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2-Hour Private Biking Tour of Central Park

1. 2-Hour Private Biking Tour of Central Park

Along with your own private tour guide, experience the best of Central Park at your own pace and by your own schedule. Hop on a comfortable bike of your choice and explore the most famous attractions in the park, such as the Bethesda Fountain, the Great Lawn, and the iconic Central Park Mall, where many movies have been filmed. Your guide will, in the language of your choosing, explain to you the historical and current significance of these features of the Park so that you come away from the tour relaxed and entertained. Enjoy the feeling of the fresh air on your face and the green foliage around you as you and your private group guide the way for 2 full hours.

New York City: Central Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

2. 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.

Guided Walking Tour of Central Park

3. Guided Walking Tour of Central Park

Get to the root of Central Park on this 2-hour guided walking tour. Explore the most famous park in the world and make the most of your time in New York City. Few will get to see how the twists and turns of Central Park unfold to reveal the essence of the park. See the green, beating heart of the park amid the hustle and bustle of New York City. Hear the distinct crunch of Central Park dirt beneath your feet and feel the warm light of the sun on your face. Your seasoned tour guide will be with you every step of the way on this emotional, physical, and spiritual journey to teach you about the rich history of these incredible sights. Highlights include the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, Conservatory Waters, Strawberry Fields, Central Park Mall, Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the Great Lawn, Bethesda Castle, and more. Count yourself among the lucky few when you finally learn what makes Central Park so special.

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What people are saying about Great Lawn

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 266 reviews

Very nice bike tour, cycled about three quarters of Central Park. Got a lot of info. Well worth it. The only point of concern was that we had booked a private tour, but someone else was cycling with us anyway. Was otherwise fine, but don't call it a private tour.

It was a lovely tour & ride and Luis, our driver & tour guide, was very congenial, knowledgeable and just a great person all ‘round! Would highly recommend this tour and Luis.

Louis was our host. He did a great job of showing us the sites and taking an interest in us. We had a lovely ride and conversation.

Great driver. Friendly and informative. Offered to take our photo.

Wonderful experience. Did not rush the ride at all.