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Tours For
All Ages

The inside look at the tour that comes to life

CharacTours is an interactive theatrical walking experience where the past visits you. Each tour features one guide leading the group while an actor makes a handful of surprise appearances playing different historical characters.


The historical characters interact, inspire, and delight!

Frannie Laks

CharacToursThe Ultimate
Dream Team

Who are we and what we do

We are a small organization of tour guides, and board members with a passion for creating unique experiences. We bring in knowledge and energy from various professional backgrounds to build the ultimate team.





CharacTours is a Non-Profit

which believes individuals shape history, and the future. Be inspired
by the leaders of the past 
and become
a leader of the future.


The Tours

  • The front gate of Castle Clinton, New York, NY 10004, USA
    12 million immigrants came through Ellis Island with the same worries, hopes, and dreams that immigrants have today. Learn what it was like to be an inspector, a new immigrant, or a doctor at the gateway to America.
  • 12 Mt Morris Park W, 12 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027, USA
    Learn why Harlem got the nickname "The Black Mecca" and shaped American culture. On this exciting journey you'll meet the first self made female millionaire, a civil rights leader, a poet, and a singer who loves to skat. Don't miss the Apollo and the history behind this iconic neighborhood.
  • SE corner State St. and Whitehall St., Peter Minuit Plaza, New York, NY 10004, USA
    Did you know that George Washington was inaugurated president in New York City? We did. Come join this exciting trip where you'll time travel to revolutionary times. Meet George, and Nathan Hale, and Gershom Mendes Saixas, the first American born Jewish Leader.
  • Straus Square, 167 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002, USA
    Travel back to the Lower East Side in 1900 and meet some of the Jews that lived in the most crowded neighborhood in the world. A socialist newspaper owner, an activist nurse, and a vaudeville comedienne will captivate you.

“Entertaining, informative,
and a great way to understand
the city's history. The characters are hilarious!”


David Franklin




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We strive to keep our followers updated as much as we possibly can, so we do our best to photograph our tours and workshops and upload them here for you to enjoy. Come to visit and check out our most recent tours, a look behind the scenes, and our latest and greatest content!


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