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Unique Walking Tours for the Curious Mind

Small Groups

We welcome up to 10 guests on our public walking tours

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

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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.

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  • 5 star ratingAwesome guide with in-depth knowledge of NYC riches Awesome guide very knowledgeable and approachable. Small group helped to address all the questions I had about New York and the period.
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    Ekaterina S
    6/27/2024
    5 star ratingGrand Central Tour AJ was a great guide. Full of interesting facts and places to see. Now Grand Central seams less of a maze! Highly recommend for railway buffs.
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    Venture29994307996
    6/27/2024
  • 5 star ratingGreat tour, learned a lot AJ was a very knowledgeable tour guide. We got on and off several subway trains and he spoke at each station about the history of that station. He showed us old tile that was covered up and as we went past some old abandoned stations he shined his flashlight so we could see them.
    I would recommend this tour but if you are in a wheelchair or on a scooter or have difficulty with stairsit is not for you.
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    kfspins
    6/27/2024
    5 star ratingGrand Central Tour AJ was a great guide. Full of interesting facts and places to see. Now Grand Central seams less of a maze! Highly recommend for railway buffs.
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    John Thornton
    6/27/2024
  • 5 star ratingA couple of hours very well spent The clue's in the title *Secrets* of Grand Central. There is so much more to it than that magnificent main hall. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and I think we were nearly overwhelmed by all the historical information and anecdotes. Last time in NY I regretted not doing this tour and I'm so glad I fitted it in this time. Cannot recommend too highly. Will probably do it again next time.
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    Geoff R
    6/26/2024
    5 star ratingInformative and entertaining tour Jonathan our guide took us on an information packed hour and a half tour that was a great experience. Highly recommend to anyone
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    susanrL500GX
    6/24/2024
  • 5 star ratingWould highly recommend! It was a great experience! John, our tour guide, was lovely, personable, and showed us a great deal that you would never learn by yourself. Keep it up 🙂
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    Dhruv T
    6/24/2024
    5 star ratingInformative and entertaining tour Jonathan our guide took us on an information packed hour and a half tour that was a great experience. Highly recommend to anyone
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    Susan R
    6/24/2024
  • 5 star ratingHighly recommend Very interesting and well done! Our guide was a thirty something actor entrtainer who did a fine job of entertaining and relating history on the tour.
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    Txmagca
    6/24/2024
    4 star ratingGood tour There were several stops on the tour and a variety of bites. Definitely more food than most of us could eat. We went on a broiling hot weekend but the tour guide Aaron did his best to keep us in the shade or inside.
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    leclercsj
    6/24/2024
  • 5 star ratingGreat experience Excellent experience, we learned so much and we enjoyed the tour. Our guide John was very entertaining and very knowledgeable.
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    Maria T
    6/23/2024
    5 star ratingSo Interesting This was such an interesting tour. Despite having read a few books about the history of this magnificent building, I learned so much during our 1 1/2 hours. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable. My only criticism is that the size of the group made it difficult to see pictures being shown on the iPad and to move through the crowded station. This tour is a must for any history lover while visiting NYC.
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    Sandy B
    6/23/2024
  • 5 star ratingWonderful Tour Fascinating history of the iconic landmark. Our guide, Jonathon was knowledgeable, engaging, entertaining. It was the perfect amount of time 1.5 hours) for a comprehensive history of the building. We went in the morning and stayed for lunch at the Oyster Bar. Highly recommend!
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    Pat M
    6/23/2024
    5 star ratingGrand Central Station tour We met Jonathan at track 29 and we were mesmerised from the word go. He was informative, interesting, friendly and funny, the hour and a half went by so quickly. Thank you Jonathan I would totally recommend you Nicky and Lindy
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    NicolaR828
    6/21/2024
  • 5 star ratingGreat tour! Very knowledgeable and enjoyed the guides' personal experiences shared with the group. Learned many facts about the history of Grand Central Terminal. Well worth it!
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    Terri
    6/16/2024
    5 star ratingGreat tour! Put this on your list of things to do! Booked this tour because I was visiting my son and staying close to Grand Central Station. It exceeded my expectations. Jonathan our tour guide was excellent! He learned everyone’s names and where they were from, making for a fun experience. For fans of The Gilded Age , you will learn a lot about the history of NY in the early 1900’s. Highly recommend!
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    Alice
    6/16/2024
  • 5 star ratingHighly Recommended,! Ray was a fabulous guide. His knowledge of the history of Grand Central Terminal and interesting stories made the experience truly enjoyable and informative. Don't miss this tour!
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    Kate H
    6/15/2024
    5 star ratingGrand tour of Grand Central Terminal AJ was very knowledgeable about the history of the terminal and NYC. He definitely loved sharing all the stories and made the experience personal. It was cool to see areas of the terminal you wouldn't just see if you were not on a tour. We liked the size of the tour. Only drawbacks were we didn't have earpieces like I saw on the overview of the experience. Since it was a small group we didn't have trouble hearing him though. Also I wouldn't recommend it if you need to have a break to sit every once in awhile as there are no benches or seats along this tour. Definitely be prepared to be on your feet for the full time.
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    Jennifer D
    6/15/2024
  • 5 star ratingEven a jaded New Yorker Will Enjoy It I've Lived In NYC My Entire Life and there are just so many hidden gems to explore. John De Santo brought GCT to life. The secret apartment, the Tiffany clock the "whisper passage" His enthusiasm and love of NY is contagious. Historic photos took you back in time. So many of the original details and treasures of this testament to the gilded age remain. Bring your tennis racket and you may be able to strike up a game.
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    Smarttraverfromct
    6/14/2024
    5 star ratingAwesome tour! Our guide, Bob, was so knowledgeable and friendly. He has so much fun information and facts for the group. Our tour was both inside and outside which gave you a more complete history of Grand Central. Would highly recommend!
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    Elizabeth H
    6/12/2024

Our Walking Tours

Ellis Island Hospital Hard Hat Tour- empty room
1.5 Hours - $90

Ellis Island Hospital Hard Hat Tour

Exclusive Hard Hat Tour inside the usually off-limits hospital

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Group of nurses sitting on the steps of the hospital
1.5 Hours - $92 and up

Ellis Island Nursing Tour

Uncover the medical history inside Ellis Island's Abandoned Hospital

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2 Hours - $55

Secrets of the NYC Speakeasy: Tour and Drink

Visit the sites of former speakeasies and have a drink at one of NYC's oldest bars!

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2 Hours - $39

Billie Holiday’s Harlem and the Birth of The Jazz Age

Walk through Central Harlem to see spots that birthed the jazz age in 1920s & 30s NYC!

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1.5 Hours - $39

Burning Gotham: Life in 1830s Manhattan

Retrace the path of The Great Fire of 1835 and learn how it forever changed Manhattan!

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Skynet art at Fulton Center subway
2 Hours - $39

Underground Subway Art Tour

Uncover works of art hidden in plain sight below the streets of NYC!

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Secrets of Grand Central TourView of Grand Central Terminal's atrium
1.5 Hours - $39

Secrets of Grand Central Tour

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

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Fifth Avenue Gilded Age Mansions Tour
2 Hours - $39

Fifth Avenue Gilded Age Mansions Tour

Take a stroll along Fifth Avenue as it was when millionaires’ mansions lined the illustrious street!

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NYC Underground Subway Tour- Chambers Street Station
2 Hours - $39

NYC Underground Subway Tour

Discover the surprising history of the NYC Subway

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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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Chinatown, Little Italy and LES tour
3 Hours - $49

A Taste of New York: Food Tour of Manhattan

Uncover tales of immigrant life in on this food and history tour!

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The Bowery
2 Hours - $39

Secrets of The Bowery Tour

Uncover the secrets of The Bowery in Manhattan, one of the most architecturally and historically diverse streets in New York City!

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Remnants of New Amsterdam TourWomen touching remnant of Dutch Wall
2 Hours - $39

Remnants of New Amsterdam Tour

Discover the many hidden Dutch relics south of Wall Street

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Remnants of Penn Station Tourrecreation of Penn station atrium
2 Hours - $39

Remnants of Penn Station Tour

Discover the hidden remnants of the old Penn Station!

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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 - $39

Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge Tour

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

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Brooklyn Subway Tour
2 Hours - $39

Brooklyn Underground Subway Tour

Discover the secrets of the NYC subway in Brooklyn

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Gritty Old Times Square Tour
2 Hours - $39

Remnants of Gritty Old Times Square Tour

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

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Art of Grand Central Madison Walking Tour
1.5 Hours - $39

The Art of Grand Central Madison

Tour of the fascinating works of art inside the news part of Grand Central Terminal, Grand Central Madison!

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Curated Experiences From Our Partners

City Climb at Hudson Yards
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City Climb at Hudson Yards

Climb the highest open-air building ascent in the world!

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3 hours | $124

Abandoned Islands of the East River Sunset Cruise

Sail around NYC's abandoned North and South Brother Islands!

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AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour
3 hours | $112

AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

Enjoy NYC's architectural landmarks - as best seen from the water.

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AṢẸ: Afro Frequencies at ARTECHOUSE
1 Hour - Partner Event

AṢẸ: Afro Frequencies at ARTECHOUSE

Immerse yourself in Afro-surrealist visuals, sounds, and poetry!

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Harbor Line Sunset Cruises
2 hours | $94 and up

Sunset Cruises

Experience the most stylish means of viewing a New York sunset

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The Edge at Hudson Yards
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The Edge at Hudson Yards

See stunning views of NYC from the highest sky deck in the Western Hemisphere!

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3.25 hours | $86-$116

Industrial Waterway Tour to Freshkills Park

Cruise into the heart of Freshkills Park on a classically inspired yacht!

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Statue and Skyline Sightseeing Cruise
1.5 hours | $64

Statue & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

Experience stunning views of the city from a classic 1920s-style yacht

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Empire State Building
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Empire State Building Observation Decks

Ascend to the 86th and 102nd floors at the top of the Empire State Building!

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Top of the Rock
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Top of the Rock

See New York City from the iconic Art Deco landmark, 30 Rockefeller Plaza!

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2.25 hours | $118

Urban Naturalist Cruise: Fall Foliage of the Grand Palisades

Step aboard a luxury yacht and travel north on the Hudson in style!

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One World Observatory
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One World Observatory

Admire spectacular 360° views of NYC from the Freedom Tower!

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SUMMIT at One Vanderbilt
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SUMMIT at One Vanderbilt

Join an immersive experience atop Midtown Manhattan's tallest commercial skyscraper!

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2.75 hours | $86-$116

AIANY Climate Change and Architecture Tour

Understand how climate change affects New York City by traveling its waterways!

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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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