NYC Free Tours & Walking Tours


Free trolley rides to Van Courtland House Museum, Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden and the culinary delights of Arthur Avenue, the Bronx’s “Little Italy” are the featured highlights.Trolley tours depart 11:00AM-4:00PM on WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS. For detailed information call 1(718) 430-1890.

On the first Wednesday of each month (except January and September), tour the lower Grand Concourse via a replica of an early 20th-century trolley and enjoy attractions at the areas hottest cultural spots along the way, including galleries, theater, music, dance, poetry, studio tours, and craft fairs. The ride and admissions are free. The evening begins at 5:00pm with a meet and greet reception at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos which is located at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse & 149th Street. (easily accessible via 2 4 5 trains or the BX1 and BX19 buses).

Reservations are not necessary. For additional information on this months trolley and its featured attractions, visit , email, or call 1(718) 931-9500 ext 33.

79 North 1lth St. (Weythe Ave.), Williamsburg.Tours every 30 minutes on SATURDAYS, Noon-5:00pm.1-718-486-7422

First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum of Art 6:00 – 9:00pm
A musical journey around the world – from the Balkans to the Caribbean – by the Brooklyn based bands: Sheger and Sonide Costeqo.

Since it was introduced four years ago, the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s First Saturday series has become enormously popular, with thousands of visitors attending this free program of art and entertainment each month. All evening, the Museum Cafi offers a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, including wine and beer. The Museum is open on the First Saturday of every month until 11:00pm. (All other Saturdays, the Museum closes at 6:00pm.)

Free Tours of Evergreens Cemetery
Sundays at 11am
Set atop high hills with commanding views of New York City to the north and Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to the south, more than half a million people have been interred amid its landscaped grounds in the 150 years since The Evergreens was incorporated as a non-sectarian cemetery, including painter Frances Guy and entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. This free tour will begin at 11am at the front gate of the cemetery, on the corner of Bushwick Avenue and Conway Street, one block north of the Broadway/East New York A train station. More information: 1(718) 455-5300.

Heart of Brooklyn Trolley
This hour-long ride is a great way to see the sights in and around Prospect Park, including historic Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Prospect Park Zoo, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It operates on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, Noon to 6:00PM, throughout the year. Leaves from Prospect Park’s Wollman Rink on the hour and makes stops throughout the Park. A connection to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Trolley is also available

Prospect Park’s Discover Nature Tours
March through November – Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays at 3:00 PM
Learn how to identify birds, discover the source of the Lullwater and experience the feeling of hiking through the Adirondack Mountains right in the middle of Brooklyn! The Prospect Park Audubon Center offers free DISCOVER NATURE Tours along the Lullwater, around the newly restored Ravine and through Brooklyn’s last remaining forest. You’ll also encounter some of the 200 species of birds that inhabit the Park and learn how modern ecological techniques are enabling Brooklyn’s native woodlands to become self-sustaining again.

Introduction to Bird Watching
Saturdays, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Springtime brings hundreds of migratory species to the Park! See how many you can spot in this free weekly tour.

Early Bird Walks
Morning is the busiest time for the Park’s feathered residents! 8:00 – 10:00AM
All Tours leave from the Boathouse. Tours are free unless otherwise noted. No reservations required. For more information, please call 1(718) 287-3400.

The park offers eight or more free walking tours. For more information, call 1(212) 860-1370. The Conservatory Garden offers a one hour horticultural tour on SATURDAYS at 11:OOAM. Meet inside the Vanderbilt Gate at 5th Ave. and 105th St. Sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy. 1(212) 360-2726.

Wall Street Walking Tour: A 90 minute guided tour of Downtown NY on THURSDAYS and SATURDAYS at Noon. Meet outside the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (US Customs House), at 1 Bowling Green. Sponsored by the Alliance for Downtown New York. 1(212) 606-4064

Free for All at Town Hall

Discover little known facts about Grand Central Terminal and the surrounding neighborhood with acclaimed guide Justin Ferate. Tour varies from week-to-week. Tour length is 1= to 2 hours. This walking tours meets inside the lobby at Altria Building, located at the southwest corner of 42nd St & Park Ave directly across from Grand Central Terminal. Each FRIDAY at 12:30PM. 1(212) 697-1245.

WEDNESDAYS at 12:30PM. Meet at the information booth, grand concourse on 42nd St. between Lexington and Vanderbilt Ave. For groups of five or more, please make private arrangements. Sponsored by The Municipal Arts Society. 1(212) 340-2210.

Take the Free Village Alliance walking tour led by Arthur Marks (Greenwich Villages premier raconteur and favorite tour guide). Discover where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened the first Whitney Museum; where Jackson Pollack lived; where Abe Lincoln declared Right Makes Might; and where Barbra Streisand performed for $125 per week. 2009 tours depart from the northwest corner of 2nd Ave & St Marks Place on Saturdays at 11:30am. May 16 & 30, June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, Aug 8, 22 & 29; Sept 12 & 26; Oct 10. For more information, call 1(212) 777-2173.

The first and third SUNDAY of every month at 2 pm. Meet at the southwest corner of Broadway & 60th Street (under the Jazz at Lincoln Center marquee at the Time Warner Center). Sponsored by the Lincoln Square BID. 1(212) 581-3774.

Every SUNDAY at 11:00AM. Meet in front of Katz’s Deli at 205 E. Houston St. (corner of Ludlow St.) Sponsored by the Lower East Side BID. 1(212) 226-9010.

First TUESDAY of June from 6:OOPM – 9:OOPM. Free admission to all museums on Fifth Ave. from 82nd St. to 104th St. and much more. 1(212) 606-2296.

Library Tour: TUESDAY-SATURDAY AT 11AM & 2:OOPM. Special Exhibitions Tour: TUESDAY-SATURDAY 12:30PM & 2:30PM Fifth Ave. between 40th & 42nd St. 1(212) 930-0501.

Join the Times Square Alliance every Friday at Noon for “Times Square Exposi” a free, behind-the-scenes walking tour of Times Square. Visit historic theatres, new sites, and the best of the neighborhood during this walking tour through the Crossroads of the World. The tour leaves, rain or shine, every Friday at noon from the Times Square Information Center, on 7th Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets.

Artlink is a free shuttle service to cultural attractions in Queens. It travels from Manhattan to MoMa QNS and to 6 Long Island City museums on SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS from 10:00AM-4:OOPM. Call 1(212) 708-9750 for times and other pick-up locations and times when buses cannot accommodate wheelchairs.


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