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NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Millions of travelers pass through Grand Central Terminal, but most never discover the secrets of this Manhattan showpiece. This tour lifts the lid: spotlighting the origins and evolution of the beaux arts train station from its heyday to disrepair and restoration. Spot detail and design quirks; and hear stories of its past that will give you a deeper understanding of the building than you could get alone.
  • Discover the secrets of Grand Central Terminal on a small-group walking tour
  • Learn about detail and design features not obvious to untrained eyes
  • Uncover surprising gems and historical tales you may not experience otherwise
  • Enjoy a tour capped at 15 that's ideal for history and architecture buffs

What's Included

  • Guided walking tour led by a local New Yorker
  • Ear pieces provided to each guests, ensuring everyone hears the guide perfectly, even from a distance
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Grand Central Terminal
    89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA

    The tour starts in front of Track 29, inside Grand Central Terminal's main concourse. Your guide will be holding an "Untapped New York" sign.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tour is in English
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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We wish we could a little more behind the scenes, but it was worth taking it.
432 reviews
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Jonathan with Untapped NYC gave an amazing tour!
Jenna_T, Jan 2023
We just went on the Secrets of Grand Central tour with Jonathan with Untapped New York tours. We learned so many great stories about the history of GC along with hidden tidbits and facts. Jonathan was extremely knowledgeable and kept us enthralled the entire time. I will definitely take another tour with Untapped again!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Jenna, what an amazing review and I know I say it again and again in my responses but we are very lucky to work with Jonathan. But most importantly, we would be thrilled to host you on another Untapped New York tour. Take good care!
Jonathan was an EXCELLENT...
Elizabeth_C, Jan 2023
Jonathan was an EXCELLENT tour guide. He memorized all 19 of our names and incorporated all of us into this experience as a team!! Additionally, he was extremely knowledgeable and a superb storyteller. I HIGHLY recommend this tour!!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Elizabeth, this is an amazing review and I thank you for it. We will also be sure to share it with Jonathan as well. PLEASE reach out to us at if there is any way we could have made this a five-star experience for you. All best!
great informative tour
Karen_S, Jan 2023
tour guide was excellent. animated, inclusive so much interesting information presented in a dynamic way
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much for this review Karen. Glad you enjoyed your time with us.
Inside Scoop of Grand Central
Kay_P, Jan 2023
Grand Central has a fascinating history and architecture. Our guide did a fabulous job of revealing the inside scoop of this amazing edifice.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you Kay! We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to review your tour with us. Be well!
Great tour
Abbie_S, Jan 2023
Very informative tour of the beautiful station, got to see parts of the station we wouldn't have known to go to otherwise. The only problem was that we came at a time when there were very loud protests and well as EXTREMELY loud announcements on the tannoy which made it difficult to hear the guide. Obviously this was out of his control and he tried his best to accommodate to the loud environment so thank you
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you Abbie and we are truly sorry you had environmental sound issues but glad to hear our guide did everything they could to make the experience more enjoyable. Take good care!
Get an insiders view of Grand Central
Jessica_K, Jan 2023
Richard made this tour memorable. He was so knowledgeable and friendly, I wish the tour was longer. The only bad part was when Richard was being kind enough to show us the Campbell Bar, two employees freaked out that we dared to peek inside and one guy felt the need to follow us out and berate us over the risk of a bottleneck. The bar was empty by the way. Richard handled it with grace.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Jessica, I'm glad you enjoyed your tour of Grand Central with Richard and I'm sorry you had to be a witness to bad behavior at the Campbell. We are always respective of their rules which they have established with us. Regardless we are glad to hear Richard handled it well. He truly is one of our best guides. My thanks and take good care!
The hearing pieces were...
Toni_S, Jan 2023
The hearing pieces were very helpful. I loved hearing the background info on all the sights and the acorns.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for the review Toni. We are happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. Be well!
History in stone and brass
juliapickett, Jan 2023
Jon DeSanto was clearly knowledgeable and passionate about GCT! We loved his many anecdotes and stories. My favorite part was learning the the GCT logo upside down was a train head on! Sorry we couldn’t do the cat walk
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hey Julia, the upside logo is one of my favorite parts of the tour as well. Super glad you enjoyed your time with John in Grand Central Terminal. My thanks!
John does more than justice to GCT!
Gwen_P, Jan 2023
John was a fabulous guide for this fascinating tour of Grand Central Terminal (not station). Educational, entertaining, informative, fun, and so well managed through all twists and turns of GCT. Love knowing all these great GCT secrets & anecdotes!! Best part is that it is still there today!!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Gwen thank you for leaving this amazing review. John really is the king of Grand Central Terminal and we always count our lucky stars that we are able to work with him. Glad you enjoyed the tour and we will be sure to share this review with him. Take good care!
Fabulous tour
Anne_C, Jan 2023
We loved discovering what we would not have noticed on our own or and hearing the history of the station and how it's been used. We especially loved finding out about the Campbell (our name) apartment and having drinks there after!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks Anne, the Campbell really is one of the best hidden gems in Grand Central. It still surprises me how many New Yorkers don’t know it’s there. Glad you enjoyed your tour and your time at the Campbell afterward. Take good care!
Tour of Grand Central Station
Virginia_M, Jan 2023
Outstanding tour guide, great detail on history of building, comprehensive, fun! Chance to hear about architecture as well as people involved in the building of the structure, a quick look at the track, good look at historical photographs, recommendations for other places to go. All in all a delightful tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for this amazing review Virginia. We are thrilled you found our tour delightful! Take good care!
Don't miss this tour! (Like I did!)
Adele_E, Jan 2023
My friends love it! Unfortunately I woke up that morning with a terrible "bug" and missed it! They said, Ben, the tour guide, was excellent. They enjoyed hearing about the history and details of Grand Central and seeing the tennis court. I will try to book this tour on my next trip to NYC.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Adele, I'm so sorry you missed it, but super glad your friends enjoyed it and we appreciate you leaving the review on their behalf. Please do join us next time you're in town. We'd love to have you. Hope you're feeling better!
See All the Sides of GCT!
ekkk116, Jan 2023
Richard was a very impressive tour guide! He knew so many details about the building and made sure that we had an enjoyable experience throughout. I was surprised by how we learned about the building from the Gilded Age through to the secret parts I wouldn’t have noticed today.
Informative and engaging
Mariann_B, Jan 2023
There were so many new things I learned about GCT from AJ. He covered a lot of ground in an hour and 3/4 and with a lot of humor and interaction with the group. I recommend this tour and him to others.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Great review and I thank you for it. I'm glad you enjoyed your time with AJ at Grand Central Terminal and we thank you for recommending it to others. Be well!
A memorable tour
Mary_N, Jan 2023
We had a very memorable tour with Ben. He was very informative and accommodating. We hit the relevant spots that I later read about the Grand Central Terminal. I am glad about the walks we did. We really enjoyed it. Thanks to Ben and for making it happen.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Mary and I thank you for the review and will be sure to share it with Ben. I know he’ll be happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves. All the best!
Great tour. Great guide!
Susan_N, Dec 2022
Learning history. How GCS was built. Behind scenes tennis court. Hidden Apartment. Many track levels.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks Susan we appreciate the review!
Great tour full of...
richard_m, Dec 2022
Great tour full of history and interesting anecdotes ! Our tour guide Bill S was fantastic! I have already recommended to family member.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you Richard we appreciate the review and the recommendation. Happy New Year!
Great Storytelling!!
JessicaE_M, Dec 2022
Our tour guide Jonathan was so fun and knowledgeable. Such a great storyteller, and really helped the history of Grand Central come to life. Thank you for a wonderful tour!!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Jessica thank YOU for joining us and for leaving this wonderful review. Happy New Year!
Fun and interesting tour
LMalka1, Dec 2022
Jonathan was a wonderful tour guide. It was a great way to learn the history and secrets about Grand Central Terminal. Even if you are a New Yorker!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you so much for leaving this review. Glad you enjoyed your experience with Jonathan at Grand Central Terminal! Be well.
Great tour!
Elizabeth_P, Dec 2022
Jonathan was an excellent guide. He was both knowledgeable and entertaining. A great tour for both local residents and visitors.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you Elizabeth for taking the time to leave a review. We will be sure to share it with Jonathan. Take care!


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