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American Museum of Natural History Tours

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American Museum of Natural History
With more than 30 million specimens and artifacts and almost 50 exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest scientific and cultural museums in the world. Displays highlight the wonders of our planet and the wider universe, spotlighting everything from dinosaurs to human origins to the solar system.

The Basics
Visitors can prepurchase a general admission ticket and explore the permanent exhibits as well as the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Alternatively, purchase an upgraded ticket that adds access to space shows in the Hayden Planetarium, IMAX films, and ticketed temporary and seasonal exhibitions, such as the annual Butterfly Conservatory.

To ensure you check off all the must-sees, opt for a guided visit. Choose between family-oriented tours, highlights tours, small-group tours, private tours, and early access tours that allow participants to explore before official opening hours. Some guided tours combine visits to the Natural History Museum with trips to other New York cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Various New York sightseeing and discount passes include admission to the American Museum of Natural History.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The American Museum of Natural History is a must for families. 
  • Leave large bags, luggage, and selfie sticks at home, as they are not allowed in the museum.
  • Download the AMNH Explorer App on your smartphone to help you navigate.
  • The museum is fully accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. 
  • A food court can be found on the museum’s lower level, while cafés are situated on the first and fourth floors.

How to Get There
Parking in NYC is expensive, so it’s best to come here by public transport. Ride the B or C subway lines to 81st Street, or the 1 train to Broadway and West 79th Street. Hop-on hop-off bus tours of New York also stop here. 

When to Get There 
The museum is very popular among families, so expect bigger crowds on weekends, school vacations, and rainy days. Plan to arrive early and head directly to the more popular exhibits, such as the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing, which tends to get busier as the day goes on. 

Highlights of the Collection 
Of all the exhibits at the museum, few are as popular among young visitors as the dinosaurs. Highlights include the Allosaurus, depicted hunched over and feeding on a carcass, and a Tyrannosaurus rex shown in stalking mode. Other standout displays include the animal dioramas at the Family Hall of North American Mammals, the Asian elephants at the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, and the 94-foot-long (29-meter-long) blue whale model suspended from the ceiling at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. 
Address: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City, New York 10024, USA
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26 Tours and Activities to Experience American Museum of Natural History

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American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket

American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket

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Explore the expansive American Museum of Natural History by booking full-day admission tickets. General admission tickets grant you access to about 50 exhibits, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space. You can make the most of your time in the acclaimed museum by upgrading to a Super Saver pass, which includes access to highlights such as Hayden Planetarium and 3D films.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.00
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$23.00
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New York CityPASS

New York CityPASS

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Get the New York CityPASS and enjoy great discounts at some of the Big Apple’s top attractions. Your CityPASS mobile tickets are valid for 30 days from the date of first use of first use for NYC favorites like the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Statue of Liberty, Guggenheim Museum, 9/11 Memorial and Museum and much more.
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  • 30 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.00
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$136.00

Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

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Encounter the extremes of Earth without leaving New York City on a private guided tour of the American Museum of Natural History. From prehistoric giants like the Tyrannosaurus rex and wooly mammoth to the giant blue whale and animals of the African savannah, come face-to-face with skeletons and dioramas featuring some of the planet's most astounding species, and even explore the outer reaches of the cosmos. A dedicated guide makes sure you see the highlights of the massive collection spread out over 28 different buildings and skip-the-line admission means you can jump ahead of the crowds.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.70
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$100.70
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New York City Explorer Pass

New York City Explorer Pass

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Explore your favorite NYC attractions for one low price with this New York City Explorer Pass. Choose how many attractions you want to visit—up to 10—and enjoy visits to landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Top of the Rock Observatory, and activities such as a Madison Square Garden tour or Brooklyn bike tour. Sightsee the city with ease during a hop-on hop-off bus tour, or choose a sightseeing cruise. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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$65.00
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$65.00

The New York Pass: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building

The New York Pass: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building

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Simplify your trip to the Big Apple, save time and money, and gain access to more than 100 New York attractions, experiences, and tours with this New York Pass. Choose from 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, and 10-day pass options, granting you access to top NYC attractions including the Empire State Building, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, cruises, and more. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the number of consecutive days purchased.
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  • 1 to 10 days
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$129.00
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Met & Museum of Natural History Private Skip-the-Line Combo Tour

Met & Museum of Natural History Private Skip-the-Line Combo Tour

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New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History are home two of the finest collections in the world, but visiting these vast museums can be overwhelming. With this private tour, save time with priority entrance and take in the highlights in just hours with the help of a guide. Admire masterpieces at the Met in the morning, then take in the American Museum of Natural History’s scientific artifacts after lunch.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.14
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Met & Museum of Natural History Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour - Max 8 People

Met & Museum of Natural History Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour - Max 8 People

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Visiting the vast collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History on your own can be daunting. With this small-group tour, save time with priority entrance and head straight to the highlights at these two landmark museums in New York. Admire artistic masterpieces from ancient Greece to postmodern pop at the Met, then delve into the mysteries of the earth and cosmos at the American Natural History Museum.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.14
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$179.14
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Skip the Line NYC Kid & Families American Museum of Natural History Private Tour

Skip the Line NYC Kid & Families American Museum of Natural History Private Tour

Maximize time in the American Museum of Natural History with this private guided tour. Join a kid-friendly guide for a walking tour of the museum that includes highlights from dinosaurs to the giant blue whale model suspended from the ceiling. Learn about the museum’s famous Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil during the tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.84
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$107.84
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Skip-the-Line New York American Museum of Natural History Kid-Friendly Tour

Skip-the-Line New York American Museum of Natural History Kid-Friendly Tour

You and the whole will family will be able to explore the world's most famous natural history museum with an expert child-friendly guide! During this 2.5-hour tour, you will learn all about the highlights of the American Museum of Natural History and have a great deal of fun into the bargain. Indeed, your guide will make sure your the kids are entertained with a range of activities and games, and both young and old alike will be fascinated by the such exhibits as the Tyrannosaurus Rex, dinosaur mummies, a 65-million years old Triceratops, a giant blue whale model and much more besides!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.84
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$107.84
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New York City FreeStyle Pass and Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

New York City FreeStyle Pass and Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See more of New York City's top attractions with this multi-day, hop-on hop-off bus tour, with one or more attraction tickets and discount card included, depending on the option you choose. With your 2- or 3-day pass, you're whisked across NYC with hassle-free bus travel, commentary from your guides, and bus loops covering uptown, downtown, and even Brooklyn. Along the way, see top sights like the Statue of Liberty and Central Park, cruise through neighborhoods from Greenwich Village to Times Square, and of course, hop off any time you'd like.
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  • 2 to 14 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.00
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$98.00
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New York City Sightseeing Tour by Coach

New York City Sightseeing Tour by Coach

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See as much as you can in fast-moving New York on this comprehensive 5-hour coach sightseeing tour of the Big Apple’s top attractions. Listen to live commentary as you tackle NYC from top to bottom, starting with Uptown highlights like Harlem and the Dakota (once home to John Lennon) before heading towards downtown. After admiring the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings, catch a glimpse of Greenwich Village and Soho and beholding the Brooklyn Bridge. Make sure to watch for the new World Trade Center as you head back to Herald Square.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00

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

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

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Visit more than 100 NYC attractions with the money-saving Sightseeing Pass, which allows you to customize your sightseeing itinerary. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, or 10-day pass to suit your schedule. Enjoy free entry to One World Observatory, Top of the Rock, Statue of Liberty, plus many more, and enjoy unlimited access to CitySightseeing hop-on hop-off buses for the duration of your pass. 
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  • 1 to 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
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NYC American Museum of Natural History Private Family tour

NYC American Museum of Natural History Private Family tour

Meet your private Tour guide and decide before you start which exhibits you want to see before you leave home so you and your kids can have the best experience possible. The American Museum of Natural History is one of the most well-known and beloved museums in all of New York City, if not the United States. You can explore dozens of exhibits and theater shows, it is one of the few museums that both kids and parents will enjoy. The experiences you can choose from feel like a microcosm of the life itself: from space to dinosaurs to Lucy, the most complete early hominid skeleton, to the artifacts of Asian and European civilizations. After your visit you will be able to stay inside and have lunch in the food court because your ticket is valid the all day.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$299.00
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Museum of Natural History Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour - Max 8 People

Museum of Natural History Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour - Max 8 People

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The American Museum of Natural History is home to an immense collection spanning 28 buildings and 13 billion years of our planet’s history. Visiting can be overwhelming, but with this small-group tour, your guide will show you the best exhibits showcasing life on Earth in just hours. From the deep blue sea and ancient forests to prehistoric plains and even outer space, get an in-depth explanation of the museum’s highlights and navigate its collection without getting lost.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.70
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New York City Hop-on Hop-Off Tour including One World Observatory Admission

New York City Hop-on Hop-Off Tour including One World Observatory Admission

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Put the 'big' in the Big Apple by covering a huge swath of Manhattan on this 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour and then gain entry to the sky-high One World Observatory in lower Manhattan. Save your feet and leg muscles by riding comfortably on the double-decker bus, learning about the history of the city as you go, getting off when something strikes your interest. Then head to One World Observatory for a stunning view. Upgrade to a 48-hour 'all loops' ticket to see even more.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.00
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$88.00
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Central Park and More Bike Tour

Central Park and More Bike Tour

Breath freely in the Lungs of New York! Visit the many film locations throughout Central Park park and see parts of the park unknown to most New Yorkers. Ride along the cultural Museum Mile. Explore the Artistic and Ritzy neighborhoods of the Upper East and Upper West Side for lunch. Sights include: Bethesda Fountain, Onassis Reservoir, Conservatory Garden
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.67
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$106.67

2 Hours Central Park Pedicab Tours

2 Hours Central Park Pedicab Tours

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As NYC TOUR with 9 years experience, we offer fascinated guided Central Park pedicab tour. Our guests can make sure that they will see all the attractions, learn everything about Central Park and take lots of photos in amazing places. It is a very informative, fun and scenic drive through Central Park in company with our experienced, knowledgeable and entertaining guides who they can speak in different languages like English, Spanish, French, Russian, Turkish. We do our tours on a pedicab which is an electrical tricycle where your driver control and you relax in the comfortable passenger side. You will see in our Central Park; zoo, luna park, chess&checkers house, carousel, dairy house, Balto statue, summer stage, Bethesda terrace, central park mall, boathouse, cherry hill plaza, bow bridge, san Remo and Beresford buildings, strawberry fields&imagine mosaic, sheep meadow, tavern on the green, ghostbusters building, elf bridge, plaza hotel and many more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.60
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$105.60

The Friends Virtual Tour Package

The Friends Virtual Tour Package

On Location Tours is back at it again with an exciting virtual tour of FRIENDS! The tour is approximately 40 minutes long and features 18 locations from the acclaimed series. Customers will receive a virtual code and URL immediately in their confirmation email, which are needed in order to take the tour. In addition to the virtual tour, fans will also receive a “Friends” box shipped to their home address, with several surprise items. While customers can take the tour immediately, we do suggest waiting until they receive the Friends box, because there are items within the box that add to the interactive nature to the tour. The tour will expire 15 days from the date customer receives package. Shipping costs are added on internationally (not domestically) and shipping time varies. International shipping is an additional $20. International shipping may take up to two weeks, and domestic shipping one week. Customers will also receive exclusive admission to our virtual Friends trivia night.
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  • 40 minutes
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$65.00
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$65.00
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New York City Private Walking Tour With A Personalized Itinerary

New York City Private Walking Tour With A Personalized Itinerary

Avoid generic guided tours with this personalized adventure around New York City, where you can see the sights in NYC with a like-minded local host. After booking, you fill out a questionnaire about your personality and interests, and a host is selected just for you. You can pursue your suggested itinerary, select the attractions that are most interesting to you, and see the best of the city without a rigid schedule or cookie-cutter itinerary.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.82
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$101.82
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Empire State Building Ticket with Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Empire State Building Ticket with Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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New York City is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in the world, but taking in the highlights can be daunting. With this hop-on-hop-off tour, admire the most famous sights in the city without getting footsore or having to navigate public transportation. Relax on an open-top sightseeing bus to admire Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty and enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the Empire State Building.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Central Park Photography Tour in New York

Central Park Photography Tour in New York

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New York's Central Park is full of memorable landmarks and natural scenery, affording plenty of photo opportunities. On this small-group tour, learn the art of scouting for the perfect image and hone your photography skills under guidance of a professional photographer. Visit famous sites, destinations that inspired movies and music, and learn about the history and architecture as you snap photos of this iconic New York City destination.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
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$100.00
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New York Uptown to Downtown Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour plus Attraction Tickets

New York Uptown to Downtown Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour plus Attraction Tickets

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Explore New York City at your own pace with the convenience of this hop-on hop-off bus tour with top-value perks included. Don't miss a thing as you're whisked through NYC aboard a double-decker bus for your sightseeing adventure. Cruise on uptown and downtown loops to enjoy great views, learn about the numerous landmarks from your audio commentary, and take home tickets to your favorite sights, like the 9/11 Memorial, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more—included.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.00
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$78.00
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Best NYC Central Park Private Pedicab Tour.

Best NYC Central Park Private Pedicab Tour.

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--60 Minute Private Central Park Guided Pedicab Tour. --20+ Beloved Central Park Attractions. --Three stops: Bethesda Fountain & Terrace Cherry Hill Fountain & Bow Bridge Strawberry Fields, Imagine Mosaic & The Dakota Building --Warm Fuzzy Blankets --Hundreds of Great Photos.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
per group
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$60.00
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NYC Central Park Private Pedicab Tour and Photo Shoot

NYC Central Park Private Pedicab Tour and Photo Shoot

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Explore the sights of Central Park on this pedicab tour with a fun twist: a professional photographer tags along, capturing stunning photos with the park as a backdrop. Your guide pedals you through the park, leading the way to top attractions. You can marvel at highlights like the Central Park Carousel, Indian Cave, and the famed Strawberry Fields memorial to John Lennon. Along the way, your personal photographer is snapping photos, so you can bring home charming images to remember your adventure.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.00
per group
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$140.00
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Gotham City Tour In New York City With An Interpreter

Gotham City Tour In New York City With An Interpreter

Visit The Big Apple with a skilled interpreter.  See the largest city in the United States and the center of international business and politics.  Select from our list of venues and attractions to visit, and book the appropriate amount of time to see all that you want to see.  Basic, intermediate, and advanced interpretation services offered.  Business, legal, and medical interpretation may also be provided if the need arises.  Venue tickets, attraction fees, and meals not included.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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$186.67
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$186.67

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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since American Museum of Natural History can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 26 American Museum of Natural History tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit American Museum of Natural History 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to American Museum of Natural History costs USD 23.00. Guided American Museum of Natural History tours start around USD 23.00 per person. See all 26 American Museum of Natural History tickets and tours on Viator.
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