Why Take a New York City Tour with Inside Out Tours?
Established by New York natives, Inside Out Tours is an award-winning tour company that offers the most comprehensive hidden-history tours of NYC available, covering all 5 boroughs. Developed by a former adjunct assistant professor of NYC history, our tours are well-researched and insightful. Our licensed New York City tour guides are educators, musicians, academics, and culinary experts. Recommended in the New York Times and many other media outlets, our tours provide a deeper view into the diverse neighborhoods, people and events that have made New York City into one of the greatest cities in the world.
We are a sightseeing company with a social mission: to show our customers the amazing diversity of NYC and its people.
We run daily public and scheduled tours ranging from 2 to 4 hours in length. These tours run rain or shine.
The cost of our public and scheduled tours are $35 (with the exception of the gospel tours) with special discounts for students, seniors and large groups.
Tours often get sold out so we recommend booking in advance!
Alternative New York Street Art Tour: Brooklyn
Delve deep into Bushwick and Williamsburg to explore vibrant street art.
Alternative New York Street Art Tour: Lower East Side
Come along with us through one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods and let us bring the art alive.
Bronx's Little Italy and Arthur Avenue Tour
Explore Belmont and Arthur Avenue, known as New York's Culinary Center.
NY Holiday Markets & Christmas Lights Tour
Get into the spirit of the holiday season by visiting four holiday markets across NYC.
NYC Slavery and the Underground Railroad Tour
Discover the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad.
Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Neighborhood Tour
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and learn amazing and dramatic stories.
Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour
Featuring views of major monuments of Twentieth Century American Architecture.
South Bronx Renaissance Tour
Explore the South Bronx cultural corridor known for its art, culture and history.
Harlem Gospel Experience Tour
Tour of the cultural capital of Black America and then experience gospel music.
NYC Gospel Walking Tour
Listen to beautiful, uplifting sounds of a world-famous NYC Gospel Choir.
“Great experience to see and learn a bit more about the buildings you normally only are passing by. We had a fantastic tour guide … who really made this 3 h tour to one of the high lights during our 5 day long visit in NY. Highly recommended!”
“I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide … was the best! So off the beaten path, this tour made me feel like I was experiencing the life in the Bronx firsthand. [The Tour Guide] has befriended a few shop owners and we were able to see how bread was made in coal ovens, how pasta is made, tasted fresh cannoli, tasted homemade mozzarella. It was phenomenal.”
“We recently took the Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour with [a Tour Guide] from Inside Out Tours. It was a fascinating way to see some of the key buildings in midtown, NY, and we saw a lot of buildings and learnt historical facts we would not have known otherwise. [The Tour Guide] was extremely knowledgeable and overall it was one the best ways we saw New York.
“Completely engaging history of the role of NYC in the slave trade, the perpetuation of slavery and the bravery of the abolitionists and those involved in the underground railroad. Our guide … was knowledgeable, informative and managed to keep us and two children 11&14 fully engaged for 2.5 hours in soggy, cold and blustery weather. The history of the African Burial Ground and the Slave Market gave a tangible insight into the horrors of slavery and ongoing racism/inequality.”
“… our tour guide was fantastic. Lots of great info and highly recommend doing it. Very easy walk with beautiful buildings every where.”
“Great tour, very interesting all around and a fantastic way to know all about the origins of gospel music. [The Tour Guide] was a fantastic guide, always making sure everyone was listening and enjoying themselves.”
“We just got home from 7 days in New York. We did 4 walking tours while we were there. The Alternative Street Art tour was a favorite for my 18-year-old. I also enjoyed it very much. Just be prepared if you go in July it is HOT! Awesome tour definitely would recommend it!”
“[The Tour Guide] was our guide for this lengthy and in-depth tour. It was well off the beaten track, and really interesting, with demographic, historical and political insights into the story of street art in Brooklyn, and its place on the world stage. I really came to appreciate the ephemeral nature of the art work, and sure enough, some was found during our tour. My son later spotted some by ‘invader’ in Greenwich Village on a subsequent tour. Really informative, and intelligently presented tour.”
“My daughter and I had a wonderful time with the alternative arts walking tour in Brooklyn. Our tour guide was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and made me view streets arts in a very new way. We had a plenty of time to take photographs. It was really a neat way of learning more about New York. I also liked that we stopped at a local coffee shop. It was nice to relax a bit, participate in the local economy, and have a chance to sit down. We had two other walkings tours, which were all very good, and wish that there was this component of stopping at a coffee shop at each tour.”
“I took the alternative street art tour … . It was fantastic-we saw so many wonderful images through Brooklyn and Williamsburg. [The Tour Guide] was so informative, and inquisitive (welcoming info from locals as we went) and guided a large group safely (we strayed on the roads to take photos and she constantly reminded us to be safe). She gave us a wonderful history to street art and of the artists whose work we got to see- loved!! Was a good idea to bring a snack although we did stop at a cafe for restroom and drinks- felt good to give back to a local business as we wandered their sidewalks.”