I love taking walking tours -- on a great one, I always learn a lot about a neighborhood or city and become familiar enough to explore an area further on my own. I've chosen these walking tours as the best in New York City and have taken each one personally. Whether you love food or history, my picks represent a wide range of options and will ensure you have a fun, informative time.
More: New York City's Best Free Walking Tours
1. Original Greenwich Village Food and Culture Walking Tour
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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 not need lunch afterward.
2. On Location's Central Park Movie Sites Walking Tour
Are you a movie lover 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.
3. Rockefeller Center Walking Tour
The Rockefeller Center
Tour takes visitors on a one hour walking tour around the many buildings that make up Rockefeller Center. This tour is geared toward adults interested particularly in the artistic and architectural history of Rockefeller Center.
4. Luxury Chocolate Walking Tour
Chocolate lovers, have I found the tour for you! Spend over two hours exploring chocolate shops in midtown on the Luxury Chocolate Walking Tour, while learning about the process of making high-end chocolates and enjoying delicious samples at each shop.
5. 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.
6. Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl
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.
7. Shop Gotham Garment District Walking Tour
For the serious shopper, Shop Gotham offers just the right New York City tour. Shop Gotham's knowledgeable guides will lead you through the Garment District to visit sample sales
and wholesale vendors on a three hour walking tour. Leave the husbands (and non-shoppers) at home -- this tour is only for the committed marathon shopper.
8. 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 two and a half hour tour covers much of lower Manhattan, while explaining the rich Revolutionary Era history of the neighborhood.
Some of the best things in New York City are free -- including this informative walking tour of Grand Central and the surrounding neighborhood offered on Fridays. Justin Ferate is an engaging, enthusiastic tour guide who has tons of knowledge to share and reveals many secrets and nuances about Grand Central Terminal
and the neighborhood.