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Walking Tours in New York City

New York City is a place where culture and commerce collide and is home to many famous attractions such as Central Park and the Statue of Liberty. One of the most iconic and recognizable cities in the world, New York City is also praised for its focus on walkability and pedestrian safety.

New York City is listed as a Platinum-Level Walk Friendly Community, and over the past few years, improvements have been made to over 6,000 streets in the city.

Experience all that the Big Apple has to offer with a walking tour in New York City led by a local tour guide.

You will find below all the information you need before embarking on a walking tour, one of the most cost-effective options for sightseeing in New York City.

What are the best walking tours in New York City?

There are dozens of New York City walking tours that take place in the city’s various boroughs. There is something to suit every taste and interest, which makes these tours the ideal way to experience the city on foot.

Graffiti and street art walking tour

Brooklyn is famous for its street art that adds color and interest to its streets.

Join a graffiti and street art walking tour and discover the world of contemporary street artists in New York City.

You’ll learn about the various styles of street art, including wheatpaste, murals and stencil art, and specific artists and backgrounds.

Immerse yourself in New York’s most culturally rich district with this walking tour.

Central Park walking tour

Explore the lungs of New York City with a walking tour in Central Park. Meet your tour guide and have a stroll through Central Park, while learning more about the park’s features and history.

While walking through the most iconic natural landmark in the Big Apple, you’ll be shown where famous movie scenes took place and have plenty of photo opportunities.

Private walking tour

Customize a walking tour of New York City, ensuring that all your favorite attractions are included.

See the sites you have always wanted to see, with a professional tour guide and photographer. On this private walking tour, you will get to choose where your guide takes you andalso take home 75 professional quality digital photographs.

Brooklyn Bridge walking tour

Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York’s most iconic features and has been seen in hundreds of movies and TV series over the years.

Walk along Brooklyn Bridge with a local tour guide and learn more about the bridge’s history. You’ll also get to explore the trendy suburb of Dumbo before your walking tour ends.

Free walking tour of New York

Free walking tours in New York City are very popular. There are no obligatory fees, but you can tip your guide as much as you think the tour was worth.

There are various free walking tours available, but most of them do an excellent job of giving you an overview of New York City’s most famous landmarks — and providing you with information on the area’s history.

How much do walking tours in New York City cost?

Graffiti walking tours, Central Park walking tours and Brooklyn Bridge walking tours cost around US$25 per person.

The private walking tour with a professional photographer costs US$150 per person. While this tour is on the more expensive side, you get to take home 75 digital photographs and customize your tour to your tastes.

Free walking tours work on a tip basis. Most people tip between US$10 and US$15, but you can tip more should you want to.

What is included in a walking tour in New York City?

Most walking tours in New York City include the tour and the tour guide. If you want extras such as food and drinks, you’ll have to pay for yourself.

Where do walking tours in New York City start?

New York City walking tours usually begin at a central meeting spot close to the vicinity of the tour. For example, the Central park walking tours begin near an entrance or at a pre-arranged location inside the park itself.

Private walking tours may offer a hotel pickup.

How long do walking tours in New York City last?

Most walking tours in New York City last roughly 2 hours. However, there are some longer tours available, including a half-day food and culture walking tour that is 4.5 hours long and a Greenwich Village tour 3 hours long.

When is the best time for a walking tour in New York City?

Most people opt to take a New York City walking tour in the morning. This way, once the tour is over, you still have the whole day ahead of you.

There are many time slots available for walking tours, including afternoon and evening tours.

September and November are the ideal time for a walking tour in New York City since it’s not too hot nor rainy. The rainy season is between March and August, and temperatures are milder during spring and autumn.

Are there any combos available with walking tours in New York City?

New York City walking tour plus food tasting tour

Experience more than just sightseeing in New York City by foot. Enjoy the flavors that New York has to offer with a walking tour that includes food tasting. There are various food tasting tours available, including one in Greenwich Village and one on the Lower East Side.

Walking tour and optional One World Observatory ticket

Spend a full day exploring all of the Big Apple’s must-see sites with a professional tour guide.

After visiting the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and the Rockefeller Center, among other attractions, your trip will end at One World Observatory.

Here you’ll have the option to end the tour or purchase an Observatory ticket and continue on to see one of the most incredible views of New York.

Travel tips

  • Book your tour ahead of time to avoid disappointment. New York City receives millions of visitors every year, and walking tours are very popular.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll spend a lot of time on your feet.
  • Bring along your camera, as there will be many fantastic photo opportunities.
  • Certain walking tours may not be suitable for persons with disabilities.

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