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Central Park Bike Rentals

1. 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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VIP Central Park Private Horse Carriage Ride

2. VIP Central Park Private Horse Carriage Ride

Enhance your Central Park experience with a narrated, private horse carriage tour and discover its famous sights. Sit back and relax aboard a beautiful and well-maintained carriage. See the popular attractions and get beautiful scenic views along your journey through the famous Park. Pass by Wollman Rink, Carousel, Chess and Checker House, The Dairy, Literary Mall, Bethesda Fountain, The Lake, Boat Pond, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Columbus Circle, Balto Statue, Summer Stage, The Boathouse Restaurant, Bandshell, and Cherry Hill. Hear plenty of interesting facts about Central Park and its attractions. Take memorable pictures, during two photo stops at Bethesda Fountain and Cherry Hill (aka Friends Fountain).

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Central Park 5-Star Bike Tour

3. Central Park 5-Star Bike Tour

See the best of Central Park on a bicycle tour and discover the secrets and famous spots of this legendary park. The 2-hour 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, hear interesting park history, and see the architecture. 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.

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Brooklyn: 3.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

4. Brooklyn: 3.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Pedal off from the famous Dumbo area under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, and get sweeping views of Lower Manhattan across the East River. Continue to the redeveloped Brooklyn Navy Yard, and then head into the southern part of bohemian Williamsburg. Cycle to Fort Green Park and pass the preserved government buildings. Get stunning views of the Soldiers and Sailors Arch and Brooklyn Public Library from Grand Army Plaza. Then, experience the cycling paradise of Prospect Park before you ride into Red Hook for a quick snack and drink.  Hear how the area went from being the busiest port in the world to a place of crime, before artists moved in to the brick warehouses and brownstone houses. See local landmarks such as Steve's Key Lime Pies and Widow Jane Distillery, and grab some snacks along the way. End with a visit to affluent Brooklyn Heights, the first preserved historic neighborhood in the United States.

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Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

5. 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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Central Park Bike Rental All Day

6. Central Park Bike Rental All Day

Rent a bike for a full day and explore Central Park. Discover this popular park that’s a blend of scenes from movies, classic architecture, historical attractions, celebrity sightings and so much more. Ride through the world’s most famous urban park and experience New York in a fun way. A bike will help you see Central Park like you never could on foot. Take in everything from the incredible Olmstead-designed waterfalls, pool and loch to the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art. This full-day rental is ideal if you want to explore the park fully, stop for meals and visit the nearby museums.

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Central Park: 5K Fun Running Tour

7. Central Park: 5K Fun Running Tour

Enjoy an exhilarating "sight-running" tour through the world's most famous urban Park!  After a few warm-up stretches you will be led away from the hustle and bustle of the City streets and enter into the beautiful oasis in the heart of the Big Apple. During your one hour long run, learn how Central Park came to be and hear the details of it's amazing history. The tour course will bring you to various locations with amazing views of the surrounding skyline, where you can view the contrast between city architecture and the naturalistic escape that New Yorkers consider their own back yard. The run is led by locally-based guides who will take you through the course at a relaxed pace. You won't beat any personal best times as you make stops along the way to learn about the various monuments and statues that populate the Park.     This tour is perfect for travelers who want to stay active while away from home and want to enjoy a superior experience to running on a treadmill for their exercise. It is often said that, "You can run on a treadmill anywhere in the world, but you can only run in Central Park when you're in new York!" This is a run you'll never forget! 

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New York City: Secrets of Central Park South Walking Tour

8. 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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New York: Central Park City Running Tour

9. New York: Central Park City Running Tour

Enjoy a casually paced run through the Lower section of Central Park, including the Dakota Apartments, Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Terrace, The Ramble and more.  The lower portion of the park features the most ambitious landscape architecture ever implemented in the United States and magically escorts the viewer out of the city and into a peaceful park surrounding. There are a few planned stops along the route where your guide will point out items of interest as well as good photo opportunities. This tour is not a race and is suitable for all running abilities. More than one guide will be provided depending on group size as well as varied paces. Please do not worry - you will not be left behind.

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New York City: Central Park Walking and Yoga Tour

10. New York City: Central Park Walking and Yoga Tour

Stay committed to your health and wellness while away from home and enjoy an authentic New York fitness experience at the same time. Take an exhilarating yoga-inspired tour through NYC’s most beloved green space and start your day in the best way. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets and enter into the beautiful oasis that is the heart of the Big Apple. During your 90-minute fitness tour, learn how Central Park came to be and hear the details of its amazing history. The tour course will bring you to various locations with amazing views of the surrounding skyline, where you can view the contrast between the city architecture and the naturalistic escape that New Yorkers consider their own backyard. Make stops along the way to progress through a series of yoga poses and stretches as well as take in the historic sights and sounds of the world's most famous urban park.

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What people are saying about Central Park

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 24 reviews

The carriage ride was an absolute highlight in New York. The tour lasted just under 50 minutes with stops for great photos. Our driver told us interesting details and knew a suitable film for almost every location that was playing there. We found the starting point quickly. About an hour before the start, we got a call with the mobile number and the name of our driver. We didn't need the number. Just ask a driver for their name at the meeting point. They will help you quickly. Good to know: you can't make it through the whole park in 50 minutes. We weren't at the famous Bow Bridge. Nevertheless, the tour is highly recommended.

How do I begin!!!! It was truly beautiful. Our tour guide (Andy) was wonderful, professional and very attentive to our needs and comfort during our tour. He provided us with a blanket to keep us warm, as it was raining off and on. He pointed out the different locations where television and movie productions used the site as well as an historic overview of the park and the communities living around the park. We also saw a couple getting married in one of the gazebo over a small stream. At the end of the tour Andy allowed me to pet and feed his horse (Cynthia).

Angela was a fantastic and enthusiastic host for our running tour! I learned a lot and had fun- all while getting in a great workout. Highly recommend!

Niko was great! Customer service was great as well. Thanks!

Awesome experience, my son and I had a lot of fun!