I’ve been living in the NYC metro area for a long time now, so I didn’t think I had a need for walking tours…until recently. When two invitations for walking tours came my way that had to do with Broadway and desserts, I had a total mind change. So I grabbed the kids and joined skilled tour guides for unique tours of the city I love and have lived in for 20 years.
First we joined Sugartooth Tours on their newest tour, Bright Lights & Broadway Bites. This tour was an excuse to indulge my Broadway fixation and their sweets obsession. Allyson, a performer and co-owner of the company took us on the tour, providing quips about Broadway history along the way. She took us to Broadway’s best – Junior’s for NY’s most famous cheesecake, Little Pie Company for traditional sour cream apple walnut pie, Schmackary’s for a Kitchen Sink Bar (it’s literally what it sounds like and included brown sugar, coconut, chocolate chips and more) and to Amy’s Bread for a black and white cookie.
The tour was fun, educational and absolutely mouth-watering. I really felt like an insider than a tourist getting to know a part of NYC I adore. My taste buds have truly taken on a new life.
Find out more about Sugartooth Tours here.
Then I took my Disney obsessed on the Disney on Broadway: Behind the Walking Tour, a Walks of New York partnership with Disney Theatrical Group. It’s a two-hour tour that takes visitors through the history of Broadway, direct from a Broadway insider, and culminates at the New Amsterdam Theatre, currently home to Aladdin, where kids can get up close and personal with props and costumes featured in several Broadway musicals — from Mary Poppins to Newsies to The Little Mermaid to Lion King.
I loved the experience of walking through Times Square with a true Broadway insider without having to worry about boring my daughter. Just equipped with the knowledge she was going to end up at the New Amsterdam kept her going on the tour. Those few minutes we had in the props and costumes room were pretty spectacular, too. She donned garments from Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Lion King and sat in the chair used in Newsies.
Find out more about the Disney on Broadway tour here.
Disclosure- I received free passes in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and honest.