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9 Best Walking Tours in New York City
There are so many walking tours of New York City, it can be tough to choose the right one. We try to make it easier with our list of recommendations -- all of which we've taken ourselves and enjoyed immensely.
Free New York City Walking Tours
If you want to learn more about New York City, but your budget is tight, check out this list of free walking tours in New York City. But don't forget to tip your tour guide (or donate to the sponsoring organization!)
Original Greenwich Village Food and Culture Walking Tour
Learn about Greenwich Village's rich history while you taste your way around the neighborhood's many delicious stores and restaurants. The tour covers many of Greenwich Village's popular attractions and includes enough food samplings for most people to not need lunch afterwards.
Patriot Tours Revolutionary Era Walking Tour
History buffs and New York lovers alike will enjoy learning all about Revolutionary Era New York City on Patriot Tours engaging walking tour of lower Manhattan. This 2 and a half hour tour covers much of lower Manhattan, while explaining the rich Revolutionary Era history of the neighborhood.
Chelsea Market / Meatpacking District Food and Culture Walking Tour
Learn about Chelsea Market and the Meatpacking District while you experience many of the market's delicious treats. The tour introduces participants to the history of Chelsea Market and the Meatpacking District and includes enough food samplings for most people to not need lunch afterward.
Free Walking Tour of Grand Central Neighborhood with Justin Ferate
Every Friday at 12:30, you can learn about Grand Central from the entertaining and energetic Justin Ferate in his tour of Grand Central and the surrounding neighborhood. This free two-hour walking tour is full of history, and loaded with insider insight into the history of the neighborhood.
Luxury Chocolate Tour
Chocolate lovers, have I found the tour for you! Spend over two hours exploring chocolate shops in midtown on the Luxury Chocolate Tour, while learning about the process of making high-end chocolates and enjoying delicious samples at each shop.
Shop Gotham Garment District Walking Tour Review
Curious about those great deals you've heard about at New York City Sample Sales? Shop Gotham's knowledgable guides will lead you through the Garment District to visit sample sales and wholesale vendors on a three hour walking tour.
WindowsWear Walking Tour
WindowsWear's Fashion Windows Walking Tour will take you to see many of New York City's most famous window displays, as well as teach you about the history behind them.
New Cuisine Chocolate Tour
Curious about the modern chocolate shops of downtown Manhattan? On the two hour New Cuisine Chocolate walking tour, you'll enjoy delicious visits to four of the best chocolate shops in SoHo and the West Village, learn about the distinctive styles and techniques used by each shop.
Cityfood's Lower East Side Artisan Food Highlights Tour Review
The Lower East Side is full delicious artisan foods, and Cityfood's Lower East Side Artisan Food Highlights Tour will introduce visitors to a variety of outstanding culinary discoveries in the neighborhood.
Explore Chinatown: Food and Culture Walking Tour and Sit Down Tasting
Learn about Chinatown's history and culture while you experience many of Chinatown's best flavors. The tour introduces participants to the history and culture of Chinatown and includes enough food samplings for most people to not need lunch afterward.
Tea in the City Tour
If you're passionate about tea and tea traditions, you'll enjoy Elizabeth Knight's Tea in the City Tours. Each tour explores different tea traditions, with tastings and shopping opportunities.
New York City Shopping Walking Tour Map
Make the rounds to some of New York City's top shopping destinations, including Bloomingdale's, Macy's and Tiffany's with this New York City Shopping Walking Tour Map. This map makes it easy plan your route and shop 'til you drop at New York City's most famous stores.
Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl
This Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl offers a three hour guided tour of New York City's Greenwich Village. Visitors and locals alike will enjoy learning about the literary history of some of New York City's famous Greenwich Village bars.
See the Christmas Window Displays on this Walking Tour
Use this helpful map for planning a self-guided walking tour of the holiday window displays at New York City's department stores. This two-mile walking tour will take you past the holiday window displays at six of New York City's major department stores.
Talking Streets Lower East Side Cell Phone Tour Review
With just your cell phone and a map, you can take this self-guided tour of the Lower East Side by Talking Street, focused on the Jewish immigrants who shaped the Lower East Side. While the Lower East Side is now full of galleries, restaurants and shops, this tour, narrated by Jerry Stiller, takes visitors back in time to learn about the Lower East Side's history.
A Tasty Tour of Greenwich Village
Join Addie Tomei for a delicious walking tour of Greenwich Village -- from fresh mozzarella to a townhouse cooking school, Addie knows how to find the best tastes Greenwich Village has to offer. This New York City walking tour makes a great gift for anyone who loves gourmet food and New York City.
New York Culinary Tours Review
Do you wish you had a friend in New York City who would lead you to all the delicious spots in one of New York City's many ethnic neighborhoods? Naomi of New York Culinary Tours leads affordable, private tours of many of New York City's tastiest neighborhoods, including Chinatown, Jackson Heights, Hell's Kitchen and more.
Central Park Movie Walking Tour
Are you a film buff who would like to see locations from your from your favorite films shot in Central Park? If so, this two hour walking tour of Central Park movie locations is a great choice.
East Village Walking Tour
From tenement buildings to punk rock, the East Village is full of flavor and history. This East Village Walking Tour will highlight some of the neighborhood's unique buildings and stories as you stroll along St. Mark's Place.
New York City PhotoTrek Walking Tour
Enjoy a great overview tour of New York City highlights, all the while getting your picture taken in many iconic New York City photos. A few hours spent on a New York City PhotoTrek Tours will leave you with a solid orientation of New York City, many great photos, and the confidence to get around New York City on your own.
Nosh Walks New York City Walking Tour
Thinking about taking a Nosh Walks walking tour on your next visit to New York City? Read my review of Myra Alperson's Nosh Walks tour to help you decide if it's right for your New York City itinerary.
Gourmet Walking Tour of Bleeker Street
Visit an Italian pastry shop, a brick oven bakery, an award winning cheese shop, a fish store and a gourmet market on Bleeker Street on this self-guided New York City walking tour.
Tour NYC With Big Apple Greeters
With a free guided walking tour of New York City from Big Apple Greeters, you can get a glimpse of New York City and learn how to use public transportation -- and it doesn't cost a dime!
Top Ten Walks - Central Park New York City
This walk through Central Park is nearly 7 miles and features many of Central Park's best features, including great views of the reservoir, Strawberry Fields and the Dakota Apartments.
Top Ten Walks - Manhattan New York City
This 6 mile walk through New York City includes passing through Central Park and Times Square, as well as the opportunity to see the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.
Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village, New York
Take this self-guided walking tour of Greenwich Village to learn more about poet Dylan Thomas and his relationship with the neighborhood.
92nd Street YMCA New York City Walking Tours
Niche New York City walking tours covering topics from "The Art & Artists of Chelsea Market" to "New York City's First Successful Subway: The IRT" and everything in between. Most tours are approximately $20-30/person for 2-3 hour tours.
Ahoy New York Food Tours
Join Ahoy New York's tasting tour of Chinatown and Little Italy to experience the deliciousness of these neighborhoods first hand.
Big Onion New York City Walking Tours
Guided New York City walking tours of ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts. 2-hour walking tours every weekend and holiday are open to anyone who shows up. They can also arrange group tours in advance.
Bob Dylan New York City Walking Tour
Wish you could follow Bob Dylan around New York City?This walking tour map highlights places mentioned in Dylan tunes, both on and off the Greenwich Village map.
Boutiques in the Borough Walking Tour
Join Williamsburg resident and shopper extraordinare Halle on a tour of Williamsburg, Brooklyn that features shopping, walking and food tastings. The two-and-a-half hour tour brings visitors from Manhattan to Williamsburg and highlights the great boutiques that have made Williamsburg into a shopping destination for locals and tourists alike.
Distinctive sightseeing tours, theatre programs, and leisure time activities are the focus of this groups offerings.
Brooklyn Bridge and Beyond: Taste & View Brooklyn Heights
Taste sensations such as coal-oven pizza from Grimaldi's and delicious ice cream fill you up before you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on this self-guided New York City walking tour.
Discover Flatiron Walking Tours
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership is sponsoring free walking tours of the historic Flatiron district every Sunday starting April 29, 2007. Join professional guides on a 90-minute walk through the neighborhood to see some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance building, the MetLife tower, and the Flatiron Building.
Lower East Side History Project Tours
The Lower East Side History Project offers a variety of tours of New York City neighborhoods, including Alphabet City, The Bowery, East Village, Chinatown and more.
Essential Big Apple Walking Guide
If you want to be your own guide, these suggestions are a fantastic way to lead your own New York City walking tours.
Foods of New York Walking Tours
Foods of New York offers two walking tours -- one of Greenwich Village and one of Chelsea Market(including the meatpacking district), and they cover both culinary and historical information on the 3 hour tours. The tours include a variety of tastings and cost just $36.50 per person.
Gotham Walking Tours Of New York City
Gotham Walking Tours highlight the political, social, architectural and cultural history of the city's diverse neighborhoods. All tours are lead by Lina Viviano, a licensed and native NYC tour guide who has been researching the history of New York City for over 25 years.
Jewish Hassidic Walking Tours
Experience the culture, traditions and history of Hassidic culture through these New York City walking tours. Daily tours are 3 hours long and cost $36/person including deli lunch and a visitor's guide.
Joyce Gold History Tours of New York
Historical New York City walking tours offer visitors insight into New York City's rich past.
A Living History Tour of the Lower East Side - Timeline Touring
Walk through the Lower East Side with a licensed guide as he brings the historical Lower East Side alive for you. Learn about the immigrant experience as you stroll through century old back streets, visit a historic synagogue, and nosh along the way. This 3 hour tour is offered on Sundays. $38 Adult $32 Children.
Municipal Art Society Walking Tours
Since the Municipal Art Society focuses on urban planning, contemporary architecture, historic preservation and public art, their tours highlight these areas. Lead by professional architects, architectural historians, urban historians, educators and writers, these tours are a great opportunity to learn about New York City neighborhoods and architecture. Tours are $10-15.
New York City Chocolate Tours
Do you love Chocolate? Check out the two walking tours offered by Zoom Chocolate and experience some of New York City's best chocolate shops and experiences.
New York City Cultural Walking Tours
Private and public walking tours by Alfred Pommer. $30/hour for private tours and public tours are Sundays at 2 p.m. for $10/person.
New York City Tours For Jazz & Blues
For $20, experience three different New York City Jazz, Blues and/or Rock clubs on these interactive walking tours. Tours available Thursday - Sunday, price includes admission to clubs, but you are required to purchase one drink at each club.
New York Food Tours
Curious about the delicious foods you've heard about from the Lower East Side? This two-hour tasting tour offers visitors a unique way to explore the Lower East Side, complete with tastings and a chance to meet the chefs and purveyors of many of the neighborhood's best offerings.
New York Talks and Walks
Fun and informative walking tours of NYC -- including the Brooklyn Bridge and the East Village.
These weekend food-themed walking tours are offered from mid-March through mid-December in neighborhoods throughout New York City. Most tours last about 3 hours and cost $35-45, including tastes and meals as indicated.
NYC By Foot
NYC By Foot offers free walking tours of New York City. They have six different tours, and 2-3 are available each day. Their tours are popular with families and visitors on a budget, and the only expectation is that you'll tip your tour guide.
NY Culinary Tours
If you want to experience the wide array of culinary delights in New York City, Naomi's Culinary Tours are a great choice. These small group tours are available around your schedule and while they like a week's notice, they'll accomodate you in as little as 24 hours if they can.
NYC Discovery Walking Tours
NYC Discovery Walking Tours offers visitors to New York City a wide variety of walking tours year round. Basic tours are normally less than $20, but longer tours and tours that include tastings are more expensive. Tours are held most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year.
Oscar Wilde's New York City Tours
Join guide John Cooper on his informative Oscar Wilde-related guided walking tours. Based on his personal research into the people and places Oscar Wilde visited in the New York of the gilded age.
Patriot Tours NYC
Daily walking tours offered by Patriot Tours NYC concentrate on the Revolutionary War Era history of downtown New York City. Two hour tours are $20 per person.
Paul Rush Walking Tours
Historical and architecturally slanted tours of New York City. Mr. Rush offers private tours by appointment and a rotating schedule of weekend tours. Public tours are $20 per person and private 1/2 day tours for groups of 4 are $300.
PhotoTrek Tours of NYC
Do you wish you took more pictures on your last vacation? Ensure you'll have a ton of quality photos from your visit to New York City when you take a 2 or 4 hour tour with a professional photographer. Tour price includes printed pictures or a CD-ROM with the photos.
A walking tour and photography lesson rolled into one, Photo Walk-abouts combines historical information with expert tips on photography. The tour begins with a brief lesson on photography and at various points along the tour participants are given the opportunity to explore an area with their cameras.
The Queens Historical Society
The only museum of Queens history in the borough, conducts walking tours of the borough and presents lectures and exhibitions at the Kingsland Homestead.
Rock Junket NYC -- The Original Rock 'n' Roll Walking Tour
Tour popular Rock 'n' Roll sights around New York City on this two-hour walking tour. Sights on the walking tour are primarily located in the East Village and include Charlie Parker's apartment and the Fillmore, as well as the locations of many album cover photographs.
These tours are a gourmand's delight -- see Chinatown from the inside, experience the markets of Chelsea and more with these guided gourmet tours. Most tours include a meal.
Get insider advice and helpful shopping tips from the tour guides at Shop Gotham. Shop Gotham walking tours include popular shopping neighborhoods like SoHo/NoLiTa, Fifth Avenue and the Garment District, as well as a "Big Store Tour" that packs in several stores around the city.
Tea With Friends - Tea Tours of New York City
Join author and tea sommelier Elizabeth Knight for private seminars and guided walking tours of New York’s unique places to sip and shop for tea. Learn about multi-cultural tea traditions, shop one-of-a-kind stores for tea wares, and sample bubble tea, chai, and green tea ice cream. Tours are available for groups of six or more, but Ms. Knight can also combine smaller groups.
Street Smarts N.Y.
Weekend tours focusing on Manhattan and Brooklyn. Especially focuses on ghosts and hauntings throughout the city, as well as literary, historical and speakeasy tours. All tours are $10 and no reservations are required.
Style Guide Neighborhood Shopping Tours
Want to make the most of your shopping experience in New York City? These personalized shopping tours are led by Carrie, an industry expert, who will help you discover some of New York City's best shopping, whether you're on the quest for perfect bag or a whole new look.
Uncle Sam's New York
Uncle Sam's New York offers pub crawls, walking tours, and even nightlife limo tours all with an historic angle. Walking tours start at $20, while pub crawls are $35+.
Unique NY Tours
Custom tailored tours of New York City. They will create a New York City tour around your interests.
Urban Oyster - NYC Walking Tours
Urban Oyster offers tours of Brooklyn, with one walking tour highlighting Brooklyn breweries past and present, and another tour in conjunction with the Brooklyn Historical Society of the Brooklyn Navy Yards.
Walking Tours Manhattan
Experience Manhattan's sweet side on Bruce's walking tours of various Manhattan neighborhoods. Tours include stops at 3-5 spots offering top-notch sweets (cost of desserts is not included in the tour). Most tours are $20, but Bruce also has some half-priced tours, as well as free tours to benefit Food Bank of NYC ($5 suggested donation).
Wall Street Walks
Curious about the history of Wall Street? Check out one of these walking tours of New York City's Wall Street led by a former Wall Street professional.