About Our New York Tour Guides

Free Tours by Foot began in 2007. We are proud to be featured in everything from travel guides, news articles, to tweets from travel bloggers from all over the world. We have given tours to Hollywood stars, foreign ambassadors and a local elementary school that brings their second-grade class every year.

We offer tours year-round in a dozen cities (and counting!) with 10-15 tours every day, including most holidays!

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New York tour guide Lori

LORI | Manager & Tour Guide

A true Jersey girl, Lori grew up on the other side of the Hudson with the view of the Manhattan skyline every day, and many weekends exploring the streets of New York. Her love for nature, animals, kayaking, and sunshine, made her escape for a couple of years to the sunshine state, only to be drawn right back to the excitement of the city of her childhood and teenage years. Lori enjoys walking the streets of New York, and sharing her fascinating stories and history of the many New York neighborhoods with her tour guests.


RENEE | Tour Guide

Curious about the events in one’s life and the impact they have — sometimes for several generations — is what brings Renee to work as a tour guide. Everyone has a story, what they do with it and about it is what creates the world around us. Renee finds that intriguing, exciting, and …curious. Will the stories about the inhabitants of New York City change the way you view your world? A writer, editor and storyteller, Renee has a desire to assist others to be curious about the world around them.

 

DERRICK | Tour Guide

Derrick, a dedicated guide for a few years, follows one motto: Few people really dislike history, it is merely the way it’s presented to you. Using his background of performing and writing with his quick wit and general freewheeling personality, Derrick mixes in a bit of history, cultural insight, pop culture references and charm to his tours. Derrick would like to remind all people to ask any questions that come to mind because closed mouths don’t get fed. Especially in a city where they eat a hot dog while talking on a cell phone while also weaving through congested traffic without missing a beat.


 

Garrett | Tour Guide

As a photographer, Garrett notices things. As a guide, Garrett earns a living from noticing things. One might say that Garrett is a professional noticer of things. A lifelong New Yorker, he brings an innate curiosity for the order and origins of things to his tours and conducts them in such a way that you come to view New York as a great big puzzle with clues scattered about on every block. He is expert at finding the patterns, and articulating how the city’s identity is shaped both locally and by the world around it. Together with Garrett you will examine those clues, trace the DNA of the city, and come to know it as if it were your own home.


NYC tour guide John with Free Tours by Foot

John is a New York State licensed tour guide with most of a decade’s experience. He holds a Master Of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has conducted well over 1000 tours of New York City and has the city at his fingertips, ever ready to share at a moments notice. Having appeared in more than 30 major films and television shows, John is also an expert in pop culture and dining. He brings charm, knowledge, manners and humor to his tours and eagerly awaits helping to make your New York trip a memorable one.


NYC tour guide Onel with Free Tours by FootOnel | Tour Guide

Onel is a life-long Brooklyn resident. Onel grew up in Brooklyn and attended high school there. He graduated from the City College of New York and has J.D. degree from Boston College Law School. He is a licensed New York City tour guide with thousands of tours to his credit and an urban historian with in-depth knowledge of the City’s history, people, culture and architecture.


NYC tour guide Bill with Free Tours by FootBill | Tour Guide

When Bill first visited in 1983, he knew NYC was where he wanted to live. Three decades later, he is still enchanted by the electricity, diversity, rich culture and history of New York. Bill’s favorite part of being a tour guide is that he gets to spend so much time in the most fascinating place on earth: the streets of NYC. And sharing the fascination is very fulfilling. Bill has a Bachelors Degree in both Theater and Art History and a Masters Degree in Theater. Since moving to New York almost 20 years ago, he has cultivated a wide breadth of knowledge about NY’s cultural past and present. He believes the most interesting site in NYC is its people: the good, the bad, and most importantly, the kooky.


NYC Tour Guide Katherine

Katherine | Tour Guide

Katherine has been living in New York City for a decade and can’t imagine anyplace she’d rather be! Her love of the city, history, and meeting new people eventually led her to being a tour guide. Katherine truly believes that New York has something to offer everyone, no matter where their interests lie, and she hopes that her tours are a little bit like the city itself: energetic, exciting and a little offbeat. When she isn’t leading tours, Katherine is often writing, producing and acting in indie films and television shows and searching for new places to eat.


NYC tour guide JoshJosh | Tour Guide

Josh is a native New Yorker who drove a NYC taxi in the 1970’s and then spent over thirty years teaching on the high school and college levels. He has a Masters degree in history from the University of New Orleans. During his teaching career he won numerous awards including a Governor’s Award, three Time-Warner teacher awards and the New Jersey State Humanities Teacher of the Year Award. Josh has traveled all over the world but still believes that New York is the greatest city on the planet. He is also an avid foodie who can tell you where to locate the best ethnic food throughout the five boroughs. Josh’s new book There Once Was A Man From The USA,  50 State Limericks is currently on sale on Amazon.com and Outskirts Press.


New York tour guide Meredith S.Meredith | Tour Guide

Meredith, born and raised in Long Island, grew up experiencing the culture and variety that New York has to offer. She became an official “New Yorker” when she moved to Brooklyn in 1995. A professional sightseeing guide, Meredith also has experience in theatre stage management, and as a NYC pedicab driver, pedaling people around the streets of Manhattan on a bicycle rickshaw for over ten years. Meredith’s family roots can be traced back to both immigrants processed at Ellis Island, important American revolutionaries, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and love for this wonderfully historic and dynamic city!


NYC tour guide Altovise

Lady Altovise | Tour Guide

Lady Altovise has a crafty and creative way of combing history, the arts, architecture, nature and pop culture which enables her to zero in on “your” areas of interests. Lady Altovise is a Southern Belle taking a big bite out of the Big Apple. She holds an MFA and quickly became a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA which allows her to work both locally and even internationally as a stage film and tv actress. As a result, Lady Altovise, brings a great deal of her experiences as an artist from traveling all over the world. Some of Lady Altovise’s work and tours can be viewed on her YouTube channel-LadyAltoviseNYCTours.


NYC tour guide Izzy and Mar with Free Tours by FootIzzy & Mar | Tour Guide

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NYC tour guide Ellen with Free Tours by FootEllen | Tour Guide

A former dancer who moved to New York 20 years ago, Ellen has been designing and leading tours of the city for the past several years. She was also a co-founder of the New York Dance and Performance Award-winning theater group, Red Dive, for which she wrote, produced and performed in site-specific performance tours in both famous and off-beat neighborhoods in New York. In addition, Ellen currently teaches a course at Pace University called “Walking Tours of New York,” in which international students are introduced to the history, people, places, and culture of New York City through tours of neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.


Dan | Tour Guide

Dan is a lifelong Brooklynite, and a fourth generation New Yorker.  His great great grandparents came fleeing the Pogroms of eastern Europe, and his family has been rooted in Brooklyn ever since.  He has deep ties to the city, and cares about few things more deeply than his hometown.  It was this passion for the city, it’s culture and it’s history that led him to become a tour guide in 2014.  He has been a guide since, and loves nothing more than exploring New York neighborhoods and sharing stories and histories.

 


Jon | Tour Guide

Jon is an actor with a degree in theater and trained at the William Esper Studio. He’s done every form of acting from improv to television to stand up which he performs regularly in the city.

Jon is not New York born, yet he is clearly New York made. He fell in love with the city at his first visit and decided to live there one day. After going to school in New York, he never left. New York City is now his home, and he wants you to love it as much as he does.


Kathleen | Tour Guide

Kathleen is a writer/performer, singer/songwriter and visual artist who has lived in New York City for over 20 years. She is irresistibly drawn to a good story, never able to get her fill of walking the streets of New York, and ever eager to meet and engage with people from all over the world. She loves this city, and can’t wait to tell you the myriad stories, and fascinating history of this unique and wonderful place!

 


Nick | Tour Guide

Nick grew up in Ohio, living there through college, then made the big move to the Big Apple in 2009. He, like most New Yorkers, enjoys pizza and bagels, but would also recommend the great public spaces the city has to offer to catch the beauty of NYC. Outside of work, Nick is an avid movie- and theatre-goer. Talk to him about Broadway!