Self Guided Walking Tours of NYC

Four self guided New York City walking tours

Quite often the best way to really see a city is by walking. You absorb so much more detail and flavour of an area than you would passing through it in a vehicle. Walking lets you see all the nooks and crannies and you are free to stop and explore and take pictures anywhere along the way.

For that reason we have put together four recommended neighborhood walking tours for you. Each tour is fully described on its own page which can be accessed by clicking on the corresponding links below.

Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour - 2.1 kms

Brooklyn Bridge stretching from Manhattan at duskBrooklyn Bridge Walking Tour A stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge is a great way to enjoy your visit to New York. Whether it be morning, afternoon or evening, you will be greeted with some spectactular views of the New York skyline, not to mention the Statue of Liberty. At the same time you will get an intimate look at the amazing design and architecture of the iconic New York Bridge. Total distance of 2.1 kms is one way including walking distance to and from nearest subway stations. The Bridge portion itself is about 1.8 kms. Allow about 45 minutes for one way at a leisurely pace.

Architectural Highlights Walking Tour - 4.5 kms

Grand Central TerminalArchitectural Highlights Walk This walking tour exploring some of the finest NYC architecture will take you past some of the city's most renowned buildings and skyscrapers. You will also have the opportunity experience the incredible and ornate interiors of some of them. We suggest allowing up to 3 hours in order to give yourself ample time to stop and explore along the way.

High Line Walking Tour - 3.8 kms

Enjoying a stroll through High Line Park in New York CityHigh Line Park Park Walking Tour This unique new park in New York provides an excellent place to experience the city on foot. You will walk high above the traffic on a splendidly rejuvenated former elevated rail bed from which you will enjoy some excellent views and experience a slice of New York's intriguing history. The tour is about 3.8 kms in length including walking to and from the nearest subway stations. We suggest allowing about 2 hours for a leisurely walk with lot's of opportunity for stops along the way.

Hudson River Park Walking Tour - 9 kms

View of Hudson River ParkHudson River Park Walking Tour There is nothing quite like a stroll along the waterfront and the Hudson River Park provides a fantastic space to do just that. This park which is reclaimed from the once very industrial waterfronts lands stretches for miles along the Hudson River on the western edge of Manhattan. You can walk just a portion or enjoy walking the entire length of this park. You will enjoy great views of the river and bridges along with ever changing perspectives of the New York Skyline. If you plan to walk the entire length you should allow at least 3 hours in order to have some time to stop and absorb the sights along the way.

Some of the above photos are made available under a Creative Commons license. Larger versions and attribution can be viewed on the full page for each attraction.

Fully Guided Walking and Biking Tours

In addition to the self-guided walking tours above you may want to consider one or more of the following fully guided walking tours.

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Italians of Greenwich Village Food Tour

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $80.49 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

This is a fun-filled interactive walking tour of Greenwich Village's Italian neighborhood. See St. Anthony's Church, Raffetto's Pasta Store and then stroll Washington Square Park. Stroll past MacDougal Street's Caffe Reggio. This 2-hour tour is led by a local, licensed NYC tour guide with Italian family roots in the neighborhood for over 125 years. Your food tour guide gives you an insider's perspective into local history with music, serenades and family tales.   Samples subject to change.

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Music and Eats on MacDougal Street Walking Tour

From: $80.49 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

This walking tour of MacDougal Street explores Greenwich Village's most famous and hip street with its extensive and colorful musical history. Learn about jazz in the Village, America's left bank, and 1950's folk music.

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New York City Meatball Tasting Tour

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $80.49 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

This meatball crawl is a fun and yummy meatball tasting tour. Enjoy three tasty, savory, mouth watering meatballs - Venetian, Sicilian, Neopolitan followed by a creamy fruita-mi-su.

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New York City Pierogi Walk

From: $80.49 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Enjoy a delicious 2-hour stroll through New York City's famous and colorful East Village, with its old world Eastern European eateries full of yummy pierogi, kielbasa, egg creams and baked goods.

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New York City Dessert Walk

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $80.49 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Take a sugary stroll through NYC's famous and funky Greenwich Village - a sweet-tooth lover's dream!

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The Bowery Boys Broadway History Tour

From: $47.75 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

On this walking tour, we take Bowery Boys’ podcasts to the streets, visiting sites where theater history was made. Developed by the Bowery Boys and your guide Jeff, a Broadway insider, the tour traces the history of the Broadway theater while exploring NYC’s famed Theater District.We’ll visit landmark theaters where celebrated shows and performers have played, as well as theatrical haunts like Sardi’s, Shubert Alley, and Duffy Square. You’ll hear colorful stories of Broadway’s legendary stars, producers, and shows – even thespians who return to the limelight from beyond the grave. Along the way, your guide will share information about the Broadway industry and the rise, fall, and renaissance of the Great White Way.

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The Bowery Boys 19th Century NOHO Tour: Glamour, Greed, Money and Murder

From: $47.75 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Join this unique tour of the once elegant Bond Street NOHO neighborhood, former home to some of New York’s most famous families. You’ll learn how the neighborhood from the Bowery to Washington Square evolved into an enclave of the very rich and often vary famous, as well as the fringes of New York’s 19th-century underbelly.Your expert guide Carl will lead you along 19th-century cobblestone streets and introduce you to characters in this real-life drama, such as John Jacob Astor, Washington Irving, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Mrs. Astor, and Edith Wharton.Our tour will pass by such New York landmarks as the famous Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and Cooper Union. You’ll also imagine the drama that unfolded on today’s Astor Place during the Opera House riot of 1847.We’ll visit the site of the notorious 1857 Bond St. Murder, which remains one of New York’s unsolved murder mysteries!

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