As one of the most well-known and often visited cities in the world, there is no shortage of variety when it comes to tours and sightseeing options in NYC. New York is home to literally hundreds of different kinds of tours–highlighting everything from architecture and wildlife to nightclubs, landmarks, and family fun. And for those with a decidedly nerdy disposition, there are even tours that highlight the very geekiest that the Big Apple has to offer. Here’s a look at the best ways to nerd out to your heart’s content while vacationing in the big city.
As Seen on TV
If you’re a film or television buff, you’ll likely recognize many of New York’s famous landmarks, institutions, and buildings as the backdrops and locations to some of your favorite movies and TV shows. A quick online search should turn up plenty of NY tours that will take you to many of the most well-known destinations, and give you some background and behind the scenes info on your favorite shows and actors as well.
Get Your Grub On
Geekery and foodies go together like a Jedi and his first light saber. Why not take advantage of all of the gastronomic delights to be had while visiting New York–it is home to many of the best restaurants in the world, after all–and take a food tour? From organic eats to pub crawls and even pizza sampling excursions, there’s plenty of phenomenal noshing to be done in a day.
What could be better than combining sightseeing, laughter, panoramic views of the city, and a fun and feisty trivia competition? With The Ride, you can enjoy a day that’s part tour, part show, and completely unlike anything else going on in NYC right now. Plus, when you consider the value of everything you get for the price of a ticket–from a comfortable, fully air conditioned coach to street performers, frequent stops, and some of the best photo opportunities from any tour in the city, it can actually be a great way to tour New York City on a budget, as well.
Keep Calm and Hunt On
If you prefer to keep your tours light hearted (and self-guided) then consider ditching the traditional guided versions for a scavenger hunt, instead. Groups like family-friendly Stray Boots offer apps that you can download to your phone once you’ve chosen an itinerary for the day. Whether it’s the museum, the zoo, or an evening food truck crawl, they will then send you clues throughout the day–letting you pick up clues and have a blast with your group.