(Open June thru Aug. 31) Turned over to the public after 200 years of restricted military use, Governor’s Island features a mile-long waterfront esplanade, two 19th-century forts and 64 landmarked buildings. The National Park Service offers free tours Weds & Thurs with ferries to the island departing at 10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The history, architecture and secrets of New York’s grandest railway terminus are revealed on the state-of-the-art audio tour, available for hire at GCT Tour windows on the main concourse. Headset tours, which last between 30 mins to an hour, come in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and German. Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $7 adults, $6 seniors/disabled, $5 students/children.
Learn the secrets and compelling history of the famous transportation hub with this self-guided audio tour, available on a device from Orpheo. $9 adults, $7 seniors/disabled, students/children. Pickup from the Grand Central Terminal Tour Window on the Main Concourse.
Sightseeing tours by bus, boat and helicopter, such as the 48-hour, hop-on/hop-off double-decker bus tour that includes the Downtown Loop, Uptown Loop and Brooklyn Loop. Citywide transportation, individual, group and one-day packages are also available. Tours are available in 11 languages. The company also offers buses to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets seven days a week.
Visitors to this landmark burial ground can explore the beautifully landscaped 478 acres on their own or learn about the cemetery’s history on a two-hour guided trolley tour every W and on the second and fourth Su of each month, 1 pm. $15. Daily visiting hours are 8 am-5 pm.
This cuisine-centric trek takes visitors to “mom ‘n’ pop” shops while strolling through the historic West Village. Eight tasty stops feature New York classics, such as Murray’s Cheese Shop, Joe’s Pizza & Rocco’s Pastry. Dates/times vary. $47. 212.209.3370.
Two-hour walking tours offer a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Guides point out obscure, yet beautiful, memorials and share stories of heroism. The reflective stroll, which includes skip-the-line access to the National September 11 Memorial Museum, is both humbling and fascinating. Daily tours start at 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 2 pm. $69 adults, $59 children.