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 the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, NY Public Library, Bryant Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and more.

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
When our guide, Rodney, arrived (early!) he was all set, excited, welcoming, friendly and immediately created a group dynamic where we knew we were in for a good and interesting time. It was POURING rain. Rodney came prepared with ponchos for us, as well as water bottles and a even few little snacks! Forward thinking! Rodney's love of history and his city was evident the entire time we were with him. He was knowledgeable, informed, friendly and accommodating of our interests (for example, one guest was a big fan of architecture, in particular train stations, and we spent a bunch of time looking at the interior and exterior of Grand Central station). Rodney was very apt at changing routes/stop-and-talk spots because of the rain and I don't feel like I missed out on anything or any experience because of the weather. It is very clear that all of the CityRover Walks employees love their job, appreciate and respect each other, and truly care about their guests. We saw interesting things that we may not have seen other than in a passing glance, learned really interesting historical facts and tidbits about some of the ``main characters`` of NYC's history and development, and really enjoyed the sites (Chrysler Building, train station, NY Public Library, Times Square, Rockefeller Centre and Atlas outside of the International building!) I can't wait to go back to NYC and take another CityRover Walks tour!
CityRovers, you've done it again. Another home run! A trip to NYC wouldn't be the same without a Rover Walking Tour. This is our fifth tour and very well could be the best yet. We did the Landmark Tour with Rodney. Even though we have been to most of the landmarks before, the stories and knowledge that Rodney shared with us, helped us to appreciate these sights even more. Rodney pointed out the architecture and the art and themes of each landmark. The walk, at a pretty easy pace, felt like you were walking and chatting with a friend who happens to know a great deal about history. We can't wait to take the next tour. Max we need more tours!
We did the landmark explorer tour in early September. Our guide, Rodney, was fantastic. Extremely knowledgable, engaging and humorous, really made the tour and the facts memorable, and inspired me to find out more about the city on our return to Scotland. Will definitely book another tour or two with city rover when we go back!
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.