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NYC: Guided Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

1. NYC: Guided Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

Explore the Central Park area of New York on a private horse carriage tour and discover its famous sights. See the popular attractions like Wollman Rink, Carousel, Chess and Checker House, The Dairy, and more with a guide. Board a beautiful carriage and pass by the famous Literary Mall, Bethesda Fountain, The Lake, Boat Pond, and Sheep Meadow. Your guide will tell you the history and other interesting facts about the places during the journey. Click memorable pictures during two photo stops at Bethesda Fountain and Cherry Hill, also known as the Friends Fountain. You will also discover the Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Columbus Circle, Balto Statue, Summer Stage, The Boathouse Restaurant, Bandshell, and other places.  Experience an unforgettable horse-drawn carriage ride and soak in the beauty of Central Park. 

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

2. New York City: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Admire New York City’s top sights and most popular neighborhoods from the top deck of an open-top Hop-On Hop-Off bus. See iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Enhance your experience with multi-attraction or sightseeing cruise combo tickets. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of the open-air sightseeing bus and on foot when you choose to hop off to further explore. Hop off and back on at your leisure, creating your own customized itinerary around the city while on the Uptown and Downtown loops. Benefit from a live bus-tracking app tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive.  Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is informative, highly entertaining, and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket options: 1. Classic Ticket includes unlimited boarding on Uptown and Downtown loops for 1 day 2. Classic Ticket plus a 90-minute Circle Line sightseeing cruise 3. Best of New York Package includes Classic ticket plus Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty skip-the-line tickets Top sights on the Downtown loop include: • The Flatiron District • Union Square • Greenwich Village• East Village • Chinatown• Little Italy• Wall St. and the Stock Exchange • SoHo  Top sights on the Uptown loop include: • Times Square • Upper East Side• Central Park• Museum Mile• Uptown Manhattan• MoMA • The Met• Columbus Circle

New York City: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

3. New York City: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Discover New York City with a 9-mile bike tour through the city that never sleeps. Join a professional New York City tour guide who will escort you to smome of the most fascinating landmarks of the city such as Columbia University, Hudson Yards, the Highline, and Wall Street. Start the tour in Harlem, and get a unique perspective of the city on a tour combining excitement with education and adventure. Enjoy the sights of the city like the Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park, the Intrepid, and the point on the River Hudson where Captain Sully famously landed his stricken plane. Stretch your legs and get a good, healthy workout, but don’t worry, this isn’t a race! The tour is designed to be leisurely and allow you to enjoy the city and admire the sights.  Finish the tour downtown at the South Street Seaport, a historic neighborhood just below the Brooklyn Bridge.

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, and much more. The nice park scenery alongside the magnificent views of the city from the park is a must-do during your visit to NYC.

New York City: Private Horse Carriage Ride in Central Park

5. New York City: Private Horse Carriage Ride in Central Park

Make the most of your trip to New York City by embarking on a private horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park with a guide. Soak up views of the park's most iconic landmarks, including the famous carousel, Wollman Rink, Bethesda Fountain, Cherry Hill, Sheep Meadow, Literary Mall, and more. Climb aboard your carriage in front of the José Julián Martí Statue. Decide what you want to see and where you want to stop. Ride past landmarks like the Wollman Rink, Central Park Carousel, Chess and Checker House, Dairy Plaza Hotel, Literary Mall, Balto Statue, Loeb Boathouse, and the Lake. Halfway through the ride, take a break at the Cherry Hill Fountain and Strawberry Fields to click photos. This stop is also ideal if you wish to propose or celebrate a special occasion. Continue to see the Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Museum Of Natural History, Dakota Building, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Heckscher Playground, and Columbus Circle. Along the way, hear about the city's history from your guide.

New York City: Private Manhattan Limousine Tour

6. New York City: Private Manhattan Limousine Tour

Explore Manhattan in a spectacular way: from a private stretch limousine. Join family or friends in your chauffeured limo and soak in the city lights and sights throughout your tour. Ask your chauffeur to take you to places you prefer to see then sit back and relax in style as you're driven around Manhattan. Board your private limousine, get comfortable, sip on the stocked soft drinks, and play the music of your choice on the speakers before setting off on an unforgettable New York City experience. See the most iconic sights of the city from the shiny Fifth Avenue to the towering Rockefeller Center, and from leafy Central Park to Greenwich Village's charming red-brick houses, and much more. Stop to snap some photos en route or simply enjoy them from your limo's window — the choice is completely yours on this ride. Round off your drive by being dropped off at your accommodation or a place of your choice in the city.

New York City: Helicopter Sightseeing Charter with Champagne

7. New York City: Helicopter Sightseeing Charter with Champagne

Enjoy a romantic date or family outing in your private helicopter with stunning aerial views of Manhattan. All flights are personally narrated by friendly and experienced pilots. R44, AStar, and Twin Star helicopter options available. On a 30-minute helicopter charter, skilled pilots will dazzle you with bird’s-eye views of the Hudson River, East River, Yankee Stadium (accessible outside game times only), Harlem, Central Park, Columbus Circle, Times Square, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, George Washington Bridge, Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island (with the exception of any restricted areas).

New York City: Christmas Markets and Lights Walking Tour

8. New York City: Christmas Markets and Lights Walking Tour

Get into the Christmas spirit on a 4-hour walking tour of New York’s most attractive holiday markets, and find unique gifts among the vast array of hand-crafted goods, local art and crafts, and fashionable winter attire. Meet your guide at Columbus Circle and set off in the glow of the city's winter lights. Experience the magic of New York during the holiday season, stopping to admire the dazzling window displays of all the department stores and boutique shops. Sample traditional foods and warming drinks as you take in Manhattan's holiday light displays, Christmas movie locations, and charming holiday decorations along the way.

New York City: Pedicab Tour Through Central Park

9. 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. Surrounded by cherry and gingko trees, Cherry Hill’s carriage turn finds you where wealthy 19th-century New Yorkers once showed off their fine buggies. Head to the top of the hill and see the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Fields, and listen as your guide explains its significance when paired with the John Lennon memorial. Clop by the English lawn-bowling court, admire the bronze statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman, and the bust of Italian philosopher Giuseppe Mazzini, and enjoy the view of the legendary restaurant Tavern on the Green.

New York City: Central Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

10. New York City: Central Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover the sights and history of Central Park on a self-guided walking tour via an app on your phone. Enjoy some moments of peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin your audio and GPS tour and make your first stop at the famous Central Park Zoo, home to everything from monkeys to pythons to penguins. You’ll also get a chance to see the whimsical Delacourte Clock. Then, continue on to the statue of Balto, and find out why a dog from Alaska has a statue in New York. After that, it’s on to the beautiful tree-lined Mall and Literary Walk. Hear the stories — and the controversies — behind all of the statues of famous literary and historical figures that line the walk. Arrive at the Naumburg Bandshell, where famous speakers, from Martin Luther King to Fidel Castro, have given speeches over the years. Then, step onto Bethesda Terrace, a wonder of Italianate architecture offering stupendous views of the park. It’s also been the filming site for plenty of major hits through the years, from Home Alone 2 to The Avengers. After, follow the route to the Hans Christian Andersen monument honoring the author of children’s classics like “The Little Mermaid.” The tour through the fantastical side of the park continues at the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, burnished to a shine from years of kids clambering all over it. Art lovers will adore the next stop: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From there, pay a visit to the Jacky Kennedy Reservoir at the park’s heart. Stroll around this picturesque pool and learn to identify iconic buildings in New York’s skyline. Then, stop by the Great Lawn, which has featured superstars like Elton John and Bon Jovi and continues to be a major gathering place for folks looking to enjoy a little natural serenity. Later, see an actual castle and a Shakespearean garden before moving on to the Strawberry Fields memorial commemorating music legend John Lennon. And you can’t come to Central Park without visiting the famous Carousel, so you’ll stop there and hear about its history. Finally, exit the park at Columbus Circle, a major hub of the city not too far from where your tour began. The tour concludes here.

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What people are saying about Columbus Circle

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4.2 / 5

based on 1,458 reviews

I took me and my three children, ages 10 and 7, for a 55 minute carriage ride. Due to traffic we got there a bit late (5 mins) but and the driver finished the route about 5 mins early, so we didn't quite get the full 55 minutes. It was enough given the weather, time of day and the ages of the kids. Personally I was a bit disappointed that the tour references movie locations mostly and nothing much about any of the scultpures or architecture, but the kids liked it and I was only doing the whole thing for them. It's an expensive treat. One I will repeat!

Prepared driver, kind and non-invasive. Useful tour to test the atmosphere in the park, with stops at famous places.

On time Polite Helpful and informative Would recommend to anyone visiting the area

Rasheed is an excellent host! Highly recommend booking with him. Beautiful park.

Always a great trip and sitting on top able to get a great view.