Where does the tour start and end? Each tour begins 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.
Do I need to have a voucher or printout with me? It depends on how you booked the tour. If you book through our website, you will not need a voucher. The tour guide will know to expect you. Some of our ticket partners require us to collect vouchers and some do not.
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?Approximately two 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. The tour involves approximately 4 miles of walking and 27 stops. Do not book the tour if you think you will be unable to keep up with the tour group.
Is there a bathroom break on the tour? Yes. 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.
How can I best get in touch with you? If your question is not answered in this FAQ, please email [email protected]. Someone will get back to you in a timely manner.
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 minus. Please email [email protected] 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.
Do you offer private tours or group discounts? Yes. Please email [email protected] for details.
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. 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.
Take 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...read more 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.read less
If / when you are in NY you must take this tour. We just loved it
Matthew 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!...read more 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.read less
Saw all the spots I wanted to see, our tour guide Matthew was very knowledgable and he gave us enough time to enjoy each spot!
Awesome 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...read more 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!read less
We 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...read more 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!read less
Great 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...read more took group pics of us along the way. Definitely a highlight!!read less
Been to Central Park many times in a past. An organized tour with a very knowledgable tour guide made our experience very unique.
Ellen A Kaplan11/12/2016
If/ when you are in NY you must take this tour. We just loved it
An amazing tour of Central Park to cap off our mini-vacation to NYC. Wyatt was a great tour guide. Highly recommended!