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Central Park: Horse and Carriage Ride

1. 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 harness. Enjoy commentary from your driver who will show you through many attractions scattered around the park. A typical trip takes in the pond, the famous statues, Wollman Rink, the Carousel, Sheep Meadow, the Central Park Zoo, and the San Remo Building, to mention a few. The driver will also point out some of the locations for the many movies that have been filmed in the park. Return back to your meeting point where you can take off back into the park to explore further at your own leisure.

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Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

2. 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. Cimb 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 towards 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.

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New York City: Central Park Zoo and Sightseeing Walking Tour

3. 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.

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New York City: Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

4. 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.

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New York: Central Park Smartphone Scavenger Hunt

5. New York: Central Park Smartphone Scavenger Hunt

Power up your smart phone or tablet for an interactive scavenger hunt in New York’s Central Park, and navigate your way through the city’s green oasis, solving clues and completing challenges. In essence, the “Quest” turns Central Park into a giant game board. Competing in teams, you will race to finish in as fast a time as you can, making your way past some well-known attractions, and some overlooked gems. Start at Columbus Circle and journey through the southern ends of the park, passing the ball fields and zoo. Continue through the mall and around the scenic ponds. Arrive near the castle gates, learning the local history along the way. In total you will cover about 2 miles of walking in around 3 hours, but you are free to start when you want and determine your own pace. You can even grab a bite to eat from one of the street carts and turn your tour/scavenger hunt into a picnic too.

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New York City: Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

6. 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.

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New York: Central Park Secrets and Highlights Walking Tour

7. New York: 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.

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Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

8. Central Park: Private 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 Law, 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 & 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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Central Park: Short Loop Horse Carriage Ride

9. 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.

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New York City: Central Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Central Park Zoo

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 56 reviews

Our guide Sylvester was lovely, it was a fantastic way to see Central Park and learn about everything within it, he took some great photos of us too, I would definitely recommend booking this tour

Fantastic. Driver was really friendly and very informative, worth every penny

Guide was fantastic. Have a lot of interesting information. Wonderful!

Shawn was our driver with Hugo! Nice man and very informative!

Armid…A wonderful guide…My wife & I really enjoyed it!!!