Exploring this incredible city is a challenge. There’s just so much to see, so many places to visit, so many experiences to be had; and you don’t want to miss a single one! The sights, the smells, the sounds, and even the flavors of New York City belong to the street. Come with us and travel the way true New Yorkers do: by train, by ferry and on your own two feet.
Accompany us on a walking tour of New York City and…
No way! To have an authentic, immersive experience of New York City, we travel like New Yorkers. We would NEVER recommend to our family or friends taking a car or bus to see New York City. Traffic can be horrendous. You don’t want to spend most of your trip in a traffic jam. We’ll travel by foot, subway, public bus and ferry. We’ll see more and do more!
The majority of the day will be on foot, however at some points in the tour you will travel by public bus, subway, and ferry. There is several miles of walking at a moderate pace. If mobility is an issue please arrange for a private tour. Please dress appropriately for long distance walking and for the weather.
The Observatory at the One World Trade Center Tower (also know as "Freedom Tower"). This panoramic observation deck is a marvel of engineering and architecture. The program begins in the lobby of the Freedom Tower with "Voices" - a film dedicated to the men and women of the World Trade Towers and the new One World Trade Center. You will then take the "Sky Pod" elevator, which rises 1,250 feet in the air in 60 seconds. The Observation Deck begins on the 102nd floor with the See Forever Theater and moves down to the 100th floor, where the main observation deck is situated. Immersive LED displays, interactive touch screen video, and dining options mean there's plenty to do, but the true draw is the view- hundreds of feet above even the impressive New York Skyline stretching across all of Manhattan.
There will be a stop for you to purchase lunch. Depending on the guide, options include the Dining Concourse at Grand Central Terminal, Stone Street in the Financial District, or the new Eataly in Downtown. There are options for most dietary restrictions.
We suggest that you purchase your metrocard prior to arriving at the tour. Our guide can also help you with your purchase during the tour.
Due to time restraints, you will not visit the 9/11 Museum. The tour does visit the 911 Memorial and WTC sites where your guide will share the history and stories of the site. The tour does not go over to Liberty Island because of time restraints. We will take the Staten Island Ferry to get a closer look at Lady Liberty. You will also enjoy great views of the New York City Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge from the Staten Island Ferry.
It is important to arrive at the tour starting location at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time, as we do start the tour promptly. It would be unfair for the others if we need to wait for those that are late. We cannot guarantee you’ll be able to find your tour group if you are late.
We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please check the weather report and be prepared.
Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.
to 49th Street station
to 42nd Street
to 47-50 Street: Rockefeller Center station
By Car: Click here to view a map of nearby paid parking spaces. Not recommended due to unpredictable traffic which may cause you to miss the tour.
Tour Bus Loading/ Unloading and Parking: Click here for a list of DOT’s authorized bus layover locations.
Tour Ends: 9/11 Memorial
The tour begins in Times Square, the heart of New York. Learn how a humble horse-trading district became the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”
Upgrade your experience with a visit to the One World Observatory and take in the unequaled views.
Visit storied Saint Patricks Cathedral, see the New York Public Library, and spot the glittering steel spire of the Chrysler Building. Descend into the tile caverns of Grand Central Terminal and see the amazing Main Concourse on your way to the subway for a trip down to Wall Street to get an insider’s view of the Financial District.
"The tour is set up so perfectly and efficiently to where you never feel like you're wasting any time."
Stop by Whispering Corners on your way to the subway before heading down to Wall Street for an insider’s view of the financial district. Pose for a photo with the famous Charging Bull, then head over to the Staten Island Ferry for unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.
You won’t be on a tour bus jammed in traffic with a large, slow group of tourists- pound the pavement and ride the subway like a New Yorker! You’d be happy you did. You’ll learn, see and feel more of the Big Apple!
For guests who have upgraded, at the conclusion of your tour you will be admitted to the The Observatory at the One World Trade Center Tower (also know as “Freedom Tower”). This panoramic observation deck is a marvel of engineering and architecture. The program begins in the lobby of the Freedom Tower with “Voices” - a film dedicated to the men and women of the World Trade Towers and the new One World Trade Center. You will then take the “Sky Pod” elevator, which rises 1,250 feet in the air in 60 seconds. The Observation Deck begins on the 102nd floor with the See Forever Theater and moves down to the 100th floor, where the main observation deck is situated. Immersive LED displays, interactive touch screen video, and dining options mean there’s plenty to do, but the true draw is the view- hundreds of feet above even the impressive New York Skyline stretching across all of Manhattan.
"...The popularity of Times Square as a destination is due, in part, to the convergence of several subway lines. Beginning in 1904, it became a magnet for various businesses and was a natural home for a theater district because it was easily accessible to the masses. And the masses come here. Every New Year’s Eve, about a million people gather..."
"...Theater History goes back much further. It began in 1750 in lower Manhattan and by the 1800s, theater became THE most popular form of public entertainment, regardless of class. Theater was the Internet, the cable, the movies, the video games in the lives of New Yorkers..."
"...Fourteen buildings comprise Rockefeller Center and became 'a city within a city' with buildings marked as specific places of business for nations around the world to set up office, a United Nations of Commerce. The center of it all is 30 Rockefeller Plaza, or '30 Rock' (as in the the famous TV show!)..."
"...In 1830 a huge and dangerous anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant mob gathered here, surrounding the church. At that time this neighborhood was predominantly Irish and the Irish were hated. The crowd chanted “Paddies of the Pope” and they threatened to burn the church to the ground..."
"...When it opened in 1911 it was the largest marble building ever built in the US. The stacks contain 125 miles of shelving..."
"...The Chrysler people bested Craig Severance by secretly building a spire which they hoisted up to the tower a few months later. Their glory was short lived as less than a year later..."
"...And over the years the Main Concourse ceiling had become blackened by what people thought was coal dust and soot from the trains. When they analyzed the composition of the dirt they found it was tobacco smoke! In fact, they left a patch of it on the ceiling so you could see the difference! At one time you couldn’t even see these constellations above..."
"...According to local legends, subway fares are decided by something known as the 'Pizza Principle'. In the 1960s when the average cost of a regular slice of pizza rose to 60 cents, subway fares were soon to follow. Believe it or not, the trend continues to this day with both hovering around $3.00!"
"...And the people of New York loved it, but the police hated it! You can’t just lay your “trash” in front of the Stock Exchange, so they impounded it. But there was a public outcry and it was put out here on display and it’s for sale if anybody wants it..."
"...And in those days just to show up at a duel proved your manhood, or sometimes they’d fire into the air, and that’s what Hamilton did. He fired into the air and Aaron Burr shot him right in the side..."
"...The Ticker Tape was the internet of the day and its how bankers got their stock prices and news on these long strips of paper. They had tons of it in their offices and when a parade would come through, they would just throw it out the windows.. "
"...You see when John Roeblings conceived of this bridge they said it would be impossible to span the distance from Brooklyn to Manhattan this way and so he came up with the idea of grounding those giant towers..."
"...The thing that many people don’t know is that she stayed in those boxes here in NYC for about a year. The deal was that the French would give us the statue but WE had to pay for the pedestal on which she sits. Well there was a financial panic several years prior and we couldn’t raise the money..."
"...This graveyard contains the remains of many great Americans, Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Senators and Congressmen from the 1700’s and 1800’s and this guy, Robert Fulton. Does anyone know who Robert Fulton is?..."
"...Of all the cherished symbols and tributes in the museum and the memorial there is one that is most cherished of all. You see, after the second day the clean up crews were finding nothing but destruction and death among the ruins until one day, a few weeks later, they saw a branch sticking up through the rubble..."
"...The Dutch didn’t come here to escape religious persecution or to start a new life, they came here as traders! They would trade guns and ammo to the Indians for beaver pelts..."
"...Founded in 1792 by a group of 24 investors who wanted to formalize their trades and signed the Buttonwood Agreement. They called it that because they signed it under a buttonwood tree..."
"...The sailors would come in here and line up around the rotunda and you can still see indentation in the marble from where they used to stand..."
"...Immersive LED displays, interactive touch screen video, and dining options mean there's plenty to do, but the true draw is the view- hundreds of feet above even the impressive New York Skyline stretching across all of Manhattan..."