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NYC: The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

1. NYC: The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

On this exciting small-group walking tour, you will uncover the treasures hidden within this historic transportation hub: see the world’s largest Tiffany clock, peek into the off-limits glass walkways, discover the massive design flaw in the main atrium, locate a multi-million dollar jewel hidden in plain sight, and so much more. Learn about the history of the station during the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and finally experience it as a renovated wonder at the center of the city. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or stroll through the Beaux-Arts beauty for the first time, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary on this behind-the-scenes walking tour.

Grand Central Terminal: Self-Guided Walking Tour

2. Grand Central Terminal: Self-Guided Walking Tour

Get to know Grand Central Terminal on this self-guided walking tour that takes you through the whole terminal, points out the most significant spots, and reveals the little-known history behind it all. Enjoy the flexibility of a tour taken via an app that functions as your personal guide, narrator, and map. Arrive outside the terminal to start your tour. From here, you can admire the elegant entryway and learn about the statues that stand guard at its entrance. Enter the station via Vanderbilt Hall, a beautiful space named after the station’s founders. Learn the facts on the unbelievably rich Vanderbilt family and a multimillion-dollar drama of rivalry between the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers. Continue to the Main Concourse, which you’ve likely seen in plenty of films and TV shows. This concourse is even more impressive in person, full of marble, crystal, and gold. Next, visit the terminal’s famous clock and learn why it might just be worth $20 million. Learn how Grand Central practically invented time as we know it while crossing the vast concourse. Turn your eyes skyward next, toward the sky ceiling. Learn the special meaning behind each constellation painted here. Plus, learn about the time NASA damaged the Main Concourse with a rocket. Afterwards, unpack the hidden symbolism within the extravagant chandeliers and find out how the station’s employees get from place to place without having to cross the busy concourse. Then, visit the often-overlooked Station Master’s Office and hear about how part of Grand Central was almost torn down by developers once. Finally, finish off your tour by heading to the lower levels to visit the strange and wonderful Whispering Gallery and the lavish Oyster Bar where New York’s Roaring ’20s have been beautifully preserved.

Secrets of New York

3. Secrets of New York

On this full day tour, we cover a lot! Stroll through some of New York’s oldest neighborhoods: the Financial District (including Wall Street), Tribeca, Midtown Manhattan, and more. Discover the origins of New York with a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian. Walk through hidden alleys and secret passageways. See the hidden tennis court of Grand Central Terminal. The tennis court can be reserved if you want to play. Journey high above Manhattan and visit an elevated park with rooftop views of the New York harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. Admire a miniature rainforest growing inside of an office building. There is more but it's a secret. Join us and see why people have said this tour is a "must do" when exploring the city.

New York: Art Deco and Architecture Landmarks Tour

4. New York: Art Deco and Architecture Landmarks Tour

Start your tour in beautiful Bryant Park and head off to explore the history of midtown and its many Art Deco architectural masterpieces, as well as other beautiful styles like Beaux-Arts. Hear about the origins of NYC's landmarking laws from your expert guide. Get a unique perspective on the Empire State Building. From there, travel up historic 42nd street where you will see numerous historic buildings. View several early, key Art Deco masterpieces including the gorgeous Chrysler Building, and many lesser-known landmarks with stunning decorative architecture. Admire a few stunningly preserved lobbies. Visit Grand Central Terminal, the world's largest train terminal, and one of NYC's most beautiful interior spaces. Journey up 5th avenue to see the guide's favorite Art Deco hidden treasure in midtown, before ending at Rockefeller Center.

NYC: Midtown Manhattan Self-Guided Walking Tour

5. NYC: Midtown Manhattan Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore New York City’s Midtown Manhattan on a self-guided walking tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and GPS map. See New York’s most iconic landmarks and learn their history, from the Empire State Building to Times Square. Enjoy animated videos to visualize parts of the tour. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin your tour at Columbus Circle, then head to Carnegie Hall, where music legends have performed for over a century. Get the story behind the hall and its founder before moving on to the ornate Russian Tea Room, a Manhattan staple since 1927. Next, visit the city’s most famous hotels, the Ritz and the Plaza. These five-star digs aren’t just landmarks, they’re also packed with Manhattan history that you’ll get to uncover. After that, get a chance to see the famous Pulitzer Fountain. Snap a few photos to save the memory before heading down Fifth Avenue, where New Yorkers come to get their high-end apparel from stores like Saks, Bergdorf, and Louis Vuitton. Then, head to the Saint Regis hotel and learn of the fierce legal dueling between the Astors and the Vanderbilts surrounding this gorgeous landmark. The route continues to the iconic Rockefeller Center. From the ice rink to the NBC studios seen in “30 Rock,” this is a must-see New York landmark. Afterward, it’s time to say hello to Broadway and get a glimpse at the city’s thriving theater scene. A tour of New York City wouldn’t be complete without Times Square, so that’s up next. Explore this memorable square and learn about its transformation from a criminal haven to a tourism hub. If you’re ready to take a break from walking, enjoy a stop at Bryant Park, a perfect oasis that has also seen plenty of Hollywood magic over the years. When you’re ready, head to the city’s most astonishing architectural marvels: the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal. Take in the stunning designs while learning about how they both came to be. Then it’s on to the vast New York Public Library, which houses a staggering 125 miles of shelving and is used to transport books from floor to floor using pneumatic tubes! Finish off your tour learning the full, fascinating history behind the Empire State Building as you walk to New York’s most iconic skyscraper.

New York City: Combination Self-Guided Walking Tours

6. New York City: Combination Self-Guided Walking Tours

See everything New York City has to offer at your own pace with a bundled pack of 6 self-guided walking tours. See the Central Park Zoo, stroll through Times Square, and explore the Grand Central Terminal with your Action Tour Guide app. Your tour of Central Park begins at the corner of 5th and 59th and takes you through the best spots in this historic park. Stop at the Central Park Zoo and meander along the famous, tree-lined mall. Visit the famous statues which dot the park, honoring everyone from Shakespeare to Balto. Snap photos at Bethesda Terrace, a beautiful piece of architecture, then head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Begin your Midtown tour at the busy Columbus Circle. Head to the iconic NYC landmarks of Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square. Stroll down Fifth Avenue and window shop in the high-end stores. As you tour, learn about the city's history and the wealthy families who built many of its famous buildings. Finish your Midtown walking tour with a visit to New York’s most iconic skyscraper: the Empire State Building. Start the Grand Central Terminal tour outside and marvel at the stunning architecture. Head inside and tour the terminal, from its opulent upper levels to the speakeasy-style Oyster Bar below. As you walk through the vast Main Concourse and admire the constellation ceiling, hear the Station's fascinating history, including the multimillion-dollar rivalry between the Vanderbilts and the Astors. Your tour of Wall Street begins near Fraunces Tavern, a historic building from the revolutionary period. See the Charging Bull statue and the New York Stock Exchange while learning about the financial district’s seedy underbelly. Hear about Ponzi schemes, famous embezzlers, and thieves who faked their own deaths. Finish your tour with a somber visit to the 9/11 Memorial and see the towering One World Trade Center up close. Start your Battery Park walking tour in the park itself and enjoy the stunning view of the Statue of Liberty. As you stroll, learn the history of this iconic American symbol, including how it got here in the first place. Continue through the park and see its other famous monuments, including the SeaGlass Carousel. Discover Brooklyn on a self-guided tour starting in the center of the DUMBO neighborhood. Stroll through the borough, see New York’s hippest spots, and learn their history. Walk past the homes of famous authors Truman Capote and Norman Mailer and the hotel where a famous Godfather scene was filmed. Stop by a pair of pizza joints with a long-lived rivalry and enjoy beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

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Friendly guide that showed us tons of places that we never would have found on our own. Great thing about her was that she was very flexible and able to adjust the tour according to what different people wanted to see. There was a ton of walking and with seeing so many sites in a group there were places that we liked that we had to rush through for the sake of time. Sandy, our guide, did her best to give us breaks which we appreciated. Also I would add that though the guide told us things about every place we didn't really go into great depth at any one location, but with but the amount of places we visited that would have been hard. Overall we had a good time and appreciated that Sandy really does go out of her way to show everybody what they want to see. If you are up for some walking we recommend this tour.

The guide (Jeremy) was communicative of his passion for architecture. He let us appreciate the details between each piece of reading. I really appreciated that the visit was in a small group.

Great tour! It was nice to go at your own pace with your phone. I felt like with it I didn't miss out on anything. Learned a lot about the history of the station as well. Two thumbs up!

Very interesting! Our tour guide Ginny really knew her stuff! We covered a lot of art, architecture, and NY history. It’s a great tour for a rainy day!

Very interesting tour! Lewis was a great guide. He was very engaging. The audio worked great, very easy to hear him even being in a busy place.