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The Big Apple's Best Off-the-Beaten Path Tours

NYC's hidden gems

Explore all that New York has to offer with these unique, off-the-beaten track tours.

New York City is constantly evolving — whether you’re visiting for your first time or your fiftieth, the city always offers new sites to see and places to explore. If you’re interested in experiencing off-beat destinations that stray from the typical tourist itinerary, look no further: these five tours will satisfy the most curious traveler.

Walking Tour of Ditmas Park

Manicured lawns, driveways, and wraparound porches: this suburban landscape seems incompatible with New York City, but really it’s just a subway ride away. If you need a break from towering skyscrapers, hop on the Q train and head to Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. The neighborhood boasts some of the most beautiful architecture in the city, according to Time Out, including statuesque homes built between 1902 and 1914 in the Victorian Style.

Start your tour on Courtelyou road and make your way towards Marlborough and Stratford roads, where you can feast your eyes upon some of the most striking mansions in the neighborhood.


You don’t have to leave the country to sample the world’s cuisine. Food tours abound across the city, so you can explore vibrant ethnic enclaves across all five boroughs. Noshwalk, for instance, offers tours in each borough — from Indian food in Jackson Heights, Queens to Mexican treats in East Harlem, you can effectively eat your way through the Big Apple with these one-of-a-kind tour experiences.

Street Art Walk

From the Whitney to the Met to the Guggenheim, New York is not lacking in the museum department. If you want something off-the-beaten path art-wise, check out the burgeoning street art scene in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Hop on the L train and check out Street Art Walk, which offers tours in the neighborhood highlighting the neighborhood’s street art, from stickers to stencils to graffiti.

Central Park Bike Tour

One of the most iconic parks in the world, Central Park is a must-visit for anyone touring New York. The park spans 843 acres, so you’ll have to cover serious ground if you want to hit every landmark, from Belvedere Castle and Strawberry Fields to the Shakespeare Garden. Central Park Bike Tours allow you to do just that: for $49, you get a 3-mile leisure tour of the park, complete with a bike and helmet.

On Location Bus Tour

New York City may not be Hollywood, but it comes pretty close: there have been countless television and movies filmed on location in the Big Apple. On Location Tours offer a wide range of guided bus tours that give participants a glimpse into some of the city’s most iconic film locations, from Seinfeld’s Monk’s Diner to the hotel featured in American Hustle.

On Location also offers more niche tours; if you’re a Sex and the City or Gossip Girl fan, you can select a tour that focuses exclusively on the filming locations for that show.

New York City Dinner Cruise

If romance is on the menu, look no further than the New York City Dinner Cruise. The yacht departs from multiple locations along the Hudson River. Enjoy a three-course Mediterranean meal as you soak in the twinkling nighttime skyline. The yacht circles Manhattan, so you’ll enjoy picture-perfect views of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Statue of Liberty.

(Main image credit: Anthony Delanoix/Unplash)