With all of its tours, tourist attractions and Broadway musicals, there are plenty of things to do in the Big Apple. But, did you know there is one place in New York City that you will probably never get to tour? It’s called Hog Island and it was a mile-long island south of Rockaway Beach. You probably won’t ever get to visit on a tour because it disappeared in 1893. According to New York City’s leading hurricane historian, Nicholas Coch, a geology professor at Queen’s College, it is the only reported incidence where an island was removed by a hurricane.

However, never fear. There are a number of other places in New York City that are waiting to be toured. Here are 10 of the top places you should visit.

  1. Brooklyn Bike Tours – It is a great way to see one of the boroughs of the City and see the city under an open sky. If you do not have a bicycle, the rental company has one and they also provide a helmet and a bottle of water. Peddle through historic neighborhoods, taste tempting desserts, enjoy breathtaking views by the waterfront and cultural celebrations atop a bicycle. Tours are all-inclusive and guides are licensed. Need a guide who speaks Italian, Spanish or another language besides English? You can book a trip online at: www.brooklynbiketours.com.
  2. Citifari – If you don’t have much time to spend in New York City, see the City from the view of several photographers. Only a two hour excursion, guides show visitors some of the City’s captivating landmarks and offer tips how to get great photos of said landmarks. It is a good tour to take if you prefer intimate, small gatherings and aren’t crazy about large crowds. For more about tours being offered, visit www.citifari.com.
  3. Adirondack Sunset Sail – See New York City from the water. This tour aboard an 80-foot yacht offers visitors unique views of the City and the ability to enjoy a relaxing sail the sunset is leaving. Taking a two-hour tour of the City via the New York Harbor is one way to get away from the noise of the City. Day tours are $46 for adults and $26 for children for a two-hour trip. Sunset cruises are $64 per adult and the evening cruise is only for adults, as complimentary drinks are served. For more information or to book a cruise, visit: www.sail-nyc.com.
  4. Fashion Window Walking Tour – Where’s Hollywood Monroe when you need him? Shop-a-holics will enjoy the fact there is a walking tour designated to their favorite activity. If you love for shopping and know the world of fashion, you will appreciate starting by Macy’s in Herald Square and continuing through Fifth Avenue. Who wouldn’t want to get glimpses of Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s, Bergdorf’s window displays? Though some visitors visit the Empire State Building, there is no shame in liking shopping instead. This two-hour walking tour has caught the attention of those in the fashion industry. For more information on the WindowsWear walking route, visit: www.windowswear.com.
  5. Apollo Theater – Did you know originally the theater did not permit black patrons. However, today, it serves as a good example of living change. It hosts amateur night, where stars, like Ella Fitzgerald, got their career starts. Though the burlesque theater did not permit blacks at one time, today, it honors the accomplishments of African-Americans and celebrates their heritage. Patrons can also take a historic tour of the theater. For more information, visit: www.apollotheater.org.
  6. New York Beer and Brewery Tour – If you have always been interested in the many craft brews made in New York City, this is a tour that you will love. This is a good tour to take if you want to know what is happening in the brewing world and sample some good brews. It also allows you time to sit back and relax and not have to do the driving. Snacks are provided with this tour. For more information, visit: www.tourguidesofnewyork.com.
  7. New York Beer and Brewery Tour – If you have always been interested in the many craft brews made in New York City, this is a tour that you will love. This is a good tour to take if you want to know what is happening in the brewing world and sample some good brews. It also allows you time to sit back and relax and not have to do the driving. Snacks are provided with this tour. For more information, visit: www.tourguidesofnewyork.com.
  8. The Federal Reserve Bank – Many attractions in New York City are fun and give great views of the City, but they aren’t free. The Fed’s free tour allows you to see the gold bank vaults, lets you see how a bank operates, and you can test your knowledge at the Interactive media center known as FedWorks. The best part is you do get to walk away with a little money — shredded, of course. as a souvenir. If you want to visit the Fed though, you must make reservations a week in advance at least and do not be late on the day you choose. Security procedures preceding the tour may be lengthy. For more information, visit www.newyorkfed.org.
  9. Noshwalks – It almost sounds as though Noshwalks could be code for something thrilling. It is no code for anything, but it is the opportunity to explore the many neighborhoods in New York and sample some of the foods offered in the area. Since New York is known as a melting pot, it is no wonder there are many different foods from around the world. The best part of this tour is that you get to try food from bakeries, restaurants, and food stores across New York. For more information, visit www.noshwalks.com
  10. Harlem is Home Tour – If you have never been to New York, you have hear stories of Harlem having some of the roughest neighborhoods. However, Harlem also has much to offer as a neighborhood. Did you know Harlem has several architectural treasures that often are not fully appreciated, such as Sugar Hill? These handsome apartment buildings are only one of the number of architectural jewels that some never take time to stop and see. Ran by a nonprofit, this tour shows many wonders which can be found in Harlem, visit: www.onestopharlem.org.