Walking Tour Highlights:
• Escape NY’s concrete jungle and get lost in America’s first and most visited city park
• Tour some of the most famous Central Park landscapes and features, including The Mall, Bethesda Terrace, The Lake, Strawberry Fields, Imagine Memorial, The Great Lawn, and much more
• Learn about some of Central Park’s secrets and discover hidden gems like the Ladies’ Pavilion, Belvedere Castle, and Shakespeare Garden
• Enjoy Central Park’s incredible beauty while learning about its history and design
Basic Tour Info:
• Start Time: Select Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am through Dec. 21. Available for private booking year-round.
• Length and Distance: 3 to 3.5 hours; 3 miles on foot (5 kilometers)
• Cost: $39 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
• Size: Maximum group size is 12 adults
• Language: Our tours are currently offered only in English
• Break: There will be 1 bathroom break
• Private Option: This tour is also offered privately
• Location: Starts near Fifth Avenue and Central Park South (you will receive detailed info after booking), ends in the Park not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (you will be given directions) and near great places for lunch or a drink
Central Park is best explored on foot, but not all NY sightseeing tours are created equal. Join our popular and highly-rated walking tour of Central Park and together we will explore its winding paths, spectacular highlights and hidden gems, while discussing some very interesting social, architectural, and otherwise weird facts about its construction, design, and famous landmarks. We will also talk about the Imagine Memorial for John Lennon in Strawberry Fields, the role of the Central Park Conservancy, and the importance of the landmark Dakota Apartments to the development of the Upper West Side, among other interesting topics.
In short, you will walk away with not only a better appreciation and understanding of Central Park but New York City and its development as well.
Bus and private van tours will drop you off and give you 10 minutes to “see Central Park”, while other companies will rush you through a few main parts en route to other places. Our goal is to focus on Central Park. We will concentrate on the southern half, walk at a comfortable pace, discover some of the park’s highlights and hidden marvels, while stopping along the way to admire the views, rest our feet, take photos, and, of course, learn a lot about this incredible work of art, the people behind it, including its two designers — Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux — and the history of the city which surrounds it.
The CityRover Promise:
- An interactive, informative, and fun tour, with memorable stories and great photo opportunities
- No more than 12 adults, no flags, no microphones, no memorized scripts, no canned jokes, no notes
- An engaging, knowledgeable and licensed CityRover guide
Recent Reviews For This Tour:
“Central Park in a new light” Reviewed October 3, 2013 on TripAdvisor
Max guided our group of eight on a wonderful tour of central park. We were amazed at the details he had and information that we would never have learned as we walked through the park. I would have to say this is a great tour for first timers like us to learn about the park and surrounding areas. Max thank you.
“A Wonderful Way to See the Park” Reviewed October 1, 2013 on TripAdvisor
Thanks Max for a truly wonderful introduction to Central Park. Would recommend this to anyone who appreciates a laid back stroll through the southern portion of the Park while learning about the history and design elements as well. We are always searching for travel experiences which are somewhat unique and offer genuine enthusiasm and passion on the part of the hosts. Max’s tours check off all of those boxes and more. Thanks again and we will be sure to visit again on our next visit – which is already booked!
“Must Do!” Reviewed September 4, 2013 on TripAdvisor
If you’re looking to do something in NY, a tour with CityRover Walks is a MUST DO! I did the Central Park tour with Max and loved every minute of it. It was the highlight of my trip! We had a smaller group as the weather forecast predicted thunderstorms throughout the day, but it turned out to be sunny and only had sprinkles for maybe 5 minutes. There’s no question about the love and enthusiasm Max has for New York, history, travel, trivia, and people – it’s evident within the first few minutes! I only wish I was in NYC for longer and had time to do more than 1 tour with Max… I already know what I’ll be doing on my next trip out! Schedule a tour with CityRover- you’ll learn a lot, have fun, meet some nice people on the tour, and get some exercise at the same time!
Additional Tour Info:
How strenuous is this walk? This walk covers about 3 miles on foot in a little over 3 hours. Assuming the benches in the Park are not wet, there will also be plenty of opportunities to sit down (while your guide tells you interesting stories). However, this tour does involve several short walks uphill and a few staircases to climb and descend. If you feel that this may be too strenuous for your age, level of fitness, or state of health, then please consider joining another CityRover tour.
What About Kids? Our public tours may not be appropriate for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults. Further, some of our tours reference adult content some parents may deem inappropriate for children. On this particular tour, references may be made to murder, crime, and drugs. That said, there are 2 “child” tickets available for each public tour for children aged 12 and under.
Meeting Point: Detailed meeting point instructions will be emailed to you once your reservation has been processed. Please note that the tour usually ends either near the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the American Museum of Natural History (not at the starting point), so we recommend using public transportation to get to the meeting point (vs. driving and parking).
Stops: There will be at least 1 restroom break during our walk. Each participant will also be offered a complimentary bottle of water on the walk and a snack along the way. A meal prior to the tour is recommended.
Are gratuities included? Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price, so if you enjoy your tour, tips are very much appreciated.
The days of joggers looking over their shoulders and women clutching their purses are very much in the past, even though crime shows still occasionally film murder scenes in the park. These days, 38 million annual visitors step in through Central Park’s symbolic gates, stroll along its winding paths, row boats on the Lake, ice skate on Wollman Rink, walk their dogs, push their kids on swings, play catch on the Great Lawn, or simply unwind in the shade on a rustic bench. Exploring the park today, one would be hard-pressed to find any trash or graffiti, or see a single police officer by day. Couples and bird-lovers get lost in the Ramble without stepping on used needles or going around homeless squatters. Tourists carry expensive cameras without a second thought. And it’s easy to take the park’s current state for granted. But it wasn’t always this clean and safe.
In the mid-1970s, New York City was on the brink of bankruptcy, garbage piled up everywhere, crime was rampant. Middle-class families were fleeing to the suburbs in record numbers. And Central Park, once considered America’s great work of landscaped art, became a place to be avoided and the butt of late-night jokes on television. But thanks to a grass-roots effort by a few civic-minded New Yorkers, Central Park has been not only brought back to life but is arguably at its most beautiful.
So we hope you will join us on this tour to learn more about its transformation.