Central Park

Central Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

NYC: Edge Observation Deck Admission Ticket

1. NYC: Edge Observation Deck Admission Ticket

Get entry tickets to Edge, a marvel of architecture, engineering, and technology, suspended in mid-air over 1100 feet above the ground. Get the feeling of floating in the sky and take in the entire Manhattan skyline from Edge's unique vantage point on the western side of Midtown Manhattan. Begin your journey on Level 4 of The Shops at Hudson Yards, where you will enter into an immersive multimedia experience explaining the design, construction, and sustainability of Hudson Yards. Then, head up over 1100 feet to the Observation Deck, and then 80 feet out into the air on the Outdoor Sky Deck. Here, frameless glass panel walls are boldly angled outwards to allow you to feel the thrill of leaning out over the edge with the busy city below. Next, stand on the glass floor and look over 100 stories straight down to the city streets below your feet. At Edge's furthest point, The Eastern Point, there's space for one person to stand alone, surrounded by glass, air, and sky—you will never have had a picture quite like it. The upper level also features the Skyline Steps, where you can look out over the top of the glass panels and past the edge of the deck. Have a seat and hang out in the sky with your friends and family, or head indoors and sip champagne or a signature cocktail at the Champagne Bar. When you leave be sure to visit Hudson Yards' centerpiece, Vessel, or enjoy a bite to eat or a shopping experience at The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards.

New York City: American Museum of Natural History Ticket

2. 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 collections. Special Exhibitions: • Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker Dive into the world of a rare Australian sea lion pup and meet the people who are trying to save her species in this immersive giant-screen film. Discover a classic coming-of-age tale that takes place in a colony of sea lions living between a jagged cliff face and a roaring ocean, in an environment as harsh as it is beautiful. • Sharks: Older than dinosaurs—and more threatened than threatening—sharks are spectacular, surprising, and often misunderstood. Dive into the world of this amazingly diverse group of animals in the new exhibition, Sharks. • Worlds Beyond Earth: Worlds Beyond Earth tells the story of the surprisingly dynamic nature of the worlds that share our solar system and the unique conditions that make life on Earth possible. Captioning devices are available.

New York City: Manhattan Helicopter Tour

3. New York City: Manhattan Helicopter Tour

Manhattan brings to mind grand skyscrapers, taxi cabs, and a world-class attitude all of its own. See all this and more as an expert pilot flies you over NYC on a 15 or 20-minute helicopter tour. Soar over the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Madison Square Garden, among other landmarks. After take-off from the Downtown Heliport, swing down over lower Manhattan to see the skyline and streets below. Swoop over Battery Park to glance at Wall Street and its labyrinth of streets. Then sail over to Governor's Island, an island once reserved only for the city's dignitaries that now hosts summer concerts and public art. Then, fly over Ellis Island and see Lady Liberty shining brightly in the distance. Cruise right up to her eye for a new perspective of the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy all this before heading up the Hudson past the piers of Chelsea and the lights of Broadway. On your way back to the pier, head around the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and fly over Ground Zero where you can have a look at the exceptional work they're doing at the sight. Continue past Madison Square Garden and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. See Central Park as your flight turns around to return to the heliport. Sights included in the 15-Minute tour: Statue of LibertyEllis IslandOne World Trade Center9/11 MemorialBrooklyn BridgeBattery ParkWall Street/Financial DistrictEmpire State BuildingChrysler BuildingMadison Square GardenTimes SquareU.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space MuseumCentral Park Sights included in the 20-Minute tour: Brooklyn BridgeBattery ParkWall StreetStatue of LibertyEllis IslandOne World Trade Center9/11 Memorial SiteEmpire State BuildingChrysler BuildingMadison Square GardenU.S.S. Intrepid MuseumTimes SquareCentral ParkGrant’s TombGeorge Washington BridgeHarlem and Harlem RiverThe Bronx and Yankee StadiumPalisades CliffsSpuyten Duyvil Bridge

Central Park: Short Loop Horse Carriage Ride

4. Central Park: Short Loop Horse Carriage Ride

Your NYC adventure starts at the corner of 59th Street and 6th Avenue. Following a short trip along the park on 59th Street, your tour will continue into the famous Central Park from 7th Avenue where you will be treated to spectacular views of the city. Here, you will get to stop at a location where the scenery is perfect for taking holiday pictures or simply just take in the gorgeous views for a few minutes. Depending on where you look and what you see, the content of the tour changes. In NYC and central park, people around the US and the world gather in a festive atmosphere day and night, cold and warm! Being on a horse carriage in Central Park where it is possible to have views of the city in the early evening and night is like watching a panoramic view of NYC, and its people. While riding through the park in its nightly dress you will get a chance to view the shiny New York City along a Central Park path that helps you feel the tranquility of the park and the exceptional view of the city at once. The park and the city combined in a panoramic view is a breathtaking sight to behold and a fantastic place to take pictures. Get ready to view and feel the city and its people on this rarely offered opportunity.

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 40% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass. Options include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, Edge, MoMA, American Museum of Natural History, and many more. Pick between a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10-choice pass, browse the included digital guide to check entry requirements for each attraction, and plan your itinerary. Scanning your pass at the gate or ticket office of an attraction (or tour) for the first time will activate it. You can then take up to 60 days to use the remaining number of choices purchased. 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 choose include:  Museums and Galleries• American Museum of Natural History • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • 9/11 Memorial and Museum• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle• Guggenheim Museum • Museum of Sex • New York Historical Society Museum • The Whitney Museum of American Art• Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden Combo• Museum of the City of New York• Museum of Jewish Heritage• Fotografiska New York Experiences• Top of the Rock Observatory• Empire State Building• One World Observatory• Edge• Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York• Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum• Central Park Bike Rental• Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Full-Day Bike Rental• Hudson River Full-Day Bike Rental• New York Botanical Garden• Madame Tussauds Times Square New York• Spyscape• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester• LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream• Welcome to Harlem: Harlem Jazz Series• RiseNY• Surrey Bike Rental on Governors Island (2 hours)• SEA LIFE at American Dream• Escape Virtuality Tours• Central Park Walking Tour• Yankee Stadium Tour• Woodbury Common Bus Tour (Round Trip + VIP Coupon Booklet)• Rockefeller Center Tour• Central Park Bike Tour• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour• Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour • NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour • Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Walking Tour• Hamilton Happy Hour Tour• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour• Harlem Gospel Tour (Sunday Service)• High Line, Chelsea, Meatpacking District Neighborhood Walking Tour• Top Dog Tours NYC Marvel & DC Superheroes• Holiday Market & Christmas Lights Walking Tour (seasonal)• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour• New York City Sketching Art Tour• Top of the Highline and Vessel Tour• Fashion Windows Walking Tour• Pride Walking Tour• NYC Slavery & Underground Railroad Walking Tour• St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour with Express Entry• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg• Greenwich Village Walking Tour• Broadway & Times Square Walking Tour• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in Brooklyn• Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Walking Tour• SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Neighborhood Walking Tour Food and Drinks• Spirits On Foot: Beer, Spirits and Wine Crawls• Food On Foot Tours• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion Cruises• Lady Liberty Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Harbor Lights Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Best of NYC Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing (Upgrade fee applies)• Landmarks Cruise: Circle Line Sightseeing• Clipper City Tall Ship Sail - Daytime Statue or Harbor Lights (Seasonal) Customers save an average of 40% when buying the New York Explorer Pass versus buying tickets at the gate. Savings percentage based on most popular customer itineraries. Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the included guide for an up-to-date list of included experiences. Certain attractions or tours require advanced reservations. Make sure to follow the instructions included on the digital guide and place reservations well in advance where needed, as well as follow the top tips to ensure the best sightseeing experience with your Explorer Pass.

NYC: Guided Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

6. NYC: Guided Central Park 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, Cherry Hill, the Dakota Building, and Strawberry Fields. 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: Christmas Lights Horse Carriage Ride

7. New York City: Christmas Lights Horse Carriage Ride

Get into the holiday spirit with a horse carriage tour of the stunning New York Christmas lights in Central Park, 5th Avenue, and Rockefeller Center. Climb aboard at the corner of 59th street and 6th avenue. Plod from here on a route through Central Park to see the warm lights. Continue to admire how 5th avenue is sparkling for the season. Travel along historical landmarks that have put on their Christmas decorations. Reach the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Let the lights make you feel warm and festive. Feel the romance of the season while riding in an old-fashioned carriage.

Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

8. Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

With this ride, you will get the lucky opportunity to witness many of Central Park's historical landmarks from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. This activity is perfect for a romantic promenade or a fun ride with friends and family. The ride takes 40-minutes on a 2.5-mile trail. It has one stop at Cherry Hill/Friends Fountain where you can take some mesmerizing holiday pictures or simply just enjoy the view. During the ride, you will see various landmarks such as The Wollman Rink, Carousel, Chess & Checker House, The Dairy, Plaza Hotel, 5th Avenue/Upper East Side, Literary Mall, Balto Statue, Summer Stage, Boat Pond, The Loeb Boathouse Restaurant, Bethesda Fountain, and much more. The nice park scenery alongside the magnificent views of the city from the park is a must-do during your visit to NYC.

New York City: Central Park Bicycle Rental

9. New York City: Central Park Bicycle Rental

Explore New York City by bike with this rental package. Rent a bike from NYC's largest bike rental and bike touring company. Located in Central Manhattan, right next to Central Park, it is easy to explore one of New York's most popular attractions and premier biking area.  All bikes are a late model for the current year. Your rental includes the bicycle, a helmet, a bike lock and optional front and rear lights if you will be riding at night. You can also add bike baskets and water at the rental store.  The bike shop is located near Central Park, in a location which makes it very easy and convenient for you to pick-up and drop off your bike.

New York City: RiseNY Experience Ticket

10. New York City: RiseNY Experience Ticket

Prepare to experience New York City through its' history in a riveting and immersive way. Start with a captivating film by award-winning documentarian Ric Burns that takes you back in time. Learn about how multiple cultures and industries helped shape the city that never sleeps. Then, explore museum-style galleries that transport you through the city’s expansive pop-culture evolution. The galleries showcase items from TV, Broadway, music, and fashion. Finally, take to the virtual skies and fly over the iconic skyline on a multi-sensory soaring ride. Be suspended 30 feet in the air and get ready to fall in love with New York all over again. Feel the rush of wind in your hair as you fly over the world’s most stunning architecture, dangle your feet over the changing leaves of autumn in Central Park, inhale the fresh pine scents of NYC's iconic Holiday season, and feel exhilarated as you become part of the Times Square Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve.

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What people are saying about Central Park

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8,198 reviews

The tour was wonderful. We saw so many things! Our guide knew everything New York - she was a NY City native (Brooklyn). So knowledgeable. Not an excessive amount of walking - just enough (I’m 64 - went with my 42 yo daughter). Sufficient restroom breaks. Water available onboard. Nice, comfortable coach bus. Started on time; ended at 3:15ish. Lunch on your own for 30 min or so. It was a hustle to get off the first ferry to Staten Island and get back onto the returning ferry. If you’re challenged with walking fast, it can take your breath away and require a sit on the ride back. Time allotted to walk the 9/11 Memorial and Strawberry Fields in Central Park. Ask questions to your guide - ours knew ALL KINDS of NY City history. AMAZING. They will take pictures of you with your camera - just ask!

The carriage tour through Central Park was a great way to see the park. Our guide was kind and informative. Highly recommend!

Great hassle free pass, I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting New York wanting to visit a few tourist attractions

Great experience Queues were long to get in and even longer to get out, but worth every penny

Amazing experience giving an amazing view of the New York skyline.