More information about our walking tours
How large are your groups?
We try to limit public walking tours to 15 participants. We want to create a better experience for the participants (no more “Can you hear me in the back?!?!”) and more interaction with the tour guide.
How long are the walking tours?
Most tours last approximately two hours.
How much do tickets cost? How do I buy them?
Most of our public walking tours cost $40-50 per person and should be purchased online prior to the walk to guarantee a space. (Walk-up customers may purchase tickets only if a group has fewer than 10 participants.)
Do you offer private tours?
Yes! We offer both private walking tours and private virtual tours for a fun socially-distanced activity for your group. Click to learn more.
Are gratuities expected?
Tips are always welcomed by our tour guides but are not required. However, please consider a gratuity if you can. The past few years have been financially devastating for tour guides in New York due to COVID-19.
Where do we meet for the tour?
After booking your tour, you will receive a confirmation email that contains information about where the group meets to start the tour.
Will we be walking the entire time? How physically challenging are the walks?
We usually list the approximate distance walked in each tour listing, but most will be about 1 mile (or the total distance of about 20 blocks). Much of the time will be spent standing and listening, not walking. Contact us for more details about a specific tour.
What about the weather? What if it rains or snows?
Our walking tours are conducted rain or shine. After all, New York doesn’t stop when it rains! (Some things are even easier to visit when the weather isn’t picture-perfect.)
However, in the case of severe weather (think: blizzard, extreme heat wave), tours may be canceled — in which case, tour participants will be notified and refunds or credits will be issued.
What is your cancellation policy?
Of course, sometimes plans change and you need to reschedule or cancel a tour. Our cancellation policy is as follows:
- Cancellations made up to ten days before tour date – a full refund will be issued.
- Cancellations made ten to two days before tour date – a 50% refund will be issued.
- Cancellations made 48 hours before tour date – no refund is available.
What about COVID-19 guidelines?
Bowery Boys Walks will be adhering to the Guides Association of New York City Health and Safety Guidelines for all in-person walking tours. All of our guides are vaccinated. Click for more details.
Are these tours conducted by the Bowery Boys?
No, walking tours are led by professional licensed New York City tour guides, although each walking tour has been created by the Bowery Boys (Tom Meyers and Greg Young), together with your guide.
Can I bring my dog or other family pet along on the tour?
Unfortunately, our tours are restricted to humans only, due to insurance policies and for the comfort of all participants. (We’d love to see photos of Fido, however.)
Can we bring our kids?
Given the style of the current tours and the full two hours of walking and listening, we feel the experience is best suited to adults and most children over 8 years old and up (although some are 16+). We list age recommendations on each tour page.
By booking a walking tour, participants agree to the following: Bowery Boys Walking Tours, Bowery Boys Media LLC, and Over There Interactive, Inc. (“Tour Operator”) and its affiliated entities and its employees, shareholders, officers, directors, successors, agents, and assigns, neither own nor operate any person or entity which is to, or does, provide goods or services for these trips or tours. Because “Tour Operator” does not maintain any control over the personnel, equipment, or operations of these suppliers, “Tour Operator” assumes no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, death, property damage, or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity which may be occasioned by reason of (1) any wrongful, negligent, willful, or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any of the tour suppliers, or other employees or agents, (2) any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment, instrument owned, operated or otherwise by any of these suppliers, or (3) any wrongful, willful, or negligent act or omissions on any part of any other party not under the supervision or control of the Operator.