When you visit NYC, take the time to see it as intimately as you can. There are so many sites to see when you visit the area that it can be overwhelming and often to cause you to miss out on some of the amazing sites that you simply have to see to believe. Walking tours can be a great way to see NYC in an up-close and personal way. The following guide walks you through a few of the best walking tours NYC has to offer.
Chelsea and the High Line Walking Tour
You get to enjoy walking above the streets of Chelsea in the High Line Walking Tour. You use an audio tour app to get guidance with GPS coordinates and audio detailing key features of the area. There is a walkway constructed from steel situated high above the streets that you get to walk on while you take the tour of the area. The tour will take approximately two hours and starts at the Chelsea Market located at 15th and 9th Ave in NYC.
Harlem Walking Tour
Another great walking tour to enjoy when you are in NYC is the Harlem Walking Tour offered by Harlem Heritage Tours. You will be able to see amazing sites related to Malcolm X and learn about the history of the area. You will travel by the Apollo Theater, Schomburg Center, and more during your two-hour tour. There are a variety of tour options offered by Harlem Heritage Tours based on what your interests are.
Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan
A tour of lower Manhattan allows you to see all of the great features of the Financial District. You’ll get to see Wall Street, the Freedom Tower, City Hall and more. You’ll also get to go through Chinatown and Little Italy where you can try some of the best foods that New York has to offer. You get to learn about the immigrants in the area and the amazing impact that they made on the community as a whole. Wall Street Walks offers a great walking tour of lower Manhattan that lasts roughly 90 minutes and is offered four days a week.
9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero Walking Tour
Take a tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero while hearing first-hand stories about the events that took place on 9/11 through a company called Ground Zero Tours. The tour lasts for roughly 1.5 hours and can include a tour of every aspect of Ground Zero including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum where you can pay an additional fee to tour the museum that has artifacts, pictures, and memorabilia from that fateful day. You can choose to take a public tour or pay an additional fee for a private tour.
Greenwich Village Walking Tour
The Greenwich Village walking tour by Walks of New York allows you to see the area in an intimate way. For roughly two hours you will tour Greenwich Village and hear amazing stories about the people who live in the area from artists to musicians. You’ll get to see famous buildings during the tour, such as the apartment building featured in the hit television show Friends.
If you plan to take one of the amazing walking tours that NYC has to offer, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and try to arrive early if possible to ensure that you can get to take the tour on the exact day that suits your schedule.