Walking

Simply put, speed walking – sometimes called power walking, fitness walking, health walking,

exercise walking or, simply, embarrassing your children – is walking very fast without breaking into a jog or run. Arms swing in pace with the stride, and one foot is on the ground at all times. Your stride is slightly longer and considerably quicker than in a leisurely stroll. Speed walkers generally walk at a pace of 3.5 to 5.5 miles per hour.
Central Park’s 250 acres of lawns and 136 acres of woodland offer a multitude of landscapes, trails, and pathways for everyone from the serious hiker to the recreational stroller. Central Park provides an unparalleled variety of picturesque landscapes for walkers of all levels.

Location : Whether you are distance walking, hiking, taking a stroll or a Conservancy sponsored or commercially offered walking tour, you can walk on the drives, along pathways, the Reservoir, the bridle paths, or any of the pathways. Read on for more information.

Distance Walking/Speed Walking:

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.

The Reservoir : A soft surface on a 2º slope, the Reservoir running track is 1.58 miles around and offers some of the best skyline views in the Park, and many scenic variations. In the spring the cherry trees alongside it are in bloom, and in the summer the evaporating water cools the surrounding air.

Bridle Paths : There are three conjoined soft surface bridle paths to choose from. The Reservoir loop, adjacent to the Reservoir, totals 1.5 miles; the North Meadow loop totals 1.1 miles; and the southern spur totals 1.5 miles.

Hiking : There are 58 miles of trails in Central Park. Some of those trails can be found at the 90-acre Ravine in the Park’s North Woods and the Ramble’s 38 acres with its woodlands, wild gardens, and rock outcrops.

Strolling : In addition to the areas above, the Great Lawn’s 15 acres and its surrounding paved pathway are perfect for a leisurely stroll. Sheep Meadow, Wien Walk, the Dene, Cedar Hill, the Mall, and the Park’s six-mile perimeter also provide beautiful vistas for a walk.

When: One can walk at any time in the Park; if taking a walking tour, be sure to check the schedule. The Drives are closed to traffic Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, and on weekends from 7:00 pm Friday – 6:00 am Monday. When the Park is open to traffic, a walkers’ lane on the Park Drives is always available, but we do not recommend using the Drives when they are open to traffic. Note that the Park is officially closed from 1:00 am – 6:00 am.

Permit Requirement: No permit is required.

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.


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