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NYC: Secrets of Grand Central Terminal Walking Tour

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Uncover a side of New York's Grand Central Terminal that most visitors never experience. Discover secret staircases, explore a one-time movie theater, and visit a 1920s-era speakeasy.

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  • Discover lesser-known areas of NYCs Grand Central Terminal with a guided tour
  • Learn about the fascinating 150-year history of Manhattan's transportation hub
  • Visit a speakeasy-style bar and hear the story of its influential former owner
  • Whisper a secret across the bustling interchange in the Whispering Gallery
  • Admire many architectural marvels including an inverted celestial ceiling


Discover more than 150 years of Grand Central Terminal's history on a guided walking tour with access to areas that even locals don't know about. Explore the iconic transportation hub of New York and find secret staircases, a historic, movie theater, and a 1920s-era speakeasy. Meet your guide in Grand Central Terminal’s modern-day heart, the bustling main concourse. Marvel at the famous clock perched atop the information booth and try to guess the eye-watering amount it’s rumored to be worth. Learn more about Cornelius Vanderbilt, the mastermind behind the Grand Central Depot (as it was originally called). Then, head into Vanderbilt Hall, a living testament to Grand Central’s rags-to-riches transformation in the 1980s. Pop outside to see the largest Tiffany clock in the world. Go back in time to the Roaring 20s as you visit speakeasy-style bar that, a century ago, was the private office of one of New York’s most prominent railroad tycoons. In the Whispering Gallery, learn how secrets travel across the busy interchange, where voices can be perfectly heard on the other side of the hall. You will also get a brief opportunity to sneak a peek at one of the largest lost-and-found departments in the world. Peruse handcrafted jewelry in the Graybar Passage before stepping into a former movie theater, where travel-weary youngsters could enjoy some entertainment back in Grand Central’s heyday. Lastly, wander through the colorful Grand Central Market, boasting over 160 seafood varieties and 400 types of cheeses, before making your way back to the main concourse.


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  • Moderate walking is involved in this tour

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