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 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

    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 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

    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
  • 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

    5 star ratingThe most entertaining and beautiful walk in Central Park that you will ever have!
    This is what happens when someone really loves what he is doing - a perfect tour in a perfect place at a perfect time.
    We live across the river so we visited the park pretty often but we have never seen it as Matt Falber managed to show it to us. We booked a private tour as it was our date night with hubby and it was worth every penny we spent. Extremely professional, very knowledgeable and passionate! Matt - thank you so much for unveiling the secrets of Central Park! Highly recommended!

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    Olga K.
    4/08/2019
  • 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 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. I’ve lived in NY for over 20 years and spent a LOT of time in the park and our tour guide 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
    5/02/2015

    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
  • 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

    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 ratingHighly recommend!! What a great tour! Even if you’re a New Yorker you’ll love this tour and learn things you never knew! And if you’re visiting, you definitely need to take this tour! Our tour guide was Matt and he’s so knowledgeable and personable! Can’t wait to try the night tour!

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    pbaynton
    5/26/2019

    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
  • 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

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

    Orit Abir-Nagar
    10/23/2015
  • 5 star ratingSunset Tour This was a highlight of our trip in NY and highly recommend this tour for anyone that is interested in the history and hidden gems of Central Park. Matt has done his research and it shows through this tour. More

    HaleyW926
    7/10/2019

    5 star ratingEven though I've lived in NYC (Manhattan) for 31 years, I found the Sunset tour as led by Matt very educational, and interesting. I went to parts of the park I'd never visited before, and I learned lots of history about the making of the park and what it was like to visit in the 19th century. Could I have read that in some book? Sure! But I wouldn't and didn't, and it's more memorable when you are actually there. My FitBit loved how much walking I did that day, so comfortable shoes are a must! Tour included a brief pitstop, which was much appreciated. I would definitely recommend this for native NY'ers and visitors. Many of the stops included park benches as well. Matt crammed alot into this tour.

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    Eleanor K.
    9/24/2016
  • 5 star ratingHighly recommend I have only seen a small part of the park before and wasn't that impressed, but once away from the outskirts and deeper into the park with Matt I saw the beauty, it was lovely. Very interesting, informative and active, really enjoyed it.

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    SophieG1
    11/22/2018

    5 star ratingFascinating I had an excellent evening tour towards the end of July with Central Park After Dark. I honestly did not expect to learn as much as I did! I knew it would be scenic, but our tour guide, Matthew, was so knowledgeable about so much of the history behind the stunning visuals. The nighttime elements of seeing all the historic landmarks made it even that more fascinating. Matthew as well was very charming and informing and made the evening just wonderful for our group. I hope to take another one of the listed tours soon!

    Taylor H
    8/05/2019
  • 5 star ratingAmazing guided tour with Kelsey! If 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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    gosselinclaude
    8/03/2018

    5 star ratingIt doesn't get any better Outstanding tour with very knowledgeable guide, a don't miss experience.

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    Stevebeat1
    10/06/2011
  • 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 ratingGreat overview of Central Park Matt led our tour and it was well worthwhile. The park is vast and for first timers the tour is a great way to see and hear about the history of the park, and City. well worth the money.

    JoAlberta
    6/18/2019
  • 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 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 ratingWonderful Highlights of Central Park with Matt Easy to find meeting site. Matt is a wonderful guide with amazing knowledge of and love for the Park that shine through the entire activity. Easy walking, total duration just right for any participant. Learned lots and enjoyed the Park so much more with Matt as our guide. Perfect time of day for this excursion. Recommended!

    Al J
    6/28/2019

    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 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

    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
  • 5 star ratingNice, informative tour Great overview of the park, with lots of history. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Having a small group was very nice. It covers a lot of ground, so if you are looking for a leisurely stroll through the park, this isn't it, but you can always go back to favorite spots.

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    AZDave11
    9/12/2018

    5 star ratingLovely, tour! Best of NYC 🙂 I cannot speak highly enough of this lovely tour and it's knowledgable guide! As a local, I have been on my fair share of tourist activities when hosting out of town guests. This was by far the best NYC tour I have been on to date. The guide was incredibly well organized and friendly and had a very engaging and thoughtfully planned stroll through Central Park. There were ample opportunities to rest, if desired, and I was amazed by the guide's ability to answer off the cuff questions. I wish I would have taken this tour sooner, as I now see Central Park in an entirely new light. Take this tour! And bring a camera for the sunset 🙂 More

    TravelTripsYay
    6/10/2019
  • 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 ratingSunset tour of Central Park with guide Matt Falber The tour was excellent and Matt had a wealth of knowledge about the park,he was very friendly and happy to answer any of your questions, it was well worth doing and would highly recommend to anyone who likes walking and love historical facts regarding the background to the park.

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    Kim E.
    11/17/2017
  • 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 ratingFantastic and informative I am a long-time New Yorker who took the tour with two friends from Mexico. Matt, our tour guide, was amazing! He is incredibly knowledgable about the park - its history, place in NYC and popular culture. It was so exciting to learn so much about the city where I've lived for my whole adult life. The tour takes you to so many special spots - it was an amazing way to spend a few hours. Lots of walking - believe their email when they say to wear comfortable shoes! Worth every step!

    Jessica B
    8/12/2019
  • 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 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 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

    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


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