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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.

NYC: Midtown Walking Tour with SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Ticket

2. NYC: Midtown Walking Tour with SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Ticket

Explore many of the major landmarks in Midtown Manhattan on a walking tour led by a local guide versed in all things Manhattan. Then use your included ticket to experience the newest observation deck in Manhattan, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, located next to Grand Central Station. Meet your guide just under the marquee at Radio City Music Hall and explore the iconic sites located throughout the Rockefeller Center (30 Rock) including the Channel Gardens, the site of the world-famous skating rink and NBC Studios - to take a quick peek through the Today Show's windows. Then on Fifth Avenue, there are stops at Saks Fifth Avenue, the historic St. Patrick's Cathedral and NY Public Library, guarded by Patience and Fortitude, the majestic marble lions. Your guide will take you through the Main Hall of Central Station, known worldwide from TV and movies. See highlights like the brass clock, the celestial ceiling, and the Whispering Wall - you're going to hear Grand Central's secrets firsthand. At the end of the guided walking tour, enter the thrilling experience of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt where you can enjoy the immersive, multi-sensory views that exist here and nowhere else. Each viewpoint is a combination of immersive art-exhibit combined with unparalleled views across Manhattan.

New York: Art Deco and Architecture Landmarks Tour

3. 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: Guided Instagram Tour With Professional Photographer

4. NYC: Guided Instagram Tour With Professional Photographer

Start your tour in the morning at the famous Grand Central clock where you will meet your tour guide. Discover the surprising gems and hidden secrets of this splendid building. Explore the largest train terminal in the world at Grand Central, most of which is hidden underground; as well as a shopping mall, a transit museum, multiple dining options, and even tennis courts. Next, discover the beloved Bryant Park. Once a cemetery, a reservoir, and a military camp, it is now famous for its lush seasonal gardens, free activities, and famed surrounding skyscrapers. The tour will continue with views of the New York Public Library, the third-largest book collection in the world, and a visit to the Rockefeller Center. Conceived by John D. Rockefeller as a city within a city, the Rockefeller Center is home to a remarkable collection of art deco motifs and sculptures, as well as a hub of entertainment and business options. After that, you will go to Radio City Music Hall, this theater has hosted some of the greatest singers like BB King, Stevie Wonder, and more. To end the tour, head to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, known for its Neo-Gothic architecture. In each one of those spots, get photos taken by the photographer and receive them all in digital format. Bring on your full potential, let yourself be advised, and feel like a real Instagrammer. Have a fun time while you enjoy NYC and grow the likes on your social networks or simply get a nice memory of your vacation.

NYC: Grand Central Terminal Official Walking Tour

5. NYC: Grand Central Terminal Official Walking Tour

Meet in Grand Central Terminal’s modern-day heart: the lively main concourse. Marvel at the famous clock perched atop the information booth – and learn the eye-watering amount it’s rumored to be worth — as your guide regales you with the story of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the mastermind behind the Grand Central Depot (as it was originally called). Head into Vanderbilt Hall, a living testament to Grand Central’s rags-to-riches transformation in the 1980s, then pop outside to see the largest Tiffany clock in the world. Time travel back to the Roaring 20s in a speakeasy-style bar that, a century ago, was the private office of one of New York’s most prominent railroad tycoons. In the Whispering Gallery, learn how secrets travel across the busy interchange to be perfectly heard on the other side and get a peek at one of the largest lost-and-found departments in the world. Peruse handcrafted jewelry in the Graybar Passage before stepping into a former movie theater, where travel-weary youngsters could enjoy some entertainment back in Grand Central’s heyday. Last but not least, weave through the colorful Grand Central Market, boasting over 160 seafood varieties and 400 types of cheeses, before making your way back to the main concourse.

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What people are saying about Grand Central Terminal

The place alone is worth a visit. Our guide introduced us to the history of Termin and showed us some historical places. A little long winded for kids, but a MUST for anyone interested in American history and the wealthy nobility behind the curtain. I liked it very much.

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.

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.

It was a great tour. Very experienced guide - definitely plan for your next NY trip.