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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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Central Park, Rockefeller & Times Square Horse Carriage Ride

3. Central Park, Rockefeller & Times Square Horse Carriage Ride

Start your tour at the corner of 59th street and 6th Avenue, following a short trip in Central Park and continue along the famous 5th Avenue past the Apple Icon and many other historical landmarks towards the Rockefeller area. Next, your ride follows the lights and the glory of the city into the Times Square area. Wandering in NYC streets at night on a horse carriage ride is certainly an experience everyone should try. Depending on where you look and what you see, the content of the tour changes. At Times Square, people around the US and the world gather in a festive atmosphere day and night, cold and warm! This carriage experience will provide you with a panoramic view of NYC, and its people who come from all around the world to meet at this "timeless" square! After riding through the park in its nightly dress, romantic paths and various views of the city, you delve into the crowded New York life along a central avenue that takes you to the heart of the city, Times Square. Witness the energy, noise, lights, and the crowd of this cosmopolitan part of the city! The park and the city combined in one single experience is a unique opportunity. On this tour, you feel special as you roll by NYC streets on a horse carriage, an old New York tradition and a world culture! Get ready to view and feel the city and its people on this rarely offered opportunity.

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NYC Pedicab Tour: Central Park, Rockefeller, Times Square

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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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What people are saying about Upper East Side

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 192 reviews

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.

This was a great tour, our guide was excellent, she knew the history of the places we went to, which made it very enjoyable.

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

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

Excellent knowledgeable guide and safe driving driver