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Manhattan Skyline
Perhaps the most common backdrop for opening scenes of movies for the past several decades, the Manhattan skyline is New York City's shining beacon, designed to impress and inspire. From historical fixtures like the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building to One World Trade Center, the man-made masterpiece dazzles at any time of day and from any vantage point in the NYC area.

The Basics
From land, water, and air, there are plenty of ways to admire the Manhattan skyline. Take a cruise on the Hudson River, East River, or New York Harbor for views of the city skyline and other landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or Manhattan Bridge, an activity that provides the chance to see the skyline at your own pace. For aerial views, head to the top of Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, or One World Observatory, or opt for a helicopter tour for a VIP-style experience in the Big Apple.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The skyline is broken into two notable sections—Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan.
  • The walk from One World Trade Center to the Empire State Building is about three miles (five kilometers).
  • If you want to visit a skyscraper observatory such as that at the Empire State Building, consider a skip-the-line ticket to avoid the typically long wait.
  • For water views without booking a cruise, hop on the free Staten Island Ferry.

When to Get There
Consider the time of day for your viewing based on what you're looking for. If you want great photos, avoid the middle of the day, when the sun is high; for a romantic atmosphere, opt for a dinner cruise or nighttime stroll. Go during the holidays for the chance to admire the skyline in the snow and see the landmark buildings decked out in seasonal decorations.

Famous Buildings in the Manhattan Skyline
The 102-story Empire State Building is possibly the most iconic piece of architecture on the planet, built in 1931 in Art Deco style. The Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center offer more Art Deco examples, while the Time Warner Center, 4 Times Square, and One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) feature modern architecture.
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Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York City

Craft Beer Sailing Cruise in New York City

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Embark on a unique sailing adventure on this craft beer cruise of New York Harbor. Take in fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty from aboard a replica of a historic tall ship—one of the largest vessels in the country. As you sail, taste six different New York craft beers served with cheese and charcuterie form a local Brooklyn deli. You can even take a turn at the helm if you like!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.52
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$89.52
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Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg

Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg

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This walking tour through Brooklyn's trendy Williamsburg neighborhood offers a brief look at Brooklyn history and its influence on contemporary culture, with an insider guide leading the way. Meet-up just steps from the subway, and begin your adventure uncovering trends and traditions—from the urban street art scene to hip local businesses. Venture past historical buildings, chic boutiques, and neighborhood cafés reflecting the area's laid-back vibe. Then be sure to capture the iconic Manhattan skyline from the scenic Brooklyn waterfront.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$32.00
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$32.00
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Valentine's Day Weekend 2020 Sunset Sail

Valentine's Day Weekend 2020 Sunset Sail

Celebrate Valentine's Day and Weekend with your loved ones aboard Our yacht departing from pier 36 right under the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Enjoy a beautiful sunset sail on the New York Harbor with someone close to your heart. Cozy up as you take in the New York's most iconic sights - the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge and the NYC Skyline - all while sipping on a glass of wine or hot coco from our cash bar.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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$32.00

New York City Easy Sunday Cocktail & Jazz Sail

New York City Easy Sunday Cocktail & Jazz Sail

If you're looking for a relaxing Sunday morning excursion, without the hassle of busy brunch lines, try this scenic cocktail cruise on New York Harbor. After you hop aboard the sailboat, grab an included cocktail and sit back to let the harbor breeze blow your hair. Along the way, take in views of the city skyline, and see top sights including the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.54
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$89.54
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New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine and Cheese

New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine and Cheese

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Set sail in the waters of New York City on the only floating designated landmark around on this wine and cheese waterway experience. Float through the New York City Harbor as you sip on top wines and sample local cheese. Cruise alongside the State of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Brooklyn Heights and New York City skylines on this relaxing excursion. This tour is the perfect way to unwind on the water and enjoy some of the city's top attractions while sipping wine.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.07
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$111.07
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour

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Get up close and personal with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on a tour that covers two NYC landmarks. Listen to the live narration from you guide through your own personal headset; enjoy priority access to the ferry; and get the best views of Manhattan as you cross New York Harbor by boat. Plus, if you upgrade, ascend the Statue of Liberty pedestal for privileged views of the city skyline.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$57.99
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$57.99
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Brooklyn Bridge Photography Tour with NYC Skyline Views

Brooklyn Bridge Photography Tour with NYC Skyline Views

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One of the most photogenic attractions in New York City is the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, which is the star of the show on this Brooklyn photography tour designed for photo fanatics. Get ready to snap great pictures once you meet-up with your group of fellow photo enthusiasts on the Manhattan side of the bridge. As you walk across, capture the bridge's bold design, admire the views of the Manhattan skyline, and even get a few tips on lighting and composition from your guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
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$100.00
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New York City Shearwater Daytime Statue Sail

New York City Shearwater Daytime Statue Sail

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See some of New York’s top attractions away from the mobs of people on land during this daytime Statue of Liberty sail aboard a historical sailing ship. Cruise around New York Harbor, and enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline, plus landmarks like One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Brooklyn Bridge After Hour Cruise

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Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Brooklyn Bridge After Hour Cruise

Set sail on the Hudson River on this scenic happy hour cruise. See Manhattan’s skyline and popular landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Dance to the live onboard DJ and choose from a substantial menu of snacks and drinks for purchase. Bring your camera for several photo opportunities throughout the cruise.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.00
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NYC Street Art Bike Tour

NYC Street Art Bike Tour

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Once just a town on the outskirts of Manhattan, Williamsburg has become an inseparable part of the image most people have when they think of New York. Bike rent NYC is expanding to offer our customers the chance to explore this so called ‘little Berlin’ as part of a guided bike tour. Over the course of this two hour tour, one of our expert guides will lead you across the Williamsburg bridge and along the Waterfront, giving you the chance to soak up the views of the Manhattan skyline and the converted factories that line the river’s edge. The route back to the bridge will involve winding through the streets of Williamsburg, admiring the colorful murals that cover much of its exposed brick walls, and the independent vintage stores and cafes that are springing up all around this vibrant area. Discover Williamsburg from the comfort of a bike with us, every day at 10:00.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.27
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Private New York City Sunset Boat Tour

Private New York City Sunset Boat Tour

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This classic private tour showcases the Manhattan skyline and the natural beauty of a stunning sunset. Depart from North Cove Marina near the iconic Freedom Tower and set sail on a tour that highlights the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and more. Pack food and drinks to ensure a memorable evening as you take in stunning views of one of the world's most dynamic cities.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$586.67
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NYC Lights Tour by Limousine

NYC Lights Tour by Limousine

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Experience the Big Apple in style on a 2-hour private tour by party bus or limousine.  Take in Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and other iconic attractions from the comfort of your private vehicle. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to stop in DUMBO Brooklyn for classic photos in front of the Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. If you choose the party bus, enjoy complimentary champagne during the tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$539.00
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Christmas Lights Tour - Dyker Heights in Brooklyn

Christmas Lights Tour - Dyker Heights in Brooklyn

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Winter is the most wonderful time of the year! One neighborhood in New York is particular – Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. There, the residents take Christmas decorations to a new level - houses decorated with thousands of lights, toy soldiers, Santa Clauses and even motorized Christmas displays. If you want an easy, fun way to experience Christmas join this Dyker Heights Christmas lights Tour. Total duration is 4 hours • Luxury SUV or Stretch Limousine • Get a breathtaking view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge • See the famous Christmas lights of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn • A final stop at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$499.00
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$499.00
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Brooklyn 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour, with Private Driver-Guide

Brooklyn 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour, with Private Driver-Guide

No trip to New York City is complete without a visit to Brooklyn, and though run-of-the-mill tours will show you the highlights, a private outing is the best way to see more in less time. Enjoy a complete Brooklyn tour with this full-day adventure, with your own guide to whisk you around in a private minivan. With hassle-free hotel pickup, views of the NYC skyline, and stops at top attractions like the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Coney Island, this tour truly covers it all.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$849.00
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New York City Nightclub Tour

New York City Nightclub Tour

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New York is nicknamed the 'City that Never Sleeps' for a reason. It's one of the best towns for clubbing on the planet. This guided tour gives you a thumping introduction to the Big Apple's nightlife scene. Start by meeting for a cocktail at a chic lounge and then move on to a posh nightclub. Best of all, breeze right past the bouncers and the velvet rope, indulge in complimentary libations and dance the night away. 
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

New York City Rooftop Bar Crawl with VIP Skip-the-Line Entrance

New York City Rooftop Bar Crawl with VIP Skip-the-Line Entrance

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New York City has some of the best nightlife in the world—if you know where to go. With this insider's tour, stay up all night in the "City that Never Sleeps" by taking in the best rooftop parties. Save hours with VIP entrance and dance the night away at two rooftop clubs and one bar. Sip one complimentary drink at each venue and enjoy the safety and convenience of transportation between stops.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

Best of the Borough - Design Your Own Tour

Best of the Borough - Design Your Own Tour

Pick A Borough (or boroughs) - and your preferred language (please allow more than 48 hours notice for other languages than English) This tour is a totally customizable borough tour! You choose duration for you and your travel companions up to 6 hours. Can't find what you really want online? Well, look no further. We have years of experience creating unique, and individualized itineraries that fits more or less everybody traveling to New York City. Choose a borough - or let it be a cross-borough kind-of-tour! Up to 6 hours of fun exploring with a local tour guide. This is a WALKING TOUR. We will utilize public transportation when needed. Cost of public transportation is not included.
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  • 6 hours
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$640.00
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New York Airport Luxury Departure Transfer via Stretch Limousine, SUV, Sedan

New York Airport Luxury Departure Transfer via Stretch Limousine, SUV, Sedan

Public transport can be a hassle and taxi services can be a bit wishy-washy. Avoid these inconveniences altogether, and opt for this private transfer service that ensures you conclude your visit to NYC on a high note. Get picked up outside your accommodations, and settle in for a smooth journey to your chosen airport.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour NYC

Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour NYC

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While prohibition made alcohol illegal in 1920s New York, the city still retained an illicit bar scene. This prohibition-themed Manhattan tour visits some of the city’s self-styled “speakeasies”—cocktail dens and taverns that mimic the era’s outlawed bars—to enjoy drinks (own cost) with a dose of history—an experience hard to replicate independently. See prohibition-period sights, and savor each bar's atmosphere alongside prohibition and bootlegger stories from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.34
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New York Rooftop and Club Nightlife Tour

New York Rooftop and Club Nightlife Tour

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Explore the nightlife of New York City on a tour that guarantees skip-the-line access at top venues. You might visit a bar, speakeasy, live music hall, rooftop lounge, or dance club depending on what’s available that evening. Travel with a small group and guide who provides free admission and complimentary drinks as you meet new people during this worry-free night out in New York.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
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Real New York Ultra Bar Crawl

Real New York Ultra Bar Crawl

Even if you're only enjoying a short stay in New York City, you can still get a taste of the city's famous nightlife with this after-dark excursion with a group of fellow partiers. Meet your guide downtown before you're whisked to a few of NYC's most popular bars, speakeasies, and even rooftop hangouts. As you rub shoulders with locals and tourists alike, you can skip the lines, enjoy free entry, and sip a complimentary drink—all included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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New York City Ultimate Nightlife Group Tour

New York City Ultimate Nightlife Group Tour

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If you’re not familiar with NYC, going out at night can seem pretty intimidating. This NYC nightlife tour puts your mind at ease by planning out your night for you. Be led by a guide who knows the downtown area better than most and visit four different venues from rooftop bars to speakeasys. Enjoy skip-the-line entry at each location and two drinks included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.27
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VIATOR SPECIAL: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sunset Cruise

VIATOR SPECIAL: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Sunset Cruise

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See the spectacular New York City skyline and the iconic Statue of Liberty during this sunset cruise that sets sail from Pier 15. Snap photos of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges before passing by Lower Manhattan on route to Ellis Island. Take in the colourful sky as the sun goes down and watch the twinkling city lights come to life.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.00
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Easter Sunday Dinner Cruise by Statue of Liberty with Buffet Dancing

Easter Sunday Dinner Cruise by Statue of Liberty with Buffet Dancing

Relish a buffet dinner, with a glass of Champagne or wine as you celebrate Easter. See some of the city's most famous landmarks as you go, and enjoy an onboard DJ and dancing. Seating is limited to 150 and there is an onboard cash bar should you wish to buy more drinks. Easter Dinner buffet menu is as follows: • Champagne toast or Wine • Caesar Salad • Penne Rigate with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil • Baked Tilapia served in a White Wine Sauce • Chicken Francaise • Carving Board of Oven Roasted Pork Loin with Traditional Homemade Applesauce • Medley of Seasonal Fresh Vegetables • Oven Roasted Baby New Potatoes • Assorted Dinner Rolls and Sweet Butter • Chef's Selection of Valentines Desserts • Freshly Brewed Coffee and Herbal Tea
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  • 3 hours
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$99.00
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$99.00