Manhattan Upper East Side walking tour

$57.50 $57.50

Looking for things to do on the Upper East Side? Our self-guided walking tour/scavenger hunt will take you from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park via its zoo, several museums, and art galleries!

Solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination and learn new things. Learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you. See the sights.

The New York Manhattan Upper East Side Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.9 km / 2.4 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 3 hours to complete.

  • A fun learning experience
  • See the sights! 38 locations
  • Learn some local history
  • Challenge your knowledge: 39 varied challenges
  • Fun for all ages, kids included
  • Walk at your own pace: 3.9 km / 2.4 mi
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible throughout
  • Pet-friendly throughout
  • Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule
  • Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt
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The New York Manhattan Upper East Side Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.9 km / 2.4 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take 3 hours to complete, and ends near the start location.

Click here for this tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You’ll also find here the full locations list.

What you’ll see

  • Central Park
  • Bow Bridge
  • Bethesda Terrace & Fountain
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Conservatory Water
  • Hans Christian Andersen Memorial
  • Belvedere Castle
  • Payne Whitney House
  • Harry Sinclair House
  • James B Duke House
  • Turtle Pond
  • Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
  • Carnegie Mansion
  • Cleopatra’s Needle
  • East Pinetum
  • Neue Galerie New York
  • South Gate House
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
  • And many monuments!

After purchase, to begin your Upper East Side scavenger hunt, direct yourself to the outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028. This is the start location.

Once there, stand outside and log in to this website and begin your hunt.

Alternatively, you can access “My Account” and follow the instructions there.

Never hesitate to contact us if you experience any difficulties.

This tour was made available in Beta-version in July 2022.

It was fully tested in May 2023 and finally updated and launched in July 2023.

This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of NORMAL.

Your group’s size should be between 2 and 6 persons. In fact, children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.


The natives that inhabited what is now the big city of New York were Lenape who spoke Algonquin. They occupied the Upper East Side with fishing camps in the East River.

These beautiful arable lands were used to grow various crops by early settlers from the late 17th century to the early 19th century. It was then that railways multiplied on Manhattan.

At the end of the 19th century, most of the farms here subdivided into urbanization lots. The development of residential neighborhoods began. Central Park was created around that time, between the 1850 and 1870. Two elevated “El” subway lines were built during this time taking commuters from north to south and vice-versa.

Already, the rich and famous were building large homes along the new Central Park. Several large and wealthy American families have settled on the Upper East Side at various times: Vanderbilt (railroad and coal), Carnegie (industries), Frick (coal), Kennedy (political), Roosevelt (political), Rockefeller (oil), Whitney (horse racing) and Duke (tobacco and electricity).

Gracie Mansion, the last mansion on the East River became the official home of the mayor of New York City in 1943.

Today there are many museums and art galleries, as well as over 20 consulates in the south as the UN headquarters is located further south in Midtown.

The Upper East Side is a particularly wealthy residential and cultural neighborhood on the island of Manhattan. It is located east of Central Park and has a population of nearly 230,000.

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Additional information

Start location

outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028, USA

End point

This tour ends 1 block south of the start location

Sights seen

38 sites can be seen: important buildings, monuments, plazas & attractions


39 varied challenges – all answers are available in front of your on-site, outdoors.


2 to 3 hours at normal walking pace


Fully charged smartphone with internect access (data plan with LTE, 4G or 3G)


3.9 km / 2.4 mi


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