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There is nothing like taking a walk in New York City on a beautiful day. As you walk along the streets of this exciting city, you can also learn about the city’s history, culture and people. This spring and summer there will be plenty of gorgeous weather perfect for exploring the Big Apple. Come back to New York and experience the five best walking tours in New York City. 

Best Walking Tours in New York City

See the Many Layers of NYC with Big Onion Walking Tours

This tour company is one of the biggest walking tour companies in New York City. Founded in 1991, Big Onion Walking Tours operates over 30 tours of the city in various tour categories. Tourists can see many of New York’s ethnic neighborhoods, historic districts and landmarks. Notable tours include Art, Sex and Rock & Roll, Immigrant New York, Greenwich Village, Historic Harlem and Irish New York, plus many more. Virtual tours of New York’s fascinating neighborhoods and landmarks are now available as well. The virtual tour highlights include Chelsea and the High LineThe Upper East Side and Historic Hudson.  Advanced booking is required for any of Big Onion Walking Tours’ New York City walking tour experiences. 

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Explore Wonderful Central Park 

The Central Park Conservancy hosts guided walking tours to see the iconic views and landmarks of Central Park. The knowledgeable guides can take you to view Central Park sites and learn the history of each site as well. Tours offered for the park include the Discovery Walks for Families: the North Woods , Conservatory Garden and the Heart of the Park tour, plus many more. The conservancy offers tours year round, and also sponsors many programs including educational programs and seasonal and holiday events. There are also a number of virtual tours available online through the Conservancy including Southern Welcome, Seneca Villageand Northern Forts, plus many more. 

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Honor Legends with Broadway Up Close Walking Tours

Fans of the Great White Way are sure to sign up for this tour to learn the history of the iconic Broadway theater district. The two hour Broadway’s Beginnings Tour covers several venues in the district, with professional actors or stage managers as your guide. These guides inform the guests a great deal about the history of the New York theatre district and even share some of their own personal experiences. The cost of this tour is $35 USD for adults and $30 USD for age 13 and under. The tours occur every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11 AM, and are limited to 15 participants. It is best to book this tour as early as possible to make sure that you get a spot during your trip to New York. Broadway Up Close Walking Tours has several other Broadway themed tours available.


See New York with a Local Perspective 

 Big Apple Greeter Tours actually has local residents as tour guides. The guides are not professionals but are just local people volunteering to show tourists their favorite neighborhood spots. The tours usually last a day, and it is a must for anyone that wants an insider’s view of any specific New York City neighborhood. There is no charge for the Big Apple Greeter Tours, but donations are accepted to help run the service. There is also a no tipping policy for all greeters. Big Apple Greeter Tours are in high demand, so it is best to complete the form online at least a month before your arrival. 

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Explore NYC with Free Tours By Foot

Free Tours by Foot has an awesome walking tour that covers Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, and the trendy DUMBO neighborhood. This three hour tour begins with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge with photo opportunity stops while learning fascinating facts about this iconic New York City bridge. First you will explore Brooklyn Heights, the tony residential area. The tour then explores the Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (DUMBO) neighborhood, a former industrial area that is now one of New York’s artists haven. Reservations are required for all tours. Free Tours By Foot also offers many other New York City walking excursions including foodie tours and street art tours. 



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