Discover local secrets & hotspots with our expert New York tour guide

Planning a trip to New York City is not an easy task, as this complex metropolis has so much to offer, that every first (or second) time visitor would get overwhelmed by so many possibilities waiting for you. Where should you start exploring, what are the most essential things to do and see? Start with watching our NYC video guide, to learn how to plan your time in the Big Apple properly in order to make the most of your vacation.

Local tourist guide Ray McGaughey, running his own tour guide company in New York and specializing in off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn, has helped us to create top lists and unique walking itineraries, showing you the most interesting areas and hidden gems of his city, all the while sharing his extensive knowledge about local history, popular culture, the best food, and much more with you.

Check all Ray’s Top 5’s, Top 10’s and Tours here:

Top 10 tourist attractions in New York

Top ten things to do in New York City

Top 5 Mad Men attractions

Top 5 Woody Allen attractions

Top 10 alternative attractions in New York City

New York City with kids

Top 10 Shopping in New York

Top 10 Sex and the City NY

Top 5 Things to do in Harlem NYC

New York by Night walking tour (from Manhattan to Brooklyn)

Top 5 9/11 related places in New York


New York CityPass

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New York Dinner Cruise with Buffet

Grab your friends or that special someone and get ready for 3-hours of real New York fun! This New York dinner cruise includes a delicious buffet, an amazing DJ and breathtaking views of the New York skyline. Don't wait - add this dinner cruise to your New York itinerary today!

USD 119.59$

Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

On this luxury New York City dinner cruise, savor gourmet cuisine and enjoy live jazz entertainment while soaking up breathtaking views of the Manhattan, New Jersey and Brooklyn skylines. Pass in front of the Empire State Building, Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, South Street Seaport and more from the viewing decks or the all-glass enclosed cabin, treating you to amazing views every second of the way. Upgrade to enjoy a romantic or first class VIP experience including a private table and French sparkling wine!

USD 172.79$

Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

Experience New York City like an insider on this action-packed VIP tour that includes early access to the Empire State Building, skip-the-line entry to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, an open-top bus tour, and a hop-on-hop-off cruise. You can upgrade to also include afternoon admission to the 9/11 Museum. Seem like a lot to do in one day? Opt to take your cruise the following day. It's a great way to see NYC’s newest sites and its most iconic attractions, and a Viator exclusive package that can't be booked anywhere else!

Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York

See New York's famous landmarks from the air on an exhilarating 15-minute helicopter tour. You'll come face-to-face with the Statue of Liberty as you fly above the Hudson River. Admire the iconic Empire State Building, the silver Art Deco brilliance of the Chrysler Building, and the sprawling green expanse of Central Park. A must for any visitor to New York City!

USD 149.99$