To get to the heart and soul of a city, you need to explore it on foot. Immerse yourself in the history, the culture, and the fashion of New York on these totally awesome walking tours. From the street art of Bushwick, Brooklyn, to the architecture of Midtown and the cocktail bars of Manhattan, there’s so much to see and do in this city. Whether you’re looking to get reacquainted or exploring it for the first time, check out these top New York City walking tours!
#1 – Graffiti Tour of Bushwick, Brooklyn
See for yourself why this area is becoming a world-renowned center for street art, while visiting some of the most visually stunning murals in New York City and Brooklyn. This walking tour will take you through the streets of Bushwick, Brooklyn, where you can expect to see incredible murals and learn all about street art styles, from stencils to tags, murals, and wheatpaste posters. Enjoy the vibrant energy of this place and learn about the innovators and international artists who have come here to make their mark. Run by boutique Brooklyn sightseeing company, Brooklyn Unplugged, this walking tour covers about 1.5 miles and includes the world-famous Bushwick Collective.
#2 – Sex and the City and Gossip Girl Tours of Manhattan
New York City has been the location for some of the most iconic television series of the twenty-first century—including Sex and the City and Gossip Girl. Visit the sites and experience the flavors of these beloved TV shows with On Location Tours. Sit on the steps of The Met where Queen B reigned for years and get a sneak peak of the Empire Hotel, the legendary residence of the one and only Chuck Bass. Or see the brownstone where Carrie Bradshaw lived and check out designer boutiques along Bleecker Street where the girls shopped regularly.
Note, these are both bus tours, not walking tours, so you can dress accordingly! What Sex and the City tour is complete without a Sex and the City–style wardrobe?
#3 –Food & Architecture Tour of the Flatiron District
This small group walking tour of the Flatiron District includes enough food for brunch and plenty of fascinating tales along the way. You’ll learn all about the area and stop at some of the more iconic locations including the Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park, and Union Square. Reacquaint yourself with the history of this culinary mecca while also availing yourself of some truly choice samples. The tour includes 6 full-portion gourmet tastings, including breakfast focaccia at Mario Batali’s, a classic New York sandwich at Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop, an out-of-this-world grilled cheese sandwich at Beecher’s Cheese, and savory delights at Bread’s Bakery. You’ll walk just about a mile—and there are excellent veggie substitutes available.
#4 – Jewish History and Heritage of the Lower East Side
Explore the most famous Jewish neighborhood in America on this unique tour of the Jewish Lower East Side. Hear about the first Jewish settlers who arrived in New York in the mid-1600s and visit the Shearith Israel, America’s first congregation, which they established there. Explore the architecture of Eldridge Street Synagogue, check out the city’s last public baths, and learn about the role of Jewish men and women in modern American history. But of course—what Jewish walking tour would be complete without noshes? Stop by for some unique LES flavors. But note that noshes cost extra!
Note this company only provides private tours so gather a group of four or more for this one. You can also choose if you want to do the tour on foot or private vehicle.
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