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Central Park Tour – Manhattan’s Man-Made Masterpiece

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.

During our week in NYC we did three tours with CityRover. We did the Brooklyn Bridge Tour, Central Park, and City of Dreams. Each tour was with a different guide and each one was outstanding. Our family ranged from almost 10 years old to almost 80. The kids were engaged the entire time and never complained. The older people had no problem handling the pace.

By the end we decided that we want someone from this tour group to show us around every time we come back to New York. The attention to detail included stops for snacks on every tour and details of places to eat or shop afterwards. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. By the end of the tours they each felt like friends we had known for years.

If you are contemplating a tour, then contemplate no longer. Just do it. Very highly recommended.

Great three and half hour tour. Leisurely but comprehensive ramble in fantastic setting, and high marks for the historical details about the park design and architecture, and about the City. Very personable and considerate guide (Rodney). This tour is not just for first time visitors to the park.
We had 10 of us on a 3 hour walking tour of Central Park (ages ranged from 16-80). Max was so entertaining and knowledgeable. We bombarded him with question after question, and he told stories in such an entertaining way. He knew old historical facts and details as well as any current event we threw at him. I would highly recommend this Tour and Tour Guide. It was the first time in NYC for half of us, and the rest of the group had been there multiple times, and all of us came away amazed.
Lenght:
About 3.5 hours; 3 miles on foot (5 kilometers)
Cost:
$45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Schedule:
Thursday and Saturday at 10am
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.