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Get an insider’s look at Broadway, the heart of the American theater industry, on this two-hour guided walking tour. Learn about the history and happenings of New York City’s famous theater district. Hear the backstage stories about the stars of yesterday and today from a guide who is actually a Broadway performer.


  • 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

Broadway’s theatrical performances date back as far as 1750, when actors/managers Walter Murray and Thomas Kean established a resident theater company on Nassau Street. They presented Shakespeare plays and ballad operas, which served as the start of the theater in New York City. Today, Broadway performances are presented in 40 professional theaters with 500 or more seats in each.

Meet this tour’s thespian guide at the TKTS ticket booth in Times Square to begin a behind-the-scenes look at the theater industry. Learn about the history of Broadway and hear some fascinating stories about the performances and stars that have graced its stages.

Stop at One Shubert Alley, Broadway’s oldest and most exclusive gift store. There’s Sardi’s restaurant, the toast of Broadway for more than 90 years. Check out the caricatures of showbiz celebs on the walls of this legendary Times Square Continental eatery. Walk down 42nd Street, home to many a Broadway theater. Visit the Hotel Edison NYC, surrounded on all sides by Broadway theaters, and the Church of St Mary the Virgin, aka Smokey Mary’s, a New York City landmark known for its use of incense at services. And finally, check out the bronze statue depicting American composer, playwright, actor and producer George M. Cohan.

The tour is a perfect precursor to seeing any Broadway show.

Customer Reviews

Wan Si T Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Bridget is extremely enthusiastic and theatrical when telling us stories and all the secrets of Broadway. Not just for theatre fans but anyone interested in learning more about the district and its history.

Carol M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a wonderful time on our tour! Bridget was our guide and she was full of enthusiasm as well as of information!

Kristin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

FANTASTIC!!!! Our guide was the best! Adorable, I can't remember his name , but he played the Candelabra in Beauty and the Beast,and turned us on to which we used twice.

Heidi H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic little walking tour with super energetic and upbeat tour guide Allie spelling?. She made it a ton of fun and extremely entertaining. Also, for those who are wondering: there is actually not very much walking on this tour which covers only 2 or 3 blocks! So it is fine even on a hot day!

Sheena J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very informative and very fun. Our guide, Steven, is working in the business, and had all kinds of insider information and fun facts. Highly enjoyable. We did the tour prior to seeing our shows and it really enhanced our experience.

philip s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A wonderfully informative tour. So interesting to hear so much about the neighbourhoods history as well as trying 5 different places to sample the food. The guide was unrushed and helpful all the time.
Only negative for us was that the Somalian restaurant had neither toilet paper or hand towels in the bathroom! Would recommend th tour highly.

Jon Carlo C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Patrick was a great tour guide. He gave life to the tour. Told interesting stories on the various Broadway Theaters and sites. Even snag very well.

Gary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was very informative .samantha our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable . She told us things we would have never known about Broadway .

Mark W

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:

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