A friend recently recommended the Classic Harbor Line architectural tour around Manhattan. Seems like a great tour, but they don't allow below age 14. My youngest is 13. The company recommends Statue & Skyline as an alternative but that seems like a pretty poor substitute (described as light narration and lower Manhattan only). All of us are very interested in history and photography, and since it's the kids' first time visiting NYC I want them to get a good perspective of the city.
We've done the architectural and historic boat tours in Chicago even when my kids were younger and they loved it, so finding something similar would be ideal. The Circle Line tour seems like an option but I keep reading how some guides are great and others so-so, which is the risk with every tour of course. Evening cruise isn't possible because of shows and dinner reservations each night. Any suggestions beyond these two?