Look out onto the New York Skyline and what do you see? Whether you're a seasoned New Yorker or visiting for the first time, the familiar sights of the Empire State Building and Statue Of Liberty are bound to be a draw, but there's much more to the five vibrant boroughs of New York City than first meets the eye. Book an Official New York Pass for 1-10 days for free entry to hundreds of attractions and activities. Collect or download your pass and free guidebook, and decide your first move – will it be one of these unique activities?
Work up an appetite for hidden gems and get away from the pricey street food stands and restaurant tourist traps on a range of guided tours from Food On Foot. Choose from tours themed around sweet, savoury, meat or even ice cream, or focus your appetite on a specific area, such as Mid Town or East Village. For something different, follow in the footsteps of former New York resident and legendary surrealist poet Edgar Allen Poe, on the Bronx's Little Italy And Arthur Avenue Tour. Find out how the borough has evolved, mingle with the locals and sample some treats from famous Italian bakeries.
As scenic photo ops go, the Hudson River has some of the best, and the New York Pass allows you to explore the riverside at your own pace with a day's bike rental. Ride The Hudson River Greenway to cover all of Manhattan, including the bright lights of Times Square. If you'd rather be on the water than by the side of it, then hop aboard the Clipper City Tall Ship Cruises one-hour sightseeing tour. Cruise by the Statue of Liberty, marvel at national landmark Governors Island, and see Ellis Island – the historical immigrant gateway to America.
There's no better way of embracing all things baseball than with a visit to the Yankee Stadium. Easily found as a stop on the hop-on, hop-off bus tour, or via 161st subway station, the stadium runs tours every day of the week, all year round. Use your New York Pass to view historical artefacts, or take in the impressive monument park, the New York Yankees Museum or the dug out.
If you want to experience the unique atmosphere of a baseball game in action, then from mid-June to September your pass will also offer entry to a Staten Island Yankees Game. Watch a game of baseball unfold at Richmond County Ball Park, which is a short boat ride from Manhattan, and neighbours the Staten Island ferry terminal.
The beauty in New York lies not just in its architecture, but in its green spaces too. Head over to the Bronx and visit the New York Botanical Gardens. Included in their 50+ garden spaces is a children's srea with interactive activities, a home gardening space and a rose garden, which at the height of the season could have up to 650 roses in full bloom, which would make for quite a photo opportunity!
There is beauty with an international twist over at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Washington Avenue. Don't miss the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden with a beautiful waterfall and elegant planting and the Shakespeare Garden, which features plants and flowers featured in the playwright's famous works.
What does Madagascar, Arthur and Men In Black have in common? All three movies used the world famous Grand Central Terminal as a filming location. Visit this iconic location and take a self-guided audio tour which has plenty of facts about the architecture of the impressive station, and why it's such an important landmark of the city. Don't miss the world's largest Tiffany Clock in the Transportation Statue, the Whispering Gallery and the striking astrological ceiling decoration.
Last but by no means least, turn your footsteps towards Central Park for an On Locations Tours walking experience, that will take in many of the famous filming locations found in the world famous park. Spot the Boathouse Cafe seen in When Harry Met Sally, where the pigeon scene was filmed in Home Alone 2 and fun locations from films as varied as The Smurfs, The Avengers and Ghostbusters. Experience a slice of movie magic every day from March to December. A New York Pass provides all this and more for the perfect holiday in America's most iconic city!