History Tours Offered by Big Apple Fanatics Tours
All Tours Are Available for Private Tours, 2-25 guests
Secrets of Governors Island For more than 200 years, Governors Island was closed to the public. Learn how a former military post became New York’s greatest new park. Governors Island is a former Army and Coast Guard base in New York Harbor. It is now a public park and recreation area, as well as the Governors Island National Monument (U.S. National Park Service). The walk for anyone who wants to learn about its history and the island’s new future as a city park. The guide, Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, wrote the first and only guide book to Governors Island, which was nominated for an Apple Award by the Guides Association of New York City. The tour begins at the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street.
East Village Dive Bar Pub Crawl History Tour (East Village) Visit three famous Manhattan dive bars in one night on a history-packed tour. Have an expert New Yorker show you the Big Apple’s famous bars where you enjoy drink specials and hours of fun. Visit multiple bars in one night of good times. You’re invited to explore New York’s dive bar scene with an expert guide who will show you where the best spots are for cheap drinks where the locals hangout. There are around 10,000 licensed bars in the city and this tour will open the doors on some of the best ones. Learn the history of East Village drinking establishments and where the best secret spots are today.
World War One New York (Manhattan) Tour more than 20 locations that are related to WWI, from places that served a military purpose to touching memorials. With the centennial of the Armistice in 1918, this tour was launched by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick to tie into his award-winning book, World War One New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War (Globe Pequot Press). On this tour explore more 30 locations in Manhattan that have ties to the Great War and learn the stories behind each. The tour begins at the New York Public Library and ends in Central Park.
Cypress Hills National Cemetery Tour (Brooklyn) The only National Cemetery in New York City is in Brooklyn. Visit the beautiful and historic Cypress Hills National Cemetery, the final resting place for 21,000 veterans and dependents from the American Revolution to the Vietnam War. The cemetery was opened in 1862, and is older than Arlington National Cemetery. Take a walk to visit the graves of 24 Medal of Honor winners and soldiers from more than 200 years of American History. See the graves of such notables as Civil War Colonel Benjamin Ringgold, and two men who earned the Medal of Honor Twice: Sgt Major Dan Daly (U.S. Marine Corps) and Coxswain John Cooper (U.S. Navy).
Babe Ruth Slept Here (Upper West Side) Come along on a walking tour of the Upper West Side and Morningside Heights with a focus on baseball, books, and the Jazz Age. Stop at the homes of Babe Ruth and his New York Yankees teammates. We will see the former residences of some of New York’s greatest personalities of the past, including George and Ira Gershwin, Arnold Rothstein, and Florenz Ziegfeld. Explore the architectural and historical stories of the buildings and monuments. Learn about Riverside Park and the development of the Upper West Side. The tour begins at Grant’s Tomb.
W. C. Fields Broadway & Vaudeville History Tour (Manhattan) Take a stroll through the New York life of actor-comedian W. C. Fields in the Jazz Age. Trace the footsteps of the great performer and see the locations associated with his life before he went to Hollywood. If you are a fan of old theater stories and silent movies, this is the tour for you. The tour provides an overview of the history of Broadway, Vaudeville, New York performers, and Times Square. The history of Prohibition, the rise and demise of Vaudeville, and the colorful stories of the Ziegfeld Follies are also reviewed. Meeting point: in front of the Shubert Theatre The walk usually concludes at a former speakeasy once owned by Texas Guinan, for some very Fields-like cocktails.
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island 4-Hour Tour (Manhattan) The number-one visited site in NYC is the Statue of Liberty. Come along on a private guided tour to the most famous landmark in the U.S. for your group of 2 to 24 guests. Your tour will include a private guide who will meet you outside Battery Park. Your guide will escort you through security checkpoints, on and off all three ferries, into the Statue of Liberty, and to the National Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. You will have the services of a licensed and seasoned tour guide who is knowledgeable, courteous, engaging, and an expert on the history and stories of these important landmarks to lead this four-hour tour. The tour begins outside Battery Park and ends on Ellis Island.
9-11 Memorial History and Ground Zero Spiritual Tour (Manhattan) Take a private 2-hour tour to see the spiritual side of the 9/11 tragedy. Visit 2 houses of worship and see how NYC has recovered since the attacks. Tour the whole World Trade Center neighborhood. Your guide will show you where the attacks occurred and how the city has changed in the aftermath of the tragedy, as well as the full story of where the disaster took place. We tour inside buildings, lobbies, churches, and the mass transit hub. We see memorials to those lost, small and large. Explore the architectural and historical stories of the buildings and monuments. This is also a spiritual tour. In addition to touring churches, we also see the beautiful Hudson River Promenade and parks. We end at the National 9/11 Memorial.
New York Classic Cocktails and Christmas Lights Tour (Manhattan, seasonal) Visit three hotel cocktail lounges (each more than 110 years old) and see the famous Fifth Avenue holiday window displays and Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Get in the holiday spirit with classic cocktails mixed by professional mixologists. Guests will sip cocktails in three different landmark hotels and tour the incredible seasonal light displays of Manhattan. This three-hour walking tour will cover Times Square to Rockefeller Center. Note: Drinks are not included in the ticket price. Tour begins in Times Square.