New York City has countless bus tours, but on National Walking Day you should see the city by foot. And thanks to a new tour company, Walks of New York, you can take tours for the week around National Walking Day for free.
OK, with a $5 donation to the American Heart Association, presenters of National Walking Day. But New York is an expensive city – that ‘free’ parking spot could run you $155 if you fail to notice the sign to move your car for alternate side, and that free museum could have a $25 suggested admission that you feel compelled to pay.
But these customized tours just require the $5 donation. And you get a small, personalized hours-long tour.
The free tours run April 1 – 7 and include Walks of New York entire repertoire.
The Highlights of New York Tour includes Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central, the New York Public Library and St. Patrick’s. A New York Photography Tour along the elevated High Line is given by a professional photographers, who offers photo tips to beginners and intermediate photographers.
There is also a Meet the Met: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art tour exploring the Egyptian Collection, pre-Columbian gold and works by Picasso, Monet, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. A food focused tour of the Lower East Side includes a look inside the Eldridge Street Synagogue and tastes of pickles, bialys and knishes. And an architecture tour lets visitors skip the lines at the Empire State Building.
The Walks of New York tours are limited to 12 people and if you can’t make it during the free week and you have small children, you can take advantage of the free under age 6 policy.