Walking Tours

New York City walking tours provide in-depth information about a few blocks of a neighborhood. Many focus on a specific topic or time period. You can take walking tours about Wall Street, the jazz history of Harlem, Brooklyn street art, and countless other topics. No matter what youre interested in, theres likely a walking tour that covers it—the skys the limit.

When the tour begins, youll meet your guide at a designated point. Youll get to know your tour guide and other people attending the tour who share your interests. Then, your guide will lead your group to approximately ten notable spots within the neighborhood.

At each point, your guide will share important facts about the locations context and history. Most of the time, your walking tour will end at a separate point from where it began, but occasionally the tour will circle back to its original starting location.

One of the big benefits of walking tours is that theyre usually given by experts. Walking tour guides are usually well-versed in the subject matter and passionate about the information they have to share.

An important thing to be aware of, however, are the potential downfalls of free walking tours. When a tour is described as free, you can be sure that someone, somewhere has paid for it. Youll likely be expected to heavily tip your tour guide, as thats often the only way guides of free tours receive payment for their time.

Paid walking tours provided by companies are a much better bet. In the majority of cases, paid tours are where youll find well-trained guides who specialize in the tours subject. That way, you can be sure the information youre learning is accurate.

How To Make The Most Of A Walking Tour

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Youll be on your feet for up to two hours.
  • Try to use the restroom before the tour begins, because there likely wont be stops for this during the tour.
  • Be prepared for the weather and dress in layers.
  • Fill up on a meal before the tour begins, as most walking tours dont stop for food. Pack a bottle of water and a snack in case you get hungry during the tour.