During this two-hour tour, you will also ride through the historic north side of Central Park and see some of the unique architectural designs and extraordinary elements adjacent to the park. Pedal across charming bridges, through gorgeous landscapes, and beneath the shadows of towering castles. You will cycle farther north into the park and experience the unique and historical architectural features of the park. An expert guide will point out different photo opportunities as well as narrate facts about the importance of each monument.
Detailed Tour Itinerary
Drive By Balto Statue
There is a bronzed hero, near the Tisch Children's Zoo, who stands ready to accept hugs and offer rides to his admiring fans. The hero is Balto, the sled dog who has nobly stood on a rock outcropping since 1925.
Drive By Bandshell
Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell, an original feature of the Park, has come a long way from its beginnings as a mere classical music arena. Today, the Bandshell is known for its summertime concerts, which include a variety of musical artists from a wide range of different genres in addition to the traditional classical.
Drive By Belvedere Castle
Visit Belvedere Castle, a spectacular structure atop which the National Weather Service takes measurements of the wind's speed and direction. "Beautiful view," or "panoramic view," is what Belvedere means, and you can see that just from looking at the castle from the Great Lawn in Central Park.
Drive By Bethesda Terrace
Bethesda Terrace is considered the heart of Central Park. The magnificent carvings represent the four seasons and, on the side facing the Mall, the times of day. Today, Central Park Conservancy employs a sculptor to care for the sandstone carvings and sculpture and a zone gardener and their crew to take care of the landscapes.
Drive By Bethesda Fountain
The gorgeous focal point of the Bethesda Terrace, the Bethesda Fountain is one of the largest fountains in New York, measuring 26 feet high by 96 feet wide. It is one of the most well known fountains in the world, and the statue at its center was the only sculpture to have been commissioned as a part of Central Park's original design.
Drive By Central Park Carousel
The famous ride has been very popular since 1871 when the original attraction opened. At first, the Carousel was not received positively; the park commissioners objected to having commercial enterprises in the park. However, since it was such a success, they eventually realized the potential value of the ride's revenue.
Drive By Cherry Hill
Overlooking the Lake lies the peaceful Cherry Hill, located at 72nd Street. Though the Hill itself was named for the beautiful cherry blossom trees that bloom there during the springtime, the area is most noted for its 14-foot fountain. The Fountain was designed by Jacob Wrey Mould, the designer of the Bethesda Fountain, which lies to the west.
Drive By Tisch Children's Zoo
Open year-round, the Tisch Children's Zoo was renovated in 1997 thanks to a generous donation from businessman Laurence A. Tisch. It offers toddlers a chance to interact with and learn about animals in a safe and fun environment. The Zoo features a small petting zoo, home to goats, sheep, cows, pigs, and other furry creatures.
Drive By Conservatory Garden
Conservatory Garden is the only formal garden found in Central Park. The quiet, calm atmosphere of the Garden, free from runners and bicyclists, makes it an ideal spot for both weddings and relaxing afternoon walks. The Garden, designed by Gilmore D. Clarke, is composed of six acres of beautiful seasonal plants that are arranged into three styles: English, French, and Italian.
Drive By Conservatory Water
Inspired by the model boat ponds of late 19th century Paris, Park creators created a place where children and adults alike could experience the pleasure of boating, in addition to the other attractions Conservatory Water has to offer. Surrounded by the pink and white blossoms of spring blooming cherry trees, Conservatory Water holds its boating season from April to October each year.
Drive By Central Park Dairy
Now serving as both an information center and gift shop, the Central Park Dairy was originally intended as a source of fresh milk for children in the late 19th century. Most of the building itself, located at 65th street, was constructed in the Victorian Gothic style, in particular its windows and spires.
Drive By The Dakota Building
Best known for being the home of Beatle John Lennon for several years, as well as the site of his murder, the Dakota Building stands in Manhattan on the northwest corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West. The building is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and is also on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Drive By Delacorte Music Clock
The Delacorte Music Clock, located near the Children's Zoo and Wildlife Center, is a great attraction for kids. Playing music every half hour from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, it plays a total of 44 songs that change with the season, including classic children's tunes such as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "Hickory Dickory Dock," "Old King Cole," and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
Drive By Delacorte Theater
Located at the heart of Central Park, the Delacorte Theater is best known for Shakespeare in the Park, one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions. Two plays are produced each summer, at least one of which is traditionally a play by Shakespeare. Tickets to shows at the Theater are free, so long as one is prepared to wait in line on the day of the performance to obtain them.
Drive By JW Marriott Essex House
The JW Marriott Essex House New York has served as an iconic Central Park hotel, delivering exceptional experiences for its guests since opening its doors in 1931. This luxury Manhattan hotel welcomes guests with contemporary rooms, many affording views of Central Park.
Drive By Gapstow Bridge
The beautiful, schist bridge in Central Park, offering one of the best views of the New York City skyline, is known as the Gapstow Bridge. Covered with leaves and foliage in summer while being dusted with snow in winter, the stone Gapstow Bridge offers a moment of tranquil beauty in any season.
Drive By Grand Army Plaza
The Grand Army Plaza, completed in 1916, is the primary east side entrance to Central Park. One of the four corners of Central Park, the Plaza takes its name from the Union Army in the Civil War. Following in this tradition, a bronze statue of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman has been erected in his honor.
Drive By Greyshot Arch
Greyshot Arch, popular with bikers and runners, was built by Vaux in 1860. The arch is made of white-gray gneiss, while its balustrade has been crafted from New Brunswick sandstone and decorated with fleur-de-lis carvings. One of the most frequently used arches in Central Park, this arch is 80 feet long and ten feet high.
Drive By Heckscher Ballfields
The Heckscher Ballfields consist of six baseball and softball fields in a quiet area surrounded by trees, creating a fun atmosphere in which to enjoy a game of baseball. The Ballfields were named after August Heckscher, who became Park Commissioner in 1967 and held the position for six years.
Drive By Heckscher Playground
Heckscher Playground is not only the oldest playground in Central Park, it is also the largest at nearly three acres. In addition to the typical park attractions, such as a variety of slides, wings, and seesaws, Heckscher Playground features both a water fixture and giant rocks for climbing.
Drive By Central Park Lake
What is now a stunning and picturesque 18-acre lake was once nothing more than a large, untamed swamp. After its excavation in 1857, the Lake was opened for its first winter of ice-skating in 1858. The Lake is now an excellent location for bird-watching, where one can spot swans, ducks, and even the occasional egret or heron.
Drive By Loeb Boathouse
The iconic Loeb Boathouse offers boat and bicycle rentals, gondola rides, and even an exquisite dining experience all under one striking, green patina-coated roof. In addition to its traditional functions, the Boathouse is also the site of the Boathouse Restaurant.
Drive By The Mall
Once referred to as an "open air hall of reception" by its creators, the Mall was specially designed to accommodate the width of carriages passing through its bounds. Around the turn of the century, these carriages would drop off their wealthy inhabitants at the Mall's starting point, where they could enjoy the natural scenery and mingle with people of lesser status.
Drive By The Reservoir
Visit the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a 106-acre body of water that is 40 feet deep and a haven for seasonal birds. The lake provides most of the water for the pools in the park.
Drive By Shakespeare Garden
What had formerly been known as the Garden of the Heart was, in 1916, renamed the Shakespeare Garden to mark the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. Following in the tradition of already established Shakespeare Gardens, the Garden was filled with the beautiful plants and flowers mentioned in the works of the playwright, as well as those featured in his own private garden in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Drive By Sheep Meadow
Sheep Meadow in Central Park, open from May to mid-October, often admits up to 30,000 people per day during the summer months. This expansive 15-acre field that is today used for sunbathing, kite-flying, and relaxing summer picnics is known for its long and tumultuous history.
Drive By Strawberry Fields
This living memorial to Beatle John Lennon was built after the death of the world-famous singer, songwriter, and peace activist. Built so that people can come together and honor and remember Lennon, the Strawberry Fields memorial was created inside Central Park, named after one of The Beatles' most famous songs "Strawberry Fields Forever."
Drive By Central Park SummerStage
Central Park SummerStage is an outdoor venue, where the SummerStage Festival takes place during the summer months, offering approximately 30-35 free-of-charge performing events. All SummerStage shows go on rain or shine and are only cancelled in the event of dangerous lightning during a performance. Most of the concerts throughout the summer are privately funded and may be enjoyed by the general public at no cost.
Drive By Swedish Cottage
Since its arrival in the US, the Swedish Cottage has served a variety of purposes, perhaps most importantly being used as the headquarters for the Civil Defense during World War II. It was also formerly a tool house, a library, and Central Park's entomological laboratory.
Drive By Tavern on the Green
Established in 1934, when it replaced the sheepfold that had once housed the sheep of Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green has since become a New York City icon. The restaurant consisted of several rooms, including the well-known Crystal Room, which offered beautiful views of the adjacent garden.
Drive By Turtle Pond
At the base of Belvedere Castle lies Turtle Pond, named in honor of the large number of turtles that reside there along with numerous species of birds, fish, frogs, and dragonflies. The first turtles to have made the Pond their home were released in Central Park by their owners in the 1980s; since then, their population has grown.
Drive By Victorian Gardens
Victorian Gardens is one of few amusement parks within the New York metropolitan area. This small but well-designed park opened in 2003 and occupies the Wollman ice skating rink every summer in Central Park. Classic carnival games at Victorian Gardens include Whac-A-Mole and Rising Water.
Drive By Wollman Rink
It's New York magic at its best - to glide gracefully across the ice under a star-encrusted sky while surrounded by the splendor of Manhattan. Central Park's Wollman Rink is the perfect place to create such enchantment.
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