Need to wash your hands? Guide to find the nearest restroom on all our tours!
Right now we are going through a scary pandemic that has brought upon us great concern around the world. Now more than ever, we all need to ensure we are doing everything we can to stay sanitary and clean as much as possible. For those of you who are concerned, at this time we are operating all tours as scheduled and carefully monitoring all communication from local authorities.
While many of you are still visiting New York and joining us on our tours, we want to make you as aware as possible of all the nearest restrooms you can take during your visit with us to make sure you can know where to wash your hands at any time you feel the need to.
Here is a list of all the different restrooms you can find conveniently during our tours. Plus, don’t hesitate to ask your guide about bathroom breaks during the tour if needed and they can point them out to you as well.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
If you are on this tour, even before you arrive to the meeting point there is a bathroom in Battery Park about 100 feet in front of Castle Clinton
Once you enter Castle Clinton, there are restrooms inside near the meeting point, where the guides and tour concierge can point out for you as well.
After the tour begins and the guide has escorted you away from Castle Clinton towards the boats, there won’t be any restrooms to use until you get on the ferry. Your first stop will be on Liberty Island and there you can find restrooms near the gift shop, the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Pedestal. Plenty of opportunities to wash your hands or get cleaned up.
Then you will take a ferry to Ellis Island, again restrooms are aboard the ferries. Finally you will land on Ellis Island where there are restrooms inside the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
Please feel free to ask your guides where inside the museum you can find them if you need any help.
Lower Manhattan Tour
This is a tour that takes you through Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial. At the meeting point, the closest restroom is inside Federal Hall, which is one of the first stops you will enter as well. It’s best to use this restroom before the tour begins. You will also have a lengthy stop to visit Trinity Church, which also has bathrooms you can use inside.
After Trinity Church your tour will start making its way to the 9/11 Memorial. On the way there, you will walk past Zuccotti Park and across the street from it is a Burger King, which has restrooms to use.
Once you are touring the 9/11 Memorial, there aren’t any restrooms that are conveniently close by, however, you can ask your guide which is the nearest one. Your best bet will be in 2 World Trade Center or 4 World Trade Center.
The last part of your tour will end at Battery Park. Along the way, you will walk past Zuccotti Park again, where you can stop inside the same Burger King if you’d like.
Finally at Battery Park, there is a restroom that you’ll walk right past before reaching the final destination. You’ll conclude the tour right in front of Castle Clinton National Monument, which also has restrooms to use if needed.
If you purchased this tour and upgraded to visit the Statue of Liberty then you can review the section above for where you can find restrooms during your visit to Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
9/11 Ground Zero Tours
Before the tour begins, your will guides will usually recommend their guests use the restroom. The meeting point is in front of St. Paul’s Chapel, which does have a public restroom, however, they open at 10am, except on Sundays when they open at 8am.
So, if you booked the 9:30am tour on any day except Sunday, you won’t be able to use this restroom before the tour begins. However, the good news is that right across the street there are public restrooms inside the Fulton Center, which is a subway hub and area for food and coffee as well.
Oftentimes, when the weather is cold or rainy, the guides will begin the tour inside this building anyways to give all guests the chance to use it.
During the tour, each guide takes their guests on their own unique path. So the tour may vary as far as where to find bathroom breaks in the middle of the tour. Your best bet is to ask your guide where the nearest bathroom would be.
Finally, once the tour ends, if you purchased tickets for the 9/11 Museum or the One World Observatory, there are restrooms inside both buildings. If you did not purchase tickets to either attraction you can find restrooms inside 2 World Trade Center or 4 World Trade Center.
Highline Chelsea Market
For this tour, please make sure you bring a bottle of purell because there are not very many opportunities to use the restroom at all. The only chance you’ll get is at the very beginning inside the Chelsea Market where we meet in front of and the very end where we end one block away from the Chelsea Market.
Once you go up the Chelsea Highline, there are no restrooms up there and that’s where a majority of the tour takes place.
1 Day 6 Hour and Must See Combo Tour
The 1 Day 6 Hour tour begins in the middle of Times Square in between 46th and 47th St. and 7th Avenue in front of the George M. Cohan Statue. The closest restroom to find at the beginning of the tour is in a Starbucks on the corner of W 47th and Broadway (1585 Broadway 10036).
The Must See Combo tour starts in front of the SeaGrill entrance on W 49th St. between 5th and 6th Ave, very close to Rockefeller Center. You can use the restroom inside Rockefeller Center before the tour begins.
Once either tour begins, there are many stops that we take and so far all locations that we visit are still open to the public. You can simply ask your guide where the restrooms are and they will gladly show you.
For the Must See Combo tour, you will be boarding a bus, about 30 minutes into the tour. There are restrooms on the bus you can take advantage of as well.
Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
The starting point for this tour is in Spring Street Park on Spring St. and 6th Avenue. 1 block away is the Dominick Hotel (246 Spring St. 10013) on Spring St. and Urban Plaza. This is a 5 star hotel with nice restrooms to use in the lobby. We recommend using them before the tour begins.
After that, there won’t be another opportunity to use the restroom until 1 hour later where we give our guests a 15 minute break in Little Italy to get a snack. We stop by Ferrara Bakery (195 Grand St. 10013), which offers its famed cannoli and desserts. You can use the restroom there, they just request that you buy something in there as well.
Also, during this 15 minute break, you can use a usually less busy restroom break inside Kam Hing Coffee Shop (119 Baxter St. 10013). It’s a block and a half away from Ferrara.
After the 15 minute break halfway through the tour, the next available restroom will be available at the very last stop, which is Columbus Park. There are public restrooms to find there.
Greenwich Village Tour
The best restroom to find before the tour begins is the Starbucks (378 6th Ave 10011) on the corner of 6th Ave and Waverly Place across the street from the meeting point.
Once the tour begins, we do take our guests on a bathroom break in Washington Square Park about 30 minutes into the tour.
After this, the next available bathroom break won’t be available until the very end. The last stop finishes about 1 block away from a Starbucks (72 Grove St. 10014) on Grove St. between 7th Ave S. and West 4th St.
Financial Crisis and Wall Street Insider Tour
Both tours take a similar path and have the same meeting point. Before the tour begins, please take advantage of the nearest restroom inside Federal Hall. This building will also be one of the first stops as well.
On either tour, you will also have a chance to stop into 60 Wall Street Atrium, which is an indoor plaza. Restrooms can be found inside there.
Afterwards, you’ll be making your way to Stone Street where there are tons of bars and restaurants with restrooms to use. None of those places will be bothered if you walk in just to use the bathroom and leave right away.
Once you leave Stone St. your guide will take you to the famous Charging Bull. Before you reach that stop, you will walk past a Starbucks (2 Broadway 10004) next to the National Museum of the American Indian. You can use the restroom inside there if necessary.
Finally, your last stop is in front of the Federal Reserve. There aren’t any public restrooms close by if you really need to go, however, if you walk up north 2 blocks to the Fulton Center (135-167 Fulton St. 10038) you can find public restrooms in there.
Hudson Yards, Highline and Vessel Tour
This tour, similar to the Highline Chelsea Market tour, only offers one place to use the restroom, which will be found at the meeting point. You would need to go inside the Shops at Hudson Yards. We recommend using the 3rd or 4th floor because they have the shortest lines.
The tour will also end very close to these shops, so you can make a short walk to get there once the tour ends.
Inside Broadway Tour
The tour begins in the middle of Times Square in between 46th and 47th St. and 7th Avenue in front of the George M. Cohan Statue. The closest restroom to find at the beginning of the tour is in a Starbucks on the corner of W 47th and Broadway (1585 Broadway 10036).
After the tour begins, the next possible bathroom stop is 30 minutes later at another Starbucks (770 8th Ave 10036) on 8th Ave and W 47th St.
About halfway through the tour you will also go inside the Marriott Marquis Hotel, where there are restrooms for guests to use. You will spend a lengthy amount of time in there.
The tour will reach its conclusion in front of the Majestic Theatre home of the Phantom of the Opera. Once the tour is finished, if you need to use the restroom, the best option is to walk back through Shubert Alley to the Marriott Marquis, only one block away.