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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

Central Park 5-Star Bike Tour

3. Central Park 5-Star Bike Tour

See the best of Central Park on a bicycle tour and discover the secrets and famous spots of this legendary park. The 2-hour tour covers all the main highlights of Central Park, including the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, the Strawberry Fields, the Literary Walk, Cherry Hill, Belvedere Castle, and the Reservoir. You will learn amazing facts, hear interesting park history, and see the architecture. Discover famous movie spots and celebrity homes. During the tour, make multiple stops for photograph opportunities and short walks. The tour goes at a leisurely pace so it is perfect for riders of any skill level.

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.

2-Hour Private Biking Tour of Central Park

5. 2-Hour Private Biking Tour of Central Park

Along with your own private tour guide, experience the best of Central Park at your own pace and by your own schedule. Hop on a comfortable bike of your choice and explore the most famous attractions in the park, such as the Bethesda Fountain, the Great Lawn, and the iconic Central Park Mall, where many movies have been filmed. Your guide will, in the language of your choosing, explain to you the historical and current significance of these features of the Park so that you come away from the tour relaxed and entertained. Enjoy the feeling of the fresh air on your face and the green foliage around you as you and your private group guide the way for 2 full hours.

New York City: Pedicab Tour Through Central Park

6. 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: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

7. 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: Central Park Secrets and Highlights Walking Tour

8. 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

9. 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.

New York: Central Park Tour by Pedicab

10. New York: Central Park Tour by Pedicab

Take a comfortable ride through Central Park by pedicab, and stop along the way for photo opportunities and short walks at the most scenic spots. Choose a 1-hour tour to cover at least 24 highlights, such as Bethesda Terrace, Cherry Hill, Bow Bridge, and Strawberry Fields. Opt for the 2-hour tour and see at least 34 highlights, including Alice In Wonderland, the Jackie Onassis Reservoir, and Belvedere Castle.   Venture along some of the 58 miles of pathways, and discover much more than you would on foot. Get panoramic views of the architectural and historical treasures, see film locations sites where hundreds of movies have been shot, and learn the rich history of the park along the way.

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What people are saying about Bethesda Terrace and Fountain

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 97 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!!

Very nice bike tour, cycled about three quarters of Central Park. Got a lot of info. Well worth it. The only point of concern was that we had booked a private tour, but someone else was cycling with us anyway. Was otherwise fine, but don't call it a private 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.

Louis was our host. He did a great job of showing us the sites and taking an interest in us. We had a lovely ride and conversation.

Great way to see Central Park without getting lost or tired.