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Central Park Tour – Manhattan’s Man-Made Masterpiece

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.

Tour Highlights

  • Escape NY’s concrete jungle and get lost in America’s first and most famous landscaped city park
  • Discover some of the most photographed Central Park landscapes and features, including The Mall, Bethesda Terrace, The Lake & Bow Bridge, Strawberry Fields & Imagine Memorial, The Great Lawn, and many others
  • Learn about some of Central Park’s secrets and discover hidden gems like the Ladies’ Pavilion, Belvedere Castle, and Shakespeare Garden
  • Enjoy Central Park’s incredible beauty while learning about its history and design
Having taken a previous tour with Max by myself, I knew when I returned with my husband and brother-in-law we had to take the Central Park tour. Informative and entertaining as ever, Max did not disappoint us. We saw and learned so much, I can't begin to tell you how much we all enjoyed the tour. The dining tips at the end were great...had a nice dinner away from the crowds. It was a busy long weekend and we did many things, but we all agreed our City Rover tour was the highlight of the trip.
Mr H and I were on a long weekend from Scotland to NYC, and were keeping it loose, but booked Max's Saturday afternoon Central Park Tour. What a great decision! We wished we had longer to book some more of his other walking tours, as this one was full of info, personal, with not too many people, and with little touches (can't give those away!), to make this tour unique.

My head is still full of the information he passed on to us, (I am THAT kind of person), but even he couldn't have planned the bulldog on the skateboard we saw at the end of the tour! Smiles all round!

His after-care was great too, with recommendations for places to eat, transport links etc from where the tour ended. We can't wait to get back and book another tour! :)

I can't recommend this enough. My daughter and I took the Central Park tour with Max and it was excellent. Max is very animated and knowledgeable. He made the tour very interesting and his enthusiasm spilled over into our entire tour group (which is limited to a small number). My daughter wasn't overly enthused when I told her I booked a 3.5 hour walking tour, but she ended up enjoying herself tremendously. This was definitely the highlight of my NYC trip and I will be taking more tours with CityRover when I return. Thanks Max for an excellent time - you clearly love what you do!
Lenght:
About 3.5 hours; 3 miles on foot (5 kilometers)
Cost:
$45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Schedule:
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday at either 10am or 3pm
Size:
Maximum group size is 12 adults
Language:
Our tours are currently offered only in English
Break:
There will be 1 bathroom break
Private Option:
This tour is also available for private booking
Location:
Starts near Fifth Avenue and Central Park South (you will receive detailed info after booking), ends in the Park near the Museum of Natural History and Metropolitan Museum of Art (you will be given directions).

Additional Tour Info

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 may not be appropriate for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults.  Further, some of our tours reference adult content some parents may deem inappropriate for children.  On this particular tour, references may be made to murder, crime, and drugs.   That said, there are 2 “child” tickets available for each public tour for children aged 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.