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Best of New York Walking Tour

Best of New York Walking Tour with Times Square, Grand Central Terminal & Empire

comment Explore the main sights of central New York in just 2.5 hours

Ticket Details

Ticket Details

  • 2.5 hour guided walking tour of New York. 
  • Expert, local tour guide. 
  • Entrance Tickets to Empire State Building (non-guided) .
  • Explore Times Square.
  • Get the epic stories behind some of New York City’s most iconic attractions, like the Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Station, and the Empire State Building.
  • Small Groups of 20 people.
  • Stroll down Fifth Avenue and enjoy a bit of window shopping. 

Full details

If you want to see the most iconic sights of New York City, this is the perfect tour for you!

Starting in Times Square, you’ll hit all the main sights in Central Manhattan, including Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Grand Central Station. The highlight is the Empire State Building, where you’ll enjoy pre-reserved tickets to skip most of the lines and head straight to the 86th floor for expansive views of the city.

Our guide to Best of New York Walking Tour

Your tour starts in the heart of it all: Times Square, where you’ll meet your expert local guide and small group of 20 of your fellow visitors. Surrounded by the incomparable energy of the world’s most jaw-dropping pedestrian thoroughfare, you’ll dive into its history as a theatre and pleasure district, it’s decline in the 70’s and its rebirth as a global crossroads of entertainment and consumer culture.

Don’t forget about TV; a short walk away is the Rockefeller Center, home to famous TV shows like Saturday Night Live and the Tonight Show. As you stand in front of the building you’ll learn about the central role it played in the development of American showbiz along with interesting tidbits about the building itself - like why it commissioned, then destroyed, one of the greatest murals ever painted.

From a mecca of the media to a church of God, you’ll walk a block to the east to see the NYC’s most important church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. As you admire its neo-gothic facade and then step inside to explore the jaw-dropping nave, you’ll learn about the city’s large Irish community and the ways that their culture and religion have shaped the history of the city.

Not all of NYC’s landmarks are made of bricks and mortar. From the Cathedral, you’ll take a stroll down 5th Avenue to admire the elaborate window decorations of luxury boutique and learn how this stretch of asphalt became one of the most storied streets in the world. Along the way, you’ll also see landmarks like the main branch of the New York Public Library.

Your destination is one of the most beloved buildings in New York, Grand Central Terminal. As you gaze up at the spectacularly frescoed vaulted ceiling, you’ll be surprised to learn that this building, which is now one of the most visited attractions in the world, was nearly demolished in the 60’s. You’ll hear the whole story, along with a lot of interesting secrets and anecdotes about the building from your guide as you explore its cavernous interior.

The jewel in the crown of central Manhattan is the Empire State Building, so we’ve saved it for last. With pre-reserved tickets, you’ll skip most of the entrance lines and take the elevator straight to the viewing deck on the 86th floor, which gives you panoramic vistas around the city and beyond into and Brooklyn and Queens.

The heart of the Big Apple can be overwhelming, but when you go with a Walks guide, they unlock the history and culture of the city for you so you can see and appreciate the city as they do. On this highlights tour, you won’t just see the most famous sight of NYC, you’ll experience them.

Departure Location: George M. Cohan statue at West 46th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue towards the end of the block, (NOT the statue in front of the red stairs).

Departs: Varies, please see calendar.

Check in Time: Please meet 15 minutes prior to the start time.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (not including Empire State Visit)

Hotel Pick Up: No.

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Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Best of New York Walking Tour

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory. 
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • This tour has a maximum capacity of 20 guests.
  • Note: We advise our clients that St. Patrick’s Cathedral is subject to closure during special celebrations/festivities. If this occurs during your visit, your guide will run an alternative itinerary that includes and explanation of the Cathedral from the outside. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts. 
  • Only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed on this tour.
  • Unfortunately, you can not take strollers on this tour. 

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