Where does the tour start and end? Our sunset Central Park tours begin in front of The Arsenal, just down the stairs into Central Park located at the corner of 5th Avenue and East 64th Street. The Arsenal is in same part of the park as the famous Central Park Zoo and many of our guests choose to visit the zoo before taking the tour. The tour ends on the west side of the park at The American Museum of Natural History on 81st Street and Central Park West. Your guide will be able to help you with transportation options. We also offer an evening tour of the northern section of the park which begins at 100th Street and Central Park West then ends at 110th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard (7th Ave).
Do I need to have a voucher or printout with me? You will not need a voucher. The tour guide will know to expect you.
What should I wear for the tour? Weather appropriate clothing with a good pair of comfortable walking shoes. We do lots of walking over varied terrain and we move fairly quickly at times.
Should I bring anything? An umbrella wouldn’t hurt. Weather can change very quickly and while it may appear sunny, it could be raining by the end of your tour.
Is the tour handicap accessible? Not completely. Central Park was built in 1858 long before handicap accessibility. There are several steps, some unpaved paths and hills. Unfortunately it is not possible to take the entire tour in a wheelchair. However, we can do a private tour route that would be accessible.
Are children allowed on the tour? Children are allowed on the tour but parents will be responsible for ensuring that their child is well behaved. Crying, whining, rough-housing, and rowdiness will not be permitted. The tours have a relaxing and for some romantic quality and if the guide feels that this is being disrupted, they may ask you to leave the group. A refund will not be issued.
How long is the tour?Our sunset walking tour is approximately two and a half hours. Central Park After dark is one and a half hours.
Is there a lot of walking involved? Yes. There will be lots of walking and we will move at a brisk pace. Our sunset tour involves approximately 4 miles of walking and 27 stops. Do not book if you think you will be unable to keep up with the tour group.
Is there a bathroom break on the tour? Our sunset tour has a bathroom break. However it is in the middle of the tour so it is best to use a bathroom before the tour begins. There is a bathroom in on the ground floor of The Arsenal but it closes at 5pm so if your tour begins after 5pm, you won’t be able to use it. Our evening tour does not have a bathroom break and there are no options available for restroom use without leaving the tour. Please plan accordingly.
What if it rains/snows? Typically, our tours run rain or shine. We will not run our tour if there a severe thunderstorm or severe weather warning. Similarly if New York City issues an emergency alert regarding park safety, we will not run our tour. Otherwise, in the case of light rain or snow fall without the presence of lightening, the tour will run as scheduled. If a tour is canceled we will do our best to notify those who have reserved tickets and a full refund will be issued. Over the years we’ve learned it’s impossible to predict the weather. As we’re answering this question, there are some appropriate examples: yesterday’s tour was supposed to be rainy, instead we had a beautiful sunny evening. On Saturday we canceled a tour due to a severe storm warning, the storm passed before the tour began and tourists that came to the city from elsewhere were not able to enjoy what would have been a perfectly nice tour. So, we’ve learned that it’s best to have a rain or shine policy. We do give the tour guide the right to cancel the tour (refunds or exchange dates will be issued) if upon arrival conditions are unbearable. However, in the past two years, our tour guides have never arrived at a tour and canceled it as we usually cancel for high winds, or lightening which seem to be good indications of an unbearable storm.
Can I cancel my reservation? Yes. If you notify us within 72 hours (3 days of your tour), we will issue a refund. Please email email@example.com to request a refund.
Is gratuity (a tip) included in the price of the tour? No. They are not included in the price of the tour. If you enjoy your the tour, it is customary to tip your guide.
What happens if I show up late? Because our tours are scheduled to coincide with the setting of the sun, our tour guides are not able to wait for latecomers. Even with our evening tours, we do our best to stay on schedule. We recommend arriving early. We will not offer refunds to guests that miss the tour. Again, please arrive with ample time.
About Our Central Park Tours
We strive to give the best damn Central Park tour that money can buy. Our tour guides are friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and officially licensed by NYC. Our Central Park tours highlight more than twenty-seven different locations in Central Park at sunset.
Wow, not a lot of reviews here, are there? If you want to know what I thought about the park itself, that'd be in my other review. This is for the Central Park Sunset Tour company specifically.We purchased this deal...read moreWow, not a lot of reviews here, are there? If you want to know what I thought about the park itself, that'd be in my other review. This is for the Central Park Sunset Tour company specifically.We purchased this deal through...Living Social or Groupon (don't remember which) in preparation for our trip to New York. My first impression of their quality came the first day in New York, when the ever shifting winter weather patterns made it a better idea to switch the tour to the next day. In a panic, I emailed the company asking if it were alright to switch the reservation on such short notice, and received a speedy reply in the affirmative. So plus there.Our tour guide showed up on time at the designated spot (unfortunately the site's page showing a picture of the meeting spot was down, but they were detailed enough I was able to find it no problem), and the entire 2.5 hour tour was full of great information and what I can only assume was all of the major points of interest in the park. I won't go over everything we saw, but it was definitely a good tour and the guide was very knowledgeable about every bit of the park (I'm sorry, I wish I could remember his name, but it escapes me).At times it did feel like the tour moved too quickly, but considering the area we had to cover I'm not surprised or upset about the pace.While I wouldn't use the tour again (not sure why someone would), I definitely encourage anyone visiting or living in the area to check them out.read less
Great 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...read moreMatt 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!read less
Great 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...read moreGreat 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.read less
Loved 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!
It doesn't get any better Outstanding tour with very knowledgeable guide, a don't miss experience.
LOVED 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....read moreMy 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.read less
Even 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...read moreEven 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.read less
Wonderful 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...read moreEasy 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!read less
Sunset 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.
Great 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...read moreMatt 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!!read less