Q: My family wants to take a tour in New York City. Our teenage girls want something TV-related. My husband and I want the more traditional landmarks. Any suggestions for keeping everyone happy?
A: I hope you're planning to spend more than a day in the Big Apple. New York City offers hundreds of tours. Here is a small sample:
• Best bet: Everyone wins with the combo NBC Studio Tour and Rockefeller Center Tour. The girls get to see the studios where programs such as "The Today Show" and "Saturday Night Live" are taped, while you and the husband get a behind-the-scenes look at Rockefeller Center. The combo tour costs $24.95. Details: 212-664-3700.
• Movies and more: The "New York TV and Movie Sites" bus tour from On Location Tours takes visitors past the apartment building from "Friends," the restaurant from "When Harry Met Sally" and more. Cost is $36. Other tours offered feature spots from "Sex and the City" ($40), "The Sopranos" ($42) and "Gossip Girl" ($38). Details: www.zerve.com/onlocation.
New in 2009, this tour can be packaged with the NBC Studios Tour for $43. Details: www.zerve.com/onlocation/movieNBC.
• Tons of variety: City Sights NY offers hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tours in Downtown, Uptown or Brooklyn. Other tours include walking, food, biking and pub crawls. A popular one, "In the Steps of a Top Chef" ($45), is based around the TV show and features live knife demos, a snack at a Tom Colicchio eatery, a visit to a professional restaurant equipment store and more. Details: www.citysightsny.com.
• Land or sea: Bike the Big Apple offers some fabulous bike tours that take you past famous landmarks and into lesser-traveled locales. Details: www.bikethebigapple.com. Also check out Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, which give you a peek at all seven bridges, the five boroughs and 25 landmarks from the water around Manhattan. Details: www.circleline42.com.
• Fabulous and free: Take the free Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall Ferry Terminal (also known as South Ferry) in Manhattan to St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, passing the Statue of Liberty along the way. Details: www.siferry.com.
Take a free walking tour of Grand Central Station with the Municipal Art Society (212-935-3960) on Wednesdays or the Grand Central Partnership (212-883-2420) on Fridays. Details: www.grandcentralterminal.com/info/walkingtour.cfm.
Hear celebrities talk about 40 sites in Central Park. Just look for special green signs, then dial 646-862-0997 and the extension listed for that site. You can hear Yoko Ono talk about Strawberry Fields, named in memory of her husband, John Lennon, or Whoopi Goldberg talk about Wollman Rink, where she learned to ice skate.