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  • Address: Central Park West, New York, NY 10021, USA
  • Hours: Open Tue-Sun, 10am- 5pm Closed Mondays, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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Belvedere Castle Tours

Designed in the late 1860s by architects Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead and as part of their “Greensward Plan” to beautify a then-young Central Park, this turret-topped castle of schist and granite stands atop Vista Rock, looking out on the woodlands of The Ramble, the Turtle Pond, and panoramic views of the Upper West Side.

Originally built in 1865 as a Victorian Folly – a structure with no intended use beyond sheer delight – it would come to be used as both a weather station and a nature center. In 1919, the National Weather Service began taking wind and rainfall readings from the top floor of Belvedere’s tower, the highest point in Central Park; this practice continues today. Over the next several decades, the largely empty structure of high ceilings and winding staircases fell into increasing disrepair, until it was renovated and re-opened in 1983 as the Henry Luce Nature Observatory.

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This small natural history museum is geared towards children and families, providing education about the flora, fauna and geology of Central Park, and inviting observation via maps, binoculars, and notes. Its on-site weather instruments allow for up-to-the-minute forecasts, and its hidden corners and gentle views allow it to remain a romantic destination within the park.

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Pedicab Guided Tour of Central Park, New York City, null
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Pedicab Guided Tour of Central Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Get to know Central Park, the most visited urban park in the United States, on this private, 1- or 2-hour pedicab tour. Take a leisurely ride around this ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 1- or 2-hour ride

From USD $75.00
Central Park Bike Tour, New York City, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Central Park Bike Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Enjoy an easy bike ride through beautiful Central Park in New York City, admiring top attractions including Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, Belvedere ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99
Central Park Walking Tour, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Central Park Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Central Park consists of 843 acres, and 58 miles of walking trails. On this expansive walking tour, your tour guide will make sure you see its highlights. From ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Electric Bike Tour of Central Park & Waterfront Greenway, New York City, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Electric Bike Tour of Central Park & Waterfront Greenway

4.5 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Experience the very first electric bike tour in New York City! This tour packs in a ton of views of Central Park and the West Side with less pedaling. E-bikes ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs

From USD $87.30
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Private Central Park Pedicab Tour, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

This Central Park pedicab tour offers a great alternative to walking or biking, while exploring one of the world's most beautiful parks: Central Park. You will ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $47.00
Private Walking Tour of Central Park, New York City, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Walking Tour of Central Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

During this private 1-hour walking tour, a guide leads you to 15 different locations throughout Central Park, exploring its artistic, architectural, and ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Central Park Bike Tour in French, New York City, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Central Park Bike Tour in French

Enjoy an easy bike ride through beautiful Central Park in New York City, admiring top attractions including Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, Belvedere ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Central Park Walking Tour and Photoshoot, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Central Park Walking Tour and Photoshoot

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

During this 2-hour walking tour, a guide leads you to 30 different locations throughout Central Park, exploring itss artistic, architectural, and historical ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Private Central Park Pedicab Tour, New York City, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

See the best that New York CIty's Central Park has to offer in as little or as much time as desired from the comfort of a private pedicab. Select from one of ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $50.00
Private Walking Tour of Central Park, New York City, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Walking Tour of Central Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Come along as you walk through the world's most famous park. Created in the 19th Century as an "Urban Oasis" in the middle of the nation's largest ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $210.00

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