Unique Birthday Ideas in NYC

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New York City is a vibrant place with numerous attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, Broadway shows, Central Park and Times Square. But you can choose to spend your birthday by bypassing all the well-known tourist attractions and enjoying the city in new, interesting and unique ways.

Accomplice Show

  • Explore New York City in a new way on your birthday by going on the unique Accomplice mystery tour. Accomplice is a three-hour walking tour that takes place in several prominent New York districts, such as SoHo and Chinatown, and runs yearly from March to November. Purchase a ticket and you will receive a text message a few days before the show starts with the starting location for your group. The tour is part scavenger hunt and part interactive theater; you receive information and clues that lead you from one location to the next, as you unravel the mystery and solve the "crime." Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and eat before the show, as only light refreshments are provided.

    Accomplice: New York

    888-969-4440

    accomplicetheshow.com

Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise

  • Embark on a romantic three-hour, nighttime dinner cruise on your birthday and enjoy food, drinks, dancing and the scenic evening skyline while sailing around the New York harbor. Choose to book an intimate dinner for two or enjoy a large gathering of up to 600 guests, so all of your friends and family can celebrate with you on your special day. Live entertainment is provided, and appropriate dinner dress attire is slacks and dress shirts for men and slacks, capris or a sundress for women (no jeans, t-shirts or shorts). Alternative Spirit Cruise packages include casual lunch cruises, themed cruises and holiday cruises.

    Spirit Cruises

    Pier 62, Chelsea Piers

    West 23rd Street

    New York, NY 10011

    866-483-3866

    spiritcruises.com

New York City Helicopter Tour

  • Enjoy the scenic sights of New York City from an aerial point of view by taking a helicopter tour on your birthday. CitySights NY offers a variety of packages for a range of prices, including the popular 12- to 15-minute helicopter tour that includes New York's most famous landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn, Ellis Island and the Empire State Building. Other packages offered include combination helicopter and double-decker bus tours so you can see and enjoy New York from the air and the ground.

    CitySights NY Visitor Center

    234 West 42nd Street

    (Lobby of Madame Tussauds)

    New York, NY 10018

    212-812-2700

    citysightsny.com

Famous Fat Dave's Eating Tour

  • For a unique way to spend your birthday, choose to schedule an eating tour with Famous Fat Dave and enjoy the scenic sights and mouthwatering cuisines of New York City. Fat Dave can take you and up to six of your friends around New York in his taxi cab and stop at his personal picks of best spots for you to sample a variety of cuisines. Tours are available in a variety of packages, range from two to six hours and include all food and drinks. Email: dave@famousfatdave.com to schedule your eating tour.

    Famous Fat Dave's Five Borough Eating Tour

    famousfatdave.com

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