Come on a guided tour of the 1920s Manhattan of the greatest couple of the Jazz Age: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. On this two-hour, 1.5 mile walking tour, see 20 places related to their life and times, places that factor into their private life and writing. Celebrate the centennial of This Side of Paradise and the marriage of Scott and Zelda.
The tour begins in Times Square and ends at the edge of Central Park. All social distancing guidelines must be followed, masks are required at all times, and the group size is limited to 20.
The tour includes hotels where Scott and Zelda lived, places featured in The Great Gatsby and short fiction, speakeasies, publishing houses, landmarks, and Art Deco architecture. Walk in their footsteps and see the Speakeasy Era and how the city has changed (and not) in many places.
The Secrets of Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald’s Manhattan Tour is led by licensed sightseeing guide Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author and editor of eight books tied to NYC history, a 3-time winner of the Apple Award from the Guides Association of New York City, and recently featured in The New Yorker for bringing Dorothy Parker’s ashes back to her hometown. He is the author of The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide and A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York.
This tour is designed for tourists, locals, families, and groups of friends. You’ll visit more than thirty locations and come away with a new appreciation for the area.
Tickets must be bought at least 24 hours in advance of the tour start time.
Meet in front of the Starbucks in Times Square, at the intersection of Broadway and 43rd Street, 1500 Broadway.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much walking is there?
About 1.5 miles (25 blocks).
What should I bring?
Bottle of water;
Extra cash as we end the tour where food and drinks may be purchased.
Does the tour start and end at the same place?
No. The tour ends at Central Park.
What is the nearest subway stop?
Times Square, any train.
Where do I meet the guide?
The meeting point is 1479 Broadway.
Do we go inside any buildings?
Yes. The visits are for limited amounts of time determined by your guide. You can always return to explore what catches your attention afterwards!
What should I wear?
Dress smart casual, with comfortable walking shoes.
What about inclement weather?
The tour operates rain or shine, snow, or heat. In the case of severe weather forecast, you will receive an email from Big Apple Fanatics Tours 24 hours before the tour begins.
Are there bathrooms along the way?
Yes. There are also restrooms along the route.
How long is the tour?
Approximately two hours.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, dogs are allowed, however NYC subway rules apply. Dogs can’t go into buildings.
Is the tour appropriate for kids?
Yes it is great for families.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, reach out here to book a charter tour for 2 to 50 people.