Are you visiting New York, Manhattan to be more precise? There is a ton to see! If you plan on going anywhere near Times Square or Midtown, consider this walking tour scavenger hunt before visiting anything else! It will take you around this neighborhood and let you discover not only the obvious “must-see” tourist attractions but also the particularities of what the locals call home. You will have challenges to solve every step of the way. Meanwhile, you will also be exposed to the area’s history and many local tips.
You will see
- Grand Central Terminal
- New York Public Library
- Bryant Park
- Times Square
- MetLife Building
- Madame Tussauds New York
- Times Square
- Radio City Music Hall
- Waldorf Astoria
- Rockefeller Center
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- Saks Fifth Avenue
We’ve visited New York and Midtown specifically almost every year since 2005. This scavenger hunt was finalized on our last trip here in May 2018.
- Starting Location:
- Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
- Distance: 4.7 km / 2.9 mi
- Time: 2-3 hours
- Depends on your walking speed, riddle-solving time, as well as how long you visit and take pictures 😉
- Method: Walking is ideal
- Required: Fully charged Smartphone with internet access (data plan).
- Bottled water
- A local street map
- Courage to ask questions
- Pen and paper, or another smartphone to takes notes
Midtown is the central portion of the borough of Manhattan, in New York City. It is home to many corporate headquarters including Barns & Noble, Bloomberg, Ernst & Young, Calvin Klein, DC Comics, Six Flags, along with several media companies and advertising agencies.
Many landmarks are also located in Midtown. Some of the landmarks not seen in our scavenger hunt include the Empire State Building, United Nations, the Plaza Hotel, Madison Square Gardens, Carnegie Hall as well as Pennsylvania Station.
Midtown is broken down into several neighborhoods including the Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Murray Hill as well as Gramercy Park, to name but a few. Overlaid on top of these neighborhoods are several districts such as the business, theater, diamond, garment and Meatpacking districts.
For the first 300 years, Lower Manhattan dominated New York’s economic life. However, that changed in the 1920s with the rebuilding of Grand Central Station into a Terminal, which ignited a capitalist revolution in Midtown. The construction and commercial boom transformed the area into an epicenter of American capitalism.