Thursday, April 11, 2019

10 Best New York City Tours

If anyone is a regular reader of this blog, you know how I love tours! But not those "hop-on, hop-off" buses, the real tours given by the fabulous folks who live in New York City. It took me a while to take my first tour, but once I did, I wondered why I waited so long! You can walk around on your own, but you may not know what you are looking at, or the history of the area you are enjoying. I find the food tours the best because you also have lunch or various snacks on the tour, and it hold you for the afternoon. These tours take you places you would never think to go yourself, and then later you can always go back on your own if you liked the place that much. There is no thinking involved in these guided tours, you just follow your guide and enjoy the ride! I also find these great to visit other boroughs that you may not be familiar with such as Brooklyn, Flushing and Staten Island.

Here is the listing, In No Particular Order:

1. Municipal Art Society of New York 
Meeting point varies by tour   212-935-3960
Cost: $15 or $12 for MAS members

Meeting point is 41st Street between 7th and 8th Avenue
Cost $30 and time approximately 2 hours 

3. Big Apple Greeters
A free service with native New Yorkers as your tour guide.
Meeting point varies with your choice of area
Cost is FREE but you need to make a reservation via their website

4. Noshwalks
Food walking tours that cover all 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx,
Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island
Meeting point varies via tour
Cost is $50.00 and time for most tours is 3 hours

5. New York Photo Safari 
For the beginner or experienced photographer, a great selection of tours to take your best photos
Areas are The High Line, Central Park, NY after dark, Grand Central Terminal
Meeting point varies with each tour selected
Cost varies from $100 to $125 and time is 2 to 2.5 hours

6. A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours
Choose from The Pizza Tour, Neighborhood Tour or Christmas Lights Tour
Meeting point is Union Square area for all tours
Cost varies by tour from $55 to $80 and time is 4.5 hours with Holiday tour 3.5 hours

7. Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting
Fabulous food walking tour of Chinatown and Little Italy
Meeting point is in Little Italy
Cost is $49.00 and time is 3 hours

8. On Location Tours
Many tours to choose from here like Sex and the City, Soprano's, Gossip Girl, TMZ Tour, Central Park TV and Movie Sites
Meeting point varies by tour
Cost varies from $22 to $70 and time varies from 2.5 to 4.5 hours

9. Urban Oyster
Many tours in Brooklyn offering Craft Beer and Brewery Tours, New New York Waterfront Tour and Lower East Side Tenement Tour
Meeting point various by tour
Cost varies from $60 to $105 and time varies from 3 to 4 hours

10. City Food Tours
Selection of tours such as Beer, Cheese and Chocolate/ NoLita/ Lower East Side/ Upper West Side/ In the Steps of a Top Chef
Meeting point varies by tour
Cost $44 to $57 and time varies from 2 to 2.5 hours

Have you been on a New York City tour? How did you like it and are they on my list ?

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