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Artistic, Alternative Greenwich Village Walking Tour

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Greenwich Village Walking Tour
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Artists have always called New York City’s Greenwich Village home. Learn about the artists of this area from past and present during this Greenwich Village walking tour. Perfect for new and seasoned visitors to NYC, hear little-known facts about Edgar Allan Poe, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and countless others, that you wouldn’t hear if exploring independently. Walk the winding streets and visit Washington Square Park, reliving more than 200 years of history.
  • An intriguing and fun tour of Greenwich Village
  • Learn about famous artists who once lived here
  • Hear about how elements of the gay rights movements were born here
  • See some famous locations you’ve seen on TV, like the apartment building on Friends

What's Included

  • Professional, entertaining, local guide
  • 2 hrs tour of NYC most artistic and alternative neighborhood - American's Bohemian capital
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 375A 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA

    Please meet your guide on the SW corner of 6th Avenue & Waverly Place. The guide will be there 15 minutes before the tour starts and they will be wearing an orange hat.

Start time

01:30 PM

End point

  • Village Cigars
    110 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014, USA

    Tour ends near the intersection of Christopher Street & 7th Avenue.

What To Expect

Greenwich Village and its winding streets were already here when the rest of Manhattan’s streets were laid out as a grid in the early 19th century. See those crooked streets and more during a guided walking tour that covers more than 200 years of history. Check out the beautiful, historic brownstone residential buildings and the area’s bars and restaurants.

Edgar Allan Poe lived and wrote in this historic and beautiful neighborhood. The poet Dylan Thomas drank himself to death here. Radical thinkers John Reed and Upton Sinclair started counterculture movements, and the Village has been a haven for bohemians and a birthplace of the Beat movement. Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played the small clubs and created some of their best music here. Your guide will also share the history of the gay rights movement as you pass landmarks.

Experience the present, learn a lot about the past and maybe even get a glimpse into the future of this iconic space in New York City. Finish the tour in iconic Washington Square before your tour ends at Village Cigar, a West Village relic.

Greenwich Village

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Washington Square Park

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriatel
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Is the Artistic, Alternative Greenwich Village Walking Tour wheelchair accessible?

A:Yes, this tour is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.

Feb 2021

Q:How much walking will we be doing on the Artistic, Alternative Greenwich Village Walking Tour?

A:There’s 2-3 miles of walking at a moderate pace.

Feb 2021

Q:What if it rains during my Artistic, Alternative Greenwich Village Walking Tour?

A:Our tours run rain or shine, so please check the local forecast to plan. In rare cases when we have to cancel for extreme weather, we’ll offer you the chance to reschedule or give a full refund.

Feb 2021

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566 reviews
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Don't miss this tour!
Stefania_P, Apr 2024
Dave's tour of Greenwich Village was amazing. His passion for the artists, writers, and the rich cultural history of the area was palpable from the moment the tour began. With each stop, Dave delved into intricate details about the iconic figures who once roamed these streets, painting vivid pictures of their lives and contributions to the artistic world. His depth of knowledge was truly impressive, and he transferred it with enthusiasm, making the tour both informative and engaging.
Fascinating history of Greenwich Village
Joyce_J, Apr 2024
The weather was beautiful, so it was a great day for walking. Dave pointed out some great historical markers and stories. He had numerous stories to tell and his ability for maintaining lists and sharing them was fascinating. We felt we got our moneys worth with this 2+ hour walk. The Tour included political social and entertainment history.
Warm and friendly guide
Sherralyn, Apr 2024
Dave is a very warm and likeable guide. Interesting to see some Greenwich village highlights. Lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Excellent !! You can’t miss this walking tour if you haven’t been at Greenwich village … totally worth it. Go for it !!
maruvi24, Mar 2024
What an excellent presentation of the most iconic area at Greenwich village , we love the historic side of it , very pleasant to walk on the streets and many places to choose from to eat all kind of food … totally recommended this walking tour , the guide very nice !! Go for this tour !!!
Amazing experience in the Village!
Neil_M, Feb 2024
Amazing experience and knowledge gained! Steve has amazing knowledge of the neighborhood and important landmarks!
Highlight of our New York trip!
Dawn_S, Feb 2024
This is a fabulous walking tour of Greenwich Village where you will learn some of the most important history of the area. Steve was our guide and he was absolutely amazing! Would definitely recommend him! Very knowledgeable and personable! This tour was the highlight of our New York trip!
Fun and informative
Cassandra_P, Feb 2024
Dave did a great job of recounting the secrets and idiosyncrasies of Greenwich Village. The walking tour was pleasant, and included a lot of stops.
Greenwich Village Tour
Frank_D, Jan 2024
The tour us entertaining and enlightening. Angela is a talented and spirited guide. We learned many things about the Village and NYC history. Highly recommend.
Fun tour guide and tons of history
Avery_F, Dec 2023
Dave was a great host. He knew all of fun spots to stop at and all of the famous names that have walked the streets. I definitely recommend this tour for music, movie and art lovers, so much history!
Lovely afternoon tour in Greenwich
Sophie_M, Nov 2023
Justin was fabulous! Great guy and provided some interesting information on the history behind what we were looking at and was happy to answer any questions. Great tour if you want to see all the boujee buildings, restaurants and shops around Greenwich. And took us to the Friends apartment building which was a must! Cool little tour.
A wonderful tour. Steve...
Erin_S, Nov 2023
A wonderful tour. Steve was a fantastic guide bringing his personal experience living in the area to the tour as well as humor and some great food recommendations. He was heartwarming and made us fall in love with GV.
Loved hearing the history of Greenwich Village. Would have liked more info about architecture. Tour guide knowledgeable.
Fun tour
Mary_L, Oct 2023
Steve did a great job describing the history and character of Greenwich village. We were able to see places both old and new.
Great Guide
Mary_O, Sep 2023
Steven was a great guide. Because he's lived in the neighborhood for 40+ years, he can give insights into what it was like to be there during all the significant events since the 60's and how it has changed again. Interesting tour.
Rob led a terrific tour....
Susan_V, Sep 2023
Rob led a terrific tour. It was well paced, with lots of interesting info. Really enjoyable afternoon
Fun Facts!
Eva_R, Sep 2023
I enjoyed this tour because I learned the history about Greenwich Village. Mr . Gordon Mcnight was very knowledgeable and had us laughing all the time.
Henrietta is Amazing
Bentley_S, Aug 2023
Henrietta, is an amazing guide! Her love and knowledge of Greenwich Village accentuates her story telling and history highlights. Her enthusiasm made the tour so fun.
Angela is amazing
Maria_M, Aug 2023
Angela was incredible! She made us feel at home in Greenwich Village. It wasn't touristy stuff, she gave us real insights, made us laugh, made my eyes water a few times with amazing real-life stories. I want to come back and bring my kids.
Excellent, informative, fun tour! Great way to spend afternoon.
Nicole_B, Aug 2023
Learning about the 20K people buried under Washington Square Park was crazy!! Also loved hearing about Whitney, and the artists she was patron of in her “artist colony.” So interesting! Rob was super!
I <3 GV
Bonita_E, Aug 2023
We know The Cotton Club is not in Greenwich Village but we love NY for many things including jazz. Nevertheless, Tour Guide, Steve, made Greenwich Village come alive by sharing his personal experiences as well as his knowledge of and passion for the area. He engaged all ages and found something relevant to all tourists including those from other countries.

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