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The Mall and Literary Walk, NYC

The Mall and Literary Walk, NYC: Our most recommended tours and activities

NYC: Guided Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

1. NYC: Guided Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

Explore the Central Park area of New York on a private horse carriage tour and discover its famous sights. See the popular attractions like Wollman Rink, Carousel, Chess and Checker House, The Dairy, and more with a guide. Board a beautiful carriage and pass by the famous Literary Mall, Bethesda Fountain, The Lake, Boat Pond, and Sheep Meadow. Your guide will tell you the history and other interesting facts about the places during the journey. Click memorable pictures during two photo stops at Bethesda Fountain and Cherry Hill, also known as the Friends Fountain. You will also discover the Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Columbus Circle, Balto Statue, Summer Stage, The Boathouse Restaurant, Bandshell, and other places.  Experience an unforgettable horse-drawn carriage ride and soak in the beauty of Central Park. 

Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

2. 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, and much more. 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: Private Horse Carriage Ride in Central Park

3. New York City: Private Horse Carriage Ride in Central Park

Make the most of your trip to New York City by embarking on a private horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park with a guide. Soak up views of the park's most iconic landmarks, including the famous carousel, Wollman Rink, Bethesda Fountain, Cherry Hill, Sheep Meadow, Literary Mall, and more. Climb aboard your carriage in front of the José Julián Martí Statue. Decide what you want to see and where you want to stop. Ride past landmarks like the Wollman Rink, Central Park Carousel, Chess and Checker House, Dairy Plaza Hotel, Literary Mall, Balto Statue, Loeb Boathouse, and the Lake. Halfway through the ride, take a break at the Cherry Hill Fountain and Strawberry Fields to click photos. This stop is also ideal if you wish to propose or celebrate a special occasion. Continue to see the Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Museum Of Natural History, Dakota Building, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Heckscher Playground, and Columbus Circle. Along the way, hear about the city's history from your guide.

New York City: Central Park Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

4. New York City: 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 lower part of the area at your own pace with the magic of an audio guide. We’ve curated the best of the best into one walk, so you can make the most of this enormous park in 90 minutes. 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 City: Central Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

5. New York City: Central Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover the sights and history of Central Park on a self-guided walking tour via an app on your phone. Enjoy some moments of peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin your audio and GPS tour and make your first stop at the famous Central Park Zoo, home to everything from monkeys to pythons to penguins. You’ll also get a chance to see the whimsical Delacourte Clock. Then, continue on to the statue of Balto, and find out why a dog from Alaska has a statue in New York. After that, it’s on to the beautiful tree-lined Mall and Literary Walk. Hear the stories — and the controversies — behind all of the statues of famous literary and historical figures that line the walk. Arrive at the Naumburg Bandshell, where famous speakers, from Martin Luther King to Fidel Castro, have given speeches over the years. Then, step onto Bethesda Terrace, a wonder of Italianate architecture offering stupendous views of the park. It’s also been the filming site for plenty of major hits through the years, from Home Alone 2 to The Avengers. After, follow the route to the Hans Christian Andersen monument honoring the author of children’s classics like “The Little Mermaid.” The tour through the fantastical side of the park continues at the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, burnished to a shine from years of kids clambering all over it. Art lovers will adore the next stop: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From there, pay a visit to the Jacky Kennedy Reservoir at the park’s heart. Stroll around this picturesque pool and learn to identify iconic buildings in New York’s skyline. Then, stop by the Great Lawn, which has featured superstars like Elton John and Bon Jovi and continues to be a major gathering place for folks looking to enjoy a little natural serenity. Later, see an actual castle and a Shakespearean garden before moving on to the Strawberry Fields memorial commemorating music legend John Lennon. And you can’t come to Central Park without visiting the famous Carousel, so you’ll stop there and hear about its history. Finally, exit the park at Columbus Circle, a major hub of the city not too far from where your tour began. The tour concludes here.

NYC: Central Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride with Photos

6. NYC: Central Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride with Photos

Discover the famous Central Park on a horse carriage ride with an experienced coachman. Learn about the history, famous landmarks, movie locations, celebrity residences, and fun facts surrounding Central Park.  Enjoy two photo stops during the tour. Stop at Cherry Hill Fountain for breath-taking photos, and help feed the horses. Then, stop at Strawberry Fields/The Dakota which are forever linked to the life of famed Beatle, John Lennon. See other famous locations such as Wollman Rink, Balto Statue, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Fountain, The Bow Bridge, Tavern on the Green, and many more.

NYC: Museum Mile City Exploration Game

7. NYC: Museum Mile City Exploration Game

The city game starts in front of the Plaza Hotel. It will take you between 2 to 3 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Smithsonian Design Museum. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone. You will visit the following locations: • Pulitzer Fountain • Lombard Lamp • Inscope Arch • The Delacorte Clock • Balto Statue • William Shakespeare Statue • The Mall and Literary Walk • Bethesda Terrace and Fountain • The Frick Collection • Ukrainian Institute • Metropolitan Museum of Art • The Obelisk • Neue Gallery • Guggenheim Museum • Smithsonian Design Museum

New York City: Central Park Exploration Game

8. New York City: Central Park Exploration Game

The city game starts at Tavern on the Green. It will take you between 2 to 2.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Loeb Boathouse. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. So, are you up for an exciting city game?. After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

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What people are saying about The Mall and Literary Walk, NYC

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 87 reviews

I took me and my three children, ages 10 and 7, for a 55 minute carriage ride. Due to traffic we got there a bit late (5 mins) but and the driver finished the route about 5 mins early, so we didn't quite get the full 55 minutes. It was enough given the weather, time of day and the ages of the kids. Personally I was a bit disappointed that the tour references movie locations mostly and nothing much about any of the scultpures or architecture, but the kids liked it and I was only doing the whole thing for them. It's an expensive treat. One I will repeat!

Prepared driver, kind and non-invasive. Useful tour to test the atmosphere in the park, with stops at famous places.

It was really very good the driver if he said it like that atakan as was very nice with us I recommend

On time Polite Helpful and informative Would recommend to anyone visiting the area

Rasheed is an excellent host! Highly recommend booking with him. Beautiful park.