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Valentine's Day: New York City by night and dinner for $79 each

February 01, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The nighttime tour of Manhattan includes a boat ride past the Statue of Liberty.
The nighttime tour of Manhattan includes a boat ride past the Statue of Liberty. (Mario Tama/Getty Images )

"Valentine's Day" and "sightseeing tour" probably shouldn't be uttered in the same sentence. But I like the pace and low cost of this night-time spin around New York City. The Highline, the Statue of Liberty and the top of 30 Rock as well as dinner in Little Italy are all part of the tour for $79 a person.

The deal: The five-hour Night on the Town Tour from Gray Line New York takes $10 off each ticket by buying online rather than at a ticket booth or elsewhere. Prices including tax cost $79 for adults and $53 for children 3-11. The tour starts at 6 p.m and includes:

--an hour on a guided walking tour of the Highline, the former elevated train route turned park in the meatpacking district;
--an hour for dinner at Grotta Azzura in Little Italy;
--an hour-long water taxi tour with a Champagne toast near the Statue of Liberty;
--an hour visiting the Top of the Rock Observatory.

When: The offer is good daily with some blackout dates.

Details: Whether you go on Valentine's Day or another day, the online tour price saves money on the sightseeing and meal. If you did the tour on your own, it would cost $25 each for the water taxi tour and $25 for the Top of the Rock Observatory. Add on dinner, the walking tour and transportation from point to point and it's sure to come to more than $79. 

Contact: Gray Line New York Night on the Town Tour, (800) 669-0051.

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