Landmark Explorer – Grand Central to Rockefeller Center

On this 3-hour tour of Midtown, we will take you on a fun, intimate, and informative exploration of some of the most beautiful and important buildings and landmarks in the commercial heart of New York City. You are likely to walk away knowing more about Midtown than the millions of the daily commuters who take the area for granted.  We will explore or learn about the following landmarks and places (and more):

  • Chrysler and Empire State Building
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • NY Public Library
  • Bryant Park
  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Center
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the one-of-a-kind Grand Central Terminal and learn about its vaulted Milky Way ceiling, the Whispering Gallery, and its dramatic ups and downs over the last century
  • Explore the flagship NY Public Library, a world-renowned research library and one of the most beautiful buildings in America. Learn about its priceless possessions and find out why it was dubbed the “People’s Palace”
  • Learn about the evolution of Times Square and Bryant Park and the interesting (and sometimes sordid) pasts of both famous places
  • Enjoy an eye-opening tour of Rockefeller Center, with its spectacular Art-Deco artwork, unique history, and famous sites and sculptures, including 30 Rock, the Plaza, Prometheus and Atlas
  • And in between all the sights, sounds, and interesting tidbits, get better acquainted with some of the most powerful and iconic names in American history, including Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and Chrysler
Rodney's tour of the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, NY Library, and Times Square was fun, informative, and fascinating. I felt like we got the real inside scoop of the New York's rich history that we never would've otherwise gotten on our own or any other tour. We went on a bus tour and several self-guided excursions, and this walking tour was by far the best! We had a great time and can't wait to come back for a tour in above-freezing temperatures.
We took the Landmark Explorer tour with Rodney on a brutally cold Valentines Day! The tour itself was exceptional and if you like history and want to get a better understanding of these iconic landmarks then this is the only way to it. Rodney was a great guide and host and did everything to make the tour interesting and knew all of the places to keep out of the cold as much as possible. Nice touches like having water for all of the participants, rugulah from Juniors Bakery and pointing out all the cool things you would never notice on your own. The 3 hours flew by and we always knew what to expect and when to expect it. The next time we're in town we will definitely take another one of these tours.
Having looked online at the tours offered by CityRovers we liked the sound of them all! - but in January there is a limited schedule, so we went with Landmark Explorer led by Rodney.
What made this such a good tour was Rodney's friendly manner, breadth of knowledge and entertaining delivery. This tour covered the main midtown sites of Chrysler, Grand Central, Public Library, Empire State and Rockefeller. I think we gained a great deal from hearing stories about the individuals behind these landmarks, interesting facts about their construction and details of artefacts they contain. It was a lovely bright day but cold, so we appreciated the stops inside the buildings - and the snack!
During our week's stay in NYC we explored the areas ourselves covered by CityRovers' other tours, but feel that when we return we will definitely book another tour - such a pleasant way to find out more!
3 hours 15 minutes; 2.5 miles on foot (4 kilometers)
$45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Saturday at 10am
Maximum group size is 12 adults
Our tours are currently offered only in English
There will be 1 bathroom break
Private Option:
Also available for private booking
Starts near Grand Central Terminal and ends near Rockefeller Center

Additional Tour Info

How strenuous is this walk? This walk covers about 3 miles on foot in a little over 3 hours.  You will be on your feet most of the time.  The terrain is flat, with the exception of some stairs to climb at the Library.  We do try to maintain a steady walking pace to cover all the areas of interest.  So if you think you might find it difficult to keep up at a moderate walking speed with the rest of the group, please consider a private tour with us, which can be tailored to suit your pace and fitness level.

What About Kids? Our public tours may not be appropriate for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults.  Further, some of our tours reference adult content some parents may deem inappropriate for children.  On this particular tour, references may be made to sex, crime, and drugs.   That said, there are 2 “child” tickets available for each public tour for children aged 12 and under.

Meeting Point: Tour starts near Grand Central and ends near Rockefeller Center (ideal for visiting Top of the Rock or Museum of Modern Art after the tour).  The exact meeting point will be emailed to you once your reservation has been processed.

Stops: There will be at least 1 restroom break during our walk.  Each participant will also be offered a complimentary bottle of water on the walk and a small snack along the way.  A meal prior to the tour is recommended.

Are gratuities included? Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price, so if you enjoy your tour, tips are very much appreciated.