Brooklyn Walking Tour - I never really knew much about Brooklyn besides what I saw in movies, so I was intrigued to learn the history of this super distinct neighborhood. Our three hour tour was led by a local who took us over the bridge and explained how it was made, taught us the neighborhood's history and pointed out all the local hotspots. As someone who always imagined Brooklyn as an area where starving artists and hipsters lived, I was shocked to learn that apartments are often selling in the millions. Note: While this is a "free" tour, it is recommended that you tip your guide $5-10.
Staten Island Ferry - looking for a relaxing way to take in the city skyline or get a closer view of the statue of liberty? Hop on the Staten Island Ferry, which boards right by Battery Park (perfect to do right after you finish your Brooklyn Walking Tour). We rode the ferry to Staten Island, hopped off (you’re not allowed to stay on and have to brave the crowd to re-board), hopped back on and rode back for a decent view of the Statue of Liberty.
You can also spend your days touring around the various neighborhoods that make up NYC. Read through our neighborhood guide to find all of our suggestions.