Midtown Manhattan History and Architecture Guided Walking Tour in New York, NY

Babylon ToursMadison Ave & E 26th StNew York, NY 10010
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Discover the remarkable history of Midtown Manhattan’s architecture during this private guided walking tour. Not only will your guide help you navigate the city, they’ll provide interesting insight into the streets and landmarks that create New York City. As you stroll through Manhattan, you’ll view sites like the Flat Iron Building, Empire State Building, and Met Life Tower.

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from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Tour duration approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Admission includes professional tour guide.
  • Highlights include Flat Iron Building, New York Public Library, and Grand Central Station.


from Midtown Manhattan History and Architecture Guided Walking Tour
Between soaring skyscrapers, manicured parks, and pulsating train stations, Manhattan’s Midtown district is one of the most overwhelming – and exciting – parts of New York. Let our guide put you at ease during this 2 to 2.5 hour private guided walking tour, showing you around the best parts of the city. Your guide will help navigate the streets and landmarks that are part of the postcard-perfect New York that every visitor is seeking.

During the 19th and 20th-centuries, Manhattan grew up, quite literally. Explore the lesser-known Marble Collegiate Church and then visit famed landmarks like the New York Public Library and the Morgan Library. Stroll through Madison Square Park and learn about the odd design of the Flatiron Building. Discuss the innovations that allowed the city to reach new heights during the skyscraper boom of the early 1900s. Learn about the Met Life Tower and the New York Life Building among other famous towers. Of course, you’ll hear all about the world-famous Empire State Building, one of the last great 20th century giants. Then have your camera ready to catch the commuters within the main terminal of Grand Central Station where you’ll learn about the landmark laws that preserve these beautiful historic buildings for future generations.

Highlights generally include (but are not limited to):

• Flatiron Building
• MetLife Tower
• Appellate Courthouse
• Morgan Library
• New York Public Library
• Schwartzman Building
• Grand Central Station

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Austin, Texas, United States
"Great tour of “the bigs” of American Museum of Natural History"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2019 NEW
Robin Garr took us on a fabulous tour of the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. About 100 minutes hitting “the bigs” in the museum. Robin shared so much interesting information and we never could have seen so much in so little time without her. Outstanding!!
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Sao Paulo, SP
"Metropolitan Museum of Art Skip-the-Line Guided Tour - Semi-Private"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019 NEW
Our guide Mark was great. Showed us the Met through a different perspective, not only historical, but also “artist’s eyes”. A dream come true experience!
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Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
"Great visit to Statue of Liberty and Ellis island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2019 NEW
We had been to New York a number of times but had never been to the Statue of Liberty. We had done tours with Babylon in other cities and figured we would give it a try. It was a great experience. A small group (5 people) and a very knowledgeable leader Katherine. We learned a lot of things we had not known before and had a very enjoyable time. This is a tour that is very much worth the time.
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 27, 2019
Mark was amazing—a brilliant ray of sunshine on a rain-soaked day. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and personable and made countless connections between what we were seeing and places in the city for us to look out for afterwards. His love the city is so obvious. Would love to go on more tours with him!
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San Diego, California
"Great private tour of the MET"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2019
We called Robin in the morning for our pre arranged private tour. We met in the lobby of the MET and Robin was a wonderful guide who was very knowledgable of art history. She was able to squeeze in as much as possible in the time we had together and we were grateful her ability to keep us on the move. There were three of us on this private tour and I would definitely recommend a private tour if you only have a half day.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Midtown Manhattan History and Architecture Guided Walking Tour

What is your cancellation policy?
You can cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the tour start times.

How long is the tour?
Tour duration is approximately 2-2.5 hrs.

What ages are recommended for the tour?
All ages are welcome.

Where is the tour meeting point?
Meeting point is at the SW corner of Madison Avenue & East 26th St. in Madison Square Garden.

When does the tour start?
Tour starts at 10:30 AM, 2 PM, daily.

What does my admission include?
Included in the admission are a professional tour guide and all entrance fees.

Do tours operate rain or shine?
Whether it rains, snows or shines, we run our tours. We advise you to be dressed accordingly to the weather. Check the forecast before coming out of the hotel. And wear comfortable shoes.

Is transportation available?
There is no pick-up or drop-off available. This includes Airport transfer/shuttle services. Each tour has some specific meeting points.

Is outside food or drink allowed?
No outside food or drink when in the Museums can be brought in.

Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is not allowed, including electronic cigarettes.

Can I take photos during the tour?
Photos are allowed unless otherwise indicated. The use of flash video and selfie sticks are prohibited.

Can I bring my pet?
No pets allowed.