The Grand Central Partnership offers a free, weekly, no-reservations-required, award-winning walking tour of the Grand Central neighborhood, that provides a survey of many of the architecturally and historically significant sights – among them the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, itself and Pershing Square – that fall within the boundaries of our business improvement district.
Come discover the architecture and social history of Midtown East with urban historians and tour guides Justin Ferate and Peter Laskowich. Participants on this 90-minute guided walking tour will learn the secrets of the Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon the hubcaps and the roadsters on the side of the Chrysler Building; discover the favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; circle the globe in a matter of seconds like Superman; and visit the original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. It’s all right here in the heart of Midtown Manhattan!
Join The Grand Tour and experience familiar Midtown East landmarks like Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, and the News Building – through new eyes. The AAA Guide to New York rated The Grand Tour as New York City’s “Best Walking Tour.”
The Grand Tour meets each and EVERY Friday throughout the year at 12:30 pm in the sculpture court at 120 Park Avenue, located at the southwest corner of East 42nd Street and Park Avenue directly across from Grand Central Terminal. Again, no reservations are necessary.
If you’d like to take a tour of Grand Central Terminal, exclusively, there are number of options available via the Grand Central Terminal website, including an audio tour and a daily guided tour led by the Municipal Arts Society. For more information on either option, as well as additional group tour options, click here.
Note: Tours of the “behind-the-scenes” areas of Grand Central Terminal are not offered by our organization and are only rarely offered/authorized by the MTA.
Every Friday at 12:30pm
Meet in the street-level atrium at 120 Park Avenue, located at the southwest corner of East 42nd St and Park Ave directly across from Grand Central Terminal.
Tour length varies according to the different content Justin and Peter include each week, but tours generally run from 90 minutes to two+ hours.
All tours are FREE and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.