Central Park
Special Holiday Activities

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Our most recommended Central Park Special Holiday Activities

  • Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

    1. 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

    2. 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, Rockefeller & Times Square Horse Carriage Ride

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Although my husband has been to NYC many times, this was my first time in NYC. As exciting and adventurous as my trip to NYC was, one of my favorite things was going to Central Park. Not just going to the park, but going to the park on a horse drawn carriage and being able to see a good portion of the park while the guide narrated and outlined for us the history of the park and many things in it. It was one of the most thrilling and enjoyable activities I have ever been on. Lori our guide was fantastic, her carriage was clean and organized, and she was professional and friendly. We truly truly enjoyed our carriage ride and getting to know Lori and Milo... please pass this review on to her so she knows ... a must do in New York, if your love horse drawn carriage rides.. we will definitely be doing this again .... The Mucciarones

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).

Our ride was awesome! Our driver was Zara and she pointed out all the landmarks and points of interest. I would recommend this tour to everyone wanting to see Central Park in New York! t is well worth it.

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