Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial
- Exclusive to Viator
- All entrance fees included
- Editor's Pick
- Family friendly
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
- Tour is wheelchair accessible
When you’re done viewing the city from above, see it from ground level by joining your guide on an open-top bus tour of Midtown. Pass New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Times Square and many other well-known sites before arriving at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, home to the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
Following a journey to New York by 747 jumbo jet and river barge, the space shuttle went on display in July 2012 inside a special pavilion that celebrates its rich history and offers an innovative and interactive visitor experience. Your guide will lead you to the front of the line before the exhibition opens so you can go straight in with your skip-the-line ticket for maximum time to view this thrilling new exhibition that showcases science, technology and engineering. Bonus: You can also explore the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier housed at the museum.
Next, board a hop-on-hop-off cruise with your guide at Pier 79. Hop off at Battery Park, where you'll take a walking tour through the world-famous financial center of Wall Street on your way to the 9/11 Memorial. See the twin reflecting pools, inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks, that sit exactly where the Twin Towers once stood.
Inside the memorial, the guided portion of your tour ends at approximately 1pm. Upgrade for 2pm admission to the National September 11 Memorial Museum (aka the 9/11 Museum) when you book for a chance to browse the many multimedia displays, archives, narratives and authentic artifacts that commemorate the September 11 victims and their families. (See Important Info for pricing and other details.)
If you choose the tour-only option, you can then continue your sightseeing independently with a hop-on-hop-off cruise at your leisure; your ticket is valid for the rest of the day. If the museum option is selected, your cruise ticket is valid for the rest of the afternoon and the entire next day, giving you plenty of time to discover New York's waterfront sights.
The cruise makes two more stops at historic South Street Seaport and the Fulton Ferry landing in Brooklyn for a leisurely cruise to enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and time to reflect on your VIP tour of New York City.
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VIP tour including first access to Empire State Building, open-top bus tour, skip-the-line entrance to Intrepid, 9/11 Memorial tour and 1-day hop-on-hop-off cruise
VIP Tour & 9/11 Museum Entry
VIP tour including first access to the Empire State Building, open-top bus tour, skip-the-line entrance to Intrepid, 9/11 Memorial tour, 2pm timed entry to 9/11 Museum and 2-day hop-on-hop-off cruise
Enjoy This Viator VIP Tour of New York's Most Popular Sites
- Admission to the Empire State Building
- Open-top bus tour
- Skip-the-line entrance to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- Hop-on-hop-off cruise on the Hudson River valid for 1 calendar day (if tour option selected) or 2 calendar days (if museum upgrade selected)
- Walking tour of Battery Park and Lower Manhattan
- English-speaking local guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Statue of Liberty admission
- VIP experience exclusive to Viator
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- For the 9/11 Museum upgrade option, the time and date cannot be changed after booking and refunds for missed entry time will not be refunded under any circumstances
Reviewed by: Vicki S, February 2015
Loved Kiernan and the tour. Saw a lot in a short period of time. Learned a lot about the city. Wouldn't have thought to see the Intrepid but the boys (big and bigger) really enjoyed it and I thought the Kamikaze movie was especially moving.
Reviewed by: Annette H, February 2015
This tour was great. We started at 7:30am and finished around 1:30pm. We signed up for the optional 2pm 9/11 Museum Tour, which was definitely worth it. We ended up using our 2-day Water Taxi (ferry) pass the next day, since there was too much to see the first day.
It was great to bypass the Empire State Building lines to visit the top (we came around Christmastime and the lines were soooo long!!). The bus ride was great and very informative. The Intrepid Museum was awesome and I liked how the time was limited so I didn't have to stay too long (my husband would have wanted to stay for hours!). The ferry ride was fun (a bit windy and cold!) but very informative. Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum was very memorable. Great walk through the streets for more info about the city's history.
Would highly recommend this tour and especially our wonderful tour guide, Heidi! We enjoyed her informative presentations, her upbeat personality, and great sense of humor.