Central Park Walking Tours

We offer two main Central Park walking tours, one of the lower section and another of the the middle section.  Each tour is approximately 2 hours.  Occasionally, we offer a combined 4 hour tour with a refreshment break.  We recommend taking a look at our full calendar to see which tours are running when you will be in NYC.  For more detailed information and images of what you are likely to see on one of our tours, be sure to also check out our self-guided tour of Central Park.  We also offer bike tours of the Park.


NOTE: If you find that you can’t make our scheduled tours, then please note that the New York Pass and the Explorer Pass include several Central Park tour options.  Read our post on which tourist pass to buy.


Central Park Lower Section

Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York’s crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world’s most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it’s impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.Central Park Tours

Join Free Tours by Foot as we stroll through the park and tell the epic story of New York’s green oasis. This Central Park tour explores the southern half of the park, wandering the winding pedestrian paths, passing a pond, rocky outcrops, bridges, open fields and skyline views — all great photo opportunities. The tour also includes a stop in Strawberry Fields, a living tribute to John Lennon, and will end in front of the Dakota Hotel, where the great Beatles’s life was tragically ended.  To explore on 2 wheels, check out our Central Park bike tour.  Photographers of all experience levels may like our Central Park Photography Tour.

Sites we cover on the Central Park Walking Tours:

See photos of the Central Park tour on our Facebook page.  Check out our self-guided Central Park Tour and map.

Tour information for Central Park Lower Section

Reservations: REQUIRED.  Click here to reserve.  Groups of 6 or more should visit our groups page.

WHERE: Tour begins from the southwest corner of 59th St. and 5th Ave by the Pulitzer Fountain (Pomona – Roman goddess of purity) (map).  Statue is located directly in front of the Plaza Hotel’s main entrance.   Tour ends at 72nd St. and Central Park West.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours.  Approximately 1 mile in length.

When:View our full tour calendar.

If you can’t make one of our tours, you might consider one of the New York tourist passes, which include free guided tours of Central Park or through Viator.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done.  A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

Central Park Middle Section

It is easy to forget that you are in a crowded city while walking through this spectacular park!  The original plan for the City of New York, laid out by the City Commissioners in 1811 did not include the park.  But as the city grew rapidly in size, we needed a place for New Yorkers to get a breath of fresh air!  Central Park, with its 843 acres of meadows, lawns, ponds, lakes and more, was the solution.  Today it is one of the best-known parks in the world and is enjoyed by millions-both locals and tourists alike.

This tour focuses on the middle of Central Park, starting in front of the beautiful American Museum of Natural History.  From there we will enter the park and explore, seeing everything from a castle to the wild-looking Ramble.  See an Ancient Egyptian obelisk and the place where Stuart Little raced his sailboat in the E.B. White children’s classic.  Don’t forget to bring along your camera!  There will be many wonderful photo opportunities throughout.

Sites We Cover on Our Middle Central Park Tours:

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      • The Swedish Cottage
      • Shakespeare Garden
      • Belvedere Castle
      • Turtle Pond
      • The Delacorte Theatre (Shakespeare in the Park)
      • The Great Lawn
      • Cleopatra’s Needle
      • The Ramble
      • The Lake
      • The Conservatory Waters
      • Bethesda Terrace
      • And more!!

Check out our self-guided Central Park Tour and map.

Tour information for Central Park (Middle Section)

Reservations: REQUIRED.  Click here to reserve.  Groups of 6 or more should visit our groups page.

Where: Tour departs from the park entrance directly across the street from the American Museum of Natural History at the intersection of Central Park West and 79th Street (map).  Tour ends at Bethesda Terrace, on the 72nd Street Traverse through Central Park.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Approximately 1 mile in length.

When: View our Calendar

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

 

Central Park All In One (a combination of or Lower and Middle Section 2 hour Tours)

Where: Tour begins from the southwest corner of 59th St. and 5th Ave by the Pulitzer Fountain (Pomona – Roman goddess of purity) (map).  Statue is located directly in front of the Plaza Hotel’s main entrance.

Please use our Google map for directions to the tour start.  Please use our help sheet for detailed written walking directions from nearby subway stations. Tour ends directly across the street from the American Museum of Natural History at the intersection of Central Park West and 79th Street (map).

Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours (includes lunch break at the Loeb Boathouse – but we encourage you to bring your lunch for a picnic – this is a tour of a park after all!). Approximately 2 miles (3.4 km) in length.

When: View our Calendar

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

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