I planned a day in NYC for my son's 17th birthday and while I've been there on day trips for business, I never had time to explore the city and I wanted my son to have the best experience possible since it was his first time to NYC. I realized getting a tour guide would be a better idea than spending my son's birthday navigating (getting lost in) the subway system. I decided on a tour guide two days before my trip - got a reply from the folks at Outside In right away - I couldn't believe how accommodating this company was in the 11th hour... we really lucked out as they are usually booked.
Joey, our guide, met us right at the train station and we were off - he took us to all the spots we wanted to see and to many others we didn't even know about that were more fun (to see, to hear the history of, etc.) Joey knows the city like the back of his hand - and the wealth of knowledge he has (history, movies, famous people of NYC/current and past, etc.) of NYC made me suggest that he might want to go on Jeopardy! He was fun, energetic and he and my son hit off right away - they had a lot in common, especially movies (Joey is an EXPERT on any/all films made in NYC - my son ended up saying that was the best part of the trip, learning about all the movies, seeing places where his favorite movies were filmed, etc.)
I am so happy that Joey accommodated my request that he tailor the tour as a "little bit of everything" instead of a specific tour package - we saw so much more than I could have dreamed of and learned more about the city/its history than I could have imagined.
I highly recommend these folks to anyone who wants to get the most out of the city in a day, a weekend, whatever - they do an excellent job of giving you a true NYC experience
My son had THE best birthday thanks to Outside In and especially thanks to Joey!!
Much Love -
Beth and Talon, Philadelphia
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