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Times Square From Broadway to 42nd: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Be illuminated by Times Square’s dazzling sights, scandals, secrets and stories on this self-guided audio tour. Experience the magic of GPS-playback on this immersive stroll through Times Square.

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  • Marvel at the dazzling history of Time Square’s lights
  • Hear from producer, Tom Darbyshire, founder of TellBetter Tours
  • Do it all in 75 minutes or linger at stops along the way with complete control
  • Get unlimited use of the tour before your booking date and after it
  • Use the virtual tour option at home


Times Square has been called the Crossroads of the World, and is one of the most visited places on earth. There’s so much going on it’s hard to know where to look. On this walking tour, I’ll guide you from Father Duffy Square to the Empire Theater on 42nd Street, pointing out the details most visitors miss. I’ll show you hidden artwork and iconic filming locations. You’ll also see the exact spots where a famous kiss and a legendary murder occurred. I’ll share the fascinating backstories behind the buildings and theaters we pass, including the Knickerbocker and Casablanca Hotels, Paramount Building, New Victory Theater, New Amsterdam Theatre, Liberty Theater and Empire Theatre. Plus I’ll introduce you to the larger-than-life characters who left their mark here. Along the way, you’ll: • Be dazzled by the history of Time Square’s lights, from the search lights that signaled Teddy Roosevelt’s election and the “zipper” that announced war’s end, to the theater marquees that made this the “Great White Way” and the famous New Year’s Eve “Ball Drop” • Find the often overlooked Liberty Theatre where Birth Of A Nation premiered, directly inspiring lynchings and the revival of Ku Klux Klan • Spot the Naked Cowboy and get a brief history of the man behind the strategically placed guitar • Experience the gangland murder of ”Beansie” Rosenthal which led to the 'Trial of the Century,' and sent Charles Becker to the electric chair, becoming the only cop in history to be executed • Meet Father Duffy, the heroic battlefield priest who braved machine gun fire to comfort the wounded, and became a hero in New York’s toughest neighborhood • Stand at the start of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across America • Be thrilled by the tale of the hapless burglars who tried to shoot it out with NYC cops, using squirt guns filled with Tabasco Sauce • Walk along 42nd Street, once the most dangerous and decadent block in New York City, now home to a Disney theater • Learn how the New Victory Theater evolved from a stage for serious drama, to New York’s last burlesque house, then into its first porn theater, only to become an abandoned wreck for many years before being reborn into the now famous children’s theater • See where thousands of teens swooned for Sinatra and screamed for the Beatles • Discover how the Tony Awards got their name Why wander aimlessly like other tourists, when you can discover all the tantalizing tidbits and fascinating details they miss, in just 75 minutes? With TellBetter’s Times Square tour, you’ll be enthralled by sound effects, music and actors’ performances that turn an ordinary walk down the street into a stroll through time.


Lifetime access to this tour in English VoiceMap app for Android and iOS Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata

Important Information

  • The tour uses a mobile app. You will need to download the app and then use the voucher code provided to download the tour It is a self-guided audio tour that you can start, pause, or restart at any time and complete at your own pace You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date. It is best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point When the download is complete, you will see a screen with a photo of the starting point and directions to it. The red start button will become active when you are at the starting point The tour follows a set route and includes turn-by-turn directions. It works best if you start it in the right place and follow the directions from one location to the next Please note that you'll need to use your own mobile device and headphones for this tour. The tour is only available in English.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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