New York City

The Superhero Walking Tour of New York

New York City, USA
The Superhero Walking Tour of New York
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Visit the New York City film locations from major Hollywood blockbusters like ‘Batman’ and ‘Spider-Man,’ as well as real-life comic locations, on this guided, 2-hour superhero walking tour. Comic books and superheroes were invented in New York in the 1930s, and the city continues to influence the genre in modern-day comics and films. Visit landmarks like the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, the Flatiron Building and Marvel’s headquarters on this exciting adventure.
  • 2-hour superhero waking tour of New York City
  • Visit amazing film locations from the Hollywood superhero blockbuster films like Spiderman, Superman and many more!
  • Unique, intriguing way to see New York City
  • Visit historical landmarks, including the New York Public Library, Grand Central Station, The Chrysler Building and even Marvel Enterprises Headquarters
  • A unique, intriguing way to see New York City that the whole family will enjoy!
  • Led by an expert guide

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Guided tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Hotel 32 32
    32 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016, USA

    Meet in front of Hotel 32/32. It has buildings on both the North and South side of the street. Meet on 32 East 32 Street on the South Side of the street (between 3rd Ave and Madison).

Start time

02:00 PM

End point

  • 225 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA

What To Expect

New York City has been inspirational in the development of many well-known superheroes, like Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. This walking tour visits the origins of these legendary superheroes, bringing the comics and films to life while exploring the real-life Gotham City and Metropolis.

The tour begins, appropriately, at JHU Comic Books, New York City’s premier comic book shop. Comic books and superheroes were invented in New York in the 1930s, and New York is the inspiration for both Gotham City and Metropolis in DC comics. And Spider-Man, the Avengers, Ironman and the Fantastic Four inhabit the real New York in Marvel comics.

See the battleground where the Avengers fight for humanity on the streets of New York City. Visit the real location of the Fantastic Four’s fictitious Baxter Building. And go to the Daily Bugle, aka the Flatiron Building, from Spider-Man.

Recognize Spider-Man’s perch when he’s using his spider sense? That’s the Chrysler Building, also a stop on this tour. Plus, the Empire State Building has been featured in countless superhero adventures. Find out which ones and visit the iconic landmark. Also find out which superheroes have battled at Grand Central Terminal. Step inside Clark Kent’s workplace, The Daily Planet. And visit the New York Public Library, where Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

As a bonus, visit Overlook, a classic American bar where comic book artists have been drawing superhero cartoons on the walls since the 1960s. See it all on this ultimate superhero tour of New York City.

Grand Central Terminal

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Chrysler Building

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Flatiron Building

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Empire State Building

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

United Nations Headquarters

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

New York Public Library

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Celebrity Planet

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Operated by Best Tours New York

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.

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Reviews

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They have minimum guest requirements; Customer service lacking too.
Kenneth_N, Mar 2024
About two hours before the tour, my phone and before I could answer it, it went straight to voicemail. I saw it was a local number, I listened to the voicemail which was 10 seconds of silence. Anyway I reached the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour start time. 2PM comes and no one is there, other guests and no tour guide. At 2:15PM I call the number on the voucher and it’s the number from earlier in the day. The tour operator said they won’t do a tour with low numbers (meaning just me) and offered another time but by then I no longer available. I was given a refund. If they had called back and left another voicemail or spoken to me, I could’ve not wasted my time. How was the tour itself? Don’t know. I cannot recommend it. Customer service and follow through skills need work though.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Hello, Kenneth. We understand your frustration and we apologize for this. Please know that we tried several times to reach out to you and we cannot go through with the number provided. However, we would still like to make it up to you. We would not want you to miss experiencing a good tour like the Superhero Tour, so we would like to offer you discount on your next tour. Kindly email us at support@besttours.com. Thank you!
Disappointed
Torre_S, Jul 2023
Brought my son from ATL to NYC for 2 days for his 13th birthday … a huge movie and comic book fan. After booking a tour before we came to NYC and planning a day around it, we arrived and no one was at our meeting place, I called the company and was informed that our tour had been canceled due to guide emergency.
Fun informative tour
Lynn_A, Jun 2023
Justin was very knowledgable and we learned a lot of cool NYC superhero movie and comics history. Grand Central underground was fun! would definitely recommend to friends!
Great mix of historic and modern Superhero info!
Brian_G, Jun 2023
This was a lot of fun! My daughter and I enjoyed seeing all the sites as well as learning history about the original writers that started the comic superhero industry.
Great tour with a great guide
Mark_S, Jul 2022
Fantastic tour, great guide with a deep knowledge of New York and comic books history. We strongly recommend.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you so much for your review!
We were fascinated by the places that...
Kathryn A, Oct 2016
We were fascinated by the places that we went to. Thought the guide got a little monotonous. Maybe could have sped it up more to see more.
This tour was not as described. We did...
Jill A, Aug 2016
This tour was not as described. We did not visit many of the buildings listed in the description, but instead walked a short distance and learned details that my kids didn't find interesting. My 9 year old enjoyed seeing the area where the Avengers fought and the Daily Planet, and I enjoyed walking through Grand Central Station but those were the most amusing parts. Otherwise, it was quite boring and we didn't see all of the buildings listed in the description.
Paul's knowledge was amazing, he is...
Scott P, Jul 2016
Paul's knowledge was amazing, he is soooo informative and helpful. Loved seeing the buildings of where things got started as well as some more familiar things as seen in some of our favourite movies and to shows. A "must-do" for any super hero lover whether it be comic or tv and film
So boring, guide was not engaging or...
lizhaworth1, May 2016
So boring, guide was not engaging or interesting and tour involved a lot of obscure detail. We left the tour halfway through because my son was so bored - judging from the amount of yawns we saw from other kids he was not the only one. Might be ok if you are into comic books and their creation but definitely not if your interest is mainly superhero movies.
We left half way through. Great...
ANTONY s, Mar 2016
We left half way through. Great narrative but very hard to hear the guy talking with even a little traffic going by on the street. Gave up after a while.
The tour was great! We had a wonderful...
Kim and Aaron, Mar 2016
The tour was great! We had a wonderful time learning the history behind the comics, seeing the sites of some of the best movies to hit the big screen. He had my husband pretend to audition for the role of Superman on the radio to show us how the actor that did it had to make the audience visualize the character through the radio. We only wish we had done this when it was a little warmer. Lots o walking and very interesting information. My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. We want to do it again.
My mom brought this for my fiance while...
Cassie, Feb 2016
My mom brought this for my fiance while we were celebrating his 30th in NYC. When we first got to the meeting point we didn't know what to expect. There were two families and another couple with us on the tour. Paul the tour guide was brilliant he has so many stories and you can ask him anything while he takes you around the city. There's not too much walking involved and there are some great photo opportunities. I would recommend this for anyone who loves superheroes!
Cannot recommend enough. This tour was...
Gerwyn N, Feb 2016
Cannot recommend enough. This tour was great. Guide was very knowledgeable with not just the super hero theme but New York in general. VERY VERY highly recommended!!!!!
Interesting but I am positive the guide...
simspanoo, Nov 2015
Interesting but I am positive the guide didn't go to all spots. - Some spots were pointed out from a great distance away so it was impossible to see like the NYC Public Library. We also didn't visit the Empire State Building.
Good tour, very informational. Bought...
Brianna M, Sep 2015
Good tour, very informational. Bought as a gift and enjoyed!
The tour guide was very good I was...
Cindy W, Jul 2015
The tour guide was very good I was disappointed because your add was inaccurate, I expected more buildings on route
Walking tour but not a real long...
Gerry S, Jul 2015
Walking tour but not a real long distance and I'd say more standing than walking. Guide Paul very knowledgeable in the world of animation of Super Heroes. Took us from comic book store out to park where some of the early animators got there start and ended with the bar they would end up at after working mean while stopping at Grand Central, Chrysler Building, Daily Planet etc
If you're reading this, then this tour...
Charles H, May 2015
If you're reading this, then this tour is probably for you. If you have ANY appreciation regarding the history of DC Comics, Marvel, from their beginnings from the page to television to film and also want to explore the Manhattan area and check out shooting locations for Superman, The Avengers and shows like Gotham and Daredevil, this is the tour for you! Celebrities often check out this tour as well, so, you might get lucky and meet someone famous.
My 10 year old son and I had a...
Sonya F, May 2015
My 10 year old son and I had a fabulous time. Even though I am by no means a superhero aficionado, I learnt a lot and my super hero son was blown away. Very well worth it! Paul was great, knowledgeable and showed us parts of New York that I don't think many locals even know about. Big thumbs up!
Was pleasantly surprised about how good...
tschmader, Apr 2015
Was pleasantly surprised about how good this tour was. The guide was extremely knowledgable and did a great job. The tour even took us to Grand Central Station and the Crysler Building.
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