The Best Central Park Tours in NYC

Travelers say our Central Park tour was the “highlight” of their visit and “an absolute must do.” New Yorkers regularly tell us, “I thought I knew this park but you’ve shown me things I never knew existed.” It’s true that we offer Central Park tours at the most beautiful time of day. Sunset is romantic and the park is always beautiful. More than that though, we pride ourselves on really showing people something special. Yes, you will see movie locations. Yes, you will see all the places you were told you had to see but we’ll also show you the hidden gems most people don’t know about and tell you the park’s history as if it were front page news — complete with all the juicy gossip.

  • Tours last approximately two and a half hours, covering more of the park than most Central Park tours.
  • Each tour is planned to perfectly coincide with the sunset and leaves in the late afternoon
  • Rated with an average of five stars on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Facebook.
  • Awarded TripAdvisor’s prestigious Certificate of Excellence every year since 2013.

Locations

Don’t forget to bring your camera. You’ll need it to take your own photos of these locations from the actual tour:

Shakespeare Garden
Shakespeare Garden: A secluded garden for star-crossed lovers.
Bethesda Fountain
Bethesda Fountain: The famous sculpture Angel of Water has touched tourists and New Yorkers alike for decades.
The Carousel
Carousel: Some of the oldest carousel horses in the world.
Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green: Learn about the once popular restaurant’s rebellious past and dubious future.
Bow Bridge
Bow Bridge: Arguably the park’s most romantic bridge, featured heavily in films and on TV.
Heckscher Ballfield
Heckscher Ballfield: You just might spot a celebrity playing on their league!
Strawberry Fields
Strawberry Fields: A John Lennon memorial. You’ll see his old apartment on the tour too.
The Mall
The Mall: Central Park’s elegant elm lined promenade.
The Ramble
The Ramble: A quiet woodland where twisting paths meander through lush wild greenery.

But that’s not all. Our Central Park tours take you to Belvedere Castle, one of the park’s highest points, frequented by meteorologists and birdwatchers. You’ll visit some lovable residents of The Central Park Zoo. Plus you’ll see the famous Great Lawn, The Central Park Zoo, the statue of Balto, Sheep Meadow, the ice skating rink used in the movie Serendipity and much more. Though our locations may change seasonally, we typically visit at least 27 destinations on a tour.

Guides

Matthew Falber

 
Matt Falber

You might have seen Matt talking on the Travel Channel where he is a regular contributor sharing history on “Mysteries of the Museum” or “Monumental Mysteries.” Matt serves as lead historian for Central Park Sunset Tours and heads our continued educational training. All those hours of examining old plans, reports, and news articles put him in a prime position to start the non-profit, Central Park Arch Project in order to advocate for the use of historical safety measures to improve the park’s transportation infrastructure.

 

Heather Shimmin

 
Heather Shimmin

Though she’s a tried-and-true New Yorker, Heather has a soft spot in her heart for all things British. She has a BFA in photography and an MA from NYU London where she studied adaptive reuse and historic gardens and landscapes, including the historic British gardens that would have influenced Central Park’s designers in their study abroad. Heather is also fascinated with New York City’s rooftops. You can find some of her favorites in the “Roof Explorer’s Guide,” along with her photographs of them.

 

Kelsey Pressnall


 
Kelsey Pressnall

Whether it’s a park in Kansas, the mountains of Colorado, a hiking trail in West Virginia, or New York City’s Central Park, Kelsey finds joy in connecting with natural beauty. Her pursuit of theatre has taken her across the country and allowed her to revel in the beautiful scenery each place has to offer. Kelsey received an exemplary rating from the city of New York honoring her in-depth knowledge of its rich history. She is the newest addition to our Central Park tour team but has already left a lasting mark on our guests and now keeps our team up to date on the latest goings-on in the park.

 

Testimonials

  • 5 star ratingSunset Central Park tour Excellent tour with our tour guide Matt! We learned so much about Central Park!!We are so glad we did the tour!!!!Thank you Matt!!!☺️☺️

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    Molly O
    9/02/2018

    4 star ratingNice walking tour. Guide was very informative and passionate about parks. She gave us a good history lesson about Central Park. I plan to repeat this tour in the future.

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    Christopher L.
    8/10/2015
  • 5 star ratingExcellent! Our tour guide Chelsea was excellent. She was so knowledgeable. We really enjoyed it. We would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn about the park. A lot of walking at a fast pace.

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    loricZ3384GF
    6/07/2018

    If/ when you are in NY you must take this tour. We just loved it

    Orit Abir-Nagar
    10/23/2015
  • Thumbs-up from a New Yorker This tour is everything promised and more. I was surprised to see racoons down below while we watched from above on one of the bridges. Who would have expected wildlife in the city? The views were spectacular. Our guide gave us just the right amount of info. I loved the tour. Some of the sights I was familiar with but now see them in a different light. Others, I didn't know existed. Go and have a great time!

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    Susan W
    6/18/2012

    5 star ratingSunset tour is a great way to spend a relaxing yet energized late afternoon in New York. The tour takes you to well known park attractions as well as hidden jems of it. The guide (Matt was great!) will tell you must-know facts as well as waggish details from history, New York politics and so forth.
    Be prepared for intensely paced walking for solid 2 hours. Though you have breaks and stops, and there is plenty of shade and benches, so you will never feel exhausted, but rather relaxed and inspired.

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    Alfie P.
    6/15/2012
  • 5 star ratingThe Sunset Tour in Central Park 10/22/18 It was very interesting and professional tour with guide Matt.
    He knows everything about Central Park, he walked us through the areas we never been before. He gave us a history of everything we saw during our walking (about 3 hours).
    If you live in NYC or just visiting , this tour should be on the list of a " must to do" thinks.
    Thank you, Matt.

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    yh123az
    10/25/2018

    5 star ratingTake this tour! You'll be so glad you did! Though I've been to Central Park several times in the past, I wanted to learn more about the park and the history behind it. My tour guide, Matthew, was an absolutely fantastic guide! He blended just the right amount of history, interesting factoids, and fun tips and tricks to truly enjoying the park like a New Yorker. The pace was great, he left plenty of time for questions, and we saw an amazing array of what the park has to offer. I would wholeheartedly recommend this trip to anyone with an interest in parks, beautiful natural spots, and slices of NYC history.

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    Stefanie H
    10/02/2018
  • 5 star ratingWonderful! Our guide, was knowledgeable and friendly. I’ve been in Central Park many times but learned so much more about it: about how it got there and why; about the architecture and all the contributors; historical facts and interesting stories. Definitely would recommend this tour.

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    Marie Van Duyne
    11/21/2013

    4 star ratingI have been to Central Park hundreds of times and every time I go I see something that I have never seen before and know something new.  Matt is a great tour guide.  The day I did the tour it was raining and we were not able to see the sunset but it was worth taking the tour of Central Park.

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    Antonietta R.
    9/17/2014
  • Wonderful informative tour of the park. So happy we decided to do this and not try to walk alone. Would have never seen or learned so much. Thank you!

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    Allison Pruitt Jones
    11/21/2017

    4 star ratingLots of information.
    This was an enjoyable tour and we learned so much about the park's history and architecture. Great way to watch the sunset.

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    Mimi W.
    8/25/2016
  • 5 star ratingA weekend highlight! Our tour was tailored to our group of 5 friends. Our guide, Matt, was informative and interactive. He took group pictures along the way, even walking us to a recommended pub and making sure we could find the train to get back. Meetup directions we're clear, and we got a clear understanding of the history development of park areas. Highly recommend!

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    Kate G
    12/08/2017

    5 star ratingMatthew did a great job leading a bunch of old ladies around the park and providing education on the history & architecture of the park.  Very interesting and we saw all the great parts of the park on this tour!  Totally recommend.  There's a lot to see in a short period of time, so if you want to lounge around and take a bunch of pics, you may have to go back later when you have more time.

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    Tori M.
    11/15/2016
  • Been to Central Park many times in a past. An organized tour with a very knowledgable tour guide made our experience very unique.

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    Ellen A Kaplan
    11/12/2016

    5 star ratingWe had a blast on the tour!
    We live in the city and learned so much from our guide, Matt (I think is his name)!  The tour gives a lot of history behind the city and the park, which I really liked.  Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, as you walk a pretty far distance.  You have plenty of time in between sites to ask the guide extra questions, which was encouraged.
    Great activity for tourist and local alike!

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    Mo W.
    7/19/2015
  • 5 star ratingWeekend Getaway On October 27, 2017, we decided to join the Sunset Tour of Central Park with Matthew. Matthew did and amazing job explaining all the history of Central Park in a 2.5 hour span. The pace was perfect and we covered a lot of grounds with some amazing stories about Central Park. Matthew was great at the details of the history and fully explained certain people that shaped the park. I would highly suggest the tour of the Central Park and try to get Matthew - great guy

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    lew43026
    11/04/2017

    5 star ratingSunset Central Park Tour We took the sunset Central Park tour with Matt. Matt did a great job and you can tell he is knowledgeable about the park and the city both past and present. I would definitely recommend this tour.

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    Stacy A
    12/02/2018
  • 5 star ratingLoved this tour! Our tour guide Matt was knowledge and kept the tour moving at a great pace. We covered so many of the beautiful highlights of Central Park. I definitely recommend this tour!

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    Marcia M.
    5/07/2015

    5 star ratingLOVED IT My fiancée Liz and I decided to do this tour. And SO GLAD WE DID. Our tour guide was so phenomenal. Kelsey guided us through the park as though she was an old time friend giving us nuggets of history. Nothing seemed scripted or rehearsed or overly didactic. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour and recommending Kelsey as your guide.

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    Jakewilliamson5
    7/25/2018
  • 5 star ratingGreat experience! Five college roommates got together for a week-end in NYC. We booked your after we arrived but day before we wanted to go. Instructions on where to meet & confirmation emailed. Our guide, Matt, was knowledgeable & personable. He even took group pics of us along the way. Definitely a highlight!!

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    Smaire
    11/13/2017

    Been to Central Park many times in a past. An organized tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide made our experience very unique.

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    Ellen A Kaplan
    11/12/2016
  • 4 star ratingGreat tour. I've lived in NY for over 20 years and spent a LOT of time in the park and our tour guide Ryan still showed me places and told me lots of facts and trivia about the park that I didn't know. He timed it perfectly so we saw sunset from Bow Bridge. I recommend highly.

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    Marty K.
    6/30/2012

    5 star ratingGreat tour! Matt was a FANTASTIC tour guide. The tour was loaded with great New York and Manhattan history and information! The walk had a depth of character with the late evening into dusk and twilight hours between the city skyline and the greenery of the city.
    I highly recommend this tour!!

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    Genette A
    9/17/2018
  • 5 star ratingAwesome tour for newbies and NYers alike! Although I live in New York and have been to Central Park many times, I recently went on a tour when a good friend was in town from Korea. Experiencing the tour around sunset was perfect, allowing us to avoid the heat of the day. In addition, Central Park is beautiful that time of day. Our guide was very knowledgeable with tons of historical facts and tidbits to point out. Despite being a NYer, even I learned a number of interesting things. While it would have been easy to just wander the park ourselves, it was great to have a guide that could not only make sure we didn’t miss anything, but also to give us some historical context. I would highly recommend a Central Park Sunset Tour for anyone visiting for the first time, or for anyone who would like to know more about the park they enjoy all time!

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    Luke E
    6/19/2012

    5 star ratingIf you're visiting New York, you HAVE to take this tour of Central Park. Our guide, Kelsey, was absolutely amazing. She's funny, witty and, most of all, she knows her Central Park inside out. She answered all of our questions, showed us all the places where movies had been made and places that locals might not even know about. We really enjoyed every minute of it. Oh, don't forget to bring your camera. It was one of the highlights of our trip to NYC. Thanks again Kelsey! We had a great time!

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    Claude G.
    8/03/2018
  • 5 star ratingThe best way to tour Central Park All right, I'll admit it: Despite having been to NYC a few times, I had never visited Central Park. I mean, the place is huge, so where would I even start? Enter TripAdvisor and the many recommendations for Central Park Sunset Tours. Matt was an excellent tour guide -- super knowledgeable about every aspect of the history of the park, and friendly to boot. There is so much ground (literally) to cover within a couple of hours, but Matt hits all the highlights, and you definitely get your steps for the day in at a nice clip of a pace, even with a pit stop for coffee at Tavern on the Green's takeout window. Highly recommended.

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    crispyteriyaki
    11/30/2017

    5 star ratingCentral Park Sunset Tours is a fabulous excursion and Heather is a wonderful guide! Whether you live in New York or visiting, this tour is a great way to develop a connection to the city and this wonderful park.
    It is a walking tour, so be prepared to walk - a lot!  Wear comfortable shoes, bring a camera and backpack. Go with the attitude of getting a little exercise and leave with new appreciation of what a true treasure this Park is to NYC (and the raccoon family that lives under the bridge (you'll have to take the tour to find out which bridge)).

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    Lisa S.
    5/18/2015
  • 5 star ratingSaw all the spots I wanted to see, our tour guide Matthew was very knowledgable and he gave us enough time to enjoy each spot!

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    Camille R.
    10/29/2014

    5 star ratingOur guide was Matt and he did an awesome job. Matt was very informative and nice. You can tell he knows a lot about the park and city past and present. I definitely recommend this tour.

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    Stacy A.
    12/02/2018
  • 5 star ratingAn absolute must do!!! My husband and I took the Central Park Sunset Tour, wanting to learn about the park. We had never visited there before. WOW! Our tour guide was amazing. She was so knowledgeable about all things in and related to the park. We were in a small group of 10. The pace was fast. She kept the group moving. There were photo ops and rest stops. The park is beautiful and it was great to learn about the cool historical sites within. I would definitely recommend this tour. Fantastic!!

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    DreamTraveler365
    7/05/2018

    5 star ratingGreat way to learn about the park history and see parts you maybe wouldn't have thought to go, a beautiful and fun experience. I highly recommend on your next trip to NYC or staycation you consider booking a tour! It's about three hours but leisurely walking and extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. Wish I remembered the young guy's name, but he was awesome. One of my favorite memories of the city was this tour.

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    Christina F.
    12/16/2017
  • 5 star ratingMatthew did a great job of giving the history of the park, the reasons that the design ended-up the way it did, some of the architecture in the park. It was well presented, interesting, and enjoyable. We would highly recommend it.

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    Ray M.
    9/26/2016

    5 star ratingBe prepared for the walk. Especially on a hot summer day it's kind of exhausting. But we had so much fun. Our tour guide was Matt, he was really nice and very knowledgable. Definitely recommend the tour.

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    Jamila S.
    7/13/2014
  • 5 star ratingBest informational tour anywhere in NYC My wife and I took the Sunset Tour of Central Park this past Monday. Our tour guide, Matt, was simply the best. Having been on numerous other tours around Manhattan we were delighted to finally include Central Park. Matt's fund of knowledge was phenomenal and we covered a lot of ground over the southern half of the park. We love to go another tour with Matt when we return to NYC!!!

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    PhillipB265
    11/23/2018

    5 star ratingGreat introduction to the park Matt gave 3 of us an excellent introduction to the Park last week. First, for reasons to do with total traffic meltdown and transport failure, he thoughtfully rounded us all up. This was nobody's plan, nor is it at all customary, but it led to an understanding of how the streetlamp numbering system works in the park. Then we went on a spirited tour of the southern half of the park. His historical knowledge is extensive and he tells good stories. This was my first day in NYC and I'm so glad I did this. Thank you Matt!

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    Robin A
    10/25/2018
  • 5 star ratingThe Sunset Tour in Central Park 10/22/18 It was very interesting and professional tour with guide Matt.
    He knows everything about Central Park, he walked us through the areas we never been before. He gave us a history of everything we saw during our walking (about 3 hours).
    If you live in NYC or just visiting , this tour should be on the list of a " must to do" thinks.
    Thank you, Matt.

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    yh123az
    10/25/2018

    If / when you are in NY you must take this tour. We just loved it

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    Orit Abir-Nagar
    10/23/2015
  • 5 star ratingGreat tour - knowledgeable guide Matt did a wonderful job as our guide. He's super knowledgeable about the area and the history. Definitely worth the money to have them guide you through the park... you'll get so much more out of it.

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    Journey23113061122
    11/20/2018

    4 star ratingAwesome experience We just returned from NYC and took the Central Park Sunset tour with Matt as our tour guide. Although we have been to Central Park many times in the past, we had never taken a tour that took us to parts of the park that we would have never been to on our own. This was a great way to see all the hidden gems in the park You can you rest assured that this tour will not disappoint. Matt is very knowledgeable and can answer any question thrown his way. He takes this job seriously and made out tour memorable. Thanks again for a great time!

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    Tony_Gomez
    5/09/2018


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