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.
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 more the greenery of the city.I highly recommend this tour!!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
Weekend 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...read more 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 guyread 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!
Great tour! Nice small group and animated guide. Mix of tourists and native New Yorkers. Tour started a bit late tho. Overall, fun experience.
Just had a fantastic tour around Central Park with Matt , what a fantastic guide , very knowledgeable, friendly and funny . The tour lasted over 2 hours but the time just flew, for a young man matts knowledge is-exceptional,...read more we could have listed to him all day. Great view and places of the park that if we were visiting on our own we would have missed.... please book a tour and if you get Matt you will be in for a great timeread less
Mel and Joe White, UK11/13/2017
Wonderful! 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....read more Definitely would recommend this tour.read less
Marie Van Duyne11/21/2013
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!
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!
Allison Pruitt Jones11/21/2017
The 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...read more 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.read less