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  • New York City: Central Park Zoo and Sightseeing Walking Tour

    1. 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

    2. 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.

  • New York: Central Park Tour by Pedicab

    3. New York: Central Park Tour by Pedicab

    Take a comfortable ride through Central Park by pedicab, and stop along the way for photo opportunities and short walks at the most scenic spots. Choose a 1-hour tour to cover at least 24 highlights, such as Bethesda Terrace, Cherry Hill, Bow Bridge, and Strawberry Fields. Opt for the 2-hour tour and see at least 34 highlights, including Alice In Wonderland, the Jackie Onassis Reservoir, and Belvedere Castle.   Venture along some of the 58 miles of pathways, and discover much more than you would on foot. Get panoramic views of the architectural and historical treasures, see film locations sites where hundreds of movies have been shot, and learn the rich history of the park along the way.

    This was a great experience. we enjoyed our tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. He took great photos of us at the Friends fountain and other landmarks. I encourage everyone to take a Pedi-cab ride to tour Central Park.

  • Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

    4. 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 C...

    Louis was our driver and Dante our horse. It was a great adventure and we are horse people, so we loved getting to learn about how the horses are chosen, get vacation, etc. Thanks!

  • Manhattan: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

    5. 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 ...

  • Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

    6. Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

    Pass by many historical landmarks of Central Park on a horse-drawn carriage. This is the perfect activity for a romantic date, or a fun outing with friends or family. Cimb into a lavishly-decorated carriage with plush seating for a ride through Central Park. With the clip-clop of the horses' hooves in the background, you will visit the cascading Angel of the Waters Sculpture, as well as many other famous sights in the park. With a knowledgeable driver to tell you stories about the park's past, you will cruise by the Dairy, where New York's children once came to get fresh milk. View the horses on the carousel, and pass by the statue of William Shakespeare. At the Bethesda Fountain you can pause to snap memorable photos, before you head towards Cherry Hill. Head to the top of the hill and see the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Fields, and the John Lennon memorial. Clop by the English lawn...

  • Central Park: Bike Tour

    7. 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.

  • Central Park: Live Guided Bike Tour

    8. 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 Circle
    • Central Park Mall
    • Bethesda Fountain
    • Conservatory Water
    • The Reservoir
    • Conservatory Garden
    • The Great Lawn
    • Belvedere Castle
    • Strawberry Fields
    • Cher...

    The tour guide was very nice. It was an informative ride. Good way to get around the park if you’re not familiar with the area. Could have used more time at some stops, but overall a good experience. Definitely Will go back again without the guide, just bicycle rental, so we can spend more time in desired areas. Doable with a school aged child.

  • New York City: Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

    9. New York City: Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

    One of New York City's most celebrated sights, Central Park, is a vast green space plum in the heart of Manhattan. With this private pedicab tour you are guaranteed to see more of this oasis than possible on foot. As you travel you will be regaled in stories of the park's highlights, such as the Bethesda Fountain and Strawberry Fields, John Lennon's memorial. You knowledgable guide is bound to provide you with extra information you might miss if you were doing it alone. There will be more than fifty highlights throughout this experience, which include historical landmarks, movie locations, celebrity apartments, and much more. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped off at either the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, or the Fifth Avenue Shops.

    Driver was nice. He showed us excellent movie locations. Said some good informations about the park. Cool thing was when he showed us building where famous actors have apartments.

  • New York: Classic 1-Hour Central Park Pedicab Tour

    10. New York: Classic 1-Hour Central Park Pedicab Tour

    Start the tour with an optional pickup from your hotel in New York if it's not more than 5 blocks away from Central Park. Alternatively, head to the meeting point at the edge of the park. Meet your driver and board your pedicab, then set off together on a 1-hour tour to discover Central Park's main sights and attractions.  Journey through the park and make a 10-15-minute stop at the stunning Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. Get out here for the chance to stroll around and take pictures. Then, set off again towards the Cherry Hill Fountain and Bow Bridge, an iconic spot where countless wedding proposals have taken place over the years. Make another quick stop here to cross the bridge over the lake and take more incredible photos.  Next up, head over to Strawberry Field for a 5-10 minute stop where you'll discover the John Lennon Memorial. Make your final stop at the Dakota Building for th...

    Enjoyed this tour very much! John was an excellent guide and not only was he knowledgeable about Central Park, he took pictures of us. Best way to start our vacation!

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What people are saying about Central Park

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Driver was nice. He showed us excellent movie locations. Said some good informations about the park. Cool thing was when he showed us building where famous actors have apartments.

Enjoyed this tour very much! John was an excellent guide and not only was he knowledgeable about Central Park, he took pictures of us. Best way to start our vacation!

Amazing experience, knowledgeable guide, and a cute horse. They even accommodated the time change. Ty

Great trip! I was scouting spots to propose so the guided tour helped!

Our guides were fantastic. Would absolutely use tgem again!