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Overview

Don’t settle for any average Broadway tour while you're visiting New York City. This Broadway theaters and Times Square tour gives you an insider’s look with a guide who is actually a Broadway performer. Learn about the history and happenings of New York City’s famous theater district, and hear the backstage stories about the stars of yesterday and today.
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the unique history and culture of Broadway
  • Hear backstage and audition stories from your guide, a real Broadway performer
  • The perfect tour to enjoy before you see a Broadway show
  • See famous Broadway locations like Sardi's and 42nd Street
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Professional, entertaining guide - a Broadway performer
Times Square, Broadway Theaters, Midtown
Gratuities
Face mask available for a $1 fee.
1556 Broadway , 1556 Broadway, New York, NY 10120, USA

Please meet your guide at 46th Street and Broadway (Times Square) in front of the George M Cohan Statue (a man holding a top hat and a cane). The guide will be there 15 minutes before the tour starts and will be carrying an orange flag.

4:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Broadway’s theatrical performances date back as far as 1750, when actors/managers Walter Murray and Thomas Kean established a resident theater company on Nassau Street. They presented Shakespeare plays and ballad operas, which served as the start of the theater in New York City. Today, Broadway performances are presented in 40 professional theaters with 500 or more seats in each.

Meet this tour’s thespian guide at the TKTS ticket booth in Times Square to begin a behind-the-scenes look at the theater industry. Learn about the history of Broadway and hear some fascinating stories about the performances and stars that have graced its stages.

Stop at One Shubert Alley, Broadway’s oldest and most exclusive gift store. There’s Sardi’s restaurant, the toast of Broadway for more than 90 years. Check out the caricatures of showbiz celebs on the walls of this legendary Times Square Continental eatery. Walk down 42nd Street, home to many a Broadway theater. Visit the Hotel Edison NYC, surrounded on all sides by Broadway theaters, and the Church of St Mary the Virgin, aka Smokey Mary’s, a New York City landmark known for its use of incense at services. And finally, check out the bronze statue depicting American composer, playwright, actor and producer George M. Cohan.

The tour is a perfect precursor to seeing any Broadway show.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Duffy Square
You’ll meet your guide at the feet of George M. Cohan, legendary pioneer of New York theater. From there, your immersive Broadway experience will lift the curtain on a world of auditions and opening nights, huge disappointments and massive successes.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Broadway
Step into the footsteps of giants and listen to the stories of greats like Ethel Barrymore, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Julie Andrews, and so many more, all narrated by one of our own Broadway hopefuls.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Broadway Theatre
Your guide will share their own tale of Broadway dreams. Our top-rated pros have extensive knowledge of show business and will weave their personal experiences into the rich historical narrative. What better way to see the bright lights of Broadway than through the eyes of an artist? You will see Broadway Theaters from the outside.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Times Square
Explore and learn the history of the bright lights of Times Square
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Please note: This tour does not go backstage, as Union rules prohibit access to working theaters
  • Children 12 and under free with paid adult ticket
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY ExperienceFirst
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Does the Broadway Theaters and Times Square tour go inside any theaters?
A:No, this is primarily an outdoor tour that gives you a firsthand insider’s perspective of the industry. You may go inside buildings such as the Edison Hotel or New York Marriott Marquis.
Feb 2021
Q:
How much walking will we be doing on the Broadway Theaters and Times Square tour with a Broadway Actor?
A:We cover about 1 mile at a leisurely pace, and the walking route is fairly level.
Feb 2021
Q:
What happens if it rains on the day of my Broadway Theaters and Times Square tour with a Broadway Actor?
A:Our tours run rain or shine, so please check the local forecast to plan. In rare cases when we have to cancel for extreme weather, we’ll offer you the chance to reschedule or give a full refund.
Feb 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor.

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  • "It was no 'Piece of Crap' - take the tour and you'll know what I mean." See review

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It's a Hit
Anne_B
, Sep 2021
Chris was a wonderful guide. He really knows his Broadway history and shared very interesting experiences of what it is like to be an actor in NYC. He was friendly, enthusiastic (obviously loves the theater), and easy to talk to. This tour was lots of fun and gives you another view on the Broadway experience.
star-5
Great tour!
Geri_M
, Sep 2021
Guide was great. Very knowledgable and entertaining. Learned a lot. Saw Times Square from a different perspective.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Broadway walkabout!
Joseph_R
, Sep 2021
Great tour around Broadway and Times square. Our guide was excellent with great knowledge of the history of the theaters, neighborhoods and shows. Highly recommended.
star-5
Chris was Excellent!
Marilyn_P
, Aug 2021
Chris was excellent and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the tour! Loved his wit combined with his personal experiences!
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Rip Off
Christina_L
, Aug 2021
I was scheduled for a 4p.m. tour and was at the location (Cohen Statue w/cane and top hat). I thought I was going to be a few minutes late due to traffic and closed streets, so I messaged the tour guide but I actually arrived at 4:01. There are thousands of people in Time Square and I searched and searched for a tour guide with an orange flag or an orange anything. Me and my daughter hung out in the area until 4:10, I then messaged the tour guide again and got a response saying your tour guide left at 4:13. "Left from where????" We were in front of the statue for 15mins. The guys selling the bus tours said we were in the right location. There should be a more proficient way to communicate other than the message board. There should be synchronous communication (cell phone). Also, the only way that I could've missed that tour is if the guide stepped off at 4:01. I basically got ripped off.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We ask all of our guests to check in 15 minutes prior to departure. Our guide will try to be at the meeting location for 5 minutes for late guests. However they cannot stay longer as it would not be fair for the other guests. Our guides do not communicate with guests as they are focused on the tour and other guests. I'm sure you would not appreciate if your guide was constantly on the phone trying to catch up late guests. You were texting with our office. Our records indicated you did not arrive until 4:15pm to the meeting location. If you're late, it would be difficult to catch up to the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Must for Broadway Lovers
Stan_F
, Aug 2021
Philip gave an enjoyable, educational, and entertaining 1 1/2 hour walking tour of the Broadway theatre district. Great history, behind the scenes stories, and what to look forward to once Broadway opens again. We loved it. Highly recommended!
star-5
Nice Times Square and Broadway tour
GRETA
, Jul 2021
TJ was a great tour guide. His information was helpful and one could tell he is passionate with what he does.
star-5
Best walking tour ever
Steve_W
, Jun 2021
Just want to say that TJ was great made it all enjoyable Even though it was raining he took great care of us
star-5
Walking on Broadway
Kelley_E
, Jun 2021
We enjoyed our walk with TJ even though he showed us some Krapp theaters. The information was fun and informative.
star-4
Informative plus good exercise
John_K
, Jun 2021
I learned A great deal about the theater district . Entertaining. A definite hit ! Well worth price of admission

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