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Central Park Tours

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The heart and soul of Manhattan, Central Park is 843 acres (341 hectares) of green space featuring running paths, a boating lake, ponds, a zoo, fountains, statues, gardens, and a skating rink. New Yorkers and visitors alike have gathered at this National Historic Landmark year-round since 1857 to enjoy a respite from Manhattan’s concrete jungle.

The Basics
Central Park has something for everyone. Visit Bethesda Fountain, the Strawberry Fields monument, or the Alice in Wonderland statue; enjoy kid-friendly fun on the carousel at the Central Park Zoo; sail model boats at the Conservatory Water pond; or simply enjoy people-watching at Bethesda Terrace or Sheep Meadow. The park’s size can be overwhelming, so consider a park bike tour, a walking tour, or a pedicab tour for a guided experience. Bike rentals are also available for those who prefer to explore on their own.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Several spots offer information about the park: the Dairy Visitor Center, Belvedere Castle, the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, the Chess & Checkers House, and the Columbus Circle information kiosk.
  • No parking is available in the park, but parking garages are nearby.
  • Wheelchairs can be used on many paths, but there are stairs around the park, so consider starting at an information center to pick up a map.
 
How to Get There
Central Park is bordered by 59th Street, Central Park West, 110th Street, and Fifth Avenue, making it reachable on foot from many Manhattan neighborhoods. Otherwise, hop off the subway at Columbus Circle or Fifth Avenue to enter the park from the south, where you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride to explore via a traditional form of transportation.
 
When to Get There
The park is open daily from 6am to 1am. It’s a can’t-miss attraction at any time of year, but to enjoy a classic New York City activity such as ice skating at Wollman Rink or watching a performance of Shakespeare in the Park, you’ll want to visit during the appropriate season (winter and summer, respectively).
 
Museums Surrounding Central Park
Many of New York City’s top museums lie just on the edges of Central Park, most notably on Manhattan’s famed Museum Mile, a stretch of Fifth Avenue that’s home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Neue Galerie New York. On the other side of the park, you’ll find the American Museum of Natural History.
Address: W. 59th Street, 10018, USA
Hours: Open 24 hours daily
Admission: Free
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NYC Central Park Bike Rental

NYC Central Park Bike Rental

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Experience Central Park by bike with this convenient bike rental, perfect for everyone from first-time visitors to NYC regulars. Traveling by bike enables you to see more than you can on foot. With a provided map and staff recommendations, you can explore the bike-friendly paths at your own pace and stop to admire sites along the way. Book ahead, as bike rentals often sell out for this classic New York adventure.
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  • 1 to 12 hours
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45 Minutes Central Park Tour

45 Minutes Central Park Tour

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A horse and carriage ride through Central Park is one of New York’s most magical experiences, with a history dating back over 150 years. Whether you’re on honeymoon or a family vacation, don’t leave this precious ritual to chance. Book ahead to guarantee your perfect time slot without the wait. Your 2-mile (3-kilometer) ride covers sights including the Lake, Strawberry Fields, Tavern on the Green, Rumsey Playfield, and Conservatory Water.
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  • 45 minutes
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Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride (Long Loop - 45 Minutes)

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Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride (Long Loop - 45 Minutes)

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Discover the natural beauty and main attractions of Central Park during a 40-minute carriage ride. Perfect for a romantic occasion or fun-loving families, the tour is the perfect way to see the landmarks of the world famous park without getting worn out. Set a leisurely pace, the 2.5-mile trail includes views of Cherry Hill, Wollman Rink, Bethesda Fountain, Sheep Meadow, and more.
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  • 45 minutes
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$101.34
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Central Park Pedicab Tours with New York Pedicab Services

Central Park Pedicab Tours with New York Pedicab Services

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Explore scenic Central Park in the back of a pedicab with this popular tour option that showcases the best of this top destination with prices determined per pedicab and not per person. Ride along and see the park's major landmarks and attractions. Learn about the celebrity homes that line the park, and see where John Lennon used to live. Your guide stops along the way, so be sure to bring your camera.
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  • 15 minutes to 3 hours
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Central Park Walking Tour

Central Park Walking Tour

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Central Park is one of New York City's star attractions. Rather than wandering through it alone, you'll have a far richer experience in the company of a guide who knows it well. In a small group, follow your guide through the park on a walking tour that covers the history, structures, plants, animals, and movies associated with the park.
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  • 2 hours
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Central Park Walking Tour

Central Park Walking Tour

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While Central Park’s vast size is what makes it an oasis in New York City, it also makes it difficult to navigate alone. Go with a guide to see the park’s highlights—including the Literary Walk, Strawberry Fields, the locations of famous movie scenes, and more—without the stress of getting lost. A small group size ensures your guide's full attention, ample time for questions, and a more personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour

Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour

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On average, 98 movie scenes are shot in New York City every month, and unless you’re following all the details daily, you might pass by spots and not even know it. This Central Park TV and movie sites walking tour takes you through the city with a guide who knows all the best filming locations from ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ ‘Home Alone 2,’ and more.
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  • 2 hours
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Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

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With its wealth of landmarks and vast size, exploring Central Park on your own can be overwhelming. With this guided walking tour, avoid the hassle of following a map and take in the highlights with a guide. Admire the storied bridges, fountains, and statues at a leisurely pace while learning about the park’s history and design, and see the famous spots featured in hundreds of films.
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  • 2 hours
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50 Minutes Central Park Horse and Carriage Tour Up to 4 Adults

50 Minutes Central Park Horse and Carriage Tour Up to 4 Adults

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An old-fashioned carriage tour through Central Park is a unique way to enjoy NYC for first-time visitors, frequent travelers, and even local residents. Whether you are sightseeing, celebrating a special occasion, or treating your family to a fun activity in the city, a carriage ride through one of America's most iconic public parks is sure to create lasting memories for you and your loved ones. Central Park Carriages is a family run business operating since 1979. We are very excited to share our love of New York and Central Park with you!
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  • 50 minutes
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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park

Private Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park

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There are few things more romantic or charming than seeing New York City from a horse-drawn carriage. Take a leisurely journey around Central Park, exploring its many bridges, fountains and statues. Pass landmarks including the Imagine Mosaic, the Conservatory Garden, Belvedere Castle and the Central Park Zoo. A blanket and top enclosure are provided for warmth if necessary.
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  • 45 minutes
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Inside Central Park Bike Tour

Inside Central Park Bike Tour

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Pedal the shady paths and boulevards of Central Park on a guided bike tour with a small group of cyclists. Enjoy a leisurely pace as you trace a route to landmarks and hidden gems, from the Bethesda Fountain to the memorial at Strawberry Fields. See the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon lived, then loop around Cleopatra’s Needle and visit Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. Take in the natural side of life in New York City with an experience that’s suitable for all fitness levels and experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Electric Bike Tour of Central Park and Waterfront Greenway

Electric Bike Tour of Central Park and Waterfront Greenway

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New York City—especially the Central Park area—has a lot of ground to cover. This Central Park electric bike tour allows you to see more than you would on a walking tour and in less time. Plus, it takes you to top highlights throughout the park and lets you cruise along the bike-friendly Hudson River Waterfront Greenway for fantastic river views.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Central Park Pedicab Guided Tours

Central Park Pedicab Guided Tours

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Hop aboard a pedicab—a bicycle-powered cab—for a private ride around New York City's Central Park. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide and the chance to customize your itinerary to include four stops of your choosing among more than 20 local attractions. Riding in a pedicab will get you around the 843-acre (341-hectare) park much more efficiently than you ever could on foot.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

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New York's iconic landmarks, mighty rivers, and islands are even more impressive from the air. On this tour, soar over Manhattan’s most famous sights in a helicopter and enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Big Apple. There's plenty of time time to see Liberty Island, the Empire State Building, and Governor’s Island.
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  • 20 minutes
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Highlights of Central Park Pedicab Tour

Highlights of Central Park Pedicab Tour

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Central Park, stretching from 59th to 110th Streets in one direction and Fifth to Eighth Avenues in the other direction, is a massive swath of greenery. The best way to see more of the park in less time is by pedicab. This pedicab tour shows you the park's top attractions, as your guide pedals through the legendary public space, telling you historical facts and intriguing tales as you go.
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  • 1 hour
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New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

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New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue up the Hudson River to see even more of Manhattan. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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  • 17 to 20 minutes
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Central Park Walking Tour

Central Park Walking Tour

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With an area covering more than 800 acres, Central Park is hard to take in on your own. Explore with a guide on this walking tour so you don’t miss any of the highlights. See landmarks such as the Delacorte Clock, Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Terrace, and the Alice in Wonderland statue. Hear about how the landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux created this urban masterpiece.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Central Park Bike Tour

Central Park Bike Tour

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Discover New York’s most loved park—Central Park—on this exciting bike tour. Going on a guided tour means you can put your phone away, and concentrate on the beautiful sights around you. Visit many different park locations, and learn about sites where movies were filmed. Along the way, hear historical insights from your guide. Highlights include Strawberry Fields, the Mall, and the Bethesda Terrace.
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  • 2 hours
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Central Park Zoo General Admission Ticket

Central Park Zoo General Admission Ticket

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From snow monkeys to sea lions, puffins to penguins, discover the range of wildlife that call Manhattan home. Plan a visit to see your favorite member of the animal kingdom and meet some new ones along the way! General Admission ticket includes access to the main zoo, Tisch Children’s Zoo, Temperate Territory, Grizzly Bears, and the Sea Lion Pool.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Central Park New York City Bike Rental

Central Park New York City Bike Rental

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Central Park’s massive size can make it hard to explore by foot. Instead, discover its scenic paths and historic sites in the heart of New York City by bike. Ride for an hour, or opt for a half- or full-day rental, and follow tree-lined roads to the park’s highlights and hidden gems. Leave the park behind to cruise midtown Manhattan’s vibrant neighborhoods, and see the city at your own pace.
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  • 1 to 2 days
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Central Park Highlights Small-Group Bike Tour

Central Park Highlights Small-Group Bike Tour

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Explore the beautiful sights of Central Park on this leisurely bike tour. Follow your local guide along the park’s scenic and bike-friendly paths as you cruise by famous attractions like Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the Bethesda Fountain. Learn about the history of this green oasis in the center of Manhattan on an easy ride. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour to suit your sightseeing schedule.
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  • 2 hours
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Complete Manhattan and Central Park Bike Tour

Complete Manhattan and Central Park Bike Tour

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Explore Manhattan more easily, quickly, and smoothly than you could on foot or public transport on this bike tour. Pedal through Lower Manhattan, breeze along the waterfront, discover Central Park, and explore Midtown; all without worrying about navigation or whether you’ve covered the must-sees. Check out Little Italy, SoHo, and more; learn tales of the sights you’d miss otherwise, and enjoy a break for lunch (own cost) on route.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Central Park Guided Tour by Pedicab

Private Central Park Guided Tour by Pedicab

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Central Park consists of 843 acres (341 hectares) of green space, with 58 miles (93 kilometers) of paths. Rather than spend days trying to see it all on foot, soak up the sights on a private pedicab tour with your own personal driver-guide. The shorter tour covers half the park, including Bow Bridge and Strawberry Fields; upgrade to the longer tour to see 34 highlights, including Alice in Wonderland.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Central Park hours of operation?
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Central Park hours of operation: Open 24 hours daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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