About Sex and the City Hotspots Tour – On Location Tours
Whether you’re a fashion-forward “Carrie” with a big heart, a sexy and scandalous “Samantha” with a take-no-prisoners attitude, a prim-and-proper romantic "Charlotte" or a self-assured "Miranda" juggling success and a family, you’ll want to grab your girlfriends and get on the bus — the Sex and the City Hotspots tour bus! One part sight-seeing trip, one part trivia game and one part hands-on shopping experience, Sex and the City Hotspots Tour brings fans of the iconic Sex and the City franchise directly to the real-life sights, sounds and tastes featured in the TV series and subsequent films, immersing them in the sexy and fun world of famous female best friends Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte.
Based on the best-selling novel by Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City debuted on HBO in 1998, and ran for six seasons. The show, which turned stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon into every girl's besties, detailed the personal, sexual and style exploits of a band of ladies looking for love and fulfillment in New York City. The award-winning series was named one of Time magazine's 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time, spawned two feature films and broke cultural ground for its candid talk about sex, femininity and sexual identity. Like Law & Order before it, Sex and the City brought The Big Apple into the homes of millions of viewers across the globe — New York wasn't just its setting, but its fifth star.
The Sex and the City Hotspots tour begins in front of the lavish Plaza Hotel on the edge of Central Park, where participants board an air conditioned bus, that traces a route through neighborhoods most prominently featured in Sex and the City, including the trendy Meatpacking District, picturesque West Village and chic shopping haven SoHo. The tour makes multiple stops where fans disembark to experience Sex and the City on foot. In true SATC fashion, this tour is Manolo-friendly, as foot stops are brief and don't cover much ground, so don't be afraid to strut your stuff in heels that would make Carrie squeal. Stops include a shopping trip to the Pleasure Chest, the adult store where Charlotte memorably purchases her “Rabbit;” a short break in the West Village for Carrie-approved cupcakes (included in the price of the tour) and a peek into renowned shoe designer Jimmy Choo’s shop; and a stop at Scout, the sleek bar “owned” by characters Steve and Aidan on the series, where participants (ages 21 and up) can kick back with Cosmos and other upscale alcoholic beverages (not included in the price of the tour).
Throughout the ride, enthusiastic tour guides toss out trivia questions (i.e., “What’s Mr. Big’s real name?” and “How did Charlotte meet her second husband?”), point out noteworthy New York buildings like The New York Public Library and play favorite scenes from the Sex and the City series on TV screens positioned throughout the bus.
Approximately three hours and 30 minutes
Sex and the City Hotspots is the ultimate up-close-and-personal experience for fans of the Sex and the City series and films, allowing devotees to literally wine, dine and dress like their favorite characters. Shopaholics and lovers of urban nightlife will especially appreciate this tour’s focus on some of the hottest boutiques, restaurants and speakeasies in the city. As a bonus, many of the featured shops and establishments on the tour offer discounts to tour riders, allowing fans to take the Sex and the City experience one step further.
Good for kids?
In a word: No. Sex and the City is a series for grown-ups, and the tour is no different. Several scenes from the show that are aired during the ride are too racy for children, and the stop at adult toy store The Pleasure Chest means exposure to sexually explicit content. Tour participants should note that alcohol, available at the final stop, will only be served to participants over 21 years of age (valid ID required).
On Location Tours Location Information:
57th Street and 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022
Begins: 5th Avenue between 57th and 58th streets, in front of The Plaza Hotel Ends: 42nd St. and 6th Ave., Bryant Park
N, Q, R to 5th Ave./59th St.
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