Starting June 24, 2014, rent a bike through Central Park Sightseeing for use between August 16 and September 1, 2013 and receive one complimentary ice cream. While supplies last. Click here to book this special offer.
There’s good reason Central Park is called New York City’s backyard. This is where New Yorkers come to unwind, enjoy nature and escape the honking cabs and concrete canyons. Join them by hopping on a bike, which is ideal for exploring the park, particularly if you have limited time in the city. Central Park Sightseeing Bike Rental offers high-quality new bikes in a range of styles, including hybrid and mountain. Plus, it’s easy to bring along the kids by hooking on a trailer or baby seat, both of which are available to rent. And, couples looking to sweat together in the outdoors can go for a tandem bike.
Central Park has both hilly and flat terrain, and over six miles of cycling paths, so you can get ambitious with rigorous Tour de France-style pedaling or just stick to relaxed coasting. Also, Central Park Sightseeing offers flexible rental time length, so you can rent for one hour for a quick spin or go up to four hours for a more extensive exploration of the park. Also available is a full-day rental, which gives you the chance to see the park foliage in all lights of day, from the bright morning sunshine to soft dusk.
Of course, one of the great advantages of renting a bike is that you can stop whenever the mood strikes. Pay tribute to the Beatles at Strawberry Fields. Then pedal to the upper half of the park and check out the Reservoir with skyscrapers looming in the background and stroll the Conservatory Garden. Also, hunt down lesser-known sights like the Ancient Playground, which was inspired by the Egyptian exhibit at the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art, or gaze up at the Obelisk, the oldest manmade structure in the park. The park also has designated quiet zones, including Sheep Meadow and Shakespeare Garden, where the loudest sounds will be the chirping of birds.
The rental process is as easy as showing up and picking up a bike. Central Park Sightseeing provides all the equipment you’ll need, including a map, a helmet and a chain lock.
Did you know?
Central Park is a boon for sports enthusiasts, with everything from baseball and softball (26 ball fields) to tennis (30 clay and asphalt courts) to handball (12 courts).