Walking Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted – book here.

Bicycle Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted – book here.

Pedicab Tour Overview

  • Duration: 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted – book here.

Combination Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets acceptedbook here.

Central Park Top Ten

Springtime in Central Park

While Central Park offers a welcome respite all year round from the surrounding cacophony of urban life, it is during spring that the park really sparkles.  Starting at the middle of March, sometimes before the snows of winter have even completely disappeared, you can find snowdrops and crocuses poking up between the leaves and tree roots.  These are soon followed by daffodils and tulips as the entire park erupts in a fragrant display of early flowering pastels.  By mid April the Central Park landscape is awash in cherry blossoms and magnolia flowers that signal the completed transformation from dreary winter to spring celebration.  Here is a countdown of our picks for the ten very best places in the park to view this amazing floral display.

 

Movies have been shot in Central Park for over a century now (the first was “Romeo and Juliet” in 1908) and the park has played an iconic part in countless films over the years – from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to “Home Alone 2” . The criteria used in the selection process were admittedly biased, but we did use the results of the best Central Park movie poll that we’ve been running for the past two months. Other factors in judging the results were how the park was depicted in the movie, and, of course, the quality of the film itself.  Here is our Top Ten.

Top Ten Attractions in Central Park

Angel of Waters - Bethesda Fountain

Angel of Waters – Bethesda Fountain

Central Park features an amazing array of attractions and points of interest that engage and inspire the over 25 million annual visitors.  From Columbus Circle to Grand Army Plaza to Duke Ellington Circle the park features gardens, world famous performance venues, historic statuary, lakes, ponds and pools.  There are more than thirty bridges and arches, two iconic restaurants, a wildlife refuge, a marionette theater and a real life castle – not to mention the Central Park Zoo.  Trying to pick a top ten from the myriad of choices is next to impossible, but here is our list of the Top Ten Attractions in Central Park.

From picnics on the North Meadow to dinner for two at the Boathouse Restaurant, Central Park has always provided a wide choice of sites for a romantic rondesvouz.  Here are the the Top 10 we’ve chosen as the very best.

Shakespeare Garden

“Away before me to sweet beds of flowers. Love-thoughts lie rich when canopied with bowers.”
– Count Orsino in Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene I
A fitting quote to introduce our next pick, one of Central Park’s hidden gems: the Shakespeare Garden. Nestled between Belvedere Castle and The Swedish Cottage, the Shakespeare Garden first came into existence in 1913. Known as the Garden of the Heart, it was patterned after Victorian era rock gardens. Then, in 1916, to celebrate the tercentennial of Shakespeare’s death, it was rechristened in honor of the Bard and only plants mentioned in his plays were planted there. These include columbine, primrose, wormwood, quince, lark’s heel, rue, eglantine, flax and cowslip, many of which sound as if they would be right at home boiling and bubbling in a cauldron. It is in the spring and early summer that the garden comes into its own, bursting with blooms and fragrant blossoms. The Shakespeare Garden also offers a variety of secluded rustic benches, perfect for the timeless art of canoodling.

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Central Park Top Ten

Springtime in Central Park

While Central Park offers a welcome respite all year round from the surrounding cacophony of urban life, it is during spring that the park really sparkles.  Starting at the middle of March, sometimes before the snows of winter have even completely disappeared, you can find snowdrops and crocuses poking up between the leaves and tree roots.  These are soon followed by daffodils and tulips as the entire park erupts in a fragrant display of early flowering pastels.  By mid April the Central Park landscape is awash in cherry blossoms and magnolia flowers that signal the completed transformation from dreary winter to spring celebration.  Here is a countdown of our picks for the ten very best places in the park to view this amazing floral display.

 

SummerStage – GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC

SummerStage – GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC

Funk legend George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic’s to take over SummerStage in Central Park in their last performance in New York City as part of the One Nation Under A Groove tour. Clinton will be joined by Galactic, Fishbone, and Dumpstaphunk on Tuesday,...

KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD

KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD

KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARDProduced by The Bowery PresentsWednesday, August 28, 20197:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm)Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021Australian psych-rock band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, known for an energetic live...

Shakespeare in the Park 2019

Shakespeare in the Park 2019

We're looking forward to another amazing season of Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.  What better way to spend a warm, summer evening than enjoying Othello, Julius Caesar, or Hamlet performed outdoors at the very heart...

Shakespeare in the Park

Much Ado About Nothing

We’re looking forward to another amazing season of Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.  What better way to spend a warm, summer evening than enjoying Othello, Julius Caesar, or Hamlet performed outdoors at the very heart of Manhattan?  All performances take place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park rain or shine.

Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (American SonA Raisin in the Sun) directs a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. In this modern production, we find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry, as old rivals engage in a battle of wits, unexpected foes plot revenge, and young lovers are caught in a tumultuous courtship – until love proves the ultimate trickster, and undoes them all.  Begins May 21st – get more info here.

The Central Park Zoo

The first incarnation of the zoo in Central Park came about almost by accident. It began with New Yorkers dropping off unwanted animals at the arsenal. These included everything from 72 white swans to a black bear cub (everything, that is, except the apocryphal alligators that found their way to the sewer system.) In 1864 the legislature approved the construction of a several buildings to house the growing collection and the Central Park Menagerie was born. In 1934 Parks Commissioner Robert Moses used Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds to construct what was, for its time, a state-of-the-art facility. Designed with a storybook theme the new Central Park Zoo provided a greatly improved home for the animals and a wonderful place to visit them.

As time passed, however, it became apparent that the zoo was becoming woefully inadequate for residents. In the spring of 1980 the Wildlife Conservation Society entered into an agreement with the City of New York to renovate and operate the zoo on behalf of the Parks Department. Construction was finished by 1985 and the new Central Park Zoo was a reality, and the park once again was home to a facility which is considered one of the finest of its kind. The zoo in Central Park now attracts nearly a million visitors a year from all over the world.  More>>

The Central Park Zoo

Around the Park

Central Park has a wide variety of carefully crafted topograhical aspects all created by the genius of Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. From the beautiful centerpiece of the Park, Bethesda Terrace to the more rustic charm of the North Woods Central Park changes from festive fountains to pastoral retreat all in the space of a few city blocks.

There is also a fully functional National Weather Station located at picturesque Belvedere Castle, an outdoor performance venue at the Delacorte Theatre, two skating rinks, a public swimming pool, and several different information centers located around the park that offer not only information about the park, but also host a variety of educational programs for adults and children alike. Then there is the rich historic content of Central Park.

On the East Side there is The Obelisk, or Cleopatra’s Needle, the oldest public monument in North America. At the northern end of the Park is the Blockhouse, a fort from the War of 1812 that still stands. On the Upper East Side is McGown’s Pass, which the Continental Army passed through in 1783 when they re-took the city from the British Army. And then there is the amazing musical legacy of the Park, which has hosted historic performance’s by some of the world’s greatest artist, including Paul Simon, Elton John, Dave Matthews and Bruce Springsteen. And, of course, Pope John Paul the II, who celebrated mass on the Great Lawn in 1995. So, make sure to allow plenty of time for your visit because Central Park is a veritable world unto itself, rich with scenic vistas and hidden gems, all at the center of the world’s most exciting city!

Central Park is an ideal place to spend an afternoon with your family. Whether simply walking around and enjoying one of the many aspects of the park’s wonderfully conceived landscape or participating in one of the many family programs sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy the park offers an amazing array of family friendly activities.

Wollman Rink – Enjoy ice skating in the winter or in-line skating from spring until fall with the breathtaking skyline of Manhattan as a backdrop.

Lasker Rink and Pool – With ice skating in the winter and swimming in the summer, Lasker Rink and Pool is a lesser known oasis of family fun at the northern end of the park.

Central Park Zoo and Children’s Zoo – The Zoo in Central Park, and the Children’s Zoo, offer an entertaining and educational way to spend an afternoon in the park. Both are recently renovated, featuring state-of-the-art animal enclosures and informative exhibits, and together are the perfect size to be covered in a few hours.

New York City’s iconic horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park are no longer allowed to board on the street, and their drivers are not happy about the change.  Hours after going into effect, those new rules were already causing controversy.

“This is a way to make things safer and more humane for everyone,” Edita Birnkrant, executive director of New York Class argued. “I think all the manufactured hysteria is just that: It’s a refusal to adapt to a changing city. This is a very minor change.”  Supporters are applauding the change, claiming a horse could easily be spooked by the growing traffic and noise at their old location. There were 20 collisions with carriages in the last two years.  “Anyone who stands at 59th Street and sees the constant traffic knows that no sensitive being like a horse should be stuck there nine hours day and night,” Birnkrant added.

Camels on Sheep Meadow

Perusing our archive of Central Park Stereopticon pictures recently I came across this singular photo of a camel, seeming quite relaxed on a stroll through Central Park.  As part of the park’s menagerie (which later became the Central Park Zoo), camels visited Sheep Meadow periodically. This particular camel appears to be roaming the park quite freely. Camels were popular at the menagerie, and they got lots of attention in the press; newspapers updated New Yorkers on when new camels came to the park, when a baby camel was born, and when a beloved camel died as evidenced by this brief, but poignant, notice in the NY Times:

“VOLSTEAD, ZOO CAMEL, DIES
Grief of Mate and Offsprlng Acute – Museum Declines Carcass
Volstead, the 14-year-old Bactrian camel who had long figured as one of the chief attractions at the Cen­tral Park Zoo, died yesterday after four days’ illness. Volstead, who was born in the zoo here, was the last of the male camels of the Central Park herd. He is survived by his mate, Jeanette, and an 11-months-old offspring, Jeanette 2nd. The grief of the survivors was described by Head Keeper Robert Hurton as acute.
The Museum of Natural History having declined to accept Volstead’s carcass, the camel will be buried at Barren Island.”
Published: May 23, 1930 Copyright © The New York Times

Walking Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The walking tour covers all most beautiful sights of the southern half of Central Park. You will walk through some of the 58 miles of trails the park has to offer passing a lake, rocky outcrops, bridges, arches, sculptures and more.
This tour takes you off the beaten path to sights both the bikes and pedicabs cannot reach - book here.

Bicycle Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The bicycle tour provides a complete journey through 843 acres of Central Park, guaranteeing that you will see the most out of any tour available. Your tour guide will provide background information, historical insight, and point out some of the most photogenic sites for you to capture photos!
This tour covers about six miles in a casual, smooth pace with lots of stops for walking and photos. It's the ultimate way to discover Central Park - book here.

Pedicab Tour Overview

  • Duration: 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The most comfortable way to explore Central Park. No need to walk or peddle - just sit, lay back and enjoy beautiful views and insightful commentary.
This is a private tour for you and your party. A complete, relaxed, and personalized experience of Central Park. You can choose from 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours tour options.  Custom pick up/drop off spots are available too - book here.

Combination Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The Combined Pedicab & Bicycle Tour is ideal for parties when one part part prefers to ride their own bikes, and another part prefers the comfort of the pedicab – on this tour all the group will stay together and have stops for walking and group pictures - book here.


About Central Park

Find all the information you need to enjoy your visit to New York City's iconic Central Park.


Things To Do

From The Philharmonic on the Great Lawn to Shakespeare in the Park to SummerStage, Central Park offers an endless array of things to do, see, hear - and, with two full service restaurants and several cafes, taste.  You can visit The Shakespeare Garden, take in a performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, take a ride on the Carousel - or just sit and people watch at Bethesda Terrace!


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