Night Tours, Cruises, Rooftops, Clubs, Attractions

New York City Nightlife offers something for everyone, every day and every night. After all, this IS the city that never sleeps. The standard nightlife, of course, is a restaurant, bar, club, Broadway show or concert, but here we highlight some of the best "only in NYC’ nightlife experiences, including tons of things to do with kids at night in NYC. Skyline views, dinner cruises, which Museums and Attractions are open late, best rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more.

See the New York City Skyline

If I had to pick my #1 favorite thing to do in NYC at night, it would be anything with a skyline view. Whether you take it in from a rooftop, boat tour, bus tour, dinner cruise, top of a skyscraper or your friend’s apartment..you MUST see our skyline twinkle, sparkle and wink right at you.

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NYC Comedy Clubs

Comedy clubs are a cornerstone of the NYC nightlife scene. Almost all the great comics either got their start here, or at least perform regularly. Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Jon Stewart, Tina Fey and Louis C.K. are some of the comedy superstars who call NYC home.

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NYC Comedy Clubs

Almost every comedy club requires a reservation, has an admission cost and/or 2 drink minimum. Are they worth it? Yes, especially those who rarely announce their shows in advance…that’s when you know the big names and superstars may just make a surprise appearance…

  • Greenwich Village Comedy Club – down the block from the Comedy Cellar, and sister club to Broadway Comedy and New York Comedy. Small, basement space underneath an Indian Restaurant, hosting regulars from Saturday Night Live.
  • Stand Up NY – this classic Upper West Side spot has hosted Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld.
  • Broadway Comedy Club – one of the larger comedy clubs, located in Midtown West (right off Times Square) and often attracts talent who have been on Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, America’s Got Talent and Last Comic Standing.
  • Caroline’s on Broadway – one of the oldest and most popular clubs in NYC, located in Times Square. Likely where you will see the most famous names on the schedule in advance.
  • Comedy Cellar – a dark, tiny and cramped East Village institution, that consistently hosts top names in comedy and has a ton of surprise guests, like Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari. You’ll also want to check out the Olive Tree Café upstairs, which has chalkboards for tables and silent films playing on walls.
  • Upright Citizens Brigade – named for the Comedy Central sketch show and founded by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler and others. Mostly features improv troupes and sketch groups, and a Sunday night favorite for Saturday Night Live stars and late-night talk show writers to both gather and perform.

Most clubs allow children ages 16+ in with an accompanying adult. See upcoming shows at: bestcomedytickets.com

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A Night at the Museum

Just a few times per year, the Museum of Natural History lets you sleep over!!!! And yes, it's just like the movie! Evening and morning snacks, cots to sleep on, a flashlight fossil fact-finding mission, live animals, private museum tours and more.

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This is an authentic NYC experience you and the kids can't miss! Ages 6 - 13, + an accompanying guardian. Read More: Museum Sleepovers NYC

NYC Dinner Cruises on the Harbor

A dinner harbor cruise is an excellent way to combine a lovely dinner and sightseeing. Most of the cruises depart at 7pm and run about 3 hours.

NYC Dinner Cruises on the Harbor

The price points are all pretty similar ($100-$150 pp) and it’s up to you to choose based on your preferences: family friendly, dress code, menu and music type. All the dinner cruises are high quality and these are listed from most casual to elegant.

  • Buffet Dinner Cruise – family-friendly with the wait staff singing popular tunes and an after dinner DJ
  • Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise – all glass boat, live music from a vocalist backed by an acoustic trio, jackets for men, cocktail attire for women

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NYC Bus Night Tour

A family-friendly evening bus tour is a great choice allowing you to easily see our twinkling lights, especially after a long day of sightseeing. Since I see and hear these guys outside my window EVERY night, I can say for sure, everyone loves to sit on the top of the double-decker bus!

The Ride NYC Bus Tour

Night Bus Tour Choices:

  • The Ride NYC Bus Tour - NYC's favorite bus tour! The Ride combines entertainment, hilarious improvisation and wild people-watching amusement on its one-of-a-kind New York City tour bus outfitted with stadium seating. Instead of facing forward, passengers sit facing the long side of the bus, so you can see tons more of NYC.
  • NY Night Bus Tour - 4 hrs, Tues/Thurs/Sat eves. Includes a short nighttime stroll on the High Line, then hop on a bus for a ride through Times Square, Rockefeller Center, SoHo, Chinatown and short walk through Grand Central.

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Using Sightseeing Passes at Night

While a large portion of tours and attractions are only available during the day, there are still plenty of ways to use the sightseeing passes at night. This is great if you want to pack your NYC visit and want to see the most in a short time. If that is the case, you’ll want to know what to schedule during the day and which attractions and tours you can push to evenings and nighttime.

For example, enjoy a leisurely dinner and then head up to the Top of Rock or Empire State Building..why rush through your days when in the City that Never Sleeps?

New York Explorer Pass – Choose Your Nightlife

  • Empire State Building, open until 2:00am
  • Top of the Rock, open until 12:00am
  • The Met Museum, open Fri/Sat until 9pm
  • Madame Tussauds – last entry 8pm Sun-Thurs and 10pm Fri-Sat
  • Ripleys Believe it or Not! – open until 1:00am
  • Statue by Night Cruise – daily 7:30pm
  • Night Time Bus Tour – last departure 8pm
  • Twilight Sightseeing Cruise – 6pm or 7:30pm
  • Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise – 6pm Fri-Sun

New York CityPASS – Nightlife Included

  • Empire State Building, open until 2:00am
  • Top of the Rock, open until 12:00am
  • The Met Museum, open Fri-Sat until 9pm
  • Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise – 6pm Fri-Sun

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New York City Lights Tours

See our beautiful Skyline from all angles – in any weather!

Sunset Sail aboard the Schooner Adirondack

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NYC Dinner & Skyline Cruise

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Champagne City Lights Cruise on Yacht Manhattan

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Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise

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New York City Lights Dinner Cruise

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Architecture and Lights of Gotham

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Lincoln Center - Opera, Ballet, NY Philharmonic, Jazz, Broadway

You really haven't been to NYC until you experience THE beating heart of our Arts & Culture scene, Lincoln Center, home to the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Ballet, Julliard School, Broadway and so much more. See what NYC's (always amazing) classic cultural scene has to offer while you are here.

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Broadway Shows NYC

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Broadway Shows will resume starting Sept 2021! We have opening dates for Hamilton, Aladdin, Phantom, Six, Diana & Music Man + 20 more shows and more being announced daily!

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NYC Nightclub Experience

Skip the lines, walk past the doorman and be escorted to your VIP table at several NYC nightclubs

NYC Nightclub Experience

Your NYC club host meets you in Times Square and takes you to several clubs, where you sit at VIP tables and receive 3 free drinks with your ticket. Possible club venues include Lavo, Marquee, 1Oak, Griffin, Hudson Terrace, Pink Elephant, Kiss and Fly, Highline Ballroom, Catch, Sky Room, and Gansevoort. All of these have been very ‘in’ clubs at some point and all have hosted celebrities, though on any given night, you never know who might be there. All are upscale, so dress to impress!

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Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

Set Sail Safely in 2021 with Classic Harbor Cruises

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Sunset Cruise on Yacht Manhattan

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Best New York City Hotel Rooftops

NYC Hotel Rooftops offer some of the best skyline views in the whole City, along with cocktails and food, views, pools, cabanas, sundecks and retractable roofs. Our top picks for the most surreal views and cocktails include:

New York City Hotel Rooftops

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Museums

Most every museum is open with reduced capacity, safety protocols  and most have reservations required. Check out the new Museum of Ice Cream (SoHo), Guggenheim, MoMA, Whitney and so many more museums from which to choose.

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Attractions & Sightseeing

Most every NYC attraction is open with reduced capacity, safety protocols and reservations required. Whether you want to sightsee from the sky or selfie with celebs @ Madame Tussauds, you can be safe and explore.

Go HIGH or Go Home

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory or Edge? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

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  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) opened March 2020, highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)

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Secret NYC Insider Tours

Explore our subways secrets with a local guide, go behind-the-scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, uncover surprising gems and historical tales of Grand Central Station, cocktail your way through Manhattan’s best and most secretive speakeasies and much more!

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Sightsee from the Sky

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory or Edge? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

New York City Tourist Attractions

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) opening March 2020, highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)

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Secret NYC Insider Tours

Explore our subways secrets with a local guide, go behind-the-scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, uncover surprising gems and historical tales of Grand Central Station, cocktail your way through Manhattan’s best and most secretive speakeasies and much more!

Things to do in New York with Kids

One of the best parts of NYC is that what is fun for kids is usually just as much fun for adults. If you are joining us in NYC for a family vacation, then please read all about our local kid's favorites, along with special tips just for visitors.

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FREE Things to do in New York City

There are tons of free things to do in New York all day, every day! Tours, attractions, museums, events, shows, sports, movie and more. Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy...you name it!

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New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

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Romantic Things to Do in NYC

There are tons of things to do on your romantic New York City vacation. Attractions open late with skyline views, Central Park Tours, VIP Experiences, a helicopter ride. Some of the most popular romantic ways to see NYC include:

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Romantic NYC Champagne & Skyline Cruises

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Private Central Park Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

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New York City Private Helicopter Tour with Champagne Toast

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Sunset Valentines Dinner Cruise in NYC

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Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

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Spot Celebrities in NYC

Celebrities in NYC

Where to find celebrities in NYC or which celebrities are living in NYC today are common questions by all, but celebrity sightings in NYC are way easier than you may think and happen all the time. You will, of course, see them on the subway, in Central Park, at the gym, in restaurants, at all the current hotspots, at shows and more. But here are some unique ways to see celebrities all over the city.

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Get Out of Town for a Day

NYC is within 3 hours of so many other cities and areas you can visit for just one day. The weather in April makes is pretty easy to head to Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, the Hamptons, Woodbury Common Shopping Outlets and more quite easily.

Day Trips Out of New York City

Whether you live in NY or are visiting, and no matter how much you love NYC, escaping for a day is a treat for everyone. Top choices for 1-day Out of Town:

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