The Essential Central Park Guided Walking Tour in New York, NY

Babylon Tours6th Ave & Central Park SNew York, NY 10019
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Iconic Central Park is a must-see for any visitor. This sprawling urban green space boasts beautiful sights like Gapstow Bridge and The Mall as well as memorials, famous artworks, and attractions like the Central Park Zoo and Tavern on the Green. As you explore these areas, your professional tour guide will detail insight and information only an insider can provide.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Semi-private tour with eight guests maximum.
  • Tour duration approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Highlights include Bethesda Terrace, Belvedere Castle, and The Mall.


from The Essential Central Park Guided Walking Tour
No movie set in New York is complete without at least one scene shot in iconic Central Park. On this 2 to 2.5-hour private guided walking tour, you’ll stroll the paths of the world’s most famous urban green space to learn about its many monuments and oftentimes quirky history.

Born in the 19th century, Central Park was designed to give New Yorkers a breath of fresh air. More than just green space, it’s also a venue for memorials and artwork honoring figures like Bolivar and Marti, as well as Balto and Hans Christen Andersen. As your enthusiastic young guide shares the park’s history, you’ll cross the famous Gapstow Bridge on your way to the Central Park Zoo. You will follow the tree-lined Mall and discuss the literary figures memorialized in statues on either side. You will discover the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, site of countless Hollywood moments. Cross Bow Bridge on your way to Strawberry Fields towards the Dakota to learn about John Lennon’s assassination at his memorial. You’ll discover the resplendent restaurant, Tavern on the Green, before joining the locals in Sheep Meadow, where New Yorkers of all walks of life can get away from city life for a moment.

Highlights generally include (but are not limited to):

• Bethesda
• The Mall
• Duck Pond
• The Dairy
• Checkers and Chess House
• Belvedere Castle
• Boat House
• The Lake
• The Reservoir

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"Met visit insights"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2020 NEW
Mark our guide was fabulous. His insights make the visit rivetting*. How else could you take a peek at the encyclopedic volume of stuff without an insiders help.?
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"Met Museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2019
Wonderful museum. Our guide was very knowledgeable about both the museum’s history and the various displays. An excellent experience and one we would highly recommend.
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Austin, Texas, United States
"Great tour of “the bigs” of American Museum of Natural History"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2019
Robin Garr took us on a fabulous tour of the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. About 100 minutes hitting “the bigs” in the museum. Robin shared so much interesting information and we never could have seen so much in so little time without her. Outstanding!!
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Sao Paulo, SP
"Metropolitan Museum of Art Skip-the-Line Guided Tour - Semi-Private"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019
Our guide Mark was great. Showed us the Met through a different perspective, not only historical, but also “artist’s eyes”. A dream come true experience!
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Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
"Great visit to Statue of Liberty and Ellis island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2019
We had been to New York a number of times but had never been to the Statue of Liberty. We had done tours with Babylon in other cities and figured we would give it a try. It was a great experience. A small group (5 people) and a very knowledgeable leader Katherine. We learned a lot of things we had not known before and had a very enjoyable time. This is a tour that is very much worth the time.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Essential Central Park Guided Walking Tour

What is your cancellation policy?
You can cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the tour start times. After that point, you can reschedule (if available) for a fee depending on the tour availability.

How long is the tour?
Tour duration is approximately 2-2.5 hours.

What ages are allowed on the tour?
All ages are welcome.

Where do is the tour meeting point?  
It is located at the North-East Corner of 6th Avenue & 59th St. In front of Simon Bolivar statue.

When does the tour start?
Tour starts at 10:30 AM and 2 PM, daily.

What does my admission fee include?
Included in the admission is a professional tour guide just for you; entry where permitted.

Do you operate rain or shine?
Whether it rains, snows or shines, we run our tours. We advise you to be dressed accordingly to the weather. Check the forecast before coming out of the hotel. And wear comfortable shoes.

Is transportation provided?
There is no pick-up or drop-off available. This includes Airport transfer/shuttle services. Each tour has some specific meeting points.

Can I take photos during the tour?
Photos are allowed.