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Published April 24th 2011
Ask locals what they like to do when they entertain out-of-town guests (including those who live in other parts of New York State) and they'll most likely tell you to take a water cruise and an "on location" cruise. Not only are these different than the average walking or bus tours, but they guarantee that you and others will see quite a bit more of New York City than you may have imagined.
If you're looking for a good water cruise, choose the Zephyr Seaport Liberty Cruise. You'll board the yacht at Pier 16 in Manhattan and for one hour cruise around New York Harbor, passing many landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
This is a good all-weather cruise (when the water is safe, that is) because you can sit indoors on cold, windy days and enjoy the sun and cool breezes on warmer days. You can purchase snacks and beverages during your cruise, so you don't have to worry about having to lug a snack bag or your own drinks.
On location tours are exactly what they sound like: they take you to many of the sites where exterior and interior shots of TV shows such as "Friends" and "Seinfeld" (you'll actually visit the real-life "Soup Nazi" on this part of the tour), and movies such as "I Am Legend" and "Spider Man", as well as many others, were filmed. This is an especially fun tour, especially for TV or movie buffs.
One unique thing about this tour, though, is the fact that you tour five different areas of the City. These include Central Park South, Fifth Avenue, the Flatiron District and Chelsea, and Greenwich Village, SoHo, and the Meatpacking District. In addition, you'll also visit the famous Tribeca neighborhood and the Lower East Side. It would take you days to visit each of these places individually, but on location tours lets you see all of them in one visit. Then, if you find something particularly interesting, you can always return to that specific area for a longer stay.http://www.screentours.com/tour.php/manhattan/