New York Public Library Tours

The New York Public Library is actually comprised of four major research libraries and about 100 branches spread throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, but the Beaux Arts-style Stephen A. Schwarzman Building generally takes the title for itself. Home to a non-circulating collection of volumes on the humanities and social sciences, as well as a circulating children's collection, this landmark library is renowned both for its signature stone lions out front and for its free access to some of the most fascinating research materials in the world.

Highlights include an archive of New Yorkers' oral histories; firsthand accounts of Shackleton's explorations at the South Pole; a vast array of historical photos and maps from around the world; some of Shakespeare's earliest works; ancient Japanese scrolls; vintage baseball cards; and famous comic books.

The seven-story building itself was designed in 1902 by Beaux-Arts architecture specialists Carrère and Hastings, and finally opened in 1911. Its outdoor stone lions, nicknamed "Patience" and "Fortitude," greet visitors at the front steps. In 2008, billionaire financial adviser Stephen A. Schwarzman financed a $100 million expansion of the library system as a whole, and the main branch was renamed in his honor.
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Manhattan Architecture Photography Tour

Spend three hours exploring the architectural landmarks of New York City on this epic photographic adventure through the Big Apple's top attractions. Visit Times Square, Grand Central, Bryant Park, the Chrysler Building and more. Learn how to capture the perfect image and master natural lighting from your professional photographer guide. Whether you're new to the camera or an avid shooter, this is the perfect tour for you!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$100.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of New York City

Combine a sightseeing tour by bus with a scenic cruise on the Staten Island Ferry during this full-day tour of New York City. Go to top attractions such as Greenwich Village, Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and hop off the bus with your guide for short walks around sites such as the Rockefeller Center. Hear live commentary about the city's history from your guide, and travel in comfort in a climate-controlled bus as you take in the best of the Big Apple.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day NYC Small-Group Tour

Experience the ultimate New York City tour on this guided, full-day outing. This comprehensive, one-of-a-kind, small-group experience is a walking, subway and ferry tour of the Big Apple. The authentic trip features famous landmark locations and sites, like Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and much more.  Approximately 5 miles of walking.  Please do not book this tour if you cannot walk 5 miles over 7 hours.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$109.00
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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THE RIDE New York City

Get an interactive experience of New York City with THE RIDE, a dynamic entertainment experience where the streets of NYC are the stage. You will see Midtown Manhattan through dazzling interactive shows. The 75-minute tour includes Broadway-caliber actors and amazing tales of New York City's history. This is the best way to experience the city.Now through January 6, 2019 enjoy THE RIDE: Holiday Edition. See the city during everyone's favorite time of year aboard the world's only moving theatre as you are treated to surprise performances and winter sparkle.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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US$69.00
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  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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6-Hour New York City Tour with Driver-Guide and Separate Guide Option

Explore New York City at your own pace on a 6-hour private tour with a professional driver-guide. Create your own perfect itinerary with help from your guide and explore the destinations that interest you most. Cruise 5th avenue to Central Park, head for New York Harbor or visit midtown Manhattan’s soaring landmarks. Make your day in the city the ultimate bucket-list adventure; take time to explore your favorite places, or just hit all the city’s highlights in the comfort of a private, minivan that seats up to six people.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$659.00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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NYC Highlights Small-Group Tour

Experience the best of the Big Apple during this half-day small group tour of Manhattan. You'll get a truly authentic city experience as you follow your guide through the vibrant streets, colorful neighborhoods and historic landmarks of this world class destination. Whether you're a first time visitor or a long time local, this is the tour for you!
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Full Day Iconic Tour of New York

With so many sights to see in New York City, make sure you get to see the ones that matter most to you. This private 8-hour tour of the city is tailored to your wants and needs. Your customized itinerary takes you to the places you request, and your private guide's commentary is based on your interests. See famous places such as Grand Central Station, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Wall Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$1,395.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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New York Tour by Subway and Bus with Private Guide

Explore the city like a local with this New York tour by subway and bus. You'll journey through the crowded streets with your private guide as you make your way to popular sights, local attractions and historic landmarks. See iconic neighborhoods, travel back in time and learn how to navigate one of the largest public transit systems in the world on this tour. Choose between a half- or full-day tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$299.00
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Half Day Iconic Tour of New York

Feel like a New York VIP for the day during this 4-hour private group sightseeing tour including a private guide and a chauffeur-driven vehicle. Explore the Big Apple by car and on foot as you visit attractions such as the Broadway Theater District, the stores of 5th Avenue, Central Park, the West Village, Wall Street and much more.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$770.00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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THE TOUR New York City Powered by THE RIDE

Want to experience a side of Manhattan that not even locals see? This 90-minute tour of New York City is a visual treat. Board the multimillion-dollar coach, loaded with stadium-style seats, all of which are side facing and allow for optimum views of the City that Never Sleeps. With multimedia to complement the views, the coach brings attractions such as Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Times Square to life. Learn about the history and culture of each place, as the immersive technology takes you inside each attraction like never before.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$35.00
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Small Group Walking Tour of New York City Architecture

Discover New York City’s iconic architecture on this guided, 3-hour, small-group tour along 42nd Street. Learn about the evolution of the city’s buildings, from the late-19th century through modern day. Walk from Tudor City, the first residential skyscraper complex in the world, to Times Square. Learn about Beaux Arts, Art Deco and the International Style while exploring the inside and outside of iconic buildings like the Chrysler Building, the Daily News Building, Grand Central Terminal and more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$86.00
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Art Deco and Architecture Midtown Landmarks Tour

Midtown Manhattan is home to a heavy concentration of iconic New York landmarks, and on this accessible, small-group walking tour, you can look forward to discovering most of them in the span of just a few hours. Meet your guide at a convenient location, and set off on a stroll that makes many indoor stops, a great option any time of the year. You’ll encounter the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, plus other art deco wonders, and will walk down Fifth Avenue, venture into Bryant Park, and explore Grand Central Terminal. As you go, you’ll also learn the stories behind the sights.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$25.00
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Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour

See Midtown Manhattan’s architectural highlights on a 3-hour walking tour that takes in New York City’s most iconic buildings, hidden gems and monuments. Learn about the history of the city’s architecture as you explore alongside your experienced guide, and capture unforgettable images of soaring skyscrapers, elegant interiors and historic façades. Trace a route from Tudor City to Times Square and the Theater District, crane your neck as you step inside Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building, and experience the Big Apple’s must-see historic structures.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Double Decker Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus and Times Square Dining Experience

Explore the best of New York City — Downtown, Uptown, Brooklyn and New York at Night — on narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tours. Over three days, see everything the Big Apple has to offer. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harlem and the Apollo Theater. See Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Central Park. Then cross the Brooklyn Bridge to discover Battery Park and more. Get to know the sights and sounds of New York City in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. One meal is included.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Private Walking Tour of New York City Architecture

Delve into the history of the buildings that define the New York City skyline on a private, 3-hour walking architecture tour. Stroll down the famous 42nd Street corridor with a longtime New York resident and architectural expert, stopping along the way to learn about Midtown Manhattan's most iconic structures like the Chrysler Building, Ford Foundation, Grand Central Station and the the New York Public Library. Price is per group, based on a maximum of six people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$360.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip-the-line Private Combo Walking Tour: Lower Manhattan & Midtown Manhattan

Discover New York City's inspiring history and iconic landmarks on a guided tour of Lower and Midtown Manhattan. Hear stories of Alexander Hamilton, see the bustling province of Wall Street traders, and pay tribute at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. Then head uptown to stroll in the shadow of architectural marvels like the Empire State Building, New York Public Library, and Grand Central Station, plus lesser-known treasures that many tourists miss.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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NYC Awesome Architecture Private Tour by Foot and Subway

Traverse the ‘Big Apple’ on foot and discover some of the city’s best architecture on this 4-hour private tour. Learn about the history of New York City as you visit famous landmarks like Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library, Grand Central Station, the Flatiron Building, and more. Admire architecture from the 1700s to present day and see styles ranging from Beaux Arts to Art Deco.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$400.00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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New York Landmarks Photography Tour

See New York City’s landmarks through your camera lens with a 2.5- to 3-hour walking tour with a professional photographer and guide. Trace a relaxed 2-mile route through Manhattan with a small group of camera-lovers, and capture unforgettable images of the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building. Improve your shots with tips on composition and settings in some of the city’s most iconic scenes, where bustling streets, soaring architecture and a rich urban history come into perfect focus.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$79.00
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Architecture of New York Private Walking Tour

Take an in-depth look at New York City’s most impressive buildings during this 3-hour architecture walking tour with a private guide. Explore the Big Apple’s most eye-catching structures as you marvel at sites new and old, including the New York Times Building, New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, Chrysler Building, and much more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$210.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Midtown Manhattan Private Walking Tour

Explore the best of Midtown Manhattan on this half-day private walking tour. See famous New York attractions such as the Flatiron Building, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building, and more as you listen to informative commentary about the history of the city. This tour also explores Roosevelt Island via the Aerial Tramway where you can catch incredible views of the skyline.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$285.00
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Half Day Small-Group New York City Tour with One World Trade

Have only a short stay in New York planned? Soak up the city’s atmosphere, and see its major highlights in less than a day, on this small-group walking tour. Begin in Lower Manhattan, where you’ll venture to Wall Street, visit the 9/11 Memorial, and ascend One World Trade Center—the city’s tallest building. Continue to Chinatown and Little Italy, hop the subway to Greenwich Village (own expense), journey up to Grand Central Terminal, see the Chrysler Building and Times Square, and much more.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$150.00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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See the Best of NYC: Small-Group Guided Tour

The perfect introduction for new visitors, this in-depth bus tour covers top New York City landmarks in both Midtown and Uptown neighborhoods. Listen to entertaining live onboard commentary, plus enjoy personalized attention from your personal group guide at each designated stop, from Grand Central to Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater. Tours also include skip-the-line admission tickets to the Empire State Building.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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US$99.99
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private New York City Midtown Landmarks Walking Tour

Avoid the stress of navigating New York’s crowded streets on your own on a walking tour through Midtown Manhattan. While the itinerary typically includes Grand Central, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Times Square, and Bryant Park, the private tour allows you to customize the the day to your own interests. Leave knowing the secrets of New York's postcard-worthy landmarks and an inside perspective on the city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$280.00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Midtown Times Square Walking Tour

Experience the New York City you’ve seen in countless musicals and movies on a private, 2.5-hour walking tour of Midtown Manhattan and Times Square. Hear the history behind this world-famous district at the heart of the Big Apple that's home to Broadway, Radio City Musical Hall, Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building and other iconic landmarks.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$225.00
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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