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  • New York: Full-Day Walking Tour with Observatory Entry

    1. New York: Full-Day Walking Tour with Observatory Entry

    Welcome to New York, the city that never sleeps! Get a real feel for the city as you take to its streets and subways with a local guide and experience what Manhattan has to offer. Your full-day tour begins when you meet your guide in Times Square, at the statue of renowned lyricist and composer George M. Cohan. Hear about the history of Times Square and learn how a horse trading market became the most famous intersection in the world. Head out along New York’s Theater District, which for a hundred years has been the center of the world for actors, playwrights, and artists from around the globe. Visit 30 Rockefeller Center and continue east to Fifth Avenue, the world's most expensive street, lined with elegant storefronts such as Saks and Bergdorf Goodman. Stop to admire Patrick’s Cathedral, the New York Public Library, and the Chrysler Building before stepping beneath the arching dom...

    Our tour guide was Jenn. She was amazing! I was in a wheelchair presenting special challenges to Jenn. She was able to make it so my husband and I were able to enjoy the whole tour and not miss anything. Her knowledge, respect, and love for New York shine through and made the tour so interesting. Her ability to answer any question we threw at her was incredible. The best thing besides the beauty of New York was her ability to make our group a little family. The 6 of us left with info about each other and new friendships including our new friendship with Jenn. I highly recommend this tour and I definitely recommend asking for Jenn as your guide. From Cathy Siegmund

  • NYC: Midtown Manhattan Self-Guided Walking Tour

    2. NYC: Midtown Manhattan Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Explore New York City’s Midtown Manhattan on a self-guided walking tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and GPS map. See New York’s most iconic landmarks and learn their history, from the Empire State Building to Times Square. Enjoy animated videos to visualize parts of the tour. Begin your tour at Columbus Circle, then head to Carnegie Hall, where music legends have performed for over a century. Get the story behind the hall and its founder before moving on to the ornate Russian Tea Room, a Manhattan staple since 1927. Next, visit the city’s most famous hotels, the Ritz and the Plaza. These five-star digs aren’t just landmarks, they’re also packed with Manhattan history that you’ll get to uncover. After that, get a chance to see the famous Pulitzer Fountain. Snap a few photos to save the memory before heading down Fifth Avenue, where New Yorkers come to get their high...

  • New York: 7 Wonders of Midtown Exploration Game

    3. New York: 7 Wonders of Midtown Exploration Game

    Imagine you’re a young reporter who has just moved to New York City in hopes to make your “big break.” You’ve recently received a lead that suggests magic is here in Midtown! Your lead instructs you to meet him in Grand Central, where he’ll provide you with everything you need to discover a Secret Society of Magical Persons. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? The city game starts at the Grand Central Station. It will take you around 1.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at The Plaza Hotel. After your booking. you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against ...

    Big walking tour of midtown. Wonderful sites and interesting historic trivia. Some of the wordings of clues were not very specific. A lovely long walk. The best part was spending time in Bryant Park.

  • NYC: Grand Central Walking Tour & Top of the Rock Ticket

    4. NYC: Grand Central Walking Tour & Top of the Rock Ticket

    Start your tour in the morning at the famous Grand Central clock where you will meet your tour guide. Discover the surprising gems and hidden secrets of this splendid building. Explore the largest train terminal in the world at Grand Central, most of which is hidden underground; as well as a shopping mall, a transit museum, multiple dining options, and even tennis courts. Next, discover the beloved Bryant Park. Once a cemetery, a reservoir, and a military camp, it is now famous for its lush seasonal gardens, free activities, and famed surrounding skyscrapers. The tour will continue with views of the New York Public Library, the third-largest book collection in the world, and a visit to the Rockefeller Center. Conceived by John D. Rockefeller as a city within a city, the Rockefeller Center is home to a remarkable collection of art deco motifs and sculptures, as well as a hub of entertain...

  • Lower Manhattan + Midtown Manhattan Tour - Guided Combo Tour

    5. Lower Manhattan + Midtown Manhattan Tour - Guided Combo Tour

    Your  guide will start by showing you the historical sites that most visitors overlook in Lower Manhattan, including Bowling Green and Castile Clinton in Battery Park. Learn about Alexander Hamilton at Trinity Church before fast-forwarding to the last century, when the Charging Bull took up residence among the NYSE and Federal Hall. Modern architecture soars overhead, once in the shadows of the World Trade Center. Discuss the tragedy of 9/11 while visiting the official memorial as well as the firefighters’ memorial. Then learn how Lower Manhattan has evolved since, including the Occupy Wall Street movement that took over Zuccotti Park. By the end of the tour, you’ll understand more clearly how New York City has become one of the most important and inspiring metropolises in the world. Then after a break for lunch, travel north to Midtown and learn why it's the "City That Never Sleeps". F...

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What people are saying about New York Public Library

Our tour guide was Jenn. She was amazing! I was in a wheelchair presenting special challenges to Jenn. She was able to make it so my husband and I were able to enjoy the whole tour and not miss anything. Her knowledge, respect, and love for New York shine through and made the tour so interesting. Her ability to answer any question we threw at her was incredible. The best thing besides the beauty of New York was her ability to make our group a little family. The 6 of us left with info about each other and new friendships including our new friendship with Jenn. I highly recommend this tour and I definitely recommend asking for Jenn as your guide. From Cathy Siegmund

Claire was amazing! She is knowledgeable, funny, and you can tell she's very passionate about what she does. Pickup location was very easy to find. She was extremely helpful in explaining the subway system and made sure we knew exactly where we could catch our way back. I could have done without the observatory, but that's just my opinion of the experience there and not about the tour. Thank you so much Claire!!

Jenn Andres was a fantastic guide! Lots of great info, good pace for the day, and great energy throughout. We had a range of ages from 11 to 47 and all were very happy. Highly recommend!

Jane was great!!! loved the tour she knew where she was going and did help us get a metro card. Over all do recommend to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. loved it

Everyrhing was amazing. Jared our guide fenomenal!!