As the colour of the leaves begin to change, enjoy New York City’s outdoors this fall with walking tours around the City’s five boroughs. From tasting global cuisine in Astoria to walking through historic Harlem to hiking the Greenbelt in Staten Island, there are several tours that appeal to every visitor’s interests and budget.
“New York City is the world’s best walking city, and we encourage visitors to venture through the City’s five boroughs this fall with our incredible walking tours,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “The crisp fall air and beautiful colours of the foliage provide a scenic backdrop for exploring the City’s sights, eats and history by foot.”
Offering more than 30 history-based tours through locals’ perspectives, Big Onion Walking Tours (bigonion.com) takes visitors back in time with its Immigrant New York tour, as well as historical neighbourhood tours of the Lower East Side and Brooklyn Heights. New York Historical Tours(newyorkhistoricaltours.com) brings visitors on a walking tour of the newly expanded High Line, where they can learn about the history of the area, along with a tour of the Chelsea and Meatpacking neighbourhoods. Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town (historicrichmondtown.org) offers themed guided tours of its beautiful grounds that showcase how New Yorkers lived and worked during the 17th century, while Carreta Tours (carretatours.com) invites visitors on a customised tour of the borough’s neighbourhoods and diverse cultures. Visitors can join Cititrek(cititrek.com) on an adventure through time at City Island in the Bronx, where they can walk the quaint streets and see the island’s rich history at the Nautical Museum.
Greenwich Village Food Tour
Those wanting to know about the little-known history of the City can book a tour with Metropolitan Walks (metropolitanwalks.com), which talks about the historical events that took place around Washington Square Park and allows visitors to craft their own group tour of any city neighbourhood. With Inside Out Tours (insideouttours.com), visitors can learn about the classic architecture of Midtown Manhattan’s most monumental icons, including the Chrysler Building and the United Nations Building. In Lower Manhattan, The Wall Street Experience(thewallstreetexperience.com) and Wall Street Walks (wallstreetwalks.com) are guided by Wall Street insiders who share their stories about the history, architecture and financial achievements of the world’s financial capital. Broadway’s biggest fans can join Walks of New York(walksofnewyork.com) for their exclusive Disney on Broadway Tour, which includes a walking tour of Broadway’s iconic landmarks and a chance to try on official costumes and props at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
With all that walking, visitors can satisfy their appetite with several food walking tours. Sample Caribbean and Latin American fare along with a tour of Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico” with Turnstile Tours (turnstiletours.com). Eat like a local with Food on Foot Tours(foodonfoottours.com), where visitors can enjoy self-guided and local-guided tours of the City’s best bagels, Asian cuisine in Queens, Brooklyn’s waterfront neighbourhoods and group-only sandwich tours. Ahoy New York Food Tours (ahoynewyorkfoodtours.com) brings foodies to family-owned shops and off-the-beaten-path establishments in Little Italy and Chinatown. In collaboration with renowned chef Mario Batali, Walks of New York’s Greenwich Village Food Tour (walksofnewyork.com) is a culinary experience around the neighbourhood’s distinct eateries, including two of the chef’s Italian restaurants. Brooklyn’s trendiest neighbourhood is home to Like a Local Tours’ Williamsburg Bites Tour (likealocaltours.com), featuring mouthwatering cuisine and incredible views of the City’s skyline.
A visit to New York this fall is not complete without a stroll through the City’s parks. Visitors can learn about Central Park’s ecology and history with self-guided and guided tours with the Central Park Conservancy (centralparknyc.org), scheduled throughout the week. See the changing fall scenery of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the excitement of Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighbourhood, all part of BQE Tours’ DUMBO Discovery Tours (bqetours.com). In Staten Island, the Greenbelt is highlighted as part of Cititrek’s Forever Wild Greenbelt Tour (cititrek.com), a great way for visitors to take photos of the stunning fall foliage and learn about the importance of this hidden natural gem.
Greenwich Village Mario Batali Food Tour
There are free tours and greeters available for visitors to book as well. Free Tours by Foot (freetoursbyfoot.com) offers self-guided tours through neighbourhoods including Harlem and Buschwick, as well as themed guided tours, such as street art and graffiti, and night tours. For a true local experience, Big Apple Greeter (bigapplegreeter.org) sets visitors up with a free and friendly greeter to show them around the exciting neighbourhoods and cultural attractions that make New York City a great destination to visit year-round.