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Best Architecture Tours of NYC

New York’s architecture is as rich and varied as its population. From modern structures like the Vessel in Hudson Park to the Beaux-Arts facade of Grand Central Terminal, discovering the city’s architectural delights is a great way to spend an afternoon. Read about our favorite architecture tours in New York. 

Boat Tours

One of the best ways to appreciate New York’s architecture is from a distance. The iconic skyline is lined with famous, unique and historic skyscrapers that tell more than one story. Check out these themed boat and architecture tours that sail around New York Harbor.

AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

Cost: Adult $88
Learn a little bit of everything in this comprehensive tour. Sail under the various bridges connecting Manhattan, identify the Art Deco and Beaux Arts icons, and see the waterfront parks that adorn the shores of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. 

AIANY Architecture and the Lights of Gotham

Cost: Adult $78
Behold the city that never sleeps! This nighttime cruise will take you past the most stunningly illuminated buildings in New York. Get all the information on the latest trends and innovations in architectural lighting while admiring the skyline at night. 

AIANY Women in Architecture NYC Boat Tour

Cost: Adult $86
This tour highlights the waterfront projects designed or built by women. Cruise the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers, listening to fascinating facts about women’s contributions to real estate development in New York. 

 

Walking Tours

Once you see New York from afar, it’s time to get up close. Walking tours are a great way to feel part of the city. Admire the details, history and different architectural styles that make New York the amazing city it is. 

The Architecture of Bryant Park

Cost: General public $25
Our neighboring park may be a lot smaller than Central Park but it’s not less interesting. Allow your guide to show you the gems that surround Bryant Park: NY Public Library by Carrère and Hastings, the Radiator Building by Hood and Foulihoux, One Bryant Park by Cook+Fox, and the Grace Building by SOM, to name a few.

The Transformation of Times Square and 42nd Street

Cost: General public $25 
Have you ever wondered where the bowtie that is Times Square came from? This tour will walk you through the most important buildings in the neighborhood while sharing the transformation that took place from a desire to bring back the old Broadway glory. 

The High Line, Hudson River Park, and New Architecture in West Chelsea

Cost: General public $30
Explore the rapid development in Manhattan’s West Side, especially since the construction of the High Line. This is your chance to indulge in West Chelsea’s new architecture and the innovative designs of the High Line and Hudson River Park. 

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