Private Secrets of Grand Central Tour

Secrets of Grand Central Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the secrets of one of NYC’s most iconic buildings
  • Learn about the design flaw as large as Grand Central’s atrium 
  • Peek into the entrance of the glass walkways
  • See Grand Central’s hidden tennis court
  • Locate the hidden symbols of the family that built Grand Central
  • Explore what’s left of Grand Central’s movie theater
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Guests Love This Tour!

  • Great experience with a very enthusiastic host! It was a lovely way to explore grand central station and I learned a lot

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    Emily
    9/24/2021

    John is simply amazing and his shared knowledge of Grand Central should be made into a documentary!!!!

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    Gladys Helena
    9/18/2021
  • 5 star ratingAbsolutely the best way to see Grand Central Terminal! We really enjoyed taking this tour with John. His love for the terminal and it’s history was apparent through his enthusiasm and knowledge. We loved learning about all the beautiful and quirky things about GCT that make it such a wonderful place to visit. Any visit to NYC should include this tour beach add it holds such a special place in the history of the city. Ask for John DeSanto as your guide and you will see things that no one else gets to see!

    cynthiakL6243FM
    9/17/2021

    5 star ratingBest Tour of Grand Central The guide was very enthusiastic and clearly enjoyed what he was doing. We actually went overtime and everyone in the group was happy about it. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Beachlover00000000-0
    9/12/2021
  • People judged when I booked the tour at grand central but it was so worth it. Loved all the history and Ben was fantastic.

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    Kayla
    9/10/2021

    Our tour guide John was so knowledgeable and nice! We loved discovering the hidden secrets and stories of Grand Central Terminal. I highly recommend.

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    Gina
    9/05/2021
  • Excellent experience! Justin gave such a thorough presentation and knew so much about the history of Grand Central. We had an amazing time and look forward to going on another tour with Justin next time 🙂

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    Marcel
    8/28/2021

    5 star ratingA fabulous adventure exploring Grand Central and Penn Stations and the NY Subway! I scheduled 2 private tours for my husband and our 13 year old grandson, the Secrets of Grand Central Station and The Remnants of Penn Station at 2 separate times on one day, both with Justin. Justin suggested it might be more fun for our grandson if we combined the tours and rode the subway to include the secrets of the NY Subway, usually offered as a separate tour. The resulting tour was fabulous! Justin's sensitivity to what our grandson would enjoy most was spot on, and his visuals brought it all to life. My husband and I were thrilled with Justin's attention to detail, his personable manner and genuine knowledge of and enthusiasm for his subject matter. Our grandson, a real train enthusiast, hasn't stopped talking about it yet, and neither have we. Justin combines all the perfect traits of a guide, and anyone able to schedule a tour with him will have a most memorable experience. His give aways at the end of pictures of Penn station before and after, etc. will be lasting mementoes of our wonderful experience. Untapped tours is amazing with its unique offerings, excellent guides and ease of scheduling.

    ceejay069
    8/10/2021
  • Amazing tour! Spent a lovely day learning all about Grand Central. Would recommend the tour to anyone looking to learn more

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    Kathryn
    7/18/2021

    Awesome tour! I’ve been walking through Grand Central for years, and now I have this immense knowledge of its history and architecture (and a few hidden gems!) to carry with me.

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    Nick
    7/17/2021
  • 5 star ratingAwesome tour! My husband and I have lived in NYC for years and have traveled through Grand Central so many times, but we both learned so much on this tour! Our tour guide was awesome and so knowledgeable, so I can't recommend this tour enough.

    jolynnmc
    7/04/2021

    5 star ratingWonderful Tour We had a great time learning the history of Grand Central and its meaning to the City of New York in regards to landmarking historical places and the efforts to save Grand Central from ruin.

    Jen B
    6/24/2021
  • We had a great time learning the secrets and facts of the Grand Central. The whispering hall, the roof , the clock , eagles and so many more.

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    Jayashree
    6/19/2021

    The tour was very interesting and our guide Mandy was very pleasant, accommodating and extremely knowledgeable. The overall experience was very nice. We’ll definitely take other tours. Thanks a lot for unforgettable experience!!

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    Nelly
    2/20/2021
  • “This was a great way to spend a Saturday and get to know NYC better - highly recommend for locals and tourists alike. Also a great COVID activity since Grand Central is quiet, it really gives you the space and opportunity to get some great photos and soak it in without commotion around you. Justin is a great storyteller and has really done his research on the history - highly recommend!”

    Cassandra Stockall
    1/31/2021

    This was a great way to spend a Saturday and get to know NYC better - highly recommend for locals and tourists alike. Also a great COVID activity since Grand Central is quiet, it really gives you the space and opportunity to get some great photos and soak it in without commotion around you. Justin is a great storyteller and has really done his research on the history - highly recommend!

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    Cassandra
    1/30/2021
  • 5 star ratingLots of fun John was a great tour guide. Even though we’ve lived all our lives in NY, we all learned some interesting facts about Grand Central. He kept us all engaged and we really had a wonderful time. Thank you John!

    miriamlichtman
    1/28/2021

    5 star ratingTerrific Richard, our guide to the Secrets of the Lower East Side, was a fount of knowledge! An incredibly enjoyable tour, and I left with lots of notes to follow up on. Anyone who's interested in NYC history should take this.

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    AlexisinNYC
    6/26/2022
  • 5 star ratingLoved Secrets of the Lower East Side Tour I did the Secrets of the Lower East Side Tour & Tasting in June 2022 and it was great. The tour guide, Richard Sodden, knew a lot and I learned interesting history about the places that we went. For example, he took us to a building that used to be a grand movie theater in the 1920s. Not much today at first glance, but look closer. You can see hints of its past glory. He had an ipad with him and he showed us what it looked liked inside -- and might still today! -- unbeliveably beautiful! Without a guided tour, I would have walked past this spot without a thought. The tour guide grew up in the Lower East Side and he was very knowledgable; could answer all of our questions and tell us interesting things. Really good tour. Learned a lot. I will do others.

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    scout5
    6/18/2022

    5 star ratingGreat Tour full of information and history. I loved this tour. I have stopped at the Station many times but never knew much about it. The tour was full of information and pictures. Highly recommended.

    Wanderer42698739960
    6/16/2022

About This Tour:

Discover the many secrets of this New York City icon! Close to a million people pass through Grand Central Terminal every day, yet very few know the many stories and secrets which you will learn on this tour. On this unique walking tour you will discover the origins and history of the Beaux Arts train station, from its glittering glory days to disrepair and modern quests to save it. Our top rated tour guides will make you experience what most miss: its hidden features, design quirks, and much more. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or stroll through the Grand Central for the first time, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, and experienced something new and extraordinary. This tour of Grand Central Terminal is great for history or architecture buffs alike.

 

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