• 31 August 2017

Guided coach tours of New York City are a thing of beauty. You get the lay of the land and learn more about the city and its history from a trained professional. It also makes the most of your time by getting you from one attraction to another in a shorter period of time. However, the Big Apple can only truly be tasted when you explore it by foot.

Here are a few awesome walking tours of NYC that come highly recommended:

The Superhero Walking Tour

Marvel fans, assemble! You can now follow in the footsteps of your favorite superheroes in New York City. This family-friendly walking tour includes visits to the Empire State Building, Flatiron Building and Chrysler Building – all of which have been featured in famous superhero movies. If you’re a Spiderman, Batman or Fantastic Four fan, this is the trek for you. You’ll also get the opportunity to see Marvel Enterprises HQ and other comic-related nooks and crannies only the real New Yorkers know. Hint: there’s a bar where the best comic book artists have been drawing on the wall for years!

Foodie Tours for Travelers-by-tastebud

If you mainly travel for the joy of experiencing a new country’s cuisine, NY is the place to be. There is an enormous variety of foodie walking tours available. This includes tours that focus on particular areas, as well as seasonal tours. Think Chinatown, East Village, and Williamsburg; or the Harlem Gospel Tour & Soul Food Experience. Naturally, there is also a pizza tour and pub crawl on offer. All of these tours allow you to buy, eat and sample what you like. There will be plenty of recommendations, but you have the final say about what ends up on your plate. Along the way, you’ll also learn more about the history of each neighborhood.

The Photography Walking Tour

Quick on the draw with the camera? Step this way. Whether you’re an Instagram sensation with a love of all things filter-friendly, or a film fanatic who kicks it old school, the Big Apple has plenty of photo ops to spare. This small-group walking tour is tailor-made for shutterbugs of all persuasions. Follow a professional photography instructor to the location of your choosing. This includes NY hot spots like Times Square and Central Park. Upon arrival you will get a hands-on lesson on capturing memorable images. And get some stellar images to share with your followers or treasure as you please.

New York Historic Tours

As far as cities with fascinating histories go, New York definitely comes out tops. Now you can experience NY’s past, present and future with New York historical tours that follow the epic journey of a nation. These professionally guided historic walking tours include everything from Central Park Tours to Highlights of Harlem. You can also go on Time Capsule Tours that explore a particular era. Or you can customize your own private tour with prior arrangement! No matter which tour you choose, you can rest assured that you will be led by experienced and knowledgeable, officially-licensed local tour guides.

Shopping Tours in the Big Apple

Keen shoppers will be happy to know that there are many NY walking tours tailored to their particular card-swiping needs. This includes forays to help you navigate Soho and Nolita with fashion-forward guides, as well as tours of the famous Garment District. Not to mention pay-what-you-wish outings with a personal shopper who will take you to some of New York City’s best-kept secrets!

Street Art tours of New York

The Big Apple is a living canvas. Home to some of America’s foremost graffiti artists and muralists, the city is literally covered in beautiful street art. Sure, you will probably stumble upon some gorgeous pieces if you set out on your own, but if you really want to see the goods it’s a great idea to get professional guidance. The Street Art Walk of Bushwick and Williamsburg is a very popular option. Or you can book a private tour that includes a graffiti lesson to get your hands dirty yourself!

These are just a few of the many wonderful walking tours available in New York. More are being tailored each day. No matter what your interests are, you are sure to find a tour that suits your taste.


Our Expat Explore Travel tours of NY leave lots of free time to explore by yourself. This is because we like our travelers to tailor their experience to their own preferences. On these days our guests can partake in optional excursions, or set out by themselves. These walking tours of New York are a great way to spend your valuable free time in the Big Apple.