Central Park Tour

Explore New York City's Backyard

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.

  • $ 35 (free for under 13y/o)

  • 2:00 pm
    Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

  • 2 Hours

  • USS Maine Monument in Columbus Circle SW corner of Central Park Click Here For Map

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Bethesda Terrace performers

Accompany us on a 2-hour walking tour and…

  • 2 hour tour with an entertaining, highly-rated English-speaking NYC guide of the greatest park in American history
  • Be blown away by the unprecedented landscape design team of Olmstead and Vaux
  • See the locations of Hollywood movies filmed in the park
  • Be amazed by the design and acoustics of the Bethesda Terrace Arcade and stroll The Mall, a famous promenade
  • Views of the Loeb Boathouse overlooking The Lake, and view world-famous sculptures, The Indian Hunter and Angel of the Waters
  • See the The Ramble, a densely wooded section of the park, and view the scenic Sheep Meadow, followed by the Bow Bridge, voted the most romantic spot in New York City. Be sure to get a photo with your loved one (and/or tour guide)
  • View the famous apartment buildings of Central Park West, and hear about the celebrities who live there. Pay tribute to the great Beatles icon John Lennon at Strawberry Fields, the most visited spot in the park

How much walking is there on this tour?

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.

What happens if I am late and miss the group?

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.

Does the tour happen during the rain or snow?

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.

What is your cancellation, rescheduling, refund policy?

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.

What is the tipping or gratuities policy?

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.

Is this tour included with the New York Pass?

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.

Important Restrictions

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early as the tour starts on time. You will not be able to catch up to the tour if late.
  • Just tell the guide your name. No need to print out the ticket or confirmation email.
  • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE: The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability) or offered a refund.
  • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE OUTDOORS: Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • NY Pass is accepted for this tour.

Rescheduling Policy

  • We understand that your plans sometimes change. That is why we try to be as flexible and accommodating as possible with our Flexible Reschedule Policy.
  • Free Rescheduling Anytime: Reschedule your tour anytime without penalty even if you missed the tour.
  • Refund after rescheduling: Once you have been rescheduled, there can be no refunds if you decide not to take the tour.
  • NY Pass: For NY Pass holders, you can always reschedule as long as your NY Pass is valid for the day of the tour. If your NY Pass is no longer valid on your rescheduled tour date, you’ll be charged for the full amount of the tour.

Meeting Location: USS Maine Monument at Columbus Circle at the corner of Central Park

By Subway:

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."
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our guide takes you around Central Park

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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