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7 Reasons to Take a Superhero Tour in New York City

Lights! Camera! Superhero action! Whether you like to admit it or not, everybody loves a good superhero. My personal favourite? Ant-man. Extreme sarcasm and the ability to change size? What’s not to love about Scott Lang?! And where better to realise this adoration than New York City – the epicentre of all things heroic and just? Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Jessica Jones and all the original Avengers have fought to save this epic metropolis on screen, and together have somehow done the impossible: they’ve made the Big Apple even more iconic than it already is.

Planning a trip to Manhattan? Here’s why you should pay homage to all the heroes and comic books by taking a Super Tour of NYC with On Location Tours:

You’ll be led by a guide in a cape

Yes tour lovers – nothing quite beats a guide who knows their stuff AND wields Thor’s hammer, all while donning a bright red cape. If that doesn’t get you excited – and get you learning all there is to know about 40 of the best superhero spots in New York City – we don’t know what will.

Discover the heart of Manhattan

No visit to this legendary city is complete without a trip to Times Square. And, for all you superhero fans out there, you’ll remember that this is of course where Peter Parker fought Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and where Captain America came face-to-face with modern times in The First Avenger.

Opt to continue exploring by sea

This is primarily a sightseeing bus and walking tour, but when it finishes in Battery Park at the very tip of Manhattan, you can choose to continue on your own superhero adventure by riding the Staten Island Ferry. After all, remember when Peter Parker saved a boat-load of people in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Alternatively you can book onto a Statue of Liberty cruise to see Lady Liberty up close – seen in X-Men and Superman: The Movie – and in doing so you'll even have the opportunity to visit the historic Ellis Island too, also featured in X-Men.

Embrace the one-true on-demand TV god: Netflix

The Super Tour of NYC doesn’t discriminate. In fact, even Netflix’s Marvel TV shows – we’re talking Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist – get a big nod. You’ll be taken to locations such as Hogarth’s office in Midtown, the spot in Chinatown where Danny Rand fights for his life, and City Hall, where Matt Murdock – aka the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen – and Foggy defend their clients.

Tick off some of the best superhero movie moments

If you had a superhero bucket list, these would be on it. You’ll visit the NY Daily News Building from Superman, stand where the infamous Battle of New York took place in The Avengers, gaze up at the Chrysler Building – utilised in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – see the spot where Uncle Ben spoke the immortal ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ words to Peter Parker, head for where Batman fought Bane at the New York Stock Exchange – a pivotal scene in The Dark Knight Rises – and discover the triangular Flatiron Building, made famous as The Daily Bugle offices in the Spider-Man movies.

Catch the villains too

Of course superhero flicks aren’t just about the heroes. On this tour you’ll visit Grand Central Station – home to Lex Luthor’s secret lair – and stop by Norman Osborn’s home too, where the wealthy tycoon fully embraced his Green Goblin alter ego.

Kids can celebrate hero-style

The guys at On Location Tours love to celebrate, which is why – if it’s your child’s birthday – they can arrange a special package for you to mark the milestone! The party event is completely private, so you can assemble all your chums and embark on the NYC tour together. The customised adventure can even include cakes, cookies, party favours, and a superhero T-shirt for the birthday boy or girl. It doesn’t get more kick-ass than that.

Chat to your Flight Centre Travel Expert about including the Super Tour of NYC on your next tailor-made USA holiday.

Written by Alexandra Cronin (Gregg)

Once a roving local news reporter and now a travel-obsessed writer/sub, I'm head-over-heels for nature, wildlife and the ocean. When I'm not getting up close to animals and sea creatures, I'm seeking out the sets of my favourite TV shows around the world. Follow me @wonderg1rl89.