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New York: Classic 1-Hour Central Park Pedicab Tour

1. New York: Classic 1-Hour Central Park Pedicab Tour

Start the tour with an optional pickup from your hotel in New York if it's not more than 5 blocks away from Central Park. Alternatively, head to the meeting point at the edge of the park. Meet your driver and board your pedicab, then set off together on a 1-hour tour to discover Central Park's main sights and attractions.  Journey through the park and make a 10-15-minute stop at the stunning Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. Get out here for the chance to stroll around and take pictures. Then, set off again towards the Cherry Hill Fountain and Bow Bridge, an iconic spot where countless wedding proposals have taken place over the years. Make another quick stop here to cross the bridge over the lake and take more incredible photos.  Next up, head over to Strawberry Field for a 5-10 minute stop where you'll discover the John Lennon Memorial. Make your final stop at the Dakota Building for the chance to visit what's best known as the home of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. At the end of the tour, be taken back to the initial pick-up location where your memorable ride concludes.

New York City: Midtown Manhattan Interactive Bus Tour

2. New York City: Midtown Manhattan Interactive Bus Tour

See the sights of famous movies and TV shows aboard a cool bus equipped with 3,000 LED lights, 40 TV monitors and 3 rows of stadium-style seats facing floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Relax on board as a live tour narrator and co-host get to know you and interesting facts are provided by the audio and on-screen guides. Travel through more than 10 neighborhoods and see over 50 iconic landmarks, such as Broadway, Times Square and the Empire State Building. Learn about the past, present and future of Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side via interactive simulations like the "King Kong" takeover of the bus! Listen to an upbeat live soundtrack as you journey back to Times Square.  

New York City Bus, Boat and Walking Tour

3. New York City Bus, Boat and Walking Tour

See the best of New York City on sightseeing tours by bus and boat. In addition, enjoy a walk through the Financial Center to Wall Street and The New York Stock Exchange. A live tour guide will enhance your experience with commentary on this 6-hour program. The Staten Island ferry ensures breathtaking views of the New York City and New Jersey skylines. Take in views of world-famous landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island and more. This tour gives you two options for tour buses - a luxury climate-controlled closed-top bus or a unique small-capacity glass-top or open-top convertible bus that can open when the weather is nice or retract and turn into a glass-top to protect you from the weather elements.

New York City: Deluxe 1.5-Hour Central Park Pedicab Tour

4. New York City: Deluxe 1.5-Hour Central Park Pedicab Tour

Your 1.5-hour Central Park pedicab tour begins at the water conservatory, where you can see the statue of Alice in Wonderland and the water pond from the movie Stewart Little. You are then taken to the most popular area of the park, the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, before traveling to the mall and the famous Loeb Boathouse Restaurant. Following that, encounter the Cherry Hill Fountain to see the fountain from the hit 90s TV show Friends, as well as Bow Bridge. Your guide then takes you to Strawberry Fields to see the John Lennon Memorial and the iconic Dakota Building, before your tour finally concludes with Sheep Meadow and the famous Tavern on the Green.

New York Central Park: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

5. New York Central Park: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Enjoy a visit to New York’s iconic Central Park on a self-guided walking tour. Explore the area at your own pace with the magic of an audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. Travel back through time with tales of love, loss, laughter, and tragedy at every turn. You will have the opportunity to know John Lennon’s murder story and pay your respects at the Imagine Mosaic in Strawberry Fields. Feel like you are there on the sled getting frostbite as Balto saves Nome, Alaska, and then learn why Balto is the wrong dog. Decode the symbols of Bethesda Terrace and get a chance to weep at the heartbreaking love story of the Bethesda Angel. During the tour, you will also know how Shakespeare gave the deadly riots and invasive species story to the people. Relive the episode of Great Zoo Escape of 1874 and hunt down the park’s hidden witch. See famous filming locations of many TV shows and movies and learn which stars live in which buildings along the park. You will meet some of the 39 eccentric widows of the Plaza Hotel and also discover why the Pulitzer Fountain is a giant washing machine. You will hear engaging stories about the Central Park was, in the words of its legendary creators. Walkthrough the park and see how Central Park’s design inspired the US Interstate highway system.

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.

New York City: Bus Tour from Manhattan

7. New York City: Bus Tour from Manhattan

This sightseeing tour of New York City features comfortable bus transportation and narration to ensure you get the most out of your New York experience. Your driver will start the tour by taking you through Central Park West, where you can view the Dakota Building. From here, you will continue to the Upper West Side. You will later drive past a number of famous New York museums including the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum. Next, you will go into Midtown to drive along Fifth Avenue. Here, you will see the renowned Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall before stopping to view the Empire State Building. Continuing from the Flatiron Building, you will journey into Little Italy and take a stroll over to New York’s famous Chinatown. The bus will then take you to Wall Street in the Financial District and  stop at Battery Park for a view of the Statue of Liberty - those who would like to can end the tour here. The tour continues through the West Highway, where you’ll be able to see the site of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. The tour ends at Herald Square. This tour features numerous photo stops for you to capture your New York experience.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure: New York Mid-Central Park

8. Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure: New York Mid-Central Park

Looking for a way to turn Central Park into a giant game board?  Come experience an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the "Amazing Race" with a three-hour sightseeing tour of the middle of Central Park. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Your amazing scavenger hunt adventure will begin at The Dakota and will take you on a journey through the middle section of Central Park. The route leads you from Strawberry Fields to the architectural splendor of the Natural History Museum and the Met, and from ornate art hidden around playgrounds to the great Reservoir. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows you to start when you want and determine your own pace of play. Stop for lunch along the lake or take a stroll on one of the shaded trails… why not, it’s your schedule! Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. 

New York: Classic Film Locations Tour by Bus

9. New York: Classic Film Locations Tour by Bus

Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite classic films set in New York City, as a local actor guide entertains, informs, and quizzes you with trivia questions on up to 60 filming locations Not only will you get a taste of New York’s film history, you'll receive a great bus tour of Manhattan, visiting neighborhoods rich with the history of the cinema. Discover popular location sites like Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center and the Upper West Side. Hop off at Zabar’s, the well-known market place, featured in “You’ve Got Mail.” Stand outside the famous Dakota Building where Yoko Ono lives, and featured in “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Rosemary’s Baby.” Cross to the Upper East Side through Central Park, learning about the dozens of films set in the park, including the first motion picture ever made in New York City. Continue down the east side of Manhattan to stop in front of Holly Golightly's apartment from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Venture into hidden neighborhoods, such as Sutton Place for a fantastic view of the Manhattan Bridge, just like in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan.” Some locations have featured in countless films, including the Plaza Hotel, FAO Shwarz, Tiffany’s, Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building. End at Grand Central Station, another icon of the movies and Manhattan, to complete your film memorabilia tour.

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What people are saying about The Dakota

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,555 reviews

This is definitely worth every penny! It’s such a fast smooth way to explore all of Central Park and learn more about the history of everything. They make it so fun with music & let you stop for photos! I believe my driver was John and he was incredible. I 100% recommend this to anyone!!

This was the perfect tour for a rainy day in NYC! Our guide, Tyler, had the best information to share with us. This is a great way to see a lot of the city for first time guests, and you can decide where you want to go back and spend more time!

Enjoyed the combination of walking, bus tour and ferry ride. Our tour guide Joe was excellent. Restroom stops and lunch stop was timed perfectly. Group was a small size which allowed for questions. Great tour!

Great for seeing more of Central Park in a short amount of time... and resting your feet. Including photo stops and lots of information from the tour guide.

Our guide, Tyler, was entertaining and knowledgable! So glad we did this tour - we learned so much about New York!