I have been to New York City too many times to count. Having a mom that grew up in Brooklyn, and being born there, I guess helps in adding to the number of my visits. Every time I travel to a city, like San Francisco or New York, I really enjoy taking a double-decker bus tour through the city. The benefits of hopping on and off are fantastic, for you can see and learn so much about the city, and then get on and off the bus wherever you choose.
NYC Skyline Sightseeing Double Decker Bus Tours
For Spring Break this year, my best friend of over 25 years and I decided to take our teenage daughters to NYC. A first time in the city for my two girls, it was important to us to see as much as possible. With an agenda of the “must sees” that we put together a few weeks before we traveled, we found one of the best ways to see as much as possible and to learn a little history about the city was to take a NYC Skyline Sightseeing Double Decker Bus Tour.
With 6 different tours to choose from, we were given the 24 hour all city pass.
Unlimited 24 hour access to all of our Double Decker open top tours. See NYC’s landmarks your way with our Hop-on, Hop-off bus tours, get off & get back on where and whenever you like. Learn interesting facts about NYC with our educational multi-lingual audio guide, available in 10 different languages. Don’t have headset? No worries, one free pair of headsets are included with your tickets. See New York City the only way it should be seen, with Skyline Sightseeing!
Due to having just a limited amount of time, this pass was perfect for us. We were able to do all we wanted to do downtown on the first day like SoHo, Chinatown, and Top of the Rock. And then in the morning of the second day we hopped on the double decker to take us uptown to catch a horse and carriage ride to the MET. Since we picked up the pass at around 1:00 pm on Friday and it was good for 24 hours, that worked out perfectly for us.
There are so many different ways to get the pass. The easiest of course is to plan ahead and order them online at their website http://skylinesightseeing.com/, or you can go to one of the locations throughout the city to purchase the passes, including with people at the various stops that have a credit card machine handy to make it as easy as possible for their customers. We picked up our tickets at the welcome desk located at 235 West 42nd Street ( 42nd St Between 7th & 8th Ave) Phantom of Broadway Gift Shop.
Unfortunately it was raining while we were touring the city, so we didn’t sit on top where you get an open-air city view, but the windows are large, and it’s a perfect alternative to stay dry. When you get on the bus they provide you with headsets for you to keep and use each time you return onto the bus. They also offer rain ponchos, but it was a little chilly and, well, we were with teenagers, and you know, there’s that whole getting your hair and makeup messed up thing. But we didn’t feel like being on the inside took away from the experience for we still enjoyed the ride.
Having only 3 full days in the city we couldn’t hit it all. But without a doubt, when I go back I will use Skyline Sightseeing Tours again. I will also take advantage of the special discount offers they have with some of the local attractions like the Empire State Building, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Madame Tussauds, and even a helicopter ride.
Have you been to NYC? What would your first hop off spot be?
*Skyline Sightseeing Tours provided me 5 all city passes for us to use for review purposes. Images that are not mine were provided to be Skyline Sightseeing. All opinions are my own.