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Midtown Manhattan History & Architecture Walking Tour - Private Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get the inside story on the architecture that defines Manhattan’s skyline with a private walking tour of Midtown—the bustling heart of New York City. From the Empire State Building and other iconic skyscrapers to functional landmarks like Grand Central Station and the New York Public Library, see many of the city’s most impressive historic buildings while learning about their history and the preservation efforts that keep them gleaming for future generations.
  • Admire many of Midtown Manhattan's most iconic buildings on a private tour
  • Learn about the architectural styles that define the Manhattan skyline
  • See the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, and Flatiron Building
  • Explore the history of New York's commercial and cultural center

What's Included

Private Walking Tour
Professional Tour Guide Exclusively For You
Duration 2 - 2.5 Hours
Tour Will Run, Rain Or Shine
Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

33 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA

Return Details

Theater District, New York, NY, USA
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Itinerary
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Midtown
Learn about the 19th and 20th century additions to Manhattan that helped shape the urban landscape. Explore the lesser-known Marble Collegiate Church and then visit icons like the New York Public Library and the Morgan Library. From Madison Square Park to the quirky Flatiron building, you’ll discover the earlier innovations that helped build New York up, quite literally. Your guide will discuss the skyscraper boom of the early 1900s, including the Met Life Tower and the New York Life Building. You’ll walk by the world-famous Empire State Building to learn about the last of the early 20th century giants. It doesn’t get much more beautiful than the main terminal of Grand Central Station, where you’ll learn about the landmark laws that preserve many of these historic buildings for generations to come.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Flatiron Building
Moving on to the second half of your tour, you will see what is known as Flatiron Building, a triangular 22-story steel-framed landmarked building built in 1902. The building’s distinctive shape allows it to ill the wedge-shaped property located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, making it one of the city’s most dramatic-looking buildings.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Madison Square Park
Next you will take a stroll through Madison Square Park, a true urban park nestled in the heart of Flatiron district. First opened to the public in May 1847, the park underwent a complete renewal in 2001 and today contains a dog run, playground and public installations by artists like Sol LeWitt and William Wegman.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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MetLife Building
Across from Madison Square Park you will see the Met Life Tower, officially known as the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower. Known to be the tallest building in the world from 1909 to 1913, it remains a landmark skyscraper in the city, known also for its impressive architecture.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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General Worth Square
Following, you will see what is known as the General William Jenkins Worth Memorial, a memorial obelisk which marks the burial site of Major General William Jenkins Worth. Dating to 1857, this site is the second oldest major monument in parks of New York.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Marble Collegiate Church
Next you will see the Marble Collegiate Church, one of the oldest continuous Protestant congregations in North America, founded in 1628.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Tin Pan Alley
Next you will visit Tin Pan Alley, a small section of West 28th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. The place is synonymous with the golden age with American song writing, when Yew York was the world’s epicentre of composing, lyric writing and sheet music publishing.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Empire State Building
Afterwards you will see the infamous Empire State Building, a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper completed in 1931. Every year this landmark attracts numerous tourists. During your tour you will observe the exterior of the building and go into the interior lobby.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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The Morgan Library & Museum
Next you will visit the Morgan Library & Museum, a museum and research library founded to house the private library of J. P. Morgan in 1906. This building was designated a New York City landmark in 1966 and declared a National Historic Landmark later that same year.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Bryant Park
During your tour you will also visit Bryant Park, a privately managed public park, named to commemorate the Romantic poet, longtime editor of the New York Evening Post, and civil reformer, William Cullen Bryant in 1884.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Library Way
You will also walk along Library Way, a street leading to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, a building part of the New York Public Library. Along the way you will see bronze plaques imbedded in the sidewalk containing literary quotes, making this a delightful literary experience.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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New York Public Library
You will also walk along Library Way, a street leading to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, a building part of the New York Public Library. Along the way you will see bronze plaques imbedded in the sidewalk containing literary quotes, making this a delightful literary experience.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Fifth Avenue
You will also get to experience Fifth Avenue during your tour, a street considered one of the most expensive and elegant in the world.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Chrysler Building
Next you will see the Chrysler Building, an Art Deco style skyscraper which was once the world’s tallest building before surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. Today it is considered the 8th tallest building in the city, tied with the New York Times building.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Grand Central Terminal
Your tour will end at Grand Central Terminal, a historic New York City landmark. Here you will learn all about the terminal’s history whilst enjoying the atmosphere in what is considered as a universal symbol between New York City’s past and present.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Babylon Tours New York City
The yellow taxis, the soaring skyscrapers, the street-side hot dog vendors – you think you know New York City already, right? We’re not so sure. Our English-speaking local guides know the city inside out and can share the stories behind the landmarks that you’ve seen on TV already. Whether it’s a historical overview of the colonial days in Lower Manhattan or a cultural romp through the 19th century marvel, Central Park, our tours go beyond the clichés. We’ll delight you with fun yet informative stories to make New York come alive. Take a bite out of the Big Apple with Babylon Tours and see how good it tastes.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Notes: The tour route may be affected by national celebrations. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an alternative route still being able to see all the highlights on the tour. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. No large bags or suitcases are allowed during this tour. We recommend comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, umbrella in case of rain and hat during summer. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some can’t be visited from the inside.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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Best guide ever!
Dream25017424502
, Jun 2019
Mark, our guide, was absolutely wonderful! Well read, enthusiastic and a great storyteller, Mark could animate all the intricacies and wonders of the tour - magnificent. And take his advice and make sure to visit Rockefeller Center!
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A Truly Memorable Experience
JandJ_yea
, Jun 2019
We spent a marvelous several hours with our guide, Jose, covering all the architectural sites that mattered in midtown Manhattan. The man's knowledge was extensive but his enthusiasm for all things New York made it truly memorable. His insider's knowledge about what was worth seeing gave us a great appreciation for the history and beauty of this piece of the island.

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