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: $78.67 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, Cafe Wha! and former beatnik site, Cafe San Remo. This 2-hour tour is led by a local, licensed NYC tour guide with Italian family roots in the neighborhood. Your food tour guide gives you an insider's perspective into local history with music, serenades and vintage photos.  Food samples subject to change based on availability.

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Music and Eats on MacDougal Street Walking Tour

From: $78.67 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: $78.67 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: $78.67 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, and baked goods.

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New York City Dessert Walk

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $78.67 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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New York City at Night Private Walking Tour

Rating 2 Star Rating

From: $161.35 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Spend 3 unforgettable hours with your private guide in the city which never sleeps. Explore the most popular New York attractions by night. Discover the city of thousands bright lights, colorful illuminations, glistening skyscrapers and flashing lively streets. Explore the Brooklyn Heights and don't miss the legendary Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. See Dumbo and take a selfie with the legendary Brooklyn Bridge. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the highlights of Broadway Street and tell you fun facts and memorable stories about City Hall, Woolworth Building, One World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial, Trinity Church, St Paul’ Chapel and St Paul’s Churchyard, Battery Park and, of course, Charging Bull. Finish the tour at Battery Park to enjoy the views. 

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Private New York City Food Tour of East Village and Greenwich Village

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $196.02 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Combine a great food experience and explore New York sights on this 2-hour private food tour. Discover charming East Village and Greenwich Village neighborhoods and see its main attractions and places of interest. Start your tour at Tompkins Square Park which is saturated with historical events and just after that go for delicious experience and taste artisan coffee and a dessert in one the best coffee places of New York. Continue the tour by visiting distinctive Little Tokyo neighborhood and then see legendary New York University. Relax at green and calm Father Demo Square and Minetta Garden and stroll along quaint Bleecker Street full of cute stores and historic landmarks. Take your time for shopping and enter numerous food stores on your choice and go on with a lunch at Italian La Lanterna di Vittorio. Finish your tour at lovely Washington Square Park.

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