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Our most recommended Central Park Educational Activities

New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided Tour

1. New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided Tour

Metropolitan Museum of Art is New York’s most valuable landmark, boasting over two million works of art and artifacts from ancient Greece and Egypt, Modern art from Europe, and more. Skip the long line with this small-group guided tour and learn the museum's history and see the works of art housed within the walls. The tour begins with the Great Halls and visits all the most popular galleries. See the Chicago Stock Exchange in the American Wing, which also hosts the portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Visit the Medieval European Galley where you will see the armor worn by Henry VIII. Learn how American Galleries differ from European counterparts. Learn about the lives of painters from Vermeer, Seurat, and especially Van Gogh. Your professional experienced host will guide you and be there to answer your questions. If there is a specific area you are excited to visit in the museum, please ask your host and they will happily accommodate. The best part is that you are welcomed to stay and spend the rest of your day exploring the exhibits until closing. If that's not enough, visit again in the next two days with the same entrance ticket. The Met has special extended hours on Friday or Saturday evening, and you are invited to join then for a quieter, exclusive experience. Tours will have up to 15 passengers.

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Manhattan: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

2. Manhattan: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

Rediscover the charm of vibrant Manhattan on a private tour with a savvy local host. Replicate the experience of spending time in a city with a friend who lives there, as we all know the best travel moments come from going beneath the surface of a destination and discovering it from a local's perspective. Travel through the best parts of Central Park, where New Yorkers go jogging and cycling. Go for a stroll downtown, stopping along the way at the best cafes loved by real New Yorkers. Or allow your local host to lead you towards the charming, old-style covered market in Greenwich Village, stopping to see the High Line. There are so many possibilities for your customized itinerary. After booking, you will be contacted about your preferences and interests. A like-minded New Yorker who knows the city intimately and shares your interests will be assigned to you as your local host.  Based on the things that you would like to see and do, a personalized and bespoke itinerary will be built just for you. During the tour, if you feel like changing direction, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a different sight or experience, they will suggest it to you. You will be able to arrange a meeting point and time with your host in the most convenient place for you. Let your private local host show you the New York you will love.

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Central Park: Live Guided Bike Tour

3. 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 Zoo and Sightseeing Walking Tour

4. New York City: Central Park Zoo and Sightseeing Walking Tour

The tour begins on the world-famous Wall Street, the oldest part of Manhattan. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this busy district, and see some of the city’s most recognizable sights including Ground Zero and The Charging Bull at the New York Stock Exchange. Continue on to Greenwich Village next, walking through Five Points, China Town, and Little Italy. Learn about the vibrant culture of these neighborhoods and the people who live here as well as tips on the best local places to eat some amazing food. After the walking tour, visit the Central Park Zoo, nestled in the heart of New York's beloved Central Park. Explore this 6.5 acre zoo and admire the array of animals housed here, which includes bears, penguins, pandas, leopards, monkeys, and more.

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New York: 5-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour with Food Tastings

5. New York: 5-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour with Food Tastings

Your 5-hour walking tour begins on the world-famous Wall Street, the oldest part of Manhattan. Admire some of the city’s most iconic buildings that line the street, pass by the sombering Ground Zero, and see the famous Charging Bull statue outside the New York Stock Exchange. Head to Greenwich Village next and walk through Five Points, Chinatown, and Little Italy. Feel immersed in the unique and truly vibrant atmosphere of these vastly different New York neighborhoods. From your informative guide, learn about the fascinating history of these areas and the people that live here. Continue the tour onto the iconic Flatiron Building then head across to the High Line and Hudson Bay Yard. Afterwards, take the subway to Times Square and then explore 5th Avenue. From here, marvel at a selection of sights including the NBC Studios, Museum of Modern Art, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and more. Throughout the tour, stop at 4 local eateries and taste the very best food that New York City has to offer. Immerse yourself in the traditional flavors of the city including a hot dog with all the trimmings, an authentic New York pizza slice, delicious dumplings from Chinatown, and a tasty Italian cannoli.

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Guided Walking Tour of Central Park

6. Guided Walking Tour of Central Park

Get to the root of Central Park on this 2-hour guided walking tour. Explore the most famous park in the world and make the most of your time in New York City. Few will get to see how the twists and turns of Central Park unfold to reveal the essence of the park. See the green, beating heart of the park amid the hustle and bustle of New York City. Hear the distinct crunch of Central Park dirt beneath your feet and feel the warm light of the sun on your face. Your seasoned tour guide will be with you every step of the way on this emotional, physical, and spiritual journey to teach you about the rich history of these incredible sights. Highlights include the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, Conservatory Waters, Strawberry Fields, Central Park Mall, Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the Great Lawn, Bethesda Castle, and more. Count yourself among the lucky few when you finally learn what makes Central Park so special.

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New York City: Secrets of Central Park South Walking Tour

7. New York City: Secrets of Central Park South Walking Tour

Discover hidden knowledge behind some of the famous monuments of Central Park. Your walking tour will relate to stories behind such sites as the Bethesda carvings, the Angel of the Waters fountain, swill milk, Phrenology, a blind mule, and much more. This adventurous walking tour is one of three in a series entitled “Secrets of Central Park”. Each 2-hour tour begins at 2:30PM daily, and explores either the South, Middle Kingdom, or North sections of Central Park individually. Each walking tour unlocks secrets and juicy stories around the development and growth of this iconic New York City landmark. Time will also be given to the founding, development, and cultural influences of Central Park's past and present. All these tours were developed and are led by Manhattan local, Lyall Croft. Croft is a former Central Park employee, historian, educator, and professional licensed guide with more than 15 years' guiding experience.

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What people are saying about Central Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Our guide, Nina, made seeing The Met, a whole new experience, even for this long term member. She provided history, context and helpful insight in a way that was not overwhelming, but engaging. Her broad based knowledge of the museum meant we had an excellent overview of the top works of art, and many of the less celebrated artists as well. I can highly recommend this tour.

Nina Grand did a wonderful job moving us quickly through hordes of people to get to all the key sites efficiently so that we were able to see much more than we would have on our own. She took all our interests and needs in to account and was knowledgeable about the museum and its art. Nice to spend an afternoon with her!

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.

Absolutely amazing tour! Bobby was absolutely fantastic! Highly recommend to anyone coming site seeing to take this tour.

Our guide Nina was amazing. Very interesting and informative. Really enjoyed the tour!