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Midtown Manhattan Walking Tours

Updated: March 30, 2024

This page provides details of our free Midtown Manhattan Walking Tour, including tips on directions, times and sights covered.

Watch a 32-minute abridged version of our live guided tour.

You could also watch this video on Facebook.


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.

Let Free Tours by Foot guide you through Midtown Manhattan.

Midtown Manhattan Tour

This two-hour tour will take you from the pulsating beats of Times Square and Grand Central Terminal to the majesty and tranquility of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

You may also be interested in our Midtown Manhattan Night Tour and our Grand Central Terminal Tour.


**sites we do not enter, but cover from the outside.

TIP: This tour ends near Rockefeller Center, where you could go to Top of the Rock observation deck.


Midtown Manhattan Tour

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6-9 or more should visit our group page.

Where: Meet your guide near the corner of 42nd St & 5th Ave, inside the pedestrian plaza of the New York Public Library (outside near the seating area). Look for your guide with the Free Tours by Foot logo.

Check out our Google map for directions to Bryant Park's starting point. Tour ends in Times Square near Rockefeller Center. ***The Midtown Manhattan Night tour does NOT meet here.**

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. The total distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K).


This tour is also available anytime with our GPS-led audio tour.

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.

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If you can't take our guided Midtown Manhattan walk when it's offered, or you prefer to go it alone, then consider our GPS-led audio tour version.

You can take this tour any time, day or night, though we think daytime on a workday gives you the best feel for the area.

Here is a sample of the tour.

Here is how it works:

  1. Purchase an audio tour.
  2. Get a confirmation email with .mp3, .pdf and embeddable Google Map
  3. Enjoy the tour(s).

In addition to the audio version of our Midtown Manhattan Tour, we also have the following audio tours.

  • Central Park
  • Lower Manhattan
  • 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center
  • The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Greenwich Village
  • Food Tour of Greenwich Village
  • SoHo
  • The Brooklyn Bridge (in English, Spanish, and German)
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • The High Line
  • Midtown Manhattan
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Harlem

Available Without Audio (full text):

  • Times Square

You could also visit our main NYC audio tours page for more samples and information.

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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: March 30th, 2024
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