From walking tours to the big Gray Line, from the "Sopranos" tohip-hop, the choice of tours around the city is almost endless. Ifyou want to get exercise, there are many interesting walking toursto choose from. SoundwalkTours
These audio tours, available on CD or as MP3 downloads, cater tothe curious -- and tech-savvy â trekker whoprefers a solo wander to the more traditional group tour.
Soundwalk's creators blend music, found sound and the voices ofcity-steeped locals to create unique neighborhood tours that steerlisteners off the pounded pavement. Just grab some headphones, theportable music device of your choice and go. The tours "take youinside," and not just metaphorically.
They cut paths throughbuildings, cafes and all sorts of little-known nooks. The walks arenarrated by long-time residents, and each is packed with historicaland cultural tidbits to bring the lore of the neighborhood to life.Soundwalk currently offers 13 hour-long tours.
They include theLower East Side, a Bronx graffiti tour, and the latest offering,two walks through the Hasidic areas of Williamsburg. (CD, $19.95 - $24.95;MP3 download, $12; Call 212-674-7407 for more information; www.soundwalk.com)On Broadway
Walkin' Broadway offers two narrated tours with musical interludeson MP3 players. The recordings are about an hour, though you can goat your own pace and take breaks. (Colony Records, 1619 Broadway at49th St.; $12 per tour; Call 212-997-5004 or 1-866-692-2929 formore details or group rates.
Scheduling tours in advance isrecommended for groups.) GrayLine
Comprehensive and convenient tours on double decker buses. Morethan 40 hop-on/hop-off stops. Includes Down, Uptown, Brooklyn Loop,or the Night or Holiday Lights tours. Tours take 2-3 hours perloop. (For rates call 800-669-0051; www.graylinenewyork.com) Adventure on a Shoestring
Walking tours that focus on history and culture of New York City.(300 West 53rd Street; 212-265-2663; $5 per tour) Big Apple Greeter
Free customized walking tours for various parts of the city;Guides are knowledgeable New Yorkers who volunteer their time. (1Centre Street; 212-669-8159; www.bigapplegreeter.org) BigOnion Walking Tours
Walking tours of New York's ethnic neighborhoods and historicdistricts. (212-439-1090; $10-$15; www.bigonion.com) Municipal Art Society
Architectural walking tours. (212-935-3960; $12-$15; tour hotline:212-439-1049; www.mas.org) Circle LineTours
See the city from the water. (Pier 83 at West 42nd Street;212-563-3200; Full island cruise: $18-$31. Call or see Web for rates on other tours; www.circleline42.com) Hip-HopTour
This tour takes you through the scenes associated with hip hopculture; the music pioneers are aboard the bus and lend insightinto the development of hip hop. (212-714-3527; $55, adults; $48 for 17 and under. www.hushhiphoptours.com) On LocationTours
Take a tour that follows your favorite TV series - like 'Sopranos'or 'Sex in the City' - or movie characters. Fiction meets realitywhen you shop, eat, drink, and dance at sites you've seen on boththe big and small screens. (www.screentours.com; $17-$40 per person) New York City's Original Rock 'n' Roll WalkingTour
Visit the East Village, the epicenter of rock 'n' roll in the city.
Check out the sites made famous by the Ramones, the New York Dolls,Madonna, and more. The two-hour East Village Rock n Punk tour starts at 11 a.m.($29 per person; 212-696-6578; www.rockjunket.com) BigApple Jazz Tours
Custumized four-hour tours for jazz aficianados -- choose betweenthe 4-hour 'Hidden Jazz Haunts' tour or the 1-hour 'Harlem JazzDistrict' walking tour -- which scour the city's well-known jazzlandmarks and also some hidden nooks ($75 to $300; 212-283-5299; www.bigapplejazz.com)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times