The Best Guided Tours in Midtown Manhattan

Most guided tours in New York start here in Midtown Manhattan, which makes sense of course, since many of the attractions are located in the surroundings. These tours range from Hop-on Hop-off buses, going up to NYC’s observation decks, to touring buildings like Radio City Music Hall or Madison Square Garden. You will have many options, so it all depends on your time and your schedule. Here are our favorite tours.

High Line and Chelsea Small Group Tour:

This is the most popular walking tour along the High Line, starting in the Meatpacking District at the Whitney Museum, running through Chelsea, and ending at Hudson Yards.

The High Line is my favorite park in New York and is always worth a visit. I find the High Line and Chelsea small group tour really exciting because they tell you the history and importance of New York.

Your guide will tell you many secrets that the High Line, Chelsea Market and the Meatpacking District have to offer. For me personally, this tour is one of the best walking tours in New York, because you see so much of the old and the new city from New York. That is what makes this district so interesting to me.

High Line Park and Greenwich Village Food Tour:

This walking tour of Greenwich Village and Chelsea is one of the best food tours New York City has to offer. Because in this part of the city there are many wonderful little food places that you must discover. Plus, you’ll learn lots of exciting stories about the High Line, which connects the Hudson Yards with the Meatpacking District.

This former elevated rail line was saved from demolition thanks to an initiative and is now one of New York’s most popular landmarks. All the more reason to book this impressive walking tour.

High Line, Chelsea & Meatpacking Tour:

Go on a fun adventure in the only park in New York that is above street level: the Highline. Experience Chelsea from a whole new point of view and discover more about the history of the famous Meatpacking District, including how it became one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the world.

Stroll Down Broadway:

Learn about Broadway and get an exclusive inside look at the ins and outs of New York’s famous theater district. This two-hour tour led by an authentic Broadway artist is the perfect way to experience one of the most famous theater districts in the world.

Central Park Conservancy:

The Central Park Conservancy offers free tours of Central Park. In them you will learn all kinds of interesting facts about the history of Central Park, its highlights and its most important corners. The meeting point depends on the tour. 

Central Park Highlights Walking Tour:

The walking tour takes you through New York’s most popular park: Central Park. Along with the Central Park TV and Movie Locations Walking Tour, this is one of the most booked tours.

A New York guide will show you the most beautiful areas, corners, bridges and lakes in Central Park, from the Bethesda Fountains to the Central Park Zoo. You will also learn about the history of the park and where to take the best photos.

Flatiron Food, Architecture, and History Tour:

The Flatiron Building is one of the most photographed in the city. But there is much more to discover in the direct neighborhood. Thanks to the organization “Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership”, every Sunday a free guide will guide you through the neighborhood. The meeting point is the southwest corner of Madison Square Park.

Food on Foot Tours:

This is one of the best ways to discover the culinary highlights of New York. Taking you around the city to explore the best of the best in terms of food, this award-winning tour is a great way to explore the flavor of different areas of NYC.

Grand Central Partnership:

If you want to know what makes Grand Central Terminal so special, the Grand Central Partnership Free 90-Minute Walking Tour is something you should consider. With a historian as a guide, you will learn many interesting things about the beautiful building every Friday from 12.30pm.

Broadway Inside Tours:

Hear the personal stories of Broadway actors. The tour is an exciting 2-hour walk through New York’s theater district. Not only will you explore the history of Broadway theater, but you’ll also learn the exciting behind-the-scenes stories.

Madison Square Garden – All Access Tour:

This exclusive visit to Madison Square Garden will give you a unique look at this state-of-the-art stadium in much greater detail. When you walk through the gates of the stadium you can feel the energy in the air and you really start to imagine the many legendary concerts and matches that have been held there.

New York Christmas Markets and Lights Walking Tour:

You will get to know four different Christmas markets on this walking tour. In a small group, you’ll learn all sorts of interesting facts about the buildings and attractions from a guide, and walk past many of the decorated storefronts. The starting point is the information desk located under the Holiday Under the Stars display case in Columbus Circle stores.

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