Central Park is considered to be both the greatest example of urban planning in American history as well as a masterpiece of 19th century art and landscape architecture. This tour’s theme covers the park’s incredible history from an urban planning-design viewpoint to its iconic role in American pop culture. Whether your interest is art, celebrities, architecture, music, Hollywood movies, pop culture, food, recreation, scenic vistas, or physical exercise- Central Park has something for everyone. It should be a “must-see” on every visitor’s list of things to do in New York City.
Accompany us on a 2-hour walking tour and…
There is between 2 to 3 miles of walking at a moderate pace. If mobility is an issue please arrange for a private tour. Please dress appropriately for long distance walking and for the weather.
It is important to arrive at the tour starting location at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time, as we do start the tour promptly. It would be unfair for the others if we need to wait for those that are late. We cannot guarantee you’ll be able to find your tour group if you are late.
We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please do check the weather report and be prepared for the weather.
You can cancel a tour up to 48 hours prior to your tour date without penalty and receive a full refund. Also prior to 48 hours of your tour date, you can reschedule your tour without penalty. Tour spots are limited.
Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.
Yes, this tour is included with your New York Pass. You’ll need to make a reservation with your credit card. No charges will apply IF you show up with a valid New York Pass. You can cancel 48 hours prior to your tour without penalty. You can always reschedule your tour. This allows us to better manage our group size and make the tour experience better for you.
59th Street Columbus Circle station
By Car: Click here to view a map of nearby paid parking spaces. Not recommended due to unpredictable traffic which may cause you to miss the tour.
Tour Bus Loading/ Unloading and Parking: Click here for a list of DOT’s authorized bus layover locations.
Tour Ends: 72nd Street and Central Park West / 8th Ave
Over 320 feature Hollywood films have been shot here on location, making it the single most popular “on location” movie spot in the world. And it’s no coincidence- Central Park was carefully designed to be beautifully aesthetic, with nature scenes of streams, ponds, bridges, and hills unfolding around every curve.
Your tour route follows many of these well-known Hollywood productions. The park borders many famous luxury apartment buildings that are home to celebrities who will be discussed on tour. The park is considered the personal "backyard" of the many New Yorkers who enjoy a great variety of recreational activities. It's where city dwellers go to decompress from the stress of urban life. Every year, the city celebrates many of its greatest traditions here. In addition to being the location of the finish line of 50,000 runner-strong New York City Marathon, it is the home to many charitable events and corporate race challenges, such as the Susan G. Komen Race for The Cure
"[Our guide] made this experience amazing, showing me all the best spots and giving me some great history."
Summer activities in the park include free concerts and live performances by the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera, as well as contemporary music and theatrical performances at Summer Stage and at the Shakespeare in the Park Festival. Winter activities include ice skating on the famed Wollman Rink. There is literally never a time when there is nothing to do in this great community resource.
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