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Unique Walking Tours for the Curious Mind

Small Groups

We welcome up to 10 guests on our public walking tours

5 Stars Rating

on Trip Advisor, and recipient of their 2022 Best of the Best Award!

Exclusive Access

We'll get you inside places nobody else goes to

Explore Ellis Island's Abandoned Hospital

Exclusive hard hat tour inside Ellis Island's Contagious Disease Hospital, abandoned since 1954. An experience unlike any other in NYC...

Discover the Secrets of Grand Central

Did you know there is a hidden tennis court inside Grand Central? Or that its ceiling is backwards? Join us and discover its many other secrets.

Discover The Fifth Avenue Gilded Age Mansions

Take a stroll along Fifth Avenue as it was during the Gilded Age when grand mansions of millionaires lined the illustrious street.

Our Guests Love it!

  • 5 star ratingGrand Central Terminal We received a tour of Grand Central Terminal. John was very informative and prepared to give us a nice overview. Being concerned about being able to hear our guide, we were pleased when John handed out ear pieces. So even if we weren’t next to him we didn’t miss any of the information.

    NYtraveler2003
    7/29/2022

    4 star ratingInteresting look at the past Very interesting tour of the gilded age mansions on Fifth Ave As a New Yorker, there were bits of info I learned on this tour.

    246judil
    7/26/2022
  • 5 star ratingGreat tour, highly recommend! Great tour! Really enjoyed our guide and all the commentary he gave, along with the "nuts and bolts" of the history of the building.

    AlyssaYTerrapin
    7/24/2022

    5 star ratingA must-do for history lovers Perfect tour if you're interested in the early history of New York, or better: New Amsterdam. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and a real expert. It was a great experience and I highly recommend it.

    319MarcoS
    7/24/2022
  • 5 star ratingGreat Tour - very interesting. The Tour guide,Mr.Gelber, was excellent - we got a lot of historic information and he showed us also many old photos. Overall,thanks to his knowledge and kindness,the time went very fast - we can recommend this tour in Grand Terminal very much.

    Elke O
    7/20/2022

    5 star ratingSecrets of Govenors' Island Mandy was a great guide who focused on less expected aspects of history during the Governors' Island tour -- we learned a lot! There was some trouble with meeting up due to transportation issues (not her fault) and she was very professional and thoughtful to make sure the group was able to come together & board the ferry without getting lost.

    Violeta A
    7/18/2022
  • 5 star ratingEllis Island Hard Hat Tour - amazing experience! I went on the Ellis Island Hard Hat Tour and it was amazing!! I would recommend it to everybody who is interested in history.

    AnneBoletteKK
    7/17/2022

    5 star ratingGreat Guilded Age Tour We went on the Guilded Age Mansions tour. Bob Gelber gave a great tour complete with the history of the interpersonal feuds of the time. He was informative, enthusiastic and professional -- he even continued educating us when the tour was interrupted by a sudden rain storm. Highly recommend.

    E4599EOwendyg
    7/17/2022
  • 5 star ratingFantastic tour for locals and tourists alike! My 10 year old and I had a fabulous time uncovering the secrets and incredible history of the subway. I’m a native New Yorker and my son is obsessed with the subway and we both learned so much! Our tour guide’s energy and passion were infectious. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, even locals.

    11ko11
    7/17/2022

    The tour was very informational. I learned a lot about the history of the nyc subway, and the unique, preserved architecture and tiling in certain stations that I had never noticed before even after living here for 8 years. The hidden city half station at the end of the tour was pretty cool too.

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    Ciera
    7/16/2022
  • 5 star ratingFun! What a fun time! As a New Yorker, I always love learning more about my city, and this was a really fun way to do that. Super informative, and so fun. John was a great guide!

    samanthalR4050KD
    7/13/2022

    Our tour guide could be the GC professor with his in-depth knowledge of its history and the building process and tying it into the now. I highly recommend this activity for those interested in the history, architecture, and other in between about NYC.

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    Jill
    7/08/2022
  • 5 star ratingFun learning experience Mandy was a perfect guide, as her appreciation for history (of architecture, trains, and sociological attitudes) is vast and enthusiastic. She's fun to listen to, and showed us things off the beaten track (as it were!).

    A5946MXchrisb
    7/08/2022

    Was a wonderful tour with a really knowledgeable guide. We had a great time!

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    Chaya
    7/05/2022
  • 5 star ratingGreat tour for tourists and locals alike Our family (made up of born and raised New Yorkers + family visiting from abroad) enjoyed learning about the history of the subway and art references in various subway stations - we saw details we've missed on our commute. Our guide AJ was extremely knowledgable and friendly!

    dianesK6238LQ
    7/05/2022

    5 star ratingGreat! It was a great learning experience. The guide was so knowledgeable. His love of all things involving trains and transit was infectious.

    Rnechin
    7/03/2022
  • 5 star ratingAnother Vanderbilt Masterpiece Excellent and informative 10AM, July 1, tour of Grand Central Station. Breathtaking architecture and history. Great way to begin our tour of Manhattan.

    pamNBACmasterswim
    7/03/2022

    5 star ratingHighly recommend We are native New Yorkers, and really enjoyed this walking tour. John was a great tour guide and the group was small and manageable, makes for a better experience, came away with a lot of little nuggets of information. Definitely make time for a cocktail in the Campbell Bar afterwards. We plan on booking a different tour each year.

    lisafC2367NW
    7/03/2022
  • 5 star ratingReally enjoyed this tour Tour guide was excellent! Really informative and I learned so much. So many fun facts. Highly recommend

    JJBBMOW
    6/27/2022

    5 star ratingRemnants of the World's Fairs - great tour! I took the Remnants of the World's Fairs tour with Justin yesterday. He's a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable, and clearly a huge fan of the World's Fairs site and history. The tour began with an overview of the area history, and touched on some of the political history that led to the Fairs being held in New York. A walk of the grounds led us to many easily-overlooked treasures, and shared trivia tidbits, such as the road-sign plaques, the ancient column gifted by Jordan, and the flagpole eagles. It's not all trivia -- Justin also told us about the major buildings and sculptures, both present and long-gone. He brought along Aaron, who is an expert on the history (and future) of the Pavilion. The tour included entrance into the Queens Museum, where the famous Panorama of the City of New York is.

    This tour content is appropriate for all ages; physically it's for anyone who can walk for ~3 hours. I think most of the tour would be wheelchair accessible, though on my tour everyone was walking, and we did cut across grass / uneven surfaces several times. If you use walking aids, definitely check first.

    Sandy_012345
    6/27/2022

Our Walking Tours

Ellis Island Hospital Hard Hat Tour- empty room
2 Hours - $89

Ellis Island Hospital Hard Hat Tour

Exclusive Hard Hat Tour inside the usually off-limits hospital

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Secrets of Grand Central TourView of Grand Central Terminal's atrium
1.5 Hours - $35

Secrets of Grand Central Tour

Discover the many Secrets of this iconic building including its hidden tennis court!

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NYC Underground Subway Tour- Chambers Street Station
2 Hours - $35

NYC Underground Subway Tour

Discover the surprising history of the NYC Subway

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Secrets of Rockefeller Center Tour
1.5 Hours - $35

Secrets of Rockefeller Center Tour

Unearth the secrets and stories that make this landmark one of the most visited sites in the world.

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Fifth Avenue Gilded Mansions Tour
2 Hours - $35

Fifth Avenue Gilded Age Mansions Tour

Take a stroll along Fifth Avenue as it was during the Gilded Age when grand mansions of millionaires lined the illustrious street.

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9/11 Memorial Tour
2 Hours - $35

9/11 Memorial Tour, Celebrating Heroes

Step back in time and view the exact locations of the original architectural elements of where the Twin Towers stood.

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Gritty Old Times Square Tour
2 Hours - $35

Remnants of Gritty Old Times Square Tour

Go back to the halcyon days when 42nd Street was the Deuce.

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Brooklyn Subway Tour
2 Hours - $35

Brooklyn Underground Subway Tour

Discover the secrets of the NYC subway in Brooklyn

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2 Hours - $40

Secrets of the Lower East Side Tour and Tasting

Explore the history and evolution of Manhattan’s Lower East Side!

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Remnants of Penn Station TourAerial View of the old Penn Station
2 Hours - $35

Remnants of Penn Station Tour

Discover the hidden remnants of the old Penn Station!

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1 Hour - Partner Event

Life of a Neuron! at ARTECHOUSE (Partner Event)

Life of a Neuron brings together decades of neuroscience data and research to create a cellular level journey through the human brain.

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Remnants of New Amsterdam TourWomen touching remnant of Dutch Wall
2 Hours - $35

Remnants of New Amsterdam Tour

Discover the many hidden Dutch relics south of Wall Street

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Hidden Gems of Governors Island Tour
2 Hours - $39

Hidden Gems of Governors Island Tour

Learn about the history of the Governors Island, which dates back over 400 years.

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Remnants of the World's Fair TourNY State World's Fairs Pavilion Flushing Meadows Corona Park
2 Hours - $39

Remnants of the World's Fair Tour

Didn’t make it to the 1939/40 or 1964/65 World’s Fairs? Here's your chance!

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Greenwich Village Coffee Tour
2 Hours - $40

Greenwich Village Coffee Tour and Tasting

Discover the surprising history of coffee in New York City while exploring its iconic birthplace: Greenwich Village.

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Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge Tourempty
2 Hours - $35

Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge Tour

Discover the secrets & hidden gems of NYC's most famous bridge!

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Victorian Flatbush Mansions Tour
2 Hours - $35

Victorian Flatbush Mansions Tour

Discover the spectacular mansions and history of Flatbush, a truly unique Brooklyn neighborhood.

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Trinity Church Cemetery- Hidden Gems of the Financial District Walking Tour
2 Hours - $35

Hidden Gems of the Financial District Walking Tour

Discover the neighborhood's most surprising places and stories

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1.5 - 2 Hours - Partner Event

Cruises on the Hudson River (Partner Event)

Take in views of NYC while sailing on the Hudson River

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Private Tours

We can organize a private tour just for your group! Whether you are planning your next family outing, a school trip or a corporate event, we've got you covered!

Virtual Tours

Explore the best of what NYC has to offer from the comfort of your home! We offer several live webinars a week, on-demand virtual tours and more!

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