbeatable views of Manhattan from the sky and water on this exclusive VIP tour in New York City! Hop aboard a luxury helicopter and soar over the Brooklyn ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

From USD $279.00
New York City Skyline Cruise, New York City, Viator VIP Tours
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New York City Skyline Cruise

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Admire New York's famous skyline and iconic sights from the water on this morning or afternoon cruise. See top New York attractions including the Empire State ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.00
Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York City, New York City, Day Cruises
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Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York City

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Step aboard one of the largest sailing ships in the US and cruise along New York Harbor while tasting some of New York’s best craft beers. Sip crisp ales and ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise, New York City, Sailing Trips
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Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

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On this luxury New York City dinner cruise, savor gourmet cuisine and enjoy live entertainment while soaking up breathtaking views of the Manhattan, New Jersey ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.37
Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight, New York City, Dinner Cruises
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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Take to the Manhattan skies for an exciting helicopter tour of New York City! Enjoy spectacular aerial views of Manhattan on this memorable 12-15-minute ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $209.00
New York City Harbor Lights Cruise, New York City, Helicopter Tours
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New York City Harbor Lights Cruise

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Take an early-evening New York City Harbor Lights cruise and bask in the glow of the setting sun and glistening harbor lights. While listening to an ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Full-Day NYC Small-Group Tour, New York City, Night Cruises
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Full-Day NYC Small-Group Tour

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Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind big apple experience. On this full day guided tour, enjoy an authentic New York experience. With a small group (less ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour, New York City, Full-day Tours
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

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Get up close and personal with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on this 4.5-hour tour of two New York City legendary landmarks. Listen to the live ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.00
Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour, New York City, Attraction Tickets
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Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour

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The new culinary center of the Big Apple, where food and dining trends are dispersed to the rest of the country, is Brooklyn. And with this half-day tour, you ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.50

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