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New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore New York City and see the sights from the top deck of an open top bus. Admire iconic landmarks and monuments, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the unique neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Upper East Side. The hop-on hop-off route covers iconic sights throughout New York City. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus, and on foot when you choose to hop-off to further explore. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Benefit from live bus tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive. Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is highly entertaining and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket options: 1. Classic Ticket includes unlimited boarding on Uptown and Downtown loops for 1 day 2. Classic Ticket plus a 90-minute Circle Line sightseeing cruise 3. Best of New York Package includes Classic ticket plus Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty skip-the-line tickets The classic 24-hour hop-on-hop-off ticket starts in Midtown Manhattan and includes two loops, Downtown and Uptown. The Downtown loop is the best way to explore Lower Manhattan. See popular neighborhoods such as the Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village, and the East Village. Hop off and enjoy a walk through Chinatown and Little Italy. Wander around Wall St. to see the infamous Stock Exchange and charging bull, eat your way through Little Italy and Chinatown then shop till you drop at all the high-end or boutique stores SoHo is famous for. The Uptown Loop starts from Times Square North and takes you on a journey through the Upper East Side, along Central Park, and down Museum Mile. Discover the famous landmarks of Uptown Manhattan such as MoMA, The Met, Central Park, and Colombus Circle.

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New York City: Central Park Bicycle Rental

2. New York City: Central Park Bicycle Rental

Explore New York City by bike with this rental package. Rent a bike from NYC's largest bike rental and bike touring company. Located in Central Manhattan, right next to Central Park, it is easy to explore one of New York's most popular attractions and premier biking area.  All bikes are a late model for the current year. Your rental includes the bicycle, a helmet, a bike lock and optional front and rear lights if you will be riding at night. You can also add bike baskets and water at the rental store.  The bike shop is located near Central Park, in a location which makes it very easy and convenient for you to pick-up and drop off your bike.

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Central Park Bike Rentals

3. Central Park Bike Rentals

This is your chance to tour the Big Apple by bike. Whether you just want a couple of hours to cruise around New York City's Central Park, or a whole day to see every neighborhood in Manhattan, we have you covered! New York City's sightseeing bike rental offers a variety of high-quality Cannondale bikes. Types include comfort, hybrid, mountain and tandem (for two people). Baby seats and baby trailers are also available. For your convenience and safety, the bike rental will include an illustrative map of New York City, a helmet, a chain-lock and a basket. Customer service is our priority. Our team members are pleased to offer recommendations about specific routes, must-seen attractions, and places to eat. Choose from several convenient durations to suit your personal schedule best. Bike rentals are available in 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, 4-hour or 24-hour durations to allow you maximum flexibility.

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Central Park: Live Guided Bike Tour

4. Central Park: Live Guided Bike Tour

Enjoy a Central Park bicycle tour and discover its most popular destinations, including the Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, the Literary Walk, the Reservoir and more. Take a tour with New York City's largest bike rental and tour company. Ride with a licensed professional tour guide while exploring Central Park. You’ll have the option of renting your bike past the end of the tour to explore Central Park and NYC on your own. Choose from the 4 tours of Central Park that are offered daily. Tours depart at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The tour duration is 2 hours and the distance covered is 5 miles. Possible sights on these tours include: Columbus CircleCentral Park MallBethesda FountainConservatory WaterThe ReservoirConservatory GardenThe Great LawnBelvedere CastleStrawberry FieldsCherry HillThe Balto StatueThe Alice in Wonderland Statue

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New York City: Central Park Scavenger Hunt Smartphone Tour

5. New York City: Central Park Scavenger Hunt Smartphone Tour

Discover 10 of the most notable attractions in New York's Central Park via a riddle-solving game on your smartphone. Uncover interesting information and facts about the sights after you solve the riddles. After purchase, receive a link for the mobile app with your login credentials. Then, once you're in Central Park, load the app and use the maps integration (an internet connection is required) to reach the attractions. At each stop, you have to solve a location-based riddle, which can only be done at specific locations. Don't worry: this is not a general knowledge test. Instead, use your logic, imagination, observation, combinatorial thinking, and team spirit to crack the riddles. Once you put in the correct code, the app will reveal the next destination and riddle to you. The puzzles are independent and not connected to each other through a story, so interact with the attractions and their exteriors to work out the answers. Take the opportunity to snap some photos as you walk between locations, and pause the game whenever you want. Have a coffee, visit a museum, go for lunch, or even wait until another day — the game will be waiting for you.

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New York: Walking Tour to Central Park Movie Locations

6. New York: Walking Tour to Central Park Movie Locations

Pretend you are Audrey Hepburn for the day as you take a stroll through New York’s Central Park to see locations used in many famous movies, from blockbusters to classic films. The New York icon has featured in hundreds of films throughout the history of cinema. Some, like Audrey Hepburn’s “Breakfast at Tiffany's” will be instantly familiar. Others may be a surprise! For movie buffs, this is the chance to relive moments from your favorite movies. Feed the pigeon's just like Macaulay Culkin did in “Home Alone 2,” discover where characters from “Glee” sang and danced a love song to New York, and stop at Wollman Rink to swoon at sites used in “Love Story” and “Serendipity.” In total, you will visit more than 40 locations. Even if you’re not a big movie buff, this tour will give you a whole new perspective on Central Park.

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Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

7. Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

With this ride, you will get the lucky opportunity to witness many of Central Park's historical landmarks from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. This activity is perfect for a romantic promenade or a fun ride with friends and family. The ride takes 40-minutes on a 2.5 mile trail. It has one stop at Cherry Hill/Friends Fountain where you can take some mesmerizing holiday pictures or simply just enjoy the view. During the ride you will see various landmarks such as The Wollman Rink, Carousel, Chess & Checker House, The Dairy, Plaza Hotel, 5th Avenue/Upper East Side, Literary Mall, Balto Statue , Summer Stage, Boat Pond, The Loeb Boathouse Restaurant, Bethesda Fountain, Bandshell, The Lake, Cherry Hill (photo stop), The Bow Bridge, The Museum Of Natural History, Strawberry Fields, Upper West Side, Dakota Building, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Heckscher Playground and Columbus Circle. The nice park scenery alongside the magnificent views of the city from the park is a must-do during your visit to NYC!

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New York: Guided 2-Hour Central Park Bike Tour

8. New York: Guided 2-Hour Central Park Bike Tour

Explore Central Park in a unique and fun way with a 2-hour guided bike tour. This trip will take you through the park faster than by foot, thereby giving you more opportunity to see all the sights. With a top-notch guide leading the way, you will not only be shown a comprehensive look of the park, but also given the opportunity for a customized tour that ensures you see all the spots you want to. From Bethesda Fountain to Strawberry Fields to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, you will see it all. Your guide will also lead the group to visit lesser-known sights like Cleopatra's Needle, Sheep Meadow, and the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater.

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New York Hell's Kitchen Food & Central Park Combo Tour

9. New York Hell's Kitchen Food & Central Park Combo Tour

At one time the home of poor, working-class Irish immigrants, Hell’s Kitchen became the site of skirmishes between Irish and German immigrant gangs. A later wave of Puerto Rican immigrants in the 1950s led to additional ethnic tensions, inspiring the famed Broadway musical West Side Story. Today Hell's Kitchen has become a gentrified area that boasts some of the most expensive properties in the city, as you’ll experience on this 4-hour guided tour. A world of ethnic food is available in Hell's Kitchen, a diverse neighborhood located just to the west of the Theater District. On the Hell’s Kitchen Food Tour you’ll visit some of the best restaurants in midtown Manhattan and taste some of the best food in New York. Try a variety of specialties from empanadas to custom-made donuts, and don't forget the bourekas! Next on this combo tour you’ll get to walk off all that amazing food in Central Park. Experience the best Central Park has to offer, including landscapes created to make it seem like you’re in the countryside. This 843-acre site is a welcome respite from New York's concrete jungle. Your expert guide will tell you about the park’s beginnings as a social experiment, and about some of its best kept secrets. See statues of historical figures, writers, and children's books characters, and visit some of the locations used in filming Hollywood movies.

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NYC Rollerblade Rental

10. NYC Rollerblade Rental

For all the rollerbladers out there, you can enjoy sightseeing central park at a slightly faster pace with this NYC Rollerblade rental deal. You will be able to stroll through the various meadows and hills, glance into the woods and at gardens, stare at the city across every angle of the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and if time allows, maybe even stop for a short while at the Met or the American Museum of Natural History to take advantage of the cultural side the park offers. Indeed, the various routes that are suggested are accessible through rollerblades and are custom to fit your sightseeing preferences. Just pick one and let the natural beauty of Central Park take you away from the city for a while into a peaceful and quiet escapade.

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What people are saying about Central Park

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 324 reviews

Ed was a great guide, personal and knowledgeable. I saw parts of the park I’ve never seen and it was so gorgeous. I’m not a great biker but I did just fine and had a fun experience to put in my memory bank.

Other than not being able to take the Empire State Building tour, technical difficulties on site booking, everything was very well done. Still waiting on my refund for that portion of my event

Our driver was very good and nice. He was knowledgeable and friendly. I would do it again and recommend it to others.

A nice way to see the city lights!! Great service made special accommodation for pick up.

Really enjoyed the trip and found it extremely informative. Would highly recommend it