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See New York on Two Wheels: 8 Bike Tours You Shouldn't Miss

8 Bike Tours of New York City You Shouldn’t Miss

Get a new perspective on NYC atop a speeding two-wheeler, while learning city history and lore from knowledgeable guides

It’s spring, so get off your feet and hop on a bike to tour New York City. Sure, you could undock a bright blue CitiBike or rent one willy-nilly from an agency, but, if you want a more focused route with a guide to answer questions and point out important sites, then an NYC bike tour is just the ticket. The city is home to some fascinating bike tours, with a range of topics explored — everything from Brooklyn’s brewing history to an overview of movies shot in Central Park. Take one of these eight two-wheel tours to help get your brain and blood pumping as you take in the city.

 

See New York on Two Wheels: 8 Bike Tours You Shouldn't Miss

The Surprising Bronx Bicycle Tour by Bike the Big Apple (Photo: Courtesy of Bike the Big Apple)

The Surprising Bronx Bicycle Tour by Bike the Big Apple
There’s no better way to see, taste, and get to know the Bronx than this seven-hour, medium-level proficiency tour. The excursion starts off in the South Bronx for a survey of a neighborhood in transition before heading to the bucolic Bronx River and toward the Bronx Zoo. From there, things get tasty with a stop at the famous Arthur Avenue, the Little Italy of the Bronx. Choose among overstuffed sandwiches, fresh pastas and pastries for lunch whilst checking out the plethora of food shops including those dedicated to old-school sausage-making. After the break, the tour hits up the Poe Cottage (of Edgar Allen), Yankee Stadium and more Bronx spots ripe with history.

DETAILS: Starts April 3, Thursdays 10am; $95 pp; meeting place revealed after purchase; bike and helmet provided; bikethebigapple.com

 

See New York on Two Wheels: 8 Bike Tours You Shouldn't Miss

Bike the Green Apple by Levys’ Unique New York (Photo: Courtesy of Levys’ Unique New York)

Bike the Green Apple by Levys’ Unique New York
This 15-mile ride takes advantage of the 500 miles of green paths snaking around NYC in a low-strain, four-hour tour run by cycle-enthusiast Matt Levy. The jaunt starts in Times Square and then heads to Herald Square to look at the newly car-free space dedicated to bikes, pedestrians and eating alfresco. From there, the journey continues to the mile-long elevated High Line park, the Hudson River Greenway, downtown to the World Trade Center site, and it ends after crossing the famous Brooklyn Bridge in the adjoining Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO.

DETAILS: Tours by reservation; $85 pp; meeting place revealed after purchase; bring your own bike and helmet (advance arrangements can be made for rentals); levysuniqueny.com

 

See New York on Two Wheels: 8 Bike Tours You Shouldn't Miss

Central Park Movie Scene Bike Tour by Central Park Bike Tours (Photo: Courtesy of Central Park Bike Tours)

Central Park Movie Scene Bike Tour by Central Park Bike Tours
Tap into your inner starlet with this movie-themed bike tour around Central Park. More than 300 films and TV shows have been shot in the iconic park, and what better way to celebrate your favorites than by riding through beloved scenes from films and shows like Home Alone, When Harry Met Sally, Rosemary’s Baby and Gossip Girl? This two-hour jaunt is perfect for someone who wants some leisure exercise, while touching on film- and television-making history — with some good-natured celebrity trivia thrown in.

DETAILS: May to September, daily at 11:15am; $49 pp ($40 children 8-18); 203 W. 58th St.; bike provided; centralparkbiketours.com

 

See New York on Two Wheels: 8 Bike Tours You Shouldn't Miss

The City Reliquary is one of the many stops made on Levys’ Unique New York bike tour (Photo: Courtesy of The City Reliquary)

Historical Brooklyn Beer Bike Tour by Levys’ Unique New York
No, this isn’t a drink-yourself-silly bike tour; instead, it’s a four-hour educational trip through Brooklyn’s rich beer heritage. Starting in Williamsburg at City Reliquary, this vibrant and somewhat strenuous trek heads through Bushwick and ends in Green-Wood Cemetery where many of the old brewers were buried. During the ride, the guide will stop and show vintage photos of historic brewing spots so you can see how things have changed, all the while marveling at just how much beer was once brewed in the borough. Don’t worry, you’ll also have a chance to down a few cold ones.

DETAILS: Tours by reservation; $85 pp; meeting place revealed after purchase; bring your own bike and helmet (advance arrangements can be made for rentals); levysuniqueny.com

 

See New York on Two Wheels: 8 Bike Tours You Shouldn't Miss

New York at Night Tour by Bike and Roll (Photo: Courtesy of Bike and Roll)

New York at Night Tour by Bike and Roll
See the city by night on this easy-going, two-and-a-half hour tour. Cyclists meet up in Central Park at dusk, under the romantic low-lit lampposts before exploring this iconic institution’s shaded nooks and crannies (the Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Fountain and Onassis Reservoir are just a few of the highlights). After a dose of nature, the seven-mile trek goes down Fifth Avenue toward the sparkling Plaza Hotel, then to the Empire State Building. The final destination is Times Square, which is bright enough to make you think it’s a daytime tour instead of an after-hours one.

DETAILS: May to September, daily 8pm; tours by reservation; $50 pp ($35 children 0-12); Central Park West and 59th Street; comfort hybrid bike rental, helmet and a bottle of water provided; bikenewyorkcity.com

 

See New York on Two Wheels: 8 Bike Tours You Shouldn't Miss

Sensational Park and Soul Tour by Bike the Big Apple (Photo: Courtesy of Bike the Big Apple)

Sensational Park and Soul Tour by Bike the Big Apple
Bikers can get a real taste of Harlem during this 12-mile, five-hour uptown tour. Mixing Sunday gospel with the bustling life of Harlem’s corner of Central Park, this tour includes stops at the famous Strawberry Fields, the North Woods loch, a 3,500-year-old obelisk, a secret beach on Manhattan Island, and views of grand brownstones and mansions to give you house envy for weeks. There’s a stop for soul food, as well, although food isn’t included in the tour price.

DETAILS: Sundays 10am; tours by reservation; $85 pp; meeting place revealed after purchase; bike rental and helmet provided ($10 discount with own bike); bikethebigapple.com/toursc.php

 

See New York on Two Wheels: 8 Bike Tours You Shouldn't Miss

The Delights of Brooklyn by Bike the Big Apple (Photo: Courtesy of Bike the Big Apple)

The Delights of Brooklyn by Bike the Big Apple
What better way to see and learn about Brooklyn than by riding from brews to views to chocolate. You pick up this six-hour bike tour near Union Square in Manhattan, and from there, head through the Lower East Side to the Williamsburg Bridge (views) and over the river. This easy-paced jaunt covers 15 miles, hitting historical spots such as the Brooklyn Brewery (brews), Williamsburg’s orthodox Jewish community, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the tree-lined community of Fort Greene. The tour ends in DUMBO, where you can see one of the best views of Manhattan, and then sample chocolate at Jacques Torres Chocolate Shop before peddling back over the Brooklyn Bridge.

DETAILS: Saturdays 10am; tours by reservation; $99 pp; meeting place revealed after purchase; bike rental and helmet provided; bikethebigapple.com/toursb.php

 

See New York on Two Wheels: 8 Bike Tours You Shouldn't Miss

9/11 Memorial Bike Tour by Bike and Roll (Photo: Courtesy of Bike and Roll)

9/11 Memorial Bike Tour by Bike and Roll
Starting at Pier 84, this three-hour tour travels leisurely down the Hudson River right to the 9/11 memorial site, with plenty of stops along the way. Expect to take in A-list sites including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Empire State Building. Once at the memorial site, you have 30 minutes to wander and view the name of 9/11 victims inscribed on the memorial and take in the flowing pools that surround them. The tour continues to Battery Park City and Lower Manhattan before heading back north to the pier.

DETAILS: April to October, daily 1:30pm; $47 pp; meeting place revealed after purchase; hybrid bicycle rental, helmet and a bottle of water provided; get tickets

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