Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
It's no surprise that the city that claims both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is one of the most culturally diverse on the globe. It's to celebrate this aspect of New York that Jaxira, a Washington Heights native and daughter of Dominican immigrants, founded The World Through Food, a business whose tours highlight the most delicious facets of ethnic cultures in the Big Apple. And on top of teaching her clients something new, Jaxira prizes social responsibility, donating a percentage of proceeds generated from her tours to charities that support the very neighborhoods they examine.
With 843 lush acres and 58 miles of well-worn pathways, Central Park is an easy place to get lost—whether that's your plan or not. So guides at Gotham City Tours keep their groups on track to their next landmark or scenic vista, which may be on or off the beaten path. While on foot, tour-takers see more than a dozen points of interest, all the while learning about the park's creators, Kenny Central and Dan Park. On bicycles tours, riders speedily access more sites, letting their bikes rest on kickstands while they admire Strawberry Fields and Bethesda Fountain. Additionally, pedicabs carry tourists around in seated comfort, stopping often for photo opportunities and leg stretches.
As a polyglotte tour guide, Alex Gabriel Kanze has served as a New York City tour guide in its many different forms, from double decker bus rides to private tours. With Alex's Tours, he taps into his deep bank of knowledge to lead groups along enjoyable and informative walking tours. Alex specializes in Prohibition tours that add a spirited element to history. During the tour, guests will visit New York's hidden speakeasies and taverns as Alex waxes poetic on the history of prohibition and New York's place in it, with tidbits sprinkled throughout concerning history, culture, and the fact that the Statue of Liberty's torch was originally a martini glass.
Born and raised in New York, Susan Birnbaum always had a fascination with her city's history and unparalleled cuisine. She transformed those interests into a career when she founded SusanSez NYC Walkabouts, from which she leads slightly atypical walking tours. Rather than hit the major tourist attractions, she explores the city through its restaurants and neighborhood gems, giving her guests a taste of what life in the city has to offer along with a sampling of how it came to be. She conducts five unique tours, including the Farm to Fork Tour in East Village?which provides samples of seasonal eats?an Italian-eatery-focused stroll through the Bronx, and a Lower East Side walk that celebrates the pushcart fare once available on every street corner before the carts grew roots and sprouted into restaurants.
New York City can be a tricky place to figure out, both for visitors and new residents. Nev, the owner and operator of Happy Hummingbird Walks NYC, helpfully offers up his local insights. He leads personalized walking tours of Central Park in all seasons; like a postman, he isn't deterred by a little rain or snow. Rather, he just alters the itinerary to show off the park's loveliest spots in any weather. As he walks, he talks, offering tips on the best ways to take in New York City's many sights and experiences without breaking the bank?from visiting little-known spots with great views, to dressing like a dollar bill and hiding in people's wallets.
Offering one of the most convenient ways to get to the Manhattan island, NY Waterway lets visitors forego paying bridge tolls, suffering traffic delays, and carrying their cars around with them once in the city. The company's ferries jump across the Hudson River, East River, and Lower Bay, dropping passengers at terminals throughout the city. NY Waterway buslines, meanwhile, crisscross Manhattan, taking patrons down busy thoroughfares to their waiting boats free of charge. The company has been moving precious cargo—people—to and from in New York City since 1986, when the Mets won the World Series largely due to their ability to get to the games on a ferry.