Some travelers avoid organized tours like the plague, instead preferring to explore new destinations at their own pace. Still, for others, an organized tour can be a great way to pack in a lot of sights and information in a relatively short period of time. What we can all agree on, however, is that free is better. With that in mind, here are some fun and free walking tours of NYC.
The Big Apple Greeter is an innovative service, as this non-profit pairs up travelers with local, volunteer tour guides who provide in-depth looks at neighborhoods from a local’s perspective. The service accepts groups from 1-6 persons and requests should be made in advance, but it’s a great way to see the city with a friendly native.
No article on NYC is complete without at least a cursory mention of Central Park. An oasis of greenery in the center of the city, Central Park is more than just a luxury to the denizens of the city, but it is instead an absolute necessity for escaping the concrete jungle. The Central Park Conservancy offers a wide number of free walking tours to explore the park’s 850 acres of woodland, lawns and water. Examples of tours include the Belvedere Castle tour, a Revolutionary War history tour and an “art of the park” tour.
Another fun and free walking tour is offered by the Grand Central Partnership. Every Friday at 12:30 p.m. the partnership offers guided 90-minute tours of the famed Grand Central Terminal in Midtown. The busiest train station in the country, the Grand Central Terminal is also quite historic and the tours are led by volunteer urban historians.
The staff at our boutique Manhattan hotel The MAve will be happy to provide more information on the various ways visitors can explore the city. After all, we want our guests to have the best stay in NYC possible and to return again and again, and maybe even tell their friends!