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Central Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • New York City: American Museum of Natural History Ticket

    1. New York City: American Museum of Natural History Ticket

    Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. Located just across from Central Park, the museum is home to over 32 million specimens. Benefit from all-day entry and use the option to upgrade your general entry ticket to include special exhibitions. Explore all permanent exhibitions as well as the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Wander around 45 Museum Halls to learn about dinosaurs and diamonds, and everything in-between. Look out for the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and Easter Island head that inspired characters in the film "Night at the Museum." Connect to the museum's WiFi and download the free Explorer App to your smartphone. The app offers turn-by-turn navigation, behind-the-scenes stories about exhibits, quizzes, and more. See the exhibition highlights at your own pace with the museum's self-guided tours of popular ...

    A lot to see! We wish we had more time there. The only downside is there are not a lot of restrooms and it can be confusing following the map. They could use better signage. Overall, amazing content! So mush to see and our kids and us adults enjoyed it!

  • New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    2. New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    Explore New York City and see the sights from the top deck of an open top bus. Admire iconic landmarks and monuments, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the unique neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Upper East Side. The hop-on hop-off route covers iconic sights throughout New York City. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus, and on foot when you choose to hop-off to further explore. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Benefit from live bus tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive. Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is highly entertaining and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket op...

    The downtown bus was great but the uptown bus wasn’t on cue when we passed specific sites. It would talk about them too early and when we reached them they were already talking about something else.

  • NYC: Guggenheim Museum Entry Ticket

    3. NYC: Guggenheim Museum Entry Ticket

    The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is Frank Lloyd Wright's modernist architectural masterpiece housing its world-renowned collections of modern and contemporary art. The building was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site — one of two in New York — the other being the Statue of Liberty. Once you arrive at the Museum, skip the admissions line and head straight for the information desk to check-in. Your ticket gives you unlimited time to discover all that the museum has to offer. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-evolving institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.  Connect to the Museum's Wi-Fi and download the Guggenheim's Digital Guide, available for free on the Bloomberg Connects app. Access audio guides and downloadable exhibition texts for each exhibition on view, as well as information about the perm...

    Just love the atmosphere at the Guggenheim. A pretty special place for reflection.

  • Central Park: Horse and Carriage Ride

    4. Central Park: Horse and Carriage Ride

    Explore Central Park during this iconic horse and carriage ride around. Discover why it has been the most popular way to see Central Park for so long. Enjoy a choice between a short and long ride that can be taken during the day or in the evening. The carriages are a symbol of pre-modern life, before the advent of motor vehicles. During this time, New Yorkers traveled by horse-drawn carriage, and as a result the horses became as much of a symbol of the city as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Statue of Liberty. Being your ride meeting your driver who will introduce you to the horse. Majestical beings, you can approach the horse and pat time hello. Once you are ready, with a little signal, the horse will trot off to explore the many sights. Clip-clop serenely through the park, listening to the rattle of the wheels, the whinnying of the horse and the tinkling of the ha...

    I suggest that the guide will have a sign with the name of the guests because it was not so easy to find the right person when we arrived to the meeting ooint.

  • New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

    5. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

    Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 45% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass.

    Choices include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, NY Waterways Tours, MoMA, and many more! There's no need to decide in advance, and you can take up to 60 days after using the pass to make your first visit.

    Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way.

    The New York attractions you can select include: 

    MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

    • American Museum of Natural History

    • The Museum ...

    With the New York Explorer pass, we selected the 7 most important sights. Then I started planning the days. I got to know the subway and bus transportation in New York and planned where and how to go. Now I’m nearing the end and enjoying it more and more. I’ve been to the U.S. several times, but I’ve avoided big cities by far so far. However, I was in almost every National Park. I think we will enjoy that too.

  • Central Park Bike Rentals

    6. Central Park Bike Rentals

    This is your chance to tour the Big Apple by bike. Whether you just want a couple of hours to cruise around New York City's Central Park, or a whole day to see every neighborhood in Manhattan, we have you covered! New York City's sightseeing bike rental offers a variety of high-quality Cannondale bikes. Types include comfort, hybrid, mountain and tandem (for two people). Baby seats and baby trailers are also available. For your convenience and safety, the bike rental will include an illustrative map of New York City, a helmet, a chain-lock and a basket. Customer service is our priority. Our team members are pleased to offer recommendations about specific routes, must-seen attractions, and places to eat. Choose from several convenient durations to suit your personal schedule best. Bike rentals are available in 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, 4-hour or 24-hour durations to allow you maximum fl...

    Fun and close to the park. I also liked that they included bike locks, helmets and baskets included in the price!

  • VIP Central Park Private Horse Carriage Ride

    7. VIP Central Park Private Horse Carriage Ride

    Enhance your Central Park experience with a narrated, private horse carriage tour and discover its famous sights. Sit back and relax aboard a beautiful and well-maintained carriage. See the popular attractions and get beautiful scenic views along your journey through the famous Park. Pass by Wollman Rink, Carousel, Chess and Checker House, The Dairy, Literary Mall, Bethesda Fountain, The Lake, Boat Pond, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Columbus Circle, Balto Statue, Summer Stage, The Boathouse Restaurant, Bandshell, and Cherry Hill. Hear plenty of interesting facts about Central Park and its attractions. Take memorable pictures, during two photo stops at Bethesda Fountain and Cherry Hill (aka Friends Fountain).

  • New York City: Central Park Zoo and Sightseeing Walking Tour

    8. New York City: Central Park Zoo and Sightseeing Walking Tour

    The tour begins on the world-famous Wall Street, the oldest part of Manhattan. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this busy district, and see some of the city’s most recognizable sights including Ground Zero and The Charging Bull at the New York Stock Exchange. Continue on to Greenwich Village next, walking through Five Points, China Town, and Little Italy. Learn about the vibrant culture of these neighborhoods and the people who live here as well as tips on the best local places to eat some amazing food. After the walking tour, visit the Central Park Zoo, nestled in the heart of New York's beloved Central Park. Explore this 6.5 acre zoo and admire the array of animals housed here, which includes bears, penguins, pandas, leopards, monkeys, and more.

  • NYC: Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    9. NYC: Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    See the iconic sights of New York City with a helicopter flight over Manhattan. Depart from Downtown Manhattan or Westchester, avoid the traffic, and look on as the Big Apple’s famous skyline appears below you. Be amazed by aerial views of iconic landmarks that may include Central Park, Yankee Stadium (if there’s no game on), the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty, depending on the option selected. Admire skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building from a different perspective. Look down at the East River bridges and the rest of the city below.

  • Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

    10. Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

    See the sights of New York’s Central Park on a unique pedicab tour. Your tour guide will show you the sights of Central Park and tell you about its history as you travel at a leisurely pace. You'll make stops at key places of interest in the park, such as Strawberry Fields, the Dakota Building, Cherry Hill, the Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, and Sheep Meadow. No matter what the season, you will be taken on a dreamlike ride in one of the world’s most celebrated landscapes, filled with authentic New York culture and architectural splendor. Along the way, your guide will inform you about the history and significance of the various sights you pass.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    Although the park is open daily from 6:00AM to 1:00AM, specific areas and attractions differ. Be sure to check the hours of your intended attractions online or, alternatively, book a guided tour to guarantee covering its best bits!

  • How to get there?

    There are many Subway stations within walking distance from Central Park, but the ones directly across from park entrances are 72nd Street, 81st Street - Museum of Natural History, 86th Street, 96th Street, 103rd street, and Cathedral Parkway (110th street) on the B and C lines; as well as 59th Street - Columbus Circle on the A, B, C, and D lines; 5th Avenue/59th Street on N, Q, and R; and Central Park North on the 2 and 3 lines.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The park is open from 6:00AM to 1:00AM daily.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to stroll through, but attraction tickets vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    This attraction is within walking distance from many hotels in city, and also reachable by public transport!
  • Additional information
    ** Check attraction times and prices in advance to get the most out of your visit!*

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What people are saying about Central Park

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 5,037 reviews

We really enjoyed it. We wish we had more time. We were there 4:5 hours and wish it was longer and we only saw the basic museum. We will definitely come back if we ever visit NYC again. The prices were very reasonable also.

Amazing experience, knowledgeable guide, and a cute horse. They even accommodated the time change. Ty

Great trip! I was scouting spots to propose so the guided tour helped!

Love the idea of being able to hop on and off. Enjoyed it very much

Very usefull as it includes the main attractions among others.