New York City Walking tours

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NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Tour with One World Observatory

1. NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Tour with One World Observatory

Remember the terrible events of 11 September 2001 on a 9/11 walking tour and journey through the former World Trade Center in New York. Guided by New Yorkers with a personal connection to 9/11, the tour includes personal anecdotes and touching stories of tragedy and heroism. Meet at St. Paul's Chapel to see the church that miraculously survived the falling buildings and debris, despite being only a block away from the World Trade Center. Learn how it became a makeshift rescue center and its iron fence a bulletin board. Hear heroic stories of the emergency responders at the Firefighter's 9/11 Memorial Wall, and see the Engine and Ladder Company 10/10, the fire station at Ground Zero. Enter the 9/11 Memorial and see the Reflecting Absence Memorial, a man-made waterfall symbolizing the vast void left by the tragedy. Look at the names of the nearly 3,000 victims placed around the waterfall next to their friends, family members, and colleagues. See the new Freedom Towers and World Trade Center rising from the ground. Stay as long as you wish at this beautiful 8-acre oasis. Make use of timed entry tickets at the 9/11 Museum and One World Observatory. Once inside, you are free to explore at your own pace as your guide will not accompany you here. See artifacts from the events of 9/11, and hear recordings from people who were there on the day. Take a stroll to the Observatory to marvel at its engineering and architecture. Head to the lobby of Freedom Tower for the "Voices" documentary dedicated to the men and women of the World Trade Center. Then take the "Sky Pod" elevator, and ascend 1,250 feet in 60 seconds. Once there, see the See Forever Theater on floor 102, before accessing the main observation deck on the 100th. Enjoy immersive LED displays, interactive touchscreen videos, and dining options, as well as the view of the iconic Manhattan skyline.

NYC: Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour

2. NYC: Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour

Take a tipsy journey through the spirit trails of New York's underground watering holes. Your journey will feel like a discovery of hidden escapes from the hustle and bustle of midtown's tourism hub. Walk with your guide as you retrace the immigrant progress toward the American Dream during Prohibition. You will be guided to the location of one of New York's original speakeasies and told the tale of the period’s most notorious gangsters and infamous bootleggers. At your second location, you'll explore the catalysts behind Prohibition and focus on the women of the Gilded Age, and the movement that gave rise to an oil king. To round off our journey together, visit one of New York's most iconic bars where you'll hear the tale of the sudden demise of Prohibition.

New York City: Best of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour

3. New York City: Best of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour

Avoid wandering aimlessly around the extensive collections of Metropolitan Museum in New York with this guided tour. Discover the museum's hottest attractions with a carefully-planned itinerary that starts in Ancient Egypt. View perfectly preserved Ancient Egyptian tombs, and tiny dioramas that show what life was like in the times of Tutankhamun. Learn about their burial rituals in the Egyptian mummies area, and see the Met’s mascot “William.”  Continue to the Temple of Dendur, and discover a temple of Ancient Egypt smack in the middle of Central Park. Hear gossip about this and other exhibits, such as how Jackie O procured the Temple of Dendur for the Met. Be enthralled by tales about the armor of Britain’s infamous King Henry VIII and how some think the Antioch Chalice may be the Holy Grail. Admire ancient Greek statues and Roman frescoes, before moving to the exotic exhibits from Papua New Guinea. Marvel at beautifully carved Bisj poles collected by a Rockefeller, at the cost of his life. Head to the 2nd floor to soak in some of Claude Monet’s dreamlike “Water Lillies.” Be energized by the expressive works of Vincent Van Gogh and inspired by a bronze of Rodin’s “Thinker.”

NYC: Wall Street and Financial District Walking Tour

4. NYC: Wall Street and Financial District Walking Tour

Get deep insights into how consulting firms, investment banks, and financial markets work on Wall Street, the financial capital of the world. Explore the 2008 financial collapse and the more recent headline news of GameStop and cryptocurrencies. Learn why, in 2020, oil prices plummeted from $18 a barrel to -$37. Yes, oil producers were paying people $37 a barrel to take it off their hands. Later, visit the Wall Street District and the World Financial Center. Choose the optional Statue of Liberty upgrade to include admissions to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Marvel at the Statue of Liberty, a universal symbol of freedom that has greeted millions of immigrants, embodying freedom and opportunity. The Immigration Museum is teeming with historical displays dedicated to the millions that passed through its gates. Both islands are self-guided experiences, where visitors are encouraged to explore until closing.

Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

5. Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

Discover an iconic scene often captured in film and photographs, beautifully dressed women with impressive hats in Harlem heading to church for Sunday worship. Go beyond the pictures and see how worship and family from an integral part of life and a source of weekly spiritual sustenance. Sunday Gospel in Harlem invites you to be a part of this custom by respectfully joining a local church family for an hour of worship including gospel. Learn neighborhood history and importance of houses of worship. Visit a local church and participate in gospel worship with parishioners. Enjoy a sense of community and camaraderie. See former residences of some of Harlem's notable residents associated with the Harlem Renaissance.

NYC: Chinatown and Little Italy Food Tour

6. NYC: Chinatown and Little Italy Food Tour

Spend your lunchtime or dinnertime learning the history and lore of two of New York's most historic districts: Little Italy and Chinatown. Sample their foods and flavors, wander their streets, and learn all about their history and heritage. The food included is more than enough for lunch. Start in Chinatown with Hong Kong style sponge cakes to go, where your local historian tour guide will lead your intimate-sized group through Chinatown’s winding streets and Columbus Park. Enjoy history and fun facts, and visit a hidden dumpling spot, with views of the One World Trade building. Then, be led down the famous Mulberry St. to Little Italy’s romantic corners. Hear stories of NYC mafia crime and pizza lore as you eat your slice of pizza and enjoy cannolis and music at a 130-year-old bakery. Appreciate a tour that visits favorite family-owned shops and that supports NYC locations that are off-the-beaten-path. Taste the history of food establishments that have been in business for over 100 years. Leave NYC with a newfound appreciation of these two neighborhoods, newly discovered secrets of New York City, and more tips and suggestions for things to do in The Big Apple.

Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial Tour & Optional 9/11 Museum Entry

7. Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial Tour & Optional 9/11 Museum Entry

In remembrance of 9/11, this walking tour guides you through the former site of the World Trade Center. The tour is guided by New Yorkers who have a personal connection to 9/11. On this tour, you will explore Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial, where you can pay your respects to those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center. Visit St. Paul’s Chapel, a makeshift rescue center and tribute to the victims of one of history's darkest days. Hear the stories of the emergency services at the Firefighter’s 9/11 Memorial, and see the Engine and Ladder Company 10/10, the fire station of Ground Zero. If you select the 9/11 Museum entry option, your tour will include timed entry tickets to minimize waiting times. The entry time will be scheduled for the end of your tour, but the entry time may vary depending on the day's availability.  Please note that this is not a guided visit. Visitors can explore the exhibitions at their own pace and take time to honor the memory of those who perished. The 9/11 Museum contains artifacts from the events of 9/11 and you can also listen to recordings from people who were there on that day.

NYC: The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

8. NYC: The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

On this exciting small-group walking tour, you will uncover the treasures hidden within this historic transportation hub: see the world’s largest Tiffany clock, peek into the off-limits glass walkways, discover the massive design flaw in the main atrium, locate a multi-million dollar jewel hidden in plain sight, and so much more. Learn about the history of the station during the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and finally experience it as a renovated wonder at the center of the city. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or stroll through the Beaux-Arts beauty for the first time, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary on this behind-the-scenes walking tour.

New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

9. New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

Immerse yourself in the food culture of Little Italy on a 2-hour tasting tour, and visit 4 different venues in the famous New York neighborhood. Every venue you will visit is more than a century old, and the tastings will make up the equivalent of a 4-course lunch. Start at La Bella Ferrara, the delighting denizens of Little Italy since the late 1800s, and get some of its Italian Rainbow cookies. Then, visit the family-owned Alleva Dairy, where more than 4,000 pounds of fresh mozzarella prosciutto and rice balls you'll ever taste. Then, go to the oldest pizzeria in America and see a 106-year-old coal oven at Lombardi's Pizza. Along the way to Ferrara Bakery, your guide will point out movie locations from blockbuster films, such as “The Godfather,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Mean Streets,” and “Sex and the City”. Next, see the bootlegging depot from the days of Prohibition, and discover a square named after New York’s first Italian detective. Finally, peek inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to see where high-profile weddings and memorials take place before concluding your tour.

NYC: Radio City Music Hall Stage Tour with Rockette Meet

10. NYC: Radio City Music Hall Stage Tour with Rockette Meet

On this guided tour you will explore Radio City Music Hall, nicknamed the Showplace of the Nation, to discover the home of the Grammys and MTV Music Awards. Radio City Music Hall is an iconic part of American pop culture, and this tour pays tribute to the legends that have appeared on its stage.  Located at the Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, the stage might be graced with the presence of A-listers such as Bon Jovi, Steve Harvey, and Janet Jackson in any given week. Follow in their footsteps and go behind the scenes, through the Stage Door.  Explore the venue’s extravagant Art Deco interior, and view the celebrity guest book to see the signatures of all the greats that have walked through Radio City’s doors. On this tour, you will learn all the secrets of the Great Stage, and you will also have the chance to meet a world-famous Rockette.

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4.6 / 5

based on 6,653 reviews

Katey was our guide and she did a fantastic job during our 3 hour tour. She was well versed in all areas of the arts and told fantastic stories. She had a great sense of humor, patience and love of people. I highly recommend her.

Jonathan was exceptional! He was articulate, personable, and multilingual, accommodating visitors from several countries. Highly recommend him, thanks!!

I really had the best time at this tour! our guide ryan was awesome and also our group was fantastic! would definitively book it again! thanks!

Maki really made this tour a great experience for us, very knowledgeable and thoroughly entertaining!!

Pleasant stroll within great historical neighborhood. Lots of facts to round out the legends.