Behind the Scenes: Backstage Tours
See what happens behind the glitzy facades of New York’s famous stages and sets, and perhaps follow the footsteps of the world's biggest stars
Tour the Saturday Night Live set. Meet a Radio City Rockette. Discover the fascinating history of Rockefeller Center’s public art. New York City’s best behind-the-scenes tours, from NBC to Radio City Music Hall to Lincoln Center, show you another side of the city and give you a deeper appreciation for all the work and magic that happens behind the scenes to make this city run (sing and dance).
All the World’s a Stage: Lincoln Center Tour
Bruce Springsteen. Renée Fleming. Mikhail Baryshnikov. You may not see any of these famous entertainers – but you will see the stages they performed on (and feel like you are standing in their shoes). This intriguing tour explores all corners of New York City’s iconic performing arts center, from the elegant Alice Tully Hall to the soaring Metropolitan Opera House to the Revson Fountain, which was memorably featured in Moonstruck and other films. Plus, if the timing’s right, you might get to see a rehearsal in progress.
Lights, Camera… Central Park: Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour – On Location Tours
Central Park has starred in so many films it could practically apply for its own SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card. This friendly tour, led by actors and actresses, introduces you to the Central Park of the big screen, stopping at locations used in more than 30 films, including Taxi Driver, Independence Day, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Barefoot in the Park and Love Story. And yes, you’re heartily encouraged to pose as your favorite movie characters along the way. (“You talkin’ to me?”)
Dance Fever: Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour
Explore the largest indoor theater in the world, from its graceful Art Deco designs to its impressive hydraulic system, which has been in operation since the 1930s. Plus, check out the mighty Wurlitzer organ, join in the famous kick line in an interactive photo – and meet a Radio City Rockette. Dancing shoes optional.
State of the Art: Rockefeller Center Tour
A million people stream through Rockefeller Center every year, but few pause to take in its rich public art collection, some of which is tucked away and easy to miss. On a Rockefeller Center Tour, a local historian guides you through the massive center, from its Art Deco buildings to its eye-catching art, including Isamu Noguchi’s bas-relief News and Catalan artist Josep Maria Sert’s vast mural American Progress. Plus, you’ll hear the intriguing history of the center – and its founders, the Rockefeller family – which includes some juicy political tales.
As Seen on TV: NBC Studio Tour
You never know what famous faces you’ll see on this tour, which takes you behind the scenes at the NBC headquarters. Led by two NBC pages – who deliver plenty of inside stories and anecdotes – the tour winds its way through the studios of a variety of shows, which may include Saturday Night Live, Today Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, among others. And, get ready for your close-up: You’ll also have the chance to go in front of the camera to read the news. Take a piece of NBC home with you: The tour ends at the NBC Experience Store, where you can pick up everything from Central Perk coffee mugs to – calling all The Office fans – Dwight bobbleheads.