Central Park is best explored on foot, but not all NY sightseeing tours are created equal. Join our popular and highly-rated walking tour of Central Park and together we will explore its winding paths, spectacular scenic landscapes and hidden gems. Along the way, you’ll learn a lot about the park, its design and evolution, and the development of the great metropolis around it. It’s impossible to discuss Central Park without talking about New York City, so you’ll learn about both.
We will also talk about the Imagine Memorial for John Lennon in Strawberry Fields, the role of the Central Park Conservancy, and the importance of the landmark Dakota Apartments to the development of the Upper West Side. We promise you’ll leave knowing more about Central Park than most New Yorkers.
How strenuous is this walk? This walk covers about 3 miles on foot in nearly 3.5 hours. Assuming the benches in the Park are not wet, there will also be plenty of opportunities to sit down (while your guide tells you interesting stories). However, this tour does involve several short walks uphill and a few staircases to climb and descend. If you feel that this may be too strenuous for your age, level of fitness, or state of health, then please consider joining another CityRover tour or contacting us for a private tour. Generally, if you can walk up a flight of stairs without losing your breath, then this tour should present no challenges.
What About Kids? Our public tours are not ideal for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults. If you would like to tour with us and have children ages 10 and younger, please contact us about a private tour. That said, there are 2 “child” tickets ($25 each) available for each public tour for children ages 12 and under.
Meeting Point: Detailed meeting point instructions will be emailed to you once your reservation has been processed. Please note that the tour usually ends either near the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the American Museum of Natural History (not at the starting point), so we recommend using public transportation to get to the meeting point (vs. driving and parking).
Stops: There will be at least 1 restroom break during our walk. Each participant will also be offered a complimentary bottle of water on the walk and a small snack along the way. A meal prior to the tour is recommended.
Are gratuities included? Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price, so if you enjoy your tour, tips are very much appreciated.