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Union Square Tours

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Union Square
A National Historic Landmark, Union Square is one of Manhattan's liveliest parks. Sandwiched between the Flatiron District and Greenwich Village, the square is best known for people watching, the architecture of adjacent buildings, and the city’s longest-running farmers market.

The Basics
As one of New York’s most frequented landmarks, Union Square is a stop on most hop-on hop-off bus tours, which allow visitors to explore at their own pace without the hassle of navigating. Walking tours offer an in-depth look at the area’s history and architecture and often include Gramercy Park, Madison Square Park, and the Flatiron District.

Food tours reveal Union Square’s hidden gems and popular establishments and typically include a range of food tastings. In addition to the area’s famous pizza joints, the year-round farmers market is a popular stop on Union Square food tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Union Square is a must for people watchers and history buffs.
  • Public restrooms are located on the northeast side of the park.
  • The area offers plenty of food options, from takeaway cafés to upscale restaurants.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the park and surrounding neighborhoods are best explored on foot.
  • Visit the MTA’s website for updates on subway detours and schedule changes.

How to Get There
Union Square is easily accessible using New York City’s comprehensive public transit system. Subway trains 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, W, and L all stop at Union Square, unless specified otherwise by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. If traveling by car, a garage is located on 14th Street between 5th Avenue and University Place, and street parking is metered.

When to Get There
Union Square is busiest May to September, when locals and visitors take to the park’s green spaces and benches to eat, chat, and people watch. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the park teems with shoppers at the Union Square Greenmarket, where small vendors sell fresh cheese, bread, produce, baked goods, and flowers. The annual Holiday Market, from mid-November to late December, offers a range of unique gifts made by local artisans and food vendors.

Lunch at the Farmers Market
The longest-standing farmers market in the city, Union Square Greenmarket offers plenty of options for lunch in the park. It can be overwhelming to navigate the 70 or so vendors that set up shop every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Here’s a sample of treats to pick up for your picnic lunch (varies seasonally): sourdough baguettes, fresh creamy goat cheese, homemade fig jam, heirloom tomatoes, sweet berries, and local wine.
Address: Broadway and 14th Street, New York City 10003, USA
Admission: Varies
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14 Tours and Activities to Experience Union Square

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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See the highlights of New York City without the hassle of navigating traffic or public transportation by booking a Big Bus tour. The hop-on hop-off tour enables busy travelers to relax and enjoy the sights from the double-decker bus. Along the way, you can choose the attractions that interest you most rather than being caught up on a group tour.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.20
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$47.20
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Flatiron Food, Architecture, and History Tour

Flatiron Food, Architecture, and History Tour

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See two of New York City’s most iconic and picturesque neighborhoods, Flatiron and Union Square, on this food, architecture, and history walking tour. Try tastings at some of the most unique food stops in the city. Visit Caffe Lavazza at Eataly Market, an epic artisanal Italian food emporium. Also, enjoy a classic New York pastrami sandwich from a historic spot and try Big Apple’s best grilled cheese sandwich.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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New York Secret Food Tour of Historic Greenwich Village w/ Private Tour Option

New York Secret Food Tour of Historic Greenwich Village w/ Private Tour Option

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New York City has been known for its yummy food for centuries, but if you don’t know Greenwich Village well, you might pass up some of the city’s most delicious dishes. This New York secret food tour lets you sample a mix of doughnuts, New York-style pizza, cupcakes, bagels, and more, so you can get a taste for the rich history of this historic NYC area.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$201.60
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A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour

A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour

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Brooklyn is packed with pizzerias, but knowing where to go for a quality slice can be a challenge. On this sightseeing and pizza bus tour from Manhattan, explore one of New York City's trendiest boroughs from end-to-end, seeing Dumbo, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, and Coney Island. Along the way, stop at two of Brooklyn's best pizzerias to sink your teeth into Neapolitan- and Sicilian-style slices.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$83.00
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Private Gramercy Park and Union Square Tour with Entry to Players Club Mansion

Private Gramercy Park and Union Square Tour with Entry to Players Club Mansion

Go back in time to New York City's Gilded Age on this 2-hour private walking tour around the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan. With a private guide, learn about this extravagant period of American history as you see 19th-century mansions and enjoy rare access to the Players, an exclusive club founded in 1888 for those in the fields of art and acting.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Vegan Eats in the East Village

Vegan Eats in the East Village

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This walking tour offers a great overview of the many vegan options in the East Village, one of NYC's prime locations for vegan food. The tour is suitable for vegans and non-vegans alike. We will sample at least five different foods, both savory and sweet.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New York Hop-on Hop-off Down Town Day-Pass

New York Hop-on Hop-off Down Town Day-Pass

Our double decker Hop-on Hop-off have 17 Stops Near the All Major Attractions to see the best of New York City, bus arrive every 10-15 minutes,free wifi on the bus and this tour have audio narration in 12 languages with free Earphones.Departure start from 8 am to 5 pm every 10 to 15 minuts
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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NYC Gramercy Park Walking Tour with Players Club Mansion Access

NYC Gramercy Park Walking Tour with Players Club Mansion Access

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New York's Gramercy neighborhood was an important center of the Gilded Age, as well as the birthplace of Teddy Roosevelt. On this walking tour, learn about one of the most extravagant periods in American history as you walk along Union Square and 5th Avenue, and admire the 19th-century mansions. Plus, gain access to the prestigious Players Club, a private social club for actors and VIPs.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.00
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Empire State Building Ticket with Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Empire State Building Ticket with Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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New York City is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in the world, but taking in the highlights can be daunting. With this hop-on-hop-off tour, admire the most famous sights in the city without getting footsore or having to navigate public transportation. Relax on an open-top sightseeing bus to admire Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty and enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the Empire State Building.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.00
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Brooklyn Chocolate Tour: A Slice of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Chocolate Tour: A Slice of Brooklyn

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Visit some of Brooklyn's most delicious chocolate shops on a bus tour. Sample treats at The Chocolate Room, Jacque Torres Chocolates, Lilac Chocolates, and Raaka Chocolate as you learn about the history of chocolate and how it’s made. Stop along the way for a slice of Margherita pizza, and finish the tour at Dumbo to snap some photos of this famed location.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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New York Premium Tour: Must See Sights, Private Double Decker, Cruise, Walking

New York Premium Tour: Must See Sights, Private Double Decker, Cruise, Walking

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Whether it's sightseeing on a double-decker bus, cruising to the Statue of Liberty, or exploring the Financial District, there are a few essential New York experiences that no traveler should miss. You can do all this and more with this top value combo tour experience, including over a dozen must-do New York attractions. With just one ticket, you can see more of the Big Apple, enjoy skyline views, and take advantage of the hassle-free included transportation.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.00
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24-Hour NYC Downtown Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Statue of Liberty Cruise

24-Hour NYC Downtown Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Statue of Liberty Cruise

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Explore the best of New York City at your own pace aboard a hop-on hop-off bus through downtown and a cruise to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. You have 24 hours to see everything from Union Square to Greenwich Village, Freedom Tower, and Little Italy, with stops at New York City’s most iconic landmarks and neighborhoods.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$35.00
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Ultimate Food, History & Architecture Tour NYC

Ultimate Food, History & Architecture Tour NYC

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Though New York City packed with historic sights and incredible food, it's all too easy to miss the highlights if you're designing your own itinerary. Leave the planning to your guide on this walking tour around Flatiron and Union Square covering the area's history, cuisine, and architecture. Sample culinary favorites like artisanal cheese and Italian baked goods, see some of New York's landmark buildings, and don't worry about extra spending, with all tastings included in the price.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.20
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Private Flatiron Food, History & Architecture Tour

Private Flatiron Food, History & Architecture Tour

Enjoy a Flatiron smorgasbord for lunch on the Flatiron Food, Architecture & History Tour! Enjoy, food, fun with some interesting history scattered throughout. It's a great way to explore and enjoy some of New York’s best and most unique food stops! See two of New York’s most iconic and picturesque neighborhoods: Flatiron & Union Square. This tour is perfect for foodies, historians, architecture fans, adults and kids. On this tour you will enjoy gourmet tastings (enough food for lunch) and walk one mile or 1.6 km.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$156.00
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