Central Park
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Our most recommended Central Park Seasonal & Holiday Activities

  • Central Park: Horse and Carriage Ride

    1. Central Park: Horse and Carriage Ride

    Explore Central Park during this iconic horse and carriage ride around. Discover why it has been the most popular way to see Central Park for so long. Enjoy a choice between a short and long ride that can be taken during the day or in the evening. The carriages are a symbol of pre-modern life, before the advent of motor vehicles. During this time, New Yorkers traveled by horse-drawn carriage, and as a result the horses became as much of a symbol of the city as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Statue of Liberty. Being your ride meeting your driver who will introduce you to the horse. Majestical beings, you can approach the horse and pat time hello. Once you are ready, with a little signal, the horse will trot off to explore the many sights. Clip-clop serenely through the park, listening to the rattle of the wheels, the whinnying of the horse and the tinkling of the ha...

    I suggest that the guide will have a sign with the name of the guests because it was not so easy to find the right person when we arrived to the meeting ooint.

  • 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).

  • Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

    3. 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

    4. 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

    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 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!

  • 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...

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

    7. 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!

  • Central Park, Rockefeller & Times Square Horse Carriage Ride

    8. Central Park, Rockefeller & Times Square Horse Carriage Ride

    Start your tour at the corner of 59th street and 6th Avenue, following a short trip in Central Park and continue along the famous 5th Avenue past the Apple Icon and many other historical landmarks towards the Rockefeller area. Next, your ride follows the lights and the glory of the city into the Times Square area. Wandering in NYC streets at night on a horse carriage ride is certainly an experience everyone should try. Depending on where you look and what you see, the content of the tour changes. At Times Square, people around the US and the world gather in a festive atmosphere day and night, cold and warm! This carriage experience will provide you with a panoramic view of NYC, and its people who come from all around the world to meet at this "timeless" square! After riding through the park in its nightly dress, romantic paths and various views of the city, you delve into the crowded N...

    Fantastic bought it for my son as a xmas gift he proposed to his girlfriend at Rockefeller Center said it was fabulous

  • Manhattan: Christmas Lights and Movie Sites Bus Tour

    9. Manhattan: Christmas Lights and Movie Sites Bus Tour

    Relax on board a bus as a local actor guide entertains and informs you throughout this one-of-a-kind Christmas movie sightseeing experience. Experience the festive lights and decorations of Manhattan as they sparkle during the holidays, and spot iconic landmarks as well as some of the city’s hidden gems. Marvel at the famous tree at the Rockefeller center, where Macaulay Culkin reunited with his mom in “Home Alone 2.” Peek into the brilliant holiday windows at Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, and the same Macy's from “Miracle on 34th Street.” Learn where Bill Murray found out his taxi driver was the Ghost of Christmas Past in “Scrooged.” Pass through Central Park and reminisce about the chance moment that John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale had at the Wollman Rink in “Serendipity.” Whether you’re visiting New York or looking for a unique holiday experience in your hometown, this sightseein...

  • New York Holiday Lights and Movie Sites Bus Tour

    10. New York Holiday Lights and Movie Sites Bus Tour

    Relax on board a festive lights and movie sites bus in New York City as a local actor guide entertains and informs you throughout this one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience. Experience the festive lights and decorations of Manhattan as they sparkle during the holidays, and spot iconic landmarks as well as some of the city’s hidden gems. Marvel at the famed tree in Rockefeller center where Macaulay Culkin reunited with his mom in “Home Alone 2.” Peek into the brilliant holiday windows at Bloomingdale, Lord and Taylor, and the same Macy's from “Miracle on 34th Street.” Learn where Bill Murray found out his taxi driver was the Ghost of Christmas Past in “Scrooged.” Pass through Central Park and reminisce about the serendipitous moment that John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale had at Wollman Rink in “Serendipity.” Whether you’re visiting New York or looking for a unique holiday experience in yo...

    Great tour led by Kathryn. While we were late in the season (Jan 2nd), she did her best to get us to the best sites. Definitely recommend during the holiday season!

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What people are saying about Central Park

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

Victor is very knowledgeable about the park and was able to accommodate us at an earlier time.

The ride was amazing and the guide was knowledgeable and has great humor.

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