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The Lake at Central Park

Central Park Tour – Manhattan’s Man-Made Masterpiece

The CityRover Difference:

  • Small groups (12 max.), no microphones, no flags
  • Engaging local guides, fun stories and interesting facts
  • Local snack stops and focus on a non-touristy experience
  • Satisfaction Guarantee

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

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.

We had never been on a walking tour before & are so pleased we chose CityRover to introduce us to Central Park. Rodney led our tour & it was informal, relaxed & fun. We learned so much and would never have got the same appreciation had we chosen to explore ourselves. It was my favourite part of our trip. We have some beautiful pictures, lots of the 2 of us together against stunning back drops - all of which Rodney took. Thoroughly recommend this tour. It's not strenuous and would be enjoyable for all. I'll definitely use this company again on my next visit to NYC.
My mom and I were in New York for a long weekend and were very eager to explore Central Park. Last minute we decided to book a walking tour and were very glad we did! our guide, Max was wonderful, answering any questions we had and providing us with a great introduction to Central Park. I appreciated that this tour was more like having someone we knew in the city give us a walking tour! I look forward to returning and checking out some more walking tours with CityRover.
About 3.5 hours; 3 miles on foot (5 kilometers)
$45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Thursday and Saturday at 10am
Maximum group size is 12 adults
Our tours are currently offered only in English
There will be 1 bathroom break
Private Option:
This tour is also available for private booking
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 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.