Central Park is alternatively called the ‘New York City’s Playground,’ which is true to the very aspects. You got plenty of exciting and memorable things to do in Central Park both during warmer and colder months. You will find this greener space on top of all New York attractions, where both domestic and international travellers want to hang around too.
Aside from the various gardens, lawns, walkways, fountains, trees, and day picnic spots, Central Park offers a lot of activities and entertainments too for the visitors to enjoy. From the classic Shakespeare theatrical plays to musical concerts or ice-carving festival, the Manhattan backyard features a lot of things to explore. For those who are planning for a family fun trip to Central Park, here are a few significant activities to explore.
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Guide walking tours at Central Park
There are many packages available to visit the most popular and even hidden destination of this wonderland through guided walk tours. It is one of the most famous attractions for visitors to New York City, offering them a very in-depth experience of the Manhattan nature. The standard packages are kind of some 2-hour walks to learn about the exciting history and development of the park and also to explore some of the famous movie spots like the Boathouse Café, Wollman Rink, Bethesda Fountain, and Central Park Mall, etc.
There are varieties of packages in Central Park guided walking tours. These are in small groups of 5 to 25 people in a batch by ensuring a more personalised and intimate experience. The highlights of walking tours are:
- You can soak up with the nature of this beautiful land.
- Complete narration by experts.
- Friendly and knowledgeable professional guide.
- A perfect introduction and in-depth details to the first-time visitors
- Choice of departure timing and length of the tour.
Some of the top options to choose in guided walk tours include, but not limited to:
1. Central Park walking tour
You may visit all the famous landmarks of the Central Park as the Belvedere Castle, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Loeb Boathouse, Conservatory Garden, etc. in this tour. Expert guides will describe the history of these destinations, and the participants will also get to know about the architectural specifications about these significant structures. For private groups, the tour is available in a customised manner too.
2. Hidden Secrets tour
This Central Park walking tour provides an opportunity for the visitors to walk through the less travelled paths of this land to explore the hidden gems of Central Park. With the help of a well-experienced guide, you may experience the less known treasures of this destination, which is unknown to the general tourists. Major attractions of this hidden secrets tour are:
- The remaining fortification of an essential site per the American Revolutionary War
- A 3500 years old visitor all the way from Egypt etc.
On the other hand, if you want to explore a more adventurous and unique experience on exploring the stunning sights of the Central Park, there are also horse riding NYC trips too at Central Park for those who want to explore it on wheels. It is possible to ride down through the bridle trail on your healthy and friendly companion to explore the beauty of Mother Nature, view the historical monuments, and watch the famous monuments around central park. There are rides of various duration up to one hour. There are also comfortable short-duration rides for kids.
3. Sunrise Yoga Walk
Fitness freaks will thoroughly enjoy this early morning guided walk tour, which aims at centring your body and mind as the sun rises to the skyline of one of the most existing destinations in the world. This tour is primarily a workout inspired by yoga, an Indian spiritual exercise form, combined with a sequence of power walks through the most serene natural spots of Central Park. The skilled trainers will also teach the participants some basic restorative poses of yoga and healthy stretches. This walk will provide you with a refreshed and energised feeling, ready to take the day ahead in good spirit. As the number of participants is limited to this speciality tour, prior reservation is needed to join it.
4. Central Park photo tour
If you are a photography enthusiast, then capture the true essence of Central Park through this guided photo walking tour. Central Park had always been a photographer’s paradise with breathtaking scenery all around in the backdrop of the cosy New York City. For those who are new to photography, expert tips will be given by the professional guides on how to use the photography techniques to get the best view of the most beautiful settings of Central Park, lakes, vegetation, greenery, bridges, and waterfalls to the exhilarating Manhattan skyline.
5. Holiday Sights Tour
If you are planning to visit this place during the holiday season, then it would a wonderful experience to explore the real magic of Central Park through holiday sights tours. Experts guide will take you for a wondrous journey which commences at the Central Park and trails all the way down to the Bryant Park.
The major attractions of this guided tour during the holiday season include:
- Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas Light Show
- Grand Army Plaza
- Bryant Park Skating Rink
- Christmas Kiosks
- Swarovski Snowflake
- St Patrick’s Cathedral
- Cartier and Fendi Buildings
- Radio City Music Hall
- Rockefeller Center
- Sixth Avenue highlights, and
- Bergdorf Goodman Christmas Windows etc.
The ideal time to visit Central Park to participate in the holiday sights tour is from November 5th to the first week of January. Evening tours, which explore the destinations mentioned above at the best start by around 5 p.m. and there are multiple schedules up to 11 p.m. Don’t forget to bring the camera and to wear comfortable shoes for long walks. These tours are conducted not only in English but in Portuguese and Spanish too.
You may better pre-book the horse riding NYC or guided walking tours of your choice to avoid any last-minute rush as Central Park is a busy tourist destination around the year.