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Official Central Park Tours


Trip AdvisorLearn the story of the Park's history, design, and ecology, and get an insider's look at the world's greatest urban park. Plus, Official Central Park Tours are the only tours that help support the care of Central Park!

Groups of seven or more must schedule a Group Tour.

Receive discounts on ticketed tours and access to members-only tours by becoming a member of the Conservancy.

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Central Park Conservancy offers one-of-a-kind, private walking tours of the world's greatest urban park. Whether you're visiting New York or are a local resident, see the City's backyard from a new perspective through a custom tour designed to suit your interest and schedule. Gift certificates available.

For questions, contact us at: tours@centralparknyc.org or 212.360.2726.

Interested? Here's how to book a tour  

Custom Tour Hours:
Custom tours are available seven days per week, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (9:00 am - 3:00 pm during winter months), based on availability.

Booking and Payment:
Please submit a Booking Request to schedule a custom tour. A Central Park Conservancy staff member will contact you within 3 business days to customize and schedule your tour. Full payment is required at the time of booking confirmation. We accept American Express, MasterCard, and Visa.

Cancellation Policy for Custom Tours:
Tours take place rain or shine, however, they may be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions. In the event of an extreme weather cancellation, the tour may be rescheduled or refunded.

Payments are non-refundable if customer cancels after the tour has been confirmed.

Custom Walking Tours

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Our most popular option, these walking tours cover a variety of topics and Park sites. Learn the inside scoop on the Park's history and design, landscape architecture, most popular sites, and many other features that make Central Park so unique.

  • Tours available throughout the year; weekdays and weekends
  • Up to 90 minutes: starting at $150
  • Up to 120 minutes: starting at $200
  • Available to individuals and groups up to 40 people
  • Discount available for seniors, students, not-for-profit organizations, and members of Central Park Conservancy
  • Please request your tour at least 3 weeks in advance

Book a Custom Tour

Tour with Central Park Conservancy Historian and Photographer

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Learn stories and secrets from the Park's amazing history, and appreciate some little-known landscapes and sculptures on this tour with Sara Cedar Miller, Central Park Conservancy's official historian and photographer for thirty years.

Sara's work has been featured in publications and television around the world. Her bestselling books include Central Park, An American Masterpiece; Seeing Central Park; and Strawberry Fields. You will receive one of these as a thank you for taking Sara's custom tour.

  • Driving or walking tours throughout the year; weekdays only
  • Up to 60 minutes: starting at $500
  • Up to 90 minutes: starting at $750
  • Up to 2 hours: starting at $1000
  • Walking tours available for individuals and groups of up to 20 people
  • Driving tours available for individuals and groups up to 6 people
  • Please request your tour at least 3 weeks in advance

Book a Custom Tour

Conservatory Garden Tour with Garden Curators

Conservatory Garden Custom Tour at Central Park

Tour the Park's only formal garden, known for its extraordinary floral displays, through the eyes of its curator and director Diane Schaub, and her experienced staff.

With over twenty years of experience managing and designing for the Garden, Diane offers a singular perspective on its history and design, as well as some of the special plantings found in this six-acre urban gem. Hundreds of annual and perennial varieties, eighty-year old crabapple allées, and exceptional fountain sculptures are among the Garden's treasures.

  • Tours available April through November; weekdays only
  • Up to 90 minutes: starting at $250.00
  • Available for individuals and groups up to 40 people
  • Discounts available for seniors, students, not-for-profit organizations, and members of Central Park Conservancy
  • Please request your tour at least 3 weeks in advance

Book a Custom Tour

See Central Park on your own schedule with these self-guided tours highlighting the Park's history, design, ecology, and horticulture.

Walking Tours

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If you are unable to join one of our scheduled tours, you might be interested in one of our downloadable, self-guided tours described below. Each tour will take you to the most visited and the most popular sites in Central Park. Select your language below to download PDF guides for each tour.

Monthly Mile Tour
Each month discover something new in the Park with a mile-long walk.


North End Tour
Features the Conservatory Garden, Harlem Meer, Fort Clinton, and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center.


Mid-Park Tour
Did you know that there really are turtles in Turtle Pond? Or that Belvedere Castle has been a weather center since 1919?


South End Tour
Features the Dairy, Chess and Checkers House, Wollman Rink, the Pond and Hallett Nature Sanctuary.


Woodland Tour
Get a taste of the Adirondacks without leaving New York City.

Central Park App

Central Park AppEnjoy a complete guide to the Park in the palm of your hand. Use our app to find out what events are happening in the Park, plan a visit, and browse or search over 200 things to see in the Park. The Central Park App features include:

Enjoy a complete guide to the Park in the palm of your hand. Use our GPS-enabled app to navigate your way, find out what events are happening, and learn about more than 200 things to see in the Park. Other features include celebrity audio tours, social media integration, and featured souvenirs.

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Tree Walks

Central Park Tree Walks and Tree Guides

Wander at your own pace along six scenic routes that highlight scores of trees, each marked with identification plaques on the trunk or on a nearby sign in the ground.

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Celebrity Audio Guide

Central Park Conservancy Celebrity Audio Guide

On your next walk through Central Park, access our Audio Guide featuring commentary by New York's most famous celebrities. This audio guide is also integrated in the Official Central Park App.

Listen to Audio Guide

Virtual Tour

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Visit Central Park, wherever you are, with this guided, virtual walk that starts at West 72nd Street, and takes you through the heart of the Park. Compatible with desktops, tablets, and smartphones; no download needed. For best experience, use Firefox or Google Chrome.

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