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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.

Central Park: Live Guided Bike Tour

2. Central Park: Live Guided Bike Tour

Enjoy a Central Park bicycle tour and discover its most popular destinations, including the Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, the Literary Walk, the Reservoir and more. Take a tour with New York City's largest bike rental and tour company. Ride with a licensed professional tour guide while exploring Central Park. You’ll have the option of renting your bike past the end of the tour to explore Central Park and NYC on your own. Choose from the 4 tours of Central Park that are offered daily. Tours depart at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The tour duration is 2 hours and the distance covered is 5 miles. Possible sights on these tours include: Columbus CircleCentral Park MallBethesda FountainConservatory WaterThe ReservoirConservatory GardenThe Great LawnBelvedere CastleStrawberry FieldsCherry HillThe Balto StatueThe Alice in Wonderland Statue

New York City: Pedicab Tour Through Central Park

3. New York City: Pedicab Tour Through Central Park

This ride takes around one hour on a 3.5 mile trail. During this tour, there are three short breaks. The first stop is at Bethesda Fountain so you can see the magnificent architecture of the Bethesda Terrace Tunnel and the lake. Then, you will stop at Cherry Hill/Friends Fountain followed by a stop at Strawberry Field/John Lennon Memorial. Some other points you will pass by are: Wollman Rink, Dakota Building, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Columbus Circle, Carousel, Balto Statue, Boat Pond, the Bow Bridge. With a knowledgeable driver to regale with you tales of the park's past, cruise by the Dairy, where New York's children once came to get fresh milk, watch the up-and-down of horses on the Carousel, and pass by the statue of William Shakespeare. At the Bethesda Fountain and the Angel of the Waters sculpture, pause to snap memorable photos and then head towards Cherry Hill. Surrounded by cherry and gingko trees, Cherry Hill’s carriage turn finds you where wealthy 19th-century New Yorkers once showed off their fine buggies. Head to the top of the hill and see the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Fields, and listen as your guide explains its significance when paired with the John Lennon memorial. Clop by the English lawn-bowling court, admire the bronze statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman, and the bust of Italian philosopher Giuseppe Mazzini, and enjoy the view of the legendary restaurant Tavern on the Green.

New York: Central Park Secrets and Highlights Walking Tour

4. 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.

New York City: Central Park Walking Tour

5. New York City: Central Park Walking Tour

One of the best ways to get to the heart of Central Park is on foot. You will be guided by a former Central Park employee on a tour that offers a complete picture of this iconic New York City landmark. On this tour of New York's backyard, you will hear about the park's origins and admire its design. Learn about the cultural influence of the park, and feel the peace that comes from walking through the natural environment. Many people are familiar with Central Park, but do not know the most interesting places to explore. With 843 acres, this landscape masterpiece has a lot to offer. Your guide will show you the highlights of Central Park, many of which feature in popular movies. See the Gapstow Bridge, a film site for the home alone II movie, and pass the Wollman Rink, from love story and serendipity. Walk past the Dairy, and stroll along the Mall and Literary Walk. Explore Conservatory Water, an ornamental pond that featured in the Stuart Little movie.  See the Alice in Wonderland statue, and Bethesda Terrace that overlooks the lake. Cross Bow Bridge, where some of the filming of spider man III took place. Wander through Strawberry Fields, the peace garden and memorial to John Lennon.

Guided Walking Tour of Central Park

6. Guided Walking Tour of Central Park

Get to the root of Central Park on this 2-hour guided walking tour. Explore the most famous park in the world and make the most of your time in New York City. Few will get to see how the twists and turns of Central Park unfold to reveal the essence of the park. See the green, beating heart of the park amid the hustle and bustle of New York City. Hear the distinct crunch of Central Park dirt beneath your feet and feel the warm light of the sun on your face. Your seasoned tour guide will be with you every step of the way on this emotional, physical, and spiritual journey to teach you about the rich history of these incredible sights. Highlights include the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, Conservatory Waters, Strawberry Fields, Central Park Mall, Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the Great Lawn, Bethesda Castle, and more. Count yourself among the lucky few when you finally learn what makes Central Park so special.

New York City: Combination Self-Guided Walking Tours

7. New York City: Combination Self-Guided Walking Tours

See everything New York City has to offer at your own pace with a bundled pack of 6 self-guided walking tours. See the Central Park Zoo, stroll through Times Square, and explore the Grand Central Terminal with your Action Tour Guide app. Your tour of Central Park begins at the corner of 5th and 59th and takes you through the best spots in this historic park. Stop at the Central Park Zoo and meander along the famous, tree-lined mall. Visit the famous statues which dot the park, honoring everyone from Shakespeare to Balto. Snap photos at Bethesda Terrace, a beautiful piece of architecture, then head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Begin your Midtown tour at the busy Columbus Circle. Head to the iconic NYC landmarks of Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square. Stroll down Fifth Avenue and window shop in the high-end stores. As you tour, learn about the city's history and the wealthy families who built many of its famous buildings. Finish your Midtown walking tour with a visit to New York’s most iconic skyscraper: the Empire State Building. Start the Grand Central Terminal tour outside and marvel at the stunning architecture. Head inside and tour the terminal, from its opulent upper levels to the speakeasy-style Oyster Bar below. As you walk through the vast Main Concourse and admire the constellation ceiling, hear the Station's fascinating history, including the multimillion-dollar rivalry between the Vanderbilts and the Astors. Your tour of Wall Street begins near Fraunces Tavern, a historic building from the revolutionary period. See the Charging Bull statue and the New York Stock Exchange while learning about the financial district’s seedy underbelly. Hear about Ponzi schemes, famous embezzlers, and thieves who faked their own deaths. Finish your tour with a somber visit to the 9/11 Memorial and see the towering One World Trade Center up close. Start your Battery Park walking tour in the park itself and enjoy the stunning view of the Statue of Liberty. As you stroll, learn the history of this iconic American symbol, including how it got here in the first place. Continue through the park and see its other famous monuments, including the SeaGlass Carousel. Discover Brooklyn on a self-guided tour starting in the center of the DUMBO neighborhood. Stroll through the borough, see New York’s hippest spots, and learn their history. Walk past the homes of famous authors Truman Capote and Norman Mailer and the hotel where a famous Godfather scene was filmed. Stop by a pair of pizza joints with a long-lived rivalry and enjoy beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

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What people are saying about Bethesda Terrace and Fountain

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 56 reviews

I'm so happy I booked this tour, because there's no way I would've been able to find each stop by myself. Lyall used to work for the park, so he knows what he's talking about. He shared fascinating information and stories about the people involved in creating the park, and I left feeling like I had a strong grasp on the ins and outs of beautiful Central Park. I was the only person on the tour, and Lyall offered to take my photo in all the best spots, which I also really appreciated.

Our tour guide was extremely professional and down to earth. We were even late and he called to check on us. I was impressed by that. After being late he was gracious to give us the tour and take pics when he had someone soon after us. I would highly recommend!

Ed was a great guide, personal and knowledgeable. I saw parts of the park I’ve never seen and it was so gorgeous. I’m not a great biker but I did just fine and had a fun experience to put in my memory bank.

Excelente experiencia, el guía super amable y en español nos explico todos los lugares más importantes de Central Park y nos tomó las mejores fotos de recuerdo.

Been to nyc many times. And wished we had done this the first day of our first trip. So much new information