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App Review: Racontours NYC Walking Audio Tour

One of the best things I love about New York City is the rich, rich history. Whenever we visit, it is always to visit some historic site or learn more about some event or place. Unfortunately, the New York City atmosphere is not terribly historic. The hustle and bustle and constant change interfere and often overshadow the marvelous history and historic sites.

Well, the times, they are a-changing. I have been enjoying one of the best NYC apps ever! It’s Racontours.com. It’s a free download for both iPhone and Android phones. I’ve been using the app for over two months now. LOVE IT!

The Racontours app download is free and includes a few free tours, but you must pay for other tours (as of this writing, tours are $9.99). The tours are exceptionally well done.

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I am giving away some FREE tours for the app this week only. All you have to do is email Oscar at Racontours with the coupon code NEWYORKTRAVELER. Racontours will send you a coupon code for a free tour. Even if you don’t plan on visiting the city, you can still learn a lot. Most tours are very long — it took me several hours to get through a few of them — so they are somewhat like a movie/audio book/video. I really like them. I recommend the Central Park, Wall Street, and Old Manhattan tours, I really liked those.

When you load a new tour, click the big red “R” button in the center of the screen. Once you’ve chosen the tour you want to begin, the app displays a map of the entire walking tour and the points of interest. Some tours are extremely detailed and can easily last a few hours.

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After the map loads, the tour begins. You can view your progress with the progress bar at the top, use the slider to rewind or fast forward through the app chapter, and use the media player keys at the bottom of the app screen to pause the tour, review or fast forward. You can also share your experiences with the universal share button.

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I think this app is very, very well done. I had no problems on my iPhone 4 and 4S devices. I do have an important tip for you, though– download your tour on WiFi, before you begin your walking tour. Some of the downloads can take up to 5 minutes, and the last thing you want to do is hang out on a New York City street corner waiting for a download! Also, wear earbuds or headphones if you walk through the city on the tour. NYC traffic is exceptionally loud and you may have trouble hearing the audio.

I know you will enjoy this app, whether you visit NYC or not. The history is remarkable and the app is real fun. Grab your coupon code and you will see what I mean! Enjoy!

Note: I received this app and tours free of charge in exchange for this review. My opinion of this app is 100 percent genuine and honest. I really do love this app and highly recommend it!

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About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. Carole says:

    I just emailed Oscar to get a free tour, this looks AWESOME!!

  2. Rena says:

    Becky, you are on the up and up with technology! This sounds really neat!! This would be awesome for other cities/areas too!

    I don’t have a smartphone so am unable to have apps. I am back in the dinosaur age with my cell lol. Technology and I don’t really hang out much hahaha.

  3. Leslie says:

    This app is awesome. New York City tours are the best way to see the city!

  4. […] I was very impressed with the tours. Some are huge, lasting a few hours, and have images and videos and interactive questions. The history is pretty amazing. You don’t have to be a NYC city slicker to enjoy the app. 😉 It’s great history and I think it was put together very well. You can read my review with screenshots at my travel blog. […]