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FAQ

New York Walking Tour – New York, NY

If I want to go on a Critic’s Choice – New York Walking Tour, do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours often sell out so we suggest purchasing your tickets early to guarantee your desired tour day. You can buy your tickets either online or by phone with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

Is the walking tour suitable for children? What type of ticket should I purchase for a very young child?

While children are welcome on the tour, please keep in mind that tours are 2 hours long and we walk approximately 1/3 of a mile. Parents, who know their children best, should assess whether a 2-hour walking tour is appropriate for their own child’s attention span and stamina. We have a reduced ticket price for children between 5 and 12 years old. Children under 5 can attend free of charge, but please let us know if you plan to bring children when purchasing your tickets.

How much walking is involved and what is the pace?

The tour covers approximately 1/3 of a mile over a 2-hour period. We walk at a leisurely pace and stop frequently to discuss interesting points along the way. We do recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. Keep in mind that you are on your feet for all 2 hours.

Where does the tour take place?

This tour will venture into the Times Square neighborhood. We’ll be seeing many of the historical Broadway theaters of the area. Your guide will be introducing you to some of the history and culture of the area.

Do we go inside any buildings?

Since the duration of the tour is limited to 2 hours and union regulations prohibit going inside any of the theaters, we do not have time to go backstage. However we will be going inside a few other locations and you may be able to return and explore your favorite locations at another time!

Does the tour start and end at the same place?

The tour ends just a few blocks away from the starting location. Your tour guide will be more than happy to give directions for public transportation or point you in the right direction for your next destination.

What about inclement weather?

Tours will run rain or shine. We ask that you check the weather forecast and dress accordingly if inclement weather is predicted.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

There are restroom locations along the way during the tour. There is at least one planned stop along the way, but if anymore are necessary, we can accommodate you.

Will locals enjoy the tour as well or is it mostly for tourists?

Absolutely! While you may be familiar with our route and some of the stops, you will also have the opportunity to discover new things about the Broadway theater district! Additionally, this tour is an excellent way to entertain out-of-town guests, celebrate a special occasion or encourage professional team building.

Are the tours conducted in English only?

At the moment we can only offer tours in English, but you are welcome to arrange for an interpreter. Please note that if you are accompanied by an interpreter, they will need a full priced ticket.

Is there anywhere to buy food or drinks along the way? Can I bring my own?

Sure! While no food or drinks are included in the ticket price, feel free to pack light snacks and drinks or purchase them along the way.

Are cameras allowed on the tour?

Yes, cameras are permitted and we encourage you to take photos!

Does the tour guide accept gratuities?

Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. While not required, gratuities are accepted and always appreciated by the tour guides.

Is the tour wheelchair and stroller accessible?

Unfortunately we do not recommend the tour for those with wheelchairs or strollers as there are some stairs and narrow pathways involved along the tour.

Is there public parking available nearby?

There are several parking garages within a two block radius of the meeting location. Street parking is also available but limited. Please read all signs when looking for street parking to avoid getting ticketed. Specific parking and public transportation directions will be included in the meeting location details after purchasing tickets.

Can we shop during the tour?

While we will be pointing out some local hotspots for shopping, we ask that you refrain from shopping during the tour. It is important that we stay on schedule, so be sure to take note of the shops you would like to revisit after the tour ends.

Are dogs/pets allowed on the tour?

Apart from service animals, no pets are allowed on the tour.

Is smoking allowed on the tour?

No, smoking is not permitted on the tour.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! Gift certificates are available for purchase and make great gifts for family and friends. If you have any questions about purchasing or redeeming gift certificates, please contact us at info@criticschoicetours.com.

Do you offer private tours?

Yes, private tours are available. To inquire about booking a private tour, please send us an email at info@criticschoicetours.com.

Did you know…

  • Tours run Monday through Friday at 10AM.
  • The tour lasts 2 hours.
  • You should wear comfortable shoes. The tour covers 1/3 of a mile.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • Tours are rain or shine.
  • You can buy tickets online or by calling (212) 209-3370.
  • Tour guide David Sheward is a Tony Award voter.
  • Tours can be customized for groups. Please email us at  info@criticschoicetours.com for more information.
  • David served as president of the Drama Desk Awards for 7 years
  • He is a respected television theater critic.
  • David is a published author of 3 books pertaining to theater and theater actors.
  • He has interviewed countless famous film actors and Broadway performers. Ask him!
Terms and Conditions In taking walking tours with Critic’s Choice Tours, clients agree not to hold the company or the guide liable for any injury or accident caused by the client’s own negligence, their own health issues, not following the directions or instructions of the guide, conditions of the city, streets, traffic, individuals not connected with Critic’s Choice Tours, acts of God, or anything or anyone beyond the control of the company. Clients assume their own responsibility for obeying traffic signals, keeping up with the group, and following instructions.