New York City History & Culture Tours
Explore Famous NYC Sites Including the Statue of Liberty, Central Synagogue & More
Every step through New York City tells a story, and this town loves to share them with historic sites, museums, tours and monuments that have come to symbolize American culture—from family homes to places of worship, architectural beauties to sprawling parks.
New York is a city built for touring. Choose a double-decker bus, helicopter, cruise boat, or use your feet on a guided walking tour down 42nd Street past the Ford Foundation Building, Times Square and the New York Public Library. Explore Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial, or see a whole bunch of New York at once from the observation deck of the Empire State Building.
After a rough bout with Hurricane Sandy, our beloved Statue of Liberty is scheduled to reopen for tours on July 4. This summer, you can again climb her staircase and feel her magic. Get up close with history at preserved relics like the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, an 1820s era hotel with ladies parlors, tavern room and gardens, and Merchant’s House, the only house in New York to retain original furnishings from the early 19th century, including its own resident ghost.
Surrounding skyscrapers might dwarf it, but no structure outshines Lexington Avenue’s Central Synagogue, the city’s oldest. Built in the style of the Spanish Moors with a stained-glass rose window that faces the avenue, colorful stencil work, sentinel towers with gilded-onion domes and two grand organs, it offers tours as well as services. Overlooking Wall Street, Trinity Church’s long history dates to 1696.
Family outings might find you at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, filled with fun from live pythons to elephant bones. Or try the New York Hall of Science’s 450 permanent exhibits, or the Children's Museum of Manhattan.
Nostalgia fans can take a spin on an old fashioned carousel. New York has plenty to go around, from the famous 1908 Central Park Carousel and Le Carrousel in Bryant Park, to exquisitely carved Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Flushing Meadows Corona Park Carousel. Whether you take the train in or not, you may want to do a self-guided tour of Grand Central Station too!
Perhaps no city is prouder of its diverse cultures, on glorious display in events like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri Festival, April 27-28, with taiko drumming, samurai sword fighting and tea ceremonies. On June 9, join high-energy music, floats and celebrities, and a crowd of 80,000 in a march up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Summer hums with rhythms during the Harlem Jazz & Music Festival, a marathon party in July and August with concerts and dance, film and fashion, and many more mostly-free festivities to entertain an expected crowd of two million.
• 9/11 Memorial
• All New York Tours
• Brooklyn Children's Museum
• Central Park Carousel
• Central Synagogue
• Children's Museum of Manhattan
• Corona Park Carousel
• Empire State Building
• Harlem Jazz & Music Festival
• Jane’s Carousel
• Le Carrousel
• Manhattan’s Puerto Rican Day Parade
• Merchant’s House
• Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
• New York Hall of Science’s
• Sakura Matsuri Festival
• Statue of Liberty
• Trinity Church
For more information, visit the New York City region.