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Best Historic Walking Tours In NYC

Statue of Liberty, Lady Liberty, New York, July 4thFrom its origins as New Amsterdam, to present-day New York City, our town is filled with rich history. Here's the five best historical tours in New York that will make sure that you get the best of what NYC has to offer.

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New York Historical Tours
New York, NY

New York Historical Tours run about two hours in length and the groups are kept small in order to help everyone experience New York City fully. Participants can choose from a variety of different experiences, ranging from tours of specific neighborhoods, the High Line, Central Park, and experiences surrounding different periods of history.

Free New York Tours By Foot
112 Suffolk St.
New York, NY 10002
(646) 450- 6831

The name "Free New York Tours" might be a little misleading. The tours are provided with no upfront costs and you can pay whatever price you feel appropriate, but note that the freelance and licensed tour guide usually expect some form of payment. It offers 30 different New York City tours. We suggest the "Lower Manhattan" tour for those looking for a more traditional historical experience.

Real New York Tours
40 Monroe St. Suite FD6
New York, NY 10002
(917) 572- 7017

Run by Luke and Amber Miller, Real New York Tours strives to have its guests experience New York off the beaten path. According to its website, it has even been voted #2 out of the top 10 Best Tours in the County by Trip Advisor. The group tours can be a little pricey, ranging from $45 - $80, but run for several hours and explore many areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The private tours are six hours in length and have fun themes, like their "Christmas in New York" experience.

Sandeman's New York
New York, NY 10004
(347) 853-5713

Sandeman's New York tours are provided completely free of charge. Its tour guides work on a tip basis with no pressure to pay. These free tours start every day at 11 a.m. at the Museum of the American Indian. From there, a guide will lead you on a two-hour historical tour of New York City. Sights on the tour include Wall Street, Broadway and Frauces Tavern. Private tours can be done on foot or by bike.

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Manhattan Walking Tour
New York, NY 10028
(914) 564-0461

The Manhattan Walking Tours is small and tailored to each person on the tour. It promises that each tour will have no more than eight people and a personalized experience. The roughly 75-minute tours are specifically geared towards history are priced at about $50. Historic sites include Grand Central and downtown Manhattan.

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