Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

1. Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Pass by many historical landmarks of Central Park on a horse-drawn carriage. This is the perfect activity for a romantic date or a fun outing with friends or family. Climb into a lavishly-decorated carriage with plush seating for a ride through Central Park. With the clip-clop of the horses' hooves in the background, you will visit the cascading Angel of the Waters Sculpture, as well as many other famous sights in the park. With a knowledgeable driver to tell you stories about the park's past, you will cruise by the Dairy, where New York's children once came to get fresh milk. View the horses on the carousel, and pass by the statue of William Shakespeare. At the Bethesda Fountain, you can pause to snap memorable photos, before you head toward Cherry Hill. Head to the top of the hill and see the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Fields, and the John Lennon memorial. Clop by the English lawn bowling court, and admire the bust of Italian philosopher Giuseppe Mazzini. You can then enjoy views of the legendary restaurant, the Tavern on the Green.

Central Park: Short Loop Horse Carriage Ride

2. 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 City: Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

3. New York City: Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

One of New York City's most celebrated sights, Central Park, is a vast green space plum in the heart of Manhattan. With this private pedicab tour you are guaranteed to see more of this oasis than possible on foot. As you travel you will be regaled in stories of the park's highlights, such as the Bethesda Fountain and Strawberry Fields, John Lennon's memorial. You knowledgable guide is bound to provide you with extra information you might miss if you were doing it alone. There will be more than fifty highlights throughout this experience, which include historical landmarks, movie locations, celebrity apartments, and much more. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped off at either the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, or the Fifth Avenue Shops.

New York City: Central Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

4. New York City: Central Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

During this ride, you will pass by many historical landmarks of Central Park on a horse-drawn carriage. This is the perfect activity for a romantic promenade, or a fun ride with friends and family. You can climb into a lavishly decorated carriage with plush seating for a ride through Central Park. With the clip-clop of the horse’s hooves in the background, you will visit the cascading Angel of the Waters Sculpture, see the John Lennon memorial, and circle the fountain at Cherry Hill. With a knowledgeable driver to regale you with tales of the park's past, you will cruise by the Dairy, where New York's children once came to get fresh milk. You can view the horses on the carousel, and pass by the statue of William Shakespeare. At the Bethesda Fountain and the Angel of the Waters sculpture, you can pause to snap memorable photos before you then head towards Cherry Hill. Surrounded by cherry and gingko trees, Cherry Hill’s carriage turn finds you where wealthy 19th-century New Yorkers showed off their fine buggies. You can head to the top of the hill and see the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Fields, and the John Lennon memorial. You will clop by the English lawn-bowling court, admire the bronze statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman, the bust of Italian philosopher Giuseppe Mazzini. You can then enjoy the views of the legendary restaurant Tavern on the Green.

New York City: The Sightseeing Flex Pass

5. New York City: The Sightseeing Flex Pass

Take a bite out of the Big Apple! Pull up your Sightseeing Flex Pass on your phone and enjoy cash-free access to over 100 experiences, destinations, museums, and tours, including some of the city’s most popular attractions like the Top of the Rock Observatory, Madame Tussauds, MoMA, the New York Aquarium, and more. Simplify and save, as you can tailor your trip to New York City to fit your ideal itinerary with the easy-to-use Sightseeing Flex Pass. With the option to select 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, or 12 attractions, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most, saving up to 65% and with no fixed start date. This pass is recommended for visitors with limited time for sightseeing and want to visit only a few most popular attractions. Get out and explore to get an authentic taste of New York City from the streets on one of the many walking or biking tours. See the internationally renowned skyline up close with access to five bus tours or take it all in from the harbor on a ferry tour. Sightseeing Flex Pass holders also have access to the Hop-On, Hop-Off Uptown and Downtown Bus Loops for 1 day. New York Top Destinations: • One World Observatory • Central Park Zoo  • National 9/11 Memorial and Museum  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • Top of the Rock Observatory  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours by Big Bus • Whitney Museum of American Art • Empire State Building Experiences: • National Geographic's Beyond King Tut Immersive Experience - new and available for limited time until Janurary 1, 2023 • Ground Zero Museum Workshop: 100 Images & Artifacts Tour  • Luna Park Coney Island • Scavenger Hunts NY Attractions: • Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine • Edge • Escape Game New York • Escape Virtuality • Madame Tussauds NYC • New York Aquarium • New York Botanical Garden • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden • SPYSCAPE Museums: • American Museum of Natural History • El Museo Del Barrio  • Fraunces Tavern® Museum  • Fotografiska NY • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum • MoMA PS1 • Museum at Eldridge Street • Museum of Jewish Heritage • Museum of the City of New York • National Lighthouse Museum • New York Historical Society Museum and Library • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  • Staten Island Museum and Children’s Museum • Brooklyn Children's Museum • South Street Seaport Museum Bus Tours: • Big Bus NY Classic Tour • Escorted 5-hour Manhattan Experience Tour • On Location Tours - Central Park TV and Movie Sites  • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Bus (with discount booklet) • Go Airlink Airport Shuttle (outbound) Cruises:  • Circle Line Landmarks Cruise • Circle Line Liberty Express tour • City Cruises Alive After Five (seasonal) • Freedom Liberty Boat Tour Walking and Bike Tours:  • Brooklyn Unplugged Tours  • Food on Foot  • Hush Tours  • Inside Out Tours  • Experience1st Tours • Central Park Bike Rental • The St. Patrick’s Cathedral Tour • Manhattan and Beyond Central Park Walking Tour • 2-hour Central Park Bike Tour

New York City: Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

6. New York City: Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

Meet your guide for a walking tour through Central Park at Manhattan's Grand Army Plaza. Discover all the highlights of New York City's Central Park at a leisurely pace and see why it's called "one of the greatest works of art in America."   The tour takes place all year round. Each season brings in a different experience and discoveries at this wonderland. Visit both the famous sites and the hidden gems with an expert tour guide, hear the fascinating history of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's urban masterpiece, and visit the spots for perfect photos, all in a leisurely tour. The tour may include historic landmarks and sites such as Grand Army Plaza, The Pond, Gapstow Bridge, the Central Park Zoo, Delacorte Clock, The Dairy, Literary Walk, The Mall, the Bandshell, the landmarked Bethesda Terrace, the lake and Boathouse, the Ramble, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, and Strawberry Fields.   The tour will end in the beautiful Upper West Side neighborhood, hoping that you enjoyed a relaxing journey at this tranquil oasis nestled in the bustling metropolis.

New York City: The Sightseeing Day Pass

7. New York City: The Sightseeing Day Pass

Take a bite out of the Big Apple with the Sightseeing Day Pass, with access to over 100 experiences, destinations, museums, and tours to choose from. This includes some of the city’s most popular attractions like Top of the Rock Observatory, the Statue of Liberty, MoMA, the New York Aquarium and more! Simplify and save! With the option to select 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 10 days, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most, saving up to 65% and no fixed start date. The easy-to-use Sightseeing Day Pass is a perfect choice for first time visitors who are excited to see all of New York City and who plan to use the Pass at more than 10 attractions across the five boroughs.  Get out and hit the streets! See the internationally renowned New York City skyline up close with access to five immersive bus tours or take it all in from the harbor on a ferry tour. Get an authentic taste of the city on one of the many themed walking or biking tours. Your Day Pass is activated in NYC the moment you use it at an attraction or service and is valid through the number of purchased consecutive days. Hop-On, Hop-Off double-decker bus ticket is valid for 1 day, regardless of pass duration. New York Top Destinations: • One World Observatory • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island • Central Park Zoo  • National 9/11 Memorial and Museum  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • Top of the Rock Observatory  • Whitney Museum of American Art • The Edge Experiences:  • Ground Zero Museum Workshop: 100 Images & Artifacts Tour  • Madison Square Garden Tour  • National Geographic's Beyond King Tut Immersive Experience - New and available for limited time until January 1, 2023 Attractions:  • Luna Park Coney Island (seasonal) • Madame Tussauds NYC • New York Aquarium • New York Botanical Garden • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden • SPYSCAPE • Museum of Jewish Heritage • St. Patrick’s Cathedral Tour – Gold Pass • Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine • Empire State Building • Escape Game New York • Escape Virtuality Museums:  • American Museum of Natural History • Brooklyn Historical Society  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum • MoMA PS1 • Museum at Eldridge Street • Museum of the City of New York • National Lighthouse Museum • New York Historical Society Museum and Library • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  • Staten Island Museum and Children’s Museum • Brooklyn Children's Museum • South Street Seaport Museum Bus Tours:  • Hop-On, Hop-Off Uptown and Downtown Bus Tours • Escorted Manhattan 5-Hour Tour • On Location Tours - Central Park TV and Movie Sites  • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Bus trip Cruises:  • Circle Line Landmarks Cruise • City Cruises Alive After Five (seasonal) • Freedom Liberty Boat Tour Walking and Bike Tours:  • Brooklyn Unplugged Tours  • Food on Foot  • Hush Tours  • Experience 1st • Central Park Bike Rental • 2-hour Central Park Bike Tour • Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn • Scavenger Hunts - New York

NYC: Central Park Secrets and Highlights Walking Tour

8. NYC: Central Park Secrets and Highlights Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour through Central Park with a licensed guide to learn about the park's rich history. Visit some of the prettiest spots for terrific photo opportunities. Meet your guide in front of The Shops At Columbus Circle. Set off to explore the southern part of Central Park. Begin the tour in the southwestern section before winding your way northeast. End near the Imagine mosaic memorial and the Dakota (the former home of music legend John Lennon and other celebrities). During the 2-mile walking tour, learn how to navigate the 843-acre urban wonderland nestled amid a concrete jungle of Manhattan skyscrapers. Take advantage of this photographer's paradise as you pass some of the park's 30 spectacular ornamental bridges and arches. Spot the park's inhabitants, including songbirds, ducks, geese, egrets, herons, hawks, owls, raccoons, and chipmunks. Admire a grove of majestic, endangered American elm trees. Take in the architecturally impressive Bethesda Terrace Arcade and beautiful Bethesda Fountain. See the much-photographed Bow Bridge. Learn about the statues and tributes that line the Mall. Enjoy the talents of some of the many performers as you stroll through the park.

New York City: Central Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

9. New York City: Central Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover the sights and history of Central Park on a self-guided walking tour via an app on your phone. Enjoy some moments of peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin your audio and GPS tour and make your first stop at the famous Central Park Zoo, home to everything from monkeys to pythons to penguins. You’ll also get a chance to see the whimsical Delacourte Clock. Then, continue on to the statue of Balto, and find out why a dog from Alaska has a statue in New York. After that, it’s on to the beautiful tree-lined Mall and Literary Walk. Hear the stories — and the controversies — behind all of the statues of famous literary and historical figures that line the walk. Arrive at the Naumburg Bandshell, where famous speakers, from Martin Luther King to Fidel Castro, have given speeches over the years. Then, step onto Bethesda Terrace, a wonder of Italianate architecture offering stupendous views of the park. It’s also been the filming site for plenty of major hits through the years, from Home Alone 2 to The Avengers. After, follow the route to the Hans Christian Andersen monument honoring the author of children’s classics like “The Little Mermaid.” The tour through the fantastical side of the park continues at the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, burnished to a shine from years of kids clambering all over it. Art lovers will adore the next stop: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From there, pay a visit to the Jacky Kennedy Reservoir at the park’s heart. Stroll around this picturesque pool and learn to identify iconic buildings in New York’s skyline. Then, stop by the Great Lawn, which has featured superstars like Elton John and Bon Jovi and continues to be a major gathering place for folks looking to enjoy a little natural serenity. Later, see an actual castle and a Shakespearean garden before moving on to the Strawberry Fields memorial commemorating music legend John Lennon. And you can’t come to Central Park without visiting the famous Carousel, so you’ll stop there and hear about its history. Finally, exit the park at Columbus Circle, a major hub of the city not too far from where your tour began. The tour concludes here.

New York City: Central Park Pedicab Tour

10. New York City: Central Park Pedicab Tour

Our tours are all personally customized to ensure you experience the magnificence of the world's most famous urban park in exactly the way you want. 2 hours is the largest loop of our tours and covers all the main features of the Park, Central Park 'Spectacular' is a customized offer we have several stops a long the way. Popular stops includes the Great Lawn, the Shakespeare Garden, the Belvedere Castle, Turtle Pond, the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Cherry Hill Fountain, Alice in Wonderland, The Boat Pond, The Bow Bridge, The Lake, Loeb Boathouse, Tavern on the Green, Strawberry Fields, and the Dakota building. All stops are optional however some stops are definitely recommended and we'll be sure to mention those. We do stop for short walks, stretching, and taking photos however you will be on the pedicab most of the time for your comfort.

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What people are saying about Central Park Zoo

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 400 reviews

Great handy pass to have, easy to add to apple wallet and away you go. Lots of activities available, downside is that sumit isn't available on the pass which is a real shame.

It was a great pass. Everything worked great. We went to the 9/11 Museum, to the Top of the Rock, did a Landmarks City Cruise and then went cycling in Central Park.

Great way to see the city. Customer service is very helpful and accomdating. Will use again when back in New York.

Very good pass with lots of activities included. We saved 100 euros thanks to this pass. Very good value for money

Our guide was knowledgeable, interesting and helpful. We enjoyed the tour.