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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.

Guided Electric Bike Tour of Central Park

4. Guided Electric Bike Tour of Central Park

The best way to experience Central Park is with this "no sweat" e-bike tour. You won’t have to worry about destroying your nice shirt or ruining your makeup in the searing New York City heat when peddling is less important than your comfort. Speed through the park on a top-of-the-line Yamaha-powered, Giant-built e-bike. Glide over the park’s gentle slopes with as much effort as it takes to tie a lace.  See such impressive sights as The Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, Conservatory Waters, Conservatory Gardens, the Alice in Wonderland Statue, Strawberry Fields, and more.  A seasoned tour guide will be at hand to teach you about the rich cultural history contained within Central Park and its most spectacular highlights. Your hunger for knowledge of the still green heart at the center of this great city will finally be satisfied after this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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.

Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

7. Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

With this ride, you will get the lucky opportunity to witness many of Central Park's historical landmarks from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. This activity is perfect for a romantic promenade or a fun ride with friends and family. The ride takes 40-minutes on a 2.5 mile trail. It has one stop at Cherry Hill/Friends Fountain where you can take some mesmerizing holiday pictures or simply just enjoy the view. During the ride you will see various landmarks such as The Wollman Rink, Carousel, Chess & Checker House, The Dairy, Plaza Hotel, 5th Avenue/Upper East Side, Literary Mall, Balto Statue , Summer Stage, Boat Pond, The Loeb Boathouse Restaurant, Bethesda Fountain, Bandshell, The Lake, Cherry Hill (photo stop), The Bow Bridge, The Museum Of Natural History, Strawberry Fields, Upper West Side, Dakota Building, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Heckscher Playground and Columbus Circle. The nice park scenery alongside the magnificent views of the city from the park is a must-do during your visit to NYC!

New York City: Central Park Walking Tour

8. 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

9. 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.

New York City: Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Bethesda Terrace and Fountain

My 13 year old and I loved this tour and the tour guide Dan. He shared great facts about Central Park and really tried to involve everyone by speaking their languages or referencing their home towns. We loved it and Dan was awesome!

We liked everything, very knowledgeable guiders, it was beyond what we expected . I recommend this walking tour to every first time NY travelers.

Dan was an excellent tour guide- kind, funny, a great photographer and VERY knowledgeable. We had a superb time on our friends’ reunion.

Excellent way to see Central Park. Would recommend to anyone!

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