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7 NYC deals that give you an excuse to play tourist

As a New Yorker, you probably grumble at tourists on the regular, but admit it: deep down, a part of you envies their ability to see the city with unjaded eyes.

These deals give you the perfect excuse to play tourist and indulge in a shameless day of NYC fun, no matter how long you've lived here... because on a dreary winter day, we could all use a new perspective.

Learn about NYC's skyline

What: Immerse yourself in the history of the
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What: Immerse yourself in the history of the city's iconic skyline through multi-media exhibits at the Skyscraper Museum.

Deal: $12 for admission for up to six or $25 for annual family membership

Buy it: Groupon.com

Drink your way through history

What: Bar crawl meets walking tour with the
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What: Bar crawl meets walking tour with the Drunk History of New York Tour, which takes you by the "Friends" apartment, Aaron Burr's townhouse and four pubs, colored with trivia, funny history and drink specials.

Deal: $22 for one, $40 for two or $70 for four

Buy it: Groupon.com

Visit a whimsical museum

What: Ripley's Believe It or Not! is the
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What: Ripley's Believe It or Not! is the gaudy, Times Square definition of tourist attraction, it's true, but if you've always been curious, like us, now's the time. Ripley's is celebrating 50 years since the creation of its comic book series, and its 20 themed galleries are whackier than ever.

Deal: $16 for one admission, $29 for two or $55 for four

Buy it: Groupon.com

See the city by bus

What: OK, hear us out on this one.
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What: OK, hear us out on this one. Skyline Sightseeing offers guided tours of NYC landmarks from a variety of routes, including an uptown tour, a downtown tour and a nighttime ride. You'll be warm, entertained, and probably even learn a thing or two.

Deal: $35 for one-day All City pass, which includes four guided tours

Buy it: Groupon.com

Get in touch with the paranormal

What: Haunted District ghost tours walk you through
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What: Haunted District ghost tours walk you through Central Park at night while telling gory, gruesome and ghoulish stories of the places you thought you knew.

Deal: $35 for two people or $65 for four

Buy it: LivingSocial.com

Test your survival skills

What: Put your problem solving and survival skills
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What: Put your problem solving and survival skills to the test with Mission Escape Games' room escape experience. You'll have one hour to piece together clues that will get you out.

Deal: $19 for one ticket or $35 for two

Buy it: LivingSocial.com

Get caffeinated

What: The Coffee & Tea Festival NYC will
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What: The Coffee & Tea Festival NYC will include more than 60 exhibitors pouring tastings of their best products, with food pairing ideas and tips.

Deal: $15 for one ticket

Buy it: LivingSocial.com

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