Biking

When bikes first began to appear in Central Park, bicycling was only permitted from midnight to 9:00 am. In 1880, the League of American Wheelmen had 360 members and would hold an annual meet every May in Central Park. At that time, bikes were unsteady and dangerous and as a result as many as 30 bikes were destroyed during this meet due to accidents. Today, due to innovations such as helmets, lights and brightly colored spandex, collisions are much rarer. During daylight hours, most of the bikes in the park are recreational in nature, people out for a leisurely trip around the drive or out riding with friends. In the early morning or after dark, you can usually spot a number of competitive bicyclists. Offering both hilly and flat terrain, Central Park provides cyclists with varying levels of difficulty.

Location: Park Drives: Circling the entire Park, the drives provide three long distance routes – 6.1 miles, 5.2 miles or 1.7 miles – or shorter distances if you cross the Park at a number of scenic locations. Cycling is prohibited on the pathways.

Rentals: Bicycles can be rented at the Loeb Boathouse parking lot at East 74th Street, daily from March through October from 10:00am to 7:00pm. You can find current rental rates and more information about bike rentals here.  Or you can call – (212) 517-2233.  You must leave a credit card, driver’s license or passport as a deposit. *Note: The Loeb Boathouse bicycle rental facility does not offer child seats as pictured in the photo above.

When: The Park is closed to traffic on Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 3:00pm, and 7:00pm to 7:00am, and weekends from 7:00pm Friday to 7:00am Monday. When the Park is open to traffic, a bikers’ lane is always available though it is not recommended that you use the Drives when they are open to traffic. The Park is officially closed from 1:00am to 6:00am.

FYI: The law requires that children under 14 years of age wear a helmet and bikers are asked to always ride in a counter-clockwise direction when circling the park.

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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