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Exploring New York City's 5 Boroughs

Exploring New York City's 5 Boroughs

Most New York visits focus on Manhattan, home to many of the city's top attractions. But NYC is a city of five distinct boroughs, each with its own personality and charm and all well worth a visit. Here's your guide to exploring all five.

Manhattan

The island of Manhattan is what most New York visitors picture when they think of the Big Apple. Home to famous areas including Harlem, Chinatown, Times Square, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village, Manhattan also houses many of the city's top museums, such as The Met, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Art. Manhattan is also known for its towering Midtown skyscrapers and its crown jewel: Central Park. 

Brooklyn

With a population large enough to be named the third-largest city in America, Brooklyn is New York City's biggest borough. The area is known for its extremely hip neighborhoods, including Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Dumbo, each home to a number of eateries and shops. But beyond the hip 'hoods, Brooklyn offers a wealth of history and culture. Prospect Park, the area's answer to Central Park, is a great place for a stroll or bike ride, as is the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Many travelers head to the Navy Yard, a former naval base and shipbuilding site dating back to the Revolutionary War, to learn about the borough's industrial past.

Queens

Just north of Brooklyn and across the river from Manhattan is Queens. Queens is a melting pot of languages and culture, with nearly half of its residents having been foreign born. A food tour exploring areas like Flushing's Chinatown or the Indian American community of Jackson Heights is a great way to learn more about the borough's cultures, while sports fans should make the trip out to Citi Field, home of the MLB's Mets, or check out the National Tennis Center, which hosts the annual US Open Tournament.

The Bronx

The Bronx may not receive the same attention as hot spots like Manhattan or Brooklyn, but visitors who make the trip know it's a borough with plenty to offer. Home to the famous Yankee Stadium, the borough is a well-known a mecca for baseball fans. Meanwhile, anyone looking to enjoy nature in the city should head to the Bronx's New York Botanical Garden or the Bronx Zoo. Those hungry for culture can take a hip hop tour to learn about the Bronx's role in the origins of the music genre, or visit the Italian eateries along Arthur Avenue.

Staten Island

For one of New York's best free sightseeing experiences, hop on the Staten Island Ferry to this lesser-known borough, which punches well above its weight in cultural attractions and history. Staten Island's Historic Richmond Town offers unique insight into American colonial life, while the St. George neighborhood is home to range of arts and culture institutions including the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences and the National Lighthouse Museum.

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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

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Harlem is one of New York City’s most culturally rich neighborhoods. Don’t miss out on its beauty just because you don’t know where to go on your own. This Harlem Sunday morning gospel tour, complete with a gospel choir service, takes care of the details for you. See the Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, and explore parts of this neighborhood. Upgrade to include a soul food brunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture, Bus and Walking Tour

Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture, Bus and Walking Tour

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Take a bite out of New York City’s hippest borough on this half-day Brooklyn food and culture tour. From traditional ethnic eateries to culinary hotspots that spark national dining trends, your guide will show you where to eat like a local. Snack on kielbasa and pierogis in the Polish enclave of Greenpoint, satisfy your sweet tooth in DUMBO, and get a taste of farm-to-fork freshness in trendy Williamsburg. Vegetarians can be accommodated.
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  • 5 hours
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$125.00
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SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

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Pack highlights of New York City’s most interesting neighborhoods—SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown—all into one day with this walking tour. In SoHo, visit the Cast Iron Historic District and learn about 19th-century architecture. In Little Italy, see mob sites and hear about John Gotti, an American mobster. In Chinatown, soak up the sights, smells, and sounds of the neighborhood.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New York City: Brooklyn Bridge & Waterfront Bike Tour (2 Hours)

New York City: Brooklyn Bridge & Waterfront Bike Tour (2 Hours)

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See New York City’s iconic attractions and diverse neighborhoods on a guided 2-wheeled tour. Cycle past skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty on a tour of Battery Park and Wall Street, and enjoy the urban scenery along the Hudson River path. Bike across the Brooklyn Bridge for a quintessential Big Apple experience, and take in fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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Guided New York City Walking Tour from Manhattan to Brooklyn

Guided New York City Walking Tour from Manhattan to Brooklyn

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Combine an introduction to Manhattan with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in just a few hours, saving time with a guide who knows the best ways around the city to see more in less time. Walk from Manhattan to the trendy Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, and cross the Brooklyn Bridge. Your guide tells you NYC history and fun city facts as you stroll.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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High Line and Chelsea Small Group Tour

High Line and Chelsea Small Group Tour

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An instant classic with locals and tourists since the day it opened in 2009, the High Line is a former railway line on the west side of Manhattan that has been converted into a dynamic park. This guided tour walks you through the High Line as well as the cosmopolitan neighborhood it runs through, Chelsea, and reveals amazing architecture and art you might not have noticed on your own.
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  • 2 hours
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$35.00
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New York Hip-Hop Tour

New York Hip-Hop Tour

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Hip-hop music began in New York City, and there's no better way to explore this iconic music genre than this insider’s tour led by one of rap's Grandmasters. This exclusive experience takes you on an interactive musical journey through Manhattan, Harlem, and the Bronx to uncover the origins and evolution of hip-hop and rap music.
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  • 4 hours
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$75.99
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Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental

Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental

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Avoid the confines of a group tour and explore Manhattan and Brooklyn at your own pace with this customizable bike rental. Traveling by bike lets you fit in more attractions than you could on foot and enjoy highlights such as skyline views from the Brooklyn Bridge. Plus, a variety of rental options lets you plan a trip that suits your schedule and interests.
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  • 4 hours
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2-Hour Guided Historical Tour of Brooklyn Navy Yard

2-Hour Guided Historical Tour of Brooklyn Navy Yard

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Get a comprehensive overview of one of New York’s most fascinating revitalization projects at the waterfront Brooklyn Navy Yard. Explore the 300-acre (121-hectare) site by bus and on foot with a guide, and learn about its history as a naval shipyard, as well as its transformation into a modern-day hub for technology, design, and manufacturing.
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  • 2 hours
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$31.17
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Brooklyn Beer History & Tasting Tour

Brooklyn Beer History & Tasting Tour

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Sample what’s brewing in Brooklyn on this beer-tasting walking tour. Get the lowdown from your guide on Brooklyn’s beer-making history as you explore the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood. Go behind-the-scenes of a local brewery, taste a variety of different beers, and tuck into a tasty pizza lunch. A fun perk: you receive a complimentary brewery map in case you want to continue the fun after your Brooklyn beer tour.
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  • 3 hours
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$89.00
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