Unique Artsy & Cultural New York City Tours

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For newbies to the Big Apple, tours can be a great way to go and are a nice way to accompany one of the best ways to take in New York — walking for hours on end.

I wholeheartedly believe jumping on a tour is one of the best ways to get to know a piece of the city on a more intimate level. But, there are thousands of tours to choose from, so where do you even start if you want something a little different?!

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Well, first of all, follow your passion. If you are really into fashion, join a tour of the Garment District. Or if theater is your jam, head to a tour of the Great White Way. There’s no point in taking a tour of NYC Historic Sites, for instance, if you have a general dislike for history, right?

I’ve rounded up five great experiences below based on overall entertainment and enjoyment value, and if I would recommend the tour personally to a very picky family member or friend.

Oh! And one last thing. Tours aren’t only for tourists. New Yorkers are lucky enough to call this city home, so why not shake up your weekend routine and check out one that interests you?  

1. Solve a murder mystery all the way across Lower Manhattan via The Accomplice.

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2. If you love the idea of museums, but museums themselves bore the crap out of you, check out Museum Hack.

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3. If you love to eat (and don’t mind a tiny side of culture), check out Ahoy: New York Tours and Tasting.

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4. If you love craft cocktails and cool spaces, check out Urban Adventures.

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5. If you love all things Sex and the City, check out On Location Tours.

375026 02: The cast of "Sex And The City," Season 2 Clockwise from top left: Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall. 1999 Paramount Pictures

Do you have a favorite tour you’ve taken in NYC? Leave it in the comments so we can check them out!

Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New York...as used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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