Arguably the world’s busiest and most crowded and valuable pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors envision when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city’s most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco) – it’s not difficult to understand why. Behind these massive facades lie fascinating stories just waiting to be unveiled.
This post reviews and compares the various sightseeing tour options in Greenwich Village available to you, including our name your own price tours. Most Greenwich Village tours are about 2 hours in length, so it won’t take up too much of your time. We have organized this post by theme and we have included a link to our High Line Tours, which technically starts in the Village. Alternatively, you can take as much time as you want to explore the Village at your own pace by taking our GPS audio tour, narrated by one of our tour guides or by enjoying a self-guided tour. No matter what your budget or time constraints, chances are that one of the following services will meet your needs.
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan’s most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. Its history, however, betrays its current wealthy status. The Village – with its quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses – was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape U.S. history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers’ rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of both New York and America’s societal transformations.
Greenwich Village Walking Tours
If you want to learn all about this fantastic neighborhood, a walking tour may be your best bet. Typically clocking in at 2 hours in length, these trips will give you an entirely new appreciation for the Village. Aside from our pay-what-you-wish options, ticket prices typically fall in the $30-$40 range, but some tours may be even more affordable depending on how much you want to spend. See some of the most historic homes and buildings while walking around one of the quintessential homes for social change in America.
Free Tours By Foot
Join Free Tours by Foot as we criss-cross this Manhattan neighborhood’s legendary streets and explore the architecture, history and culture that was and is Greenwich Village. This tour covers it all – authors, poets, folk singers, rock stars, a mobster, a revolutionary and a U.S. president. Needless to say, quite a few significant moments in American society first gained momentum in the Village, and it’s definitely a blast to discover where these transformative movements began. All of our tours are pay-what-you-wish, meaning that you get to decide how much your experience was worth. We also offer ghost and food tours in Greenwich Village as well as the High Line. Be sure to check out our list of over 35 guided tours in NYC.
Reviews for our Greenwich Village tour are very favorable. An overwhelming majority of our guests have seen fit to give this trek a 5 out of 5-stars rating on TripAdvisor. Several visitors were quite happy with our tour guides, thanking them for all of the information they provided. Some customers were so impressed that they decided to take some of our other tours as well! Couples and friends were the most likely audience to enjoy their journey through the Village.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2 km)
When: @ 2pm Fridays. Greenwich Village is also covered on our Greenwich Village, High Line and Meatpacking District Tour as well as our All-in-One Downtown Tour. View our full tour calendar.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget. For more tips on saving money, check out our Guide to New York City on a Budget.
This Greenwich Village tour focuses on a variety of different subjects from throughout the neighborhood’s history. Travel back to the days of Edgar Allen Poe and see the apartment building from the hit TV show Friends all in the same trip! Running for a total of 2 hours, this trek will give you the chance to discover what made this location the breeding ground for so many artistic and cultural movements. Tickets are very affordable and reviews are excellent, indicating that this service is definitely worth the price of admission.
Reviews for this service are excellent on both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). Several reviewers mentioned their tour guides by name, indicating that they were very helpful and informative. Guests were especially pleased to note that their guide typically answered any and every question they might have had. Some visitors actually appreciated the length of this trip, as it didn’t take them all day to explore the Village. This trek was especially popular among couples, families, and friends.
Top Dog Tours
This company offers yet another variety tour which focuses on a plethora of subjects related to the Village. Some of the highlights of this 2-hour trip include a visit to Washington Square Park, the Brown Building, Cafe Wha and the Stonewall Inn. Each location is significant to either the artistic or cultural movements that started in this incredible neighborhood. Tickets are competitively priced, making this an excellent alternative to other Greenwich Village tours.
$35 for Adults | $26 for Children | Infants tour for free with parents
At this point, you probably won’t be too surprised to find that Top Dog Tours is also very well rated by its customers. Reviewers on TripAdvisor have given this tour company an overall 5-star rating. Several guests were very pleased with their tour guides, noting that they provided quite an illuminating experience. Most visitors appreciated the variety of information they learned about while on this trek through the Village. Friends and couples were the most likely to leave a positive review.
As if the history of this neighborhood weren’t weird enough, there are actually quite a few reported supernatural hot spots in the area as well. Given all of the history of the Village, it shouldn’t be too shocking to discover that there are also several disturbing stories to learn about. Uncover the spooky legends surrounding this area with the help of a fun and informative ghost tour. Expect each trek to run for about 2 hours with an average price of $35-$40 per ticket.
Free Tours By Foot
In addition to our daytime tours of the Village, we also provide a few night tours which delve into the spooky history of this neighborhood. Our main Greenwich Village Ghost tour includes stops at Mark Twain’s House of Horrors, Aaron Burr’s Haunted Carriage House and The White Horse Tavern. Alternatively, you can also check out our Dark Side of High Line tour which features locations and subjects such as the Titanic, the Chelsea Hotel, and Death Avenue. Each of these trips is pay-what-you-wish, allowing you to name your own price.
When it comes to our ghost tours, most reviewers on TripAdvisor have left exceedingly positive comments. A majority of guests were very pleased with the amount of information they received from their tour guides, suggesting that they had an interesting story to tell for every stop on the journey. Some visitors appreciated the fact that their guide was a true believer, making the experience much more exciting and entertaining. These outings were quite popular with couples in particular.
Top Dog Tours
This tour company also offers a ghost tour through Greenwich Village, revealing several dark and disturbing tales which may or may not have ties to the supernatural. Visit what is often reported to be the most haunted house in Manhattan after seeing the hanging tree and learning about the origin of its name. There are several creepy stories that were born in the Village, and this is an excellent way to see another side of history that you won’t learn about on a typical tour through this neighborhood. Ticket costs are affordable and the duration of this trip is more than reasonable.
$35 for Adults | $26 for Children | Infants tour for free with parents
Reviews for this particular trip are quite excellent, with most guests giving it a 5-star rating on both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). Most visitors felt that this tour was very informative, providing excellent stories about the dark side of Greenwich Village. Some customers even felt that their excursion had forever changed the way they looked at this neighborhood. This trek was especially well rated by those who went with a friend.
If you’re looking for a more personalized trip around Greenwich Village, this will probably be your best bet. Believe it or not, we actually offer private tours of pretty much any location in New York City – including the Village. Rather than competing for the attention of your tour guide, you can rest assured that they will devote all of their attention to your group. Depending on how many guests you bring along, you might even find yourself paying less for this experience than you would for one of the options above!
Reviews for our private tours are very positive, with an overwhelming majority of customers giving us a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. Visitors are typically very impressed with our tour guides, showing a lot of love for the personal attention they have received. One guest even took the time to compare our prices to competitors, noting that we offer much more affordable services. Despite the higher price tag that often comes with these specialized excursions, several reviewers felt that their experience was worth every penny. Families and friends were most likely to give this opportunity an excellent rating.
Ticket Price: $225 for up to 2 ½ hours | $350 for up to 6 hours
This post reviews and compares the various New York and Brooklyn street art and graffiti tours and workshops, including our own pay-what-you-wish tours. New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. See the full street art tour schedule.
We are proud to present our well-reviewed tour of Bushwick Graffiti (see the video above), but there are a few other companies offering similar tours, so if our schedule doesn’t work for you, there are a few options that have upfront costs. Our tours are listed in the calendar as well. The tour name is followed by (FREE TOURS BY FOOT).
Bushwick in a working-class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it is Bushwick’s industrial landscape that attracts street artists.
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York’s best kept secret with some of the city’s most interesting architecture, food, music and people. Harlem’s history is also one of the city’s most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
You’ve seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it’s time to visit some of Manhattan’s oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Free Tours by Foot is proud to take you on a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
This post has the information you need to how to get a taxi in New York City – known locally as “hailing a cab”. The words “taxi” and “cab” are interchangeable. We compare taking a taxi to taking either the subway or an Uber. Read our master post on how to get around NYC for more options.
This post lists the top ten February activities as well as family-friendly events, things to do at night, and lots of free activities, updated for 2018. It’s the low tourist season, which means you won’t encounter too many lines to get into the popular attractions. If you are coming early or late in the month, check out our guides to January and March as well as our definitive Things to Do in NYC guide.
This post is about Battery Park, how to get there, and things to see and do once you are there. Most people quickly pass through on their way to the Statue of Liberty departure point, but the Battery itself is worth some of your time. You can find incredible vistas of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. There are many monuments honoring soldiers, explorers, inventors, and immigrants. It has old leafy trees, benches where you can relax and lots of squirrels. (Keep that camera ready!)