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Our most recommended Central Park Family-friendly Activities

  • New York City: American Museum of Natural History Ticket

    1. New York City: American Museum of Natural History Ticket

    Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. Located just across from Central Park, the museum is home to over 32 million specimens. Benefit from all-day entry and use the option to upgrade your general entry ticket to include special exhibitions. Explore all permanent exhibitions as well as the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Wander around 45 Museum Halls to learn about dinosaurs and diamonds, and everything in-between. Look out for the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and Easter Island head that inspired characters in the film "Night at the Museum." Connect to the museum's WiFi and download the free Explorer App to your smartphone. The app offers turn-by-turn navigation, behind-the-scenes stories about exhibits, quizzes, and more. See the exhibition highlights at your own pace with the museum's self-guided tours of popular ...

    A lot to see! We wish we had more time there. The only downside is there are not a lot of restrooms and it can be confusing following the map. They could use better signage. Overall, amazing content! So mush to see and our kids and us adults enjoyed it!

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

    2. 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 op...

    The downtown bus was great but the uptown bus wasn’t on cue when we passed specific sites. It would talk about them too early and when we reached them they were already talking about something else.

  • 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 fl...

    Fun and close to the park. I also liked that they included bike locks, helmets and baskets included in the price!

  • 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.

  • Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

    5. Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

    See the sights of New York’s Central Park on a unique pedicab tour. Your tour guide will show you the sights of Central Park and tell you about its history as you travel at a leisurely pace. You'll make stops at key places of interest in the park, such as Strawberry Fields, the Dakota Building, Cherry Hill, the Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, and Sheep Meadow. No matter what the season, you will be taken on a dreamlike ride in one of the world’s most celebrated landscapes, filled with authentic New York culture and architectural splendor. Along the way, your guide will inform you about the history and significance of the various sights you pass.

  • Central Park: Bike Tour

    6. Central Park: Bike Tour

    See the best of Central Park on a bicycle tour and discover the secrets and famous spots of this legendary park. The tour covers all the main highlights of Central Park, including the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, the Strawberry Fields, the Literary Walk, Cherry Hill, Belvedere Castle, and the Reservoir. You will learn amazing facts, and hear interesting stories about the park's history. Discover famous movie spots and celebrity homes. During the tour, make multiple stops for photograph opportunities and short walks. The tour goes at a leisurely pace so it is perfect for riders of any skill level.

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

    7. 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 Centra...

  • New York City: Pedicab Tour Through Central Park

    8. New York City: Pedicab Tour Through Central Park

    This ride takes around one hour on a 3.5 mile trail. During this tour, there are three short breaks. The first stop is at Bethesda Fountain so you can see the magnificent architecture of the Bethesda Terrace Tunnel and the lake. Then, you will stop at Cherry Hill/Friends Fountain followed by a stop at Strawberry Field/John Lennon Memorial. Some other points you will pass by are: Wollman Rink, Dakota Building, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Columbus Circle, Carousel, Balto Statue, Boat Pond, the Bow Bridge. With a knowledgeable driver to regale with you tales of the park's past, cruise by the Dairy, where New York's children once came to get fresh milk, watch the up-and-down of horses on the Carousel, and pass by the statue of William Shakespeare. At the Bethesda Fountain and the Angel of the Waters sculpture, pause to snap memorable photos and then head towards Cherry Hill. Surroun...

  • New York City: Central Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

    9. New York City: Central Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

    During this ride, you will pass by many historical landmarks of Central Park on a horse-drawn carriage. This is the perfect activity for a romantic promenade, or a fun ride with friends and family. You can climb into a lavishly decorated carriage with plush seating for a ride through Central Park. With the clip-clop of the horse’s hooves in the background, you will visit the cascading Angel of the Waters Sculpture, see the John Lennon memorial, and circle the fountain at Cherry Hill. With a knowledgeable driver to regale you with tales of the park's past, you will cruise by the Dairy, where New York's children once came to get fresh milk. You can view the horses on the carousel, and pass by the statue of William Shakespeare. At the Bethesda Fountain and the Angel of the Waters sculpture, you can pause to snap memorable photos before you then head towards Cherry Hill. Surrounded by cher...

    It was fun and we felt like royalty being ridden around in a Horse Drawn Carriage. Truth is the Park is just way too big to see all the good spots in one day on foot so I am very happy we went for it.

  • New York City: Central Park Tour by Pedicab

    10. New York City: Central Park Tour by Pedicab

    Choose between a 1-hour or 2-hour tour of Central Park by Pedicab 1-Hour Tour If you would like to get familiar with the basic places of interest in Central Park, take a ride on a 1-hour pedicab tour through New York City's famous park. Visit Strawberry Fields, the Dakota Building, Cherry Hill, the Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, Summer Stage, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on Green, and more. You'll see it all! No matter what season, you will be taken on a dreamlike ride in one of the world’s most celebrated landscapes, filled with authentic New York culture and architectural splendor. Along the way, your guide will inform you about the history and significance of the various sights you pass. 2-Hour Tour (2-hour tours are not possible in winter time because of cold temperatures.) See the sights of New York’s Central Park on a unique 2-hour pedicab tour. Your...

    Buddy did an amazing job. His overall knowledge was great. He was very interactive and explained many of the highlights in and around the park fro historical to movies. I would recommend highly!! Hey Buddy your travelers from Buffalo!! ☺

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What people are saying about Central Park

Had a GREAT time riding Big Bus. All of the representatives on the street were nice and very helpful. The stops are strategically placed close to all the major areas of attractions to allow easy walking to. It’s definitely well worth the price to get around the city all day. Highly recommended!

We really enjoyed it. We wish we had more time. We were there 4:5 hours and wish it was longer and we only saw the basic museum. We will definitely come back if we ever visit NYC again. The prices were very reasonable also.

Loved gems, dinos, doiramas, whale and dinos. Too much to see on a single visit. We’ll be back.

Had a good time, had family come along with us they enjoyed the site's very much.

Love the idea of being able to hop on and off. Enjoyed it very much