My wife and I have done a lot of guided tours, in a lot of different places round the world. I don’t think we have ever had a better one – and we’ve had some pretty good ones!
Architecture Tour of Midtown Manhattan’s Classic Landmarks
Rediscover NYC’s historic art movements
Iconic structures and decor
Private Version of Tour Available
Join our team on a guided walking tour through vibrant Midtown Manhattan for quintessential New York City! Art Deco, Beaux-Art, & International Style architecture await along its picturesque avenues and streets. The neighborhood is a treasure of clustered renowned landmarks with astonishing histories, pioneering styles and enduring impact on the life of the city.
Unearth key art movements defining NYC’s stunning cityscape and skyline.
Explore distinct elements of Beaux-Art, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern/International styles.
Marvel at extraordinary craftsmanship of materials: stonework, ironwork, metalwork and more
Learn about architects, artists, workers and inspirations behind these masterpieces.
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1:00 PM. Please arrive by 12:45 PM to check in with your guide before the tour begins.
The Pulitzer Fountain at Grand Army Plaza Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, Upon your reservation, you will receive a confirmation with exact details, maps, and best mode of transportation to get to your meeting point
Daily, 1-4 pm
*Custom times can be requested with a minimum of 4 guests
Approximately 3 Hours
All tours are semi-private with 10 people or less
It is a walking tour for 3 hours, but comfortably-paced along major picturesque avenues within Midtown Manhattan. Restroom and seating stops are available along the way.
We recommend sneakers, hiking shoes, and waterproof boots on rainy days. Make sure to dress appropriately and bring anything you will need…..gloves in the winter and sunscreen in the summer.
Approximately 2.5 – 3 miles of total walking
Grand Central Terminal
What You’ll Do and See
The phenomenal transformation of Midtown Manhattan into a world-renowned cityscape of iconic structures in the first-half of the 20th century still leaves anyone in rapt astonishment. Our tour highlights around 20 architectural landmarks that rose within a span of a few remarkable cultural decades, energizing and electrifying a once-undisturbed residential area into the world’s cultural, communications, and business center without peer.
Learn about the unique and influential forces that created the Beaux-Arts classics of the Gilded Age, the Art Deco masterpieces of the Jazz Age, the MidCentury Modern/international glass titans of the post-World War II years. Within steps of each other, these edifices invite us to not only take an exhilarating look at awe-inspiring and thought-provoking expressions of an era’s creative innovations and collaborations. but to delve into social worlds of their time, as we imagine lives among the Astors, the Great Gatsby, and the Rockefellers.
Whether you just want to leisurely absorb the sites profiling a majestic skyline, or deeply immerse yourself in the details of art, architecture and history, our tour invites a conversation with the city itself! For first-time visitors, returning guests, or long-time residents, there are always more layers to discover that make for more moments of serendipity.
Frequently asked questions
Our 3-hour walk covers around 20 of Midtown Manhattan’s famous architectural landmarks, all within walking distance of each other. They include well-known edifices like the Plaza, New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal (Beaux-Arts); Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building, Radiator Building, Chanin Building (Art Deco); Seagram Building, Lever House, UN Secretariat (International Style), and more!
This is a great guided stroll along Manhattan’s most picturesque avenues for a family, offering many photo-taking opportunities. Since we will be moving for the whole 3 hours, please make sure all family members can handle this much activity. There will be restrooms and seating stops available along the way.
Check Out What Our Guests Are Saying
We had limited time in New York so booked 3 tours in one day, a package which works very well.
I can’t recommend Manhattan Walking Tours more highly to get to see and know New York as a local.
In between all stops Alex taught us loads about the culture and history of the local area, making the trip really interesting – he knew the city like the back of his hand! I would definitely recommend taking a tour with these guys, you won’t regret it.