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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.

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Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

2. Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

See the sights of New York’s Central Park on a unique pedicab tour. Your tour guide will show you the sights of Central Park and tell you about its history as you travel at a leisurely pace. You'll make stops at key places of interest in the park, such as Strawberry Fields, the Dakota Building, Cherry Hill, the Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, and Sheep Meadow. No matter what the season, you will be taken on a dreamlike ride in one of the world’s most celebrated landscapes, filled with authentic New York culture and architectural splendor. Along the way, your guide will inform you about the history and significance of the various sights you pass.

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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 5-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.

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New York: Midtown Manhattan 1.5-Hour Multimedia Bus Tour

4. New York: Midtown Manhattan 1.5-Hour Multimedia 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.  

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Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure: New York Mid-Central Park

5. 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. 

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New York: Classic Film Locations Tour by Bus

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

7. 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.

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New York City: Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

8. 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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New York City: Bus Tour from Manhattan

9. 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.

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New York Hell's Kitchen Food & Central Park Combo Tour

10. New York Hell's Kitchen Food & Central Park Combo Tour

At one time the home of poor, working-class Irish immigrants, Hell’s Kitchen became the site of skirmishes between Irish and German immigrant gangs. A later wave of Puerto Rican immigrants in the 1950s led to additional ethnic tensions, inspiring the famed Broadway musical West Side Story. Today Hell's Kitchen has become a gentrified area that boasts some of the most expensive properties in the city, as you’ll experience on this 4-hour guided tour. A world of ethnic food is available in Hell's Kitchen, a diverse neighborhood located just to the west of the Theater District. On the Hell’s Kitchen Food Tour you’ll visit some of the best restaurants in midtown Manhattan and taste some of the best food in New York. Try a variety of specialties from empanadas to custom-made donuts, and don't forget the bourekas! Next on this combo tour you’ll get to walk off all that amazing food in Central Park. Experience the best Central Park has to offer, including landscapes created to make it seem like you’re in the countryside. This 843-acre site is a welcome respite from New York's concrete jungle. Your expert guide will tell you about the park’s beginnings as a social experiment, and about some of its best kept secrets. See statues of historical figures, writers, and children's books characters, and visit some of the locations used in filming Hollywood movies.

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What people are saying about The Dakota

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,550 reviews

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!

Our guide Sylvester was lovely, it was a fantastic way to see Central Park and learn about everything within it, he took some great photos of us too, I would definitely recommend booking this tour

Driver was nice. He showed us excellent movie locations. Said some good informations about the park. Cool thing was when he showed us building where famous actors have apartments.

Great trip! I was scouting spots to propose so the guided tour helped!

Our guides were fantastic. Would absolutely use tgem again!