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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

NYC Walking Tour: Broadway History and Culture

Learn about Broadway before you see a show with this behind-the-scenes look at New York City’s famous theater district. On this two-hour guided walking tour, your expert guide (a real Broadway performer) will illustrate how a district known for trading horses in the late 18th century became a global center for world-class entertainment. Listen as your guide colors Broadway’s history with fascinating backstage stories about some of the most famous performances and Broadway stars!


  • 2-hour guided walking tour of the Broadway theater district in New York City
  • The perfect tour to enjoy before you see a Broadway show!
  • Behind-the-scenes look at the unique history and culture of Broadway
  • Hear backstage and audition stories from your expert guide, a real Broadway performer
  • See famous Broadway sites like Sardi's and 42nd St.

What You Can Expect

NYC Walking Tour: Broadway History and Culture

Broadway Shows

Whether you’re an avid theater-goer or you’re new to Broadway, get an authentic Broadway experience on this two-hour guided walking tour of New York City’s famous theater district. Discover the history of Broadway from a thespian’s perspective – your expert and enthusiastic guide, a real Broadway performer!

Meet your guide at Duffy Square and take off on a behind-the-scenes look at Broadway, home to the billion-dollar theater industry. Learn why theaters flourished in the Great Depression, walk the edge of Hell’s Kitchen (where the real West Side Story took place) and learn what it takes to ‘make it’ on the big stage.

You also make stops at:
  • Shubert Alley - the geographical center of the Broadway district
  • Sardi's - known for hundreds of show-business caricatures on the walls
  • 42nd Street - home to many Broadway theaters
  • The Edison Hotel - former location of the Edison Theatre
  • "Smokey Mary's" church - known for use of incense
  • George M Cohan statue - statue memorializing major American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer, and producer

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a wonderful time walking around Broadway with Patrick. Our group was small, so very easy to follow and hear. Patrick shared quite a bit of history, including interesting stories, as well as some personal experiences. Somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of historical information, but in a good way.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great 2hrs Tour! Highly recommended prior to any Broadway show you are going to see the same night. Our two guides were so passionate and very knowledgeable.Meeting Instructions on the voucher are very easy to follow and you'll be met on time! MUST take tour while in New York!
P.S. Not recommended for kids younger than 12yo unless they are heavy into theatre already:

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very good guide was the excellent fun and very in formative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

So much fun while being infromative too. Really enjoyed it !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent very knowledgeable and fun tour guide with lots of interesting information.
We highly recommend this tour!! A great value!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My wife and I enjoyed the tour. Our guide was extremely positive on the tour. She was willing to share her knowledge and experience. She answered all the guests inquiries We would certainly do another walking tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Linda was very lively and informative which made the walking tour a fantastic experience! I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about Times Square and theater history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was well worth the two hours. Tour guide was very informative, being an actor on Broadway, he certainly knew his stuff.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was a very pleasant and informative tour both qualities provided by the enthusiasm and commitment of our tour guide, Brigid, to convey her love for music and the theatre.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

We really enjoyed this walking tour with an actor who filled in a lot of facts about the Broadway history, and we learned about various shows that are currently in theaters. It was well worth our time!

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Tour code: 5250BROADWAY


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