midtown Manhattan walking tour

New York City is an incredibly walkable city. Here is our Midtown Manhattan Walking Tour to help you plan your visit around the city.

A midtown Manhattan Walking Tour is where the magic happens, with famous landmarks, fascinating museums and shopping galore, it’s no wonder that this area is the most popular spot for tourists to stay. But how to get around it?! Here is our walking tour to see Midtown Manhattan in day – or two! This itinerary is perfect for those short on time, perhaps if you are looking to see New York in 4 days.

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Midtown Manhattan Walking Tour

midtown Manhattan walking tour

Good Morning:

From your hotel, get the 1, 2, 3, B, D, F, N, Q or R train to 34th street, the home of Macy’s. Take a look around the world’s largest department store and maybe grab some breakfast from one of the many food hubs in the store.

Next, head along 34th street towards the Empire State building; leave early in the morning in order to get into this queue before 10 if you can.

During school holidays or weekends, this place can get busy, fast, so it’s worth heading out early.

Creative Tip: If you are planning to see a few sights, get yourself the NYC pass. Not only do you save money but we found the pass helps us skip a lot of the queues at main attractions. 

From here, head north up 5th Avenue; browsing the shops at your leisure. There’s a Yankees Clubhouse store en route as well as many cafes and bars.

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Six blocks up (approx. 7 minute walk) you will come across the New York Public Library and Bryant Park, a great spot to sit in the shade and read or browse the historic landmark; there are often free exhibitions on the ground floor of the museum.

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Take a right on 42nd street to visit Grand Central Station, another awesome thing to do in New York City. By this time in the day you may fancy some lunch, so check out the food court in Grand central; with Juniors restaurant being a great option for a slice of cake. Admire the beautiful interior and check out the whispering arch.

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Once you have rejuvenated, head back out to E 42nd street and carry on east one more block until you get to the Chrysler Building; another popular art deco building of Manhattan.

From hear, head north (left when looking at Chrysler building with grand central behind you) up Lexington Avenue. Then take E45th street back up to 5th Avenue. Take a right, heading north up 5th Avenue until you get to Rockefeller Center, where you can enjoy another great view from the buildings observation deck or check out the NBC studio store and tour.

It is worth checking out the Magnolia Bakery in the Rockefeller plaza – famous for a reason.

On exiting Rockefeller center, head west on 50th St for one block to get to Radio City Music Hall. This iconic building is ideal for music and musical theatre lovers like myself; backstage tours are available to book in advance.

Next, head north up 6th Avenue 3 blocks then take a right on W 53rd to visit The Museum of Modern Art. Great for art lovers, tickets are pricey at $25 per person with the museum open hours 10.30am -5.30pm most days.

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Carry on East on West 53rd St then take a left, heading north up 5th Avenue. It is this route that you will find popular stores such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Tiffany and Co, all the famous designers as well as the golden Trump Tower.

Further up you will see the popular Apple store, which is worth a browse if you have the time. Cross the road from the Apple store to check out the famous Plaza Hotel.

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By now you will be at the South East point of Central Park, one of the most famous and beautiful parks in the world. If you have taken this walking tour over two days then head into the park and explore! If you have managed to do this tour in one day, you may wish to get a horse and carriage around Central Park to avoid getting lost once the sun goes down.

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  1. I have been quite a few times to NYC and one of my fave places is Central Park. Such an amazing green space. Love this post! xx

  2. Awesome post! Sometimes NYC can be a bit overwhelming about where to go, so this is super helpful. And I love wandering around cities when I visit. Bryant Park is one of my favorite places in New York. Definitely an area I’d get back to on my next trip to NYC!

  3. What a great tour! You sure hit all the spots I have seen hundreds of times it now feels like. I love Macy’s and that whole area best, so I’m glad to see you included it. Take me back to the Big Apple already. I miss it!

  4. Great ideas for a day in NYC. It’s quite an easy city to walk.

  5. Your post is very detailed, Katie. Self guided walking tours are my favorite. Can’t wait to get to Manhattan and try it out someday soon!

  6. What a comprehensive post on NYC. I have been to the Empire State building at sunset and that is also well-worth it, even with the crowd!

    • oh I haven’t yet done that! It is going on my list! Thank you!

  7. That’s just brought back happy memories of Macy’s lunch counter, and long ago holidays with my mum. I think we walked forever that trip, and saw so many of the landmarks on your tour.

  8. Great post. Reminds me of my first time in New York City, when I wanted to see every possible thing, and that part of the city is so plentiful when it comes to important sights.

  9. […] Alternatively, if you’re visiting in summer, then have a go on the rowing boats or gondolas while you bask in the sun…summer dreaming as I sit here next to the radiator with 3 layers on, fluffy socks, slippers, and a hot water bottle – urghhhh. You’ll find these floating upon the second biggest lake in Central Park called ‘The Lake’…very original, New York….and it’s best accessed from any of the entrances between 72nd and 77th street on Central Park West. The rowing boats will cost you $15 for an hour and will fit up to 4 people, whereas the gondolas are $45 for 30 minutes and will seat up to 6 people. The higher price of the gondola is justified as your private host will do all the hard work of maneuvering you around the lake, allowing you to get a closer look at the nature the park has to offer – this makes it perfect for both children and adults! You can check the opening times here. Oh, and they only take cash too.Tip: Nothing hinders me more than aching feet from wearing the wrong shoes to explore a city…who are these girls with feet of steel that strut around in heels all day long!? Make sure you get a great pair of fashionable yet lightweight runners like these (him/her). Where to find it: There are many entrances around the Upper West and Upper East Sides of Manhattan. Tip: Whilst you’re in the area, why not head on a Manhatten walking tour? […]

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