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Embark on an unforgettable 2.5-hour journey through the heart of New York City, from the electrifying atmosphere of Times Square to the historic elegance of Grand Central Terminal. This immersive walking tour takes you across Manhattan, offering a deep dive into the architectural marvels, cultural landmarks, and vibrant history that define 42nd Street.

A Stroll Through History and Modernity

Our Iconic 42nd Street Discovery Walk guides you through the dynamic stretch of Manhattan, showcasing the city's evolution from its bustling squares to serene neighborhoods. Experience the contrast between the lively Times Square, known for its dazzling LED billboards and the iconic New Year's Ball, and the tranquil elegance of Turtle Bay and Tudor City, Manhattan's elevated residential oasis.

Your adventure begins in the world-famous Times Square, the epicenter of theatre, musicals, and neon splendor. Delve into the secrets and stories that have shaped this iconic location into a global landmark.

Discoveries Along 42nd Street: What You'll Experience

Times Square's Transformation: From its past as a red-light district to its current status as the world's entertainment hub.
Bryant Park & The New York Public Library: Enjoy the tranquility of Bryant Park and explore the majestic reading rooms of the Fifth Avenue Library.
Grand Central's Hidden Stories: Discover the century-old secrets of Grand Central Terminal, from its stunning architecture to the whispers of its past.

This tour isn't just a walk; it's an opportunity to capture the essence of Midtown Manhattan through photography and video, guided by anecdotes and tips from a local expert. Learn about the best dining spots that won't break the bank, discover must-visit music venues, and much more.


2.5-hour guided exploration
Exclusive insights into Chrysler Building (outside only)
Explore Tudor City with views over the United Nations Building
Insider's tour of Grand Central Terminal's hidden gems
Leisurely walk by Bryant Park and the New York Public Library
The vibrant energy of Times Square

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Exploring Tudor City, the United Nations, and Hidden Gems

As we weave through the streets of Manhattan, our journey takes us to the serene Tudor City, a historic enclave known for its enchanting Neo-Gothic architecture and the distinction of being home to the city's first residential skyscrapers. This area offers a peaceful retreat from the city's hustle, boasting lush gardens and stunning river views.

Just steps away, the United Nations Building stands as a symbol of global unity and architectural grace. This landmark site offers a unique perspective on international diplomacy and the pursuit of peace, set against the backdrop of the East River.

A hidden jewel in the heart of the city is the Ford Foundation Building, renowned for its pioneering architectural design that harmonizes urban space with nature. Inside, discover the secret garden, a serene indoor oasis that showcases the Foundation's commitment to social justice and the environment. This verdant space, open to the public, provides a moment of tranquility amidst the urban landscape, offering visitors a chance to reflect on the beauty of nature interwoven with the fabric of the city.


    • Private Walking Tour of 42 Street
    • Professional Private Tour Guide


    • Public Transportation
    • Gratuities
    • Pickup & Drop-off Hotel
    • Food and Beverages


Starting Rate: $61 per person, based on a group of four participants.

Please Note:
  • This is a private tour experience; prices are subject to change without prior notice.
  • The rate per person will vary depending on the final number of participants.

Activity Schedule

Location meeting Point:
In front of the TKTS Booth Red Steps in Times Square – Broadway and 47th Street, by the Statue of Father Duffy. 
The Tour ends by the UN Building/Tudor City near 1st Ave and 42nd Street.
Opening Dates:  everyday, Year-round
Hours: Departure: 9:00 am & 3:00 pm
Closing Dates: Thanksgiving – December 24th and 25th – December 31st – January 1st – July 4th – Labor Day

Additional Info & FAQ

  • WEATHER NOTICE: All Walking Tours are performed rain or shine, please check the weather and dress appropriately. It is at the discretion of the operator in case of extreme weather conditions or for reasons of force majeure to decide to cancel the tour or to postpone it to a later date. If the alternative date is not conducive to the customer, the tour will be refunded completely.
  • Please note that all venues included in the tour description, including, but not limited to, restaurants, attractions, and museums may change without prior notice in the case of impediments imposed (closing roads for events, weather etc.) 

Policy & Disclaimers

Inclusions: As outlined in the "Included in the Price"
Exclusions: Everything else not specifically outlined in the "Included in the Price"
Booking Fees: Please note all reservations are subject to a 2.5% booking fee - This 2.5% Booking Fee is applied to all sales and is never refundable.
Cancellation Policy: Please carefully review our Cancellation Policy
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Map & Directions

The Secrets of 42nd Street Walking Tour departs from right from the heart of Midtown Manhattan –TKTS Red Steps in Times Square (Broadway & 47th Street.) There are a few subway stops in the vicinity. The closest one is "49th St/7th Avenue" (N, R, W yellow line.) Alternatively the main hub "42nd Street - Times Square" (1, 2, 3 red line + 7 purple line + A, C, E blue line + N, Q , R & W yellow line and S shuttle from/to Grand Central) is just on the opposite side of the "square" and 5 minutes away. The departure point will be easily accessible by simply walking from all major Hotels located around the Midtown/Theater District area. Lastly, you may also reach the departure point by Taxi/Uber/Lyft by providing the complete address – Broadway at, W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
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Breanna A. | TripAdvisor
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
Irene was a FANTASTIC tour guide! She was so knowledgeable about the area and was so patient with all our questions. We stopped to use the bathroom and we got coffee halfway through, she was so kind! It was a pleasure learning about Brooklyn from you!

From TripAdvisor - April 2022
Giuseppe M. | Google
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
Excellent guide, excellent organisation, Irene always ready to respond, available in every topic with competence, you can feel the passion for her work. Her voice accompanied our tour, we will miss you!

From Google - January 2024
Carmine S. | Google
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
An extraordinary experience: I had the pleasure of having Irene as my guide for two days and thanks to the passion she puts into guiding you through the streets of NYC, the anecdotes, the trivia she lets you discover, and the facets she shows during the tour you can't help but fall even more in love with this wonderful city.

From Google - February 2024
Erica F. | Google
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
[...] unique, very professional, courteous, friendly we can only write positive adjectives, you made us feel at home and have the desire to return. Super recommended. Erica, Marco, Annalisa and Giuseppe.

From Google - December 2023
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I’m the biggest fan of Fall activities, but haven’t had a chance to do anything beyond Apple Picking in NJ. I decided to take a last minute 2 day trip with a friend in Hudson Valley, but didn’t know where to start [...] Thankfully I was able to use New York Welcome to do the hard work for us [...]

From TripAdvisor - October 2021
Keena B. | TripAdvisor
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
The SATC walking tour is fabulous! Our tour guide was amazing. Friendly, helpful, accommodating and so knowledgeable about the city. It was essentially 2 tours in 1. SATC and visits to historical places in the city. I give this tour 5 stars and definitely recommend. Grab your walking shoes and schedule one today!

From TripAdvisor - August 2021
Amber M. | Google
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
Our family had a wonderful experience seeing Ellis Island and Liberty Island! Irene was very knowledgeable and engaging for our three children ages 5, 9, and 12. We will definitely book again with her [...]

From Google - November 2022
Giorgia M. | Google
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We did 2 tours together with our guide Irene in one day, Hoboken and the East side. What can I say, in addition to the wonderful places, she has made everything more magical [...]

From Google - January 2023
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