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Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

1. Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Pass by many historical landmarks of Central Park on a horse-drawn carriage. This is the perfect activity for a romantic date, or a fun outing with friends or family. Cimb into a lavishly-decorated carriage with plush seating for a ride through Central Park. With the clip-clop of the horses' hooves in the background, you will visit the cascading Angel of the Waters Sculpture, as well as many other famous sights in the park. With a knowledgeable driver to tell you stories about the park's past, you will cruise by the Dairy, where New York's children once came to get fresh milk. View the horses on the carousel, and pass by the statue of William Shakespeare. At the Bethesda Fountain you can pause to snap memorable photos, before you head towards Cherry Hill. Head to the top of the hill and see the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Fields, and the John Lennon memorial. Clop by the English lawn bowling court, and admire the bust of Italian philosopher Giuseppe Mazzini. You can then enjoy views of the legendary restaurant, the Tavern on the Green.

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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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NYC Pedicab Tour: Central Park, Rockefeller, Times Square

3. NYC Pedicab Tour: Central Park, Rockefeller, Times Square

Start the tour at the corner of 59th street and 6th Avenue. Take a relaxing ride through beautiful Central Park, a refuge from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Continue along the famous 5th Avenue, where you will spot many notable stores and landmarks along the way. Make your way to the famous Rockefeller Center. Then the ride follows the lights and the glory of the city into the Times Square area. Enjoy watching people from all over the world converge at this iconic location, also known as "The Crossroads of the World." Learn about the history of all these famous landmarks from your licenced tour guide.

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New York City: Pedicab Tour Through Central Park

4. 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.

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From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Half-Day Tour

5. From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Half-Day Tour

Take an alternative tour of New York and head to the boroughs of the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn to discover the secret delights of New York City. This half-day tour is an excellent opportunity for a unique insight into these lesser-known neighborhoods. Mini-bus transportation makes it easy and efficient to get around the city’s busy streets. Aboard the bus you will cross Grand Central’s bridge, with a view of Grand Central Station, continue to the Upper East Side, one of the most affluent and elegant neighborhoods in New York City then enter Spanish Harlem on the way to the Bronx. You will see Yankee Stadium, the home ballpark of the New York Yankees baseball team, the Grand Concourse, and pass in front of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. You will stop at Arthur Avenue in The Bronx, where you'll have an authentic Italian-American experience. Visit genuine Italian restaurants, delis, bakeries, cafes and shops. Next, pass by Randall’s Island and through Queens. Finally reach Brooklyn, seeing Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Lastly, return to Manhattan through the legendary Brooklyn Bridge.

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Central Park: Short Loop Horse Carriage Ride

6. Central Park: Short Loop Horse Carriage Ride

Your NYC adventure starts at the corner of 59th Street and 6th Avenue. Following a short trip along the park on 59th Street, your tour will continue into the famous Central Park from 7th Avenue where you will be treated to spectacular views of the city. Here, you will get to stop at a location where the scenery is perfect for taking holiday pictures or simply just take in the gorgeous views for a few minutes. Depending on where you look and what you see, the content of the tour changes. In NYC and central park, people around the US and the world gather in a festive atmosphere day and night, cold and warm! Being on a horse carriage in Central Park where it is possible to have views of the city in the early evening and night is like watching a panoramic view of NYC, and its people. While riding through the park in its nightly dress you will get a chance to view the shiny New York City along a Central Park path that helps you feel the tranquility of the park and the exceptional view of the city at once. The park and the city combined in a panoramic view is a breathtaking sight to behold and a fantastic place to take pictures. Get ready to view and feel the city and its people on this rarely offered opportunity.

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What people are saying about Upper East Side

It was just beautiful. Tour guide, the company everything was super organized. When we were at meeting location our driver was ready for us. He was so professional and really friendly. When other carriages were passing by we realized that their drivers were not like our driver. They were just driving the horse. But our driver was talking to us explaining everything about park answering our questions about city, park... I just felt like super special. Thank you so much for that awesome tour.

Our tour guide Sergio made this trip an absolute delight as he was so professional and nice. It was a great insight into how different other areas of NYC are to just Manhattan. Movie locations were pointed out to us and there was plenty of opportunities to take excellent photographs. The service provided by the guide and his driver was first class.

The tour was conducted in Italian by Sergio. He's awesome! Spontaneous, personable and very competent. Simply great !!

Amazing experience, knowledgeable guide, and a cute horse. They even accommodated the time change. Ty

A great experience. Sergio our guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.