A Walking Tour to discover the main sites of the famous Manhattan Park – Central Park. The park might not be natural but it's where New Yorkers go to enjoy Mother Nature. We'll explore its history, how it came to be, and fun facts such as famous movies & Tv settings. Central Park extends over 843 acres (3.41 km2) and is considered “the breathing lung”, or rather the green heart of Manhattan. The refuge from the "concrete jungle" and never-stopping city traffic. Beloved by New Yorkers and by visitors from all over the world, if we think that every visitor walks at least once in Central Park, we already reach over 50 million annual visitors.
Highlights – What we'll see during the walk
Professional Tour Guide in English
Imagine Symbol, Bow Bridge & The Lake
Bethesda Terrace and The Mall
Skating Wollman rink & The Gapstow Bridge
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Central Park on The Big Screen - The Movies
We all had the chance to see famous scenes from movies shot in Central Park. If the film is set in New York, we will almost certainly have scenes in the park, and not just for fun, but because Central Park is part of most New Yorkers daily lives. Your guide will list several movies and TV series during the tour, how could we forget Home Alone 2, or the romantic comedy Serendipity, the classic and timeless The Way We Were and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Walking along The Mall, we will arrive at Bethesda Terrace and the Fountain to the boathouse with its iconic Restaurant that reminds us of Sex & the City and Harry meets Sally. We will pass the bridge of Autumn in New York, the famous Bow Bridge. A must photo-op!
What to know about Central Park
During our walk, we will discover the park's story and anecdotes – who were the first inhabitants of the park? did you know that once a locals lived in the middle of it? Is it all natural or has man intervened and if so, what was the park artificially created in its entirety?
Do you have any idea how many people are working and how does Central Park finance itself? For these and many other questions, you will have answers and stories from our Local Guide. Central Park also hosts many festivals and events, many are free – Theater, Concerts, Exhibitions, Sports Events including the iconic arrival of the New York City Marathon!
We can’t talk about Central Park without mentioning one of the greatest music icons of all times -- John Lennon. The tour also includes a stop by the residence of Lennon and Yoko Ono, she still lives there, The Dakota, on Central Park West, and by the iconic Imagine Mosaic at Strawberry Field.
You will have plenty of opportunities to take pictures and videos during the Tour. We will stop at some strategic points, so be prepared to spend 2 hours enjoying the tranquility of the park, looking for the corners with the most colorful flowers, the romantic bridges, and the popular ponds where gorgeous Central Park West Buildings are reflected.
Video – The Best of Central Park
Tour on Foot around Central Park
2.5-hour Private Walking Tour
Professional Tour Guide
Pick-up in Hotel
Drop-off in Hotel
Tour Price: starting from $56.25 per person (price based on 4 participants)
Location meeting Point:
By the Plaza Hotel & The Pulitzer Fountain (5th Avenue & 59th Street)
Tour ends on the West Side - Central Park West between 72nd and 81 street Schedule: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm Closing Dates: Thanksgiving - December 24th and 25th - December 31st – January 1st – July 4th – Labor Day
Additional Info & FAQ
WEATHER NOTICE: All Walking Tours are performed rain or shine, please check the weather and dress appropriately. It is at the discretion of the operator in case of extreme weather conditions or for reasons of force majeure to decide to cancel the tour or to postpone it to a later date. If the alternative date is not conducive to the customer, the tour will be refunded completely.
Please note that all venues included in the tour description, including, but not limited to, restaurants, attractions, and museums may change without prior notice in the case of impediments imposed (closing roads for events, weather ect.)
Policy & Disclaimers
Inclusions: As outlined in the "Included in the Price" Exclusions: Everything else not specifically outlined in the "Included in the Price" Please Note:
The Central Park Walking Tour departs from the Pulitzer Fountain on 5th Avenue between 58th & 59th Street near the Plaza Hotel. You can easily reach the starting point by walking from all major Hotels located around Midtown. There are a few subway stops in the vicinity. The closest two are "59th & 5th Ave Station" (N, R, W yellow line) and the "57 Street Station" (F orange line.) Alternatively, you can use the "59th St & Lexington Station" (4, 5, 6 green line N, R, W yellow line) and then walk 7 minutes to the starting point. Lastly, you may also reach the departure point by Taxi/Uber/Lyft by providing the complete address – 764 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019. You will meet your Tour Guide in front of the famous Pulitzer Fountainopposite side of the Apple Store.
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Why you should try this Tour? "Central Park is quintessential New York City ... You cannot miss it, if you really want to experience life as a New Yorker. Perfect for those that have limited time but stil want to explore the "Green Heart" of Manhattan including some very famous movie/tv sites." - Irene T. - NYC Tour Guide
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Irene was a FANTASTIC tour guide! She was so knowledgeable about the area and was so patient with all our questions. We stopped to use the bathroom and we got coffee halfway through, she was so kind! It was a pleasure learning about Brooklyn from you!
I’m the biggest fan of Fall activities, but haven’t had a chance to do anything beyond Apple Picking in NJ. I decided to take a last minute 2 day trip with a friend in Hudson Valley, but didn’t know where to start [...] Thankfully I was able to use New York Welcome to do the hard work for us [...]
The SATC walking tour is fabulous! Our tour guide was amazing. Friendly, helpful, accommodating and so knowledgeable about the city. It was essentially 2 tours in 1. SATC and visits to historical places in the city. I give this tour 5 stars and definitely recommend. Grab your walking shoes and schedule one today!