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NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour

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NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Millions of travelers pass through Grand Central Terminal, but most never discover the secrets of this Manhattan showpiece. This tour lifts the lid: spotlighting the origins and evolution of the beaux arts train station from its heyday to disrepair and restoration. Spot detail and design quirks; and hear stories of its past that will give you a deeper understanding of the building than you could get alone.
  • Discover the secrets of Grand Central Terminal on a small-group walking tour
  • Learn about detail and design features not obvious to untrained eyes
  • Uncover surprising gems and historical tales you may not experience otherwise
  • Enjoy a tour capped at 15 that's ideal for history and architecture buffs
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Guided walking tour led by a local New Yorker
Gratuities

Departure Point

89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA

The tour starts in front of Track 29 inside Grand Central Terminal's main atrium

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tour is in English
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Untapped New York
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during NYC Secrets of Grand Central Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "We wish we could a little more behind the scenes, but it was worth taking it." See review

Reviews

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111 Reviews

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star-5
Great tour and guide!
Lee_S
, Nov 2021
The guide was interesting and well-prepared, and had a deep knowledge of Grand Central and communicated the magic of trains. The immensity of the terminal and its history and many functions over the 109 years of its existence--including the home of CBS television from the days of Edward R. Murrow to the late '60's-were grandly explain in this superb tour!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you Lee. So glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Be well!
star-5
In-depth tour doesn’t disappoint!
Jacqueline_L
, Oct 2021
Knowledgeable guide who took time to answer questions and delve into the interesting history of Grand Central!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
My thanks for taking the time to leave this review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us at Grand Central Terminal.
star-5
Wonderful!
ElizabethSproles
, Oct 2021
The tour was amazing! Our guide was very knowledgeable, informative, and charismatic. I would recommend!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for your review Elizabeth. Great to hear that you enjoyed the tour!
star-5
Extremely nurturing !
Leila_L
, Sep 2021
We did the tour with John and he was AMAZING ! He knows the history of the station and answered all the questions the group had
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Leila my thanks for the review. John is truly amazing and so glad you enjoyed your experience at Grand Central Terminal with him. My best, Justin
star-5
The Heart Beat of New York
Stacey_B
, Sep 2021
I had never been to Grand Central Station the many times I have visited New York. This tour was a pleasant surprise to learn the history of what was the past and how it goes into the future. I loved our tour guide who was quick with his knowledge and if he didn't know, he found out. This is the heart beat of what New York was in the beginning. Interesting to see how things have changed and why and how so much has not changed.
star-5
All aboard…
Elizabeth_S
, Aug 2021
My sister and I decided to go on this tour spur of the moment due to a forecast of rain in the afternoon. It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon. We had lunch at Grand Central before the tour. John, the guide, was very knowledgeable and shared interesting bits of history with the group. I would recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you very much Elizabeth! Really glad you enjoyed our tour of Grand Central, indeed a great rainy day activity!
star-5
Grand Central
Susan_S
, Aug 2021
Guide was informative in an entertaining way. His love for his city is obvious and infectious. Totally worth it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you Susan!! We look forward to welcoming you on another tour :)
star-5
Definitely recommend
CJ_W
, Aug 2021
Our guide John was an excellent tour guide!!! Extremely knowledgeable with a wonderful personality. As a New Yorker, Grand Central Station has always been iconic for me but I knew nothing about its history and cool secrets. Learned so much about Grand Central Station. I went with my partner, his 15 year old son and 21 year old daughter. They also loved the tour. Hurricane kept us from doing outdoor activities so we decided on an indoor tour and so glad we did! Thanks John!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for taking the time to review. Happy the the hurricane led you to our tour! We are glad that you all enjoyed in and learned more about Grand Central.
star-5
Worth the time!
Victoria_R
, Aug 2021
John was a great guide! Very interesting tour-had been there many times but never toured and learned so much!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Awesome! So glad you learned more about Grand Central and had a great time while doing it. Be well.
star-4
Enlightening GC tour
Felicia_V
, Aug 2021
This is a great tour. So much to learn and know about NY history. AJ was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. I do suggest he talk a little slower and hold pictures still while talking, lastly when he passes his binder I front of folks slow down a bit. Some of us had a hard time seeing the pics.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Felicia, glad you enjoyed the tour. Thank you so much for the review and I will relay your suggestions to AJ so that he can take them into consideration. Be well!

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