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Manhattan Upper West Side walking tour

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Are you looking for things to do on the Upper West Side? Our self-guided walking tour/scavenger hunt will take you from the Lincoln Center to the American Natural History Museum through Central Park and much more!

This tour is in Beta Testing. That is you test if for free, but must provide feedback along the way.

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 West Side Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you between 2 and 3 hours to complete.

  • A fun learning experience
  • See the sights! 43 locations
  • Learn some local history
  • Challenge your knowledge: 36 varied challenges
  • Fun for all ages, kids included
  • Walk at your own pace: 4.7 km / 2.9 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

Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

Scroll below for additional details, including locations seen, and how to start the activity.

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Description

The New York Manhattan Upper West Side Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.7 km / 2.9 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you between 2 and 3 hours to complete.

Click here for this tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, and city history.

What you’ll see

  • Central Park
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • New York Historical Society Museum
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Spooky Central
  • Sherman Square
  • Juilliard School
  • Cherry Hill
  • The Dakota
  • Belvedere Castle
  • Many monuments, and much more!

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.

After purchase, to begin your Upper West Side scavenger hunt, direct yourself to the Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023. 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.

Ancient History

The natives who inhabited what is now the big city of New York were Lenape who spoke Algonquin.

This neighborhood developed around Bloomingdale Street (renamed The Boulevard in 1868) where the first mansions were established, followed by smaller homes in the early 19th century. The name Bloomingdale comes from the Dutch village of Bloemendaal, in the Tulip region of the Netherlands.

The Dutch originally settled the island of Manhattan in 1626, before the British conquered them in 1664. They had compared the current Upper West Side to this area they know well.

In the second half of the 19th century, most of the water’s edge, along the Hudson River, was occupied by wharves for shipping as well as manufacturers. In 1830 a railroad was authorized between New York and Albany, which passed on the waterfront.

Central Park’s construction began in the 1850s and continued through the 1870s. Many who previously squatted in this area of the island were forced to move into the Upper West Side.

Recent History of the Upper West Side

A construction boom began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This encouraged the expansion of subway lines as early as 1904. Around that time, The Boulevard (previously Bloomingdale Street), sees its name change again. It became Broadway St. It is the natural extension of this road which originates in Lower Manhattan.

Many of the large apartment buildings lining Central Park’s west side saw the light of day at the beginning of the last century. In fact, construction on most began before the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Today, the Upper West Side represents the cultural and intellectual core of the city with Columbia University and Barnard College to the north and the Lincoln Center to the south.

The Upper West Side is a residential area, especially wealthy, on the Isle of Manhattan. It is located west of Central Park and has a population of nearly 210,000.

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Additional information

Start location

Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

End point

This tour ends 1 block north of the start location

Sights seen

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

Challenges

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

Duration

2 to 3 hours at normal walking pace

Required

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

Distance

4.7 km / 2.9 mi

1 review for Manhattan Upper West Side walking tour

  1. Sara Timen

    ***** (5 stars given)
    Group 1 achieved 1090 points in 5 hours 8 minutes
    Group 2 achieved 1385 points in 2 hours 27 minutes
    Group 3 achieved 1210 points in 1 hour 13 minutes
    Group 4 achieved 1325 points in 1 hour 46 minutes
    Group 5 achieved 1020 points in 3 hours 35 minutes
    Sara, school outing, 10 June 2021

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