About the Central Park Sightseeing Walking Tour
Central Park is best known for its 843 acres of landscaped nature. But equally impressive are the park’s historical and cultural landmarks. The Central Park Sightseeing Walking Tour pays equal attention to both, ensuring that you get a varied overview of the world’s most famous urban park. And, the tour is a manageable two hours, which means you can easily fit it into a sightseeing tour of New York City, particularly if you have limited time.
Beyond the sports fields, horse carriages and street vendors, at heart Central Park is a walking zone. A series of pedestrian paths—measuring an impressive total of 58 miles—criss-cross both flat and hilly terrain. The Walking Tour caters to the whole family, moving at a comfortable pace, along shaded walking paths and past wooded groves and placid ponds.
Also a bonus is the professional New York City guides, who regale you with plenty of information along the way, including historical anecdotes, park facts, and perhaps most entertaining, movie trivia. Central Park has been in so many movies and TV shows that it could practically apply for its own actor’s card. The tour delves into the park’s starring roles in films, including at Tavern on the Green (Ghostbusters and Wall Street), the Wollman Rink (Love Story), the Loeb Boathouse (Sex and the City and When Harry Met Sally) and the Bandshell (Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Kramer vs. Kramer). And, the guides pause along the way for photo opportunities so that by tour’s end you’ll have plenty of snapshots as souvenirs.
Approximately two hours
Did you know?
Keep an eye out for birds. More than 275 species of migratory birds have been spotted in the park, which is a key stopping point on the fly route over the Atlantic.
The renowned New York City Marathon in the fall runs through Central Park in its final miles, where thousands of spectators gather to cheer on the sweaty participants.
This walking tour is ideal for visitors who have a limited time in New York, and yet still want to explore Central Park beyond a mere stroll. Plus, the two-hour tour caters to all ages and skill levels, moving at a casual pace and pausing along the way for photo opportunities.
Good for kids?
The friendly guides, manageable walking pace and fun outdoor sights, from fountains to lakes, make this walking tour popular with kids (from eight years old and up), especially after being cooped up in a museum all day.
Central Park Sightseeing Location Information:
56 W 56th St.
New York, NY 10019
Central Park Sightseeing Walking Tour
Begins: 56 W 56th St. (between Fifth & Sixth Aves.)
Ends: 56 W 56th St. (between Fifth & Sixth Aves.) Note that participants don’t need to return to the starting point, and can leave the tour at any point in the park.
F to 57th St./Sixth Ave.; N, Q, R to 59th St./Fifth Ave.