Get an insider’s look at the world’s greatest urban park from the people who know it best. Led by Conservancy guides, Official Central Park Tours provide a behind-the-scenes perspective on the history, design, and ecology of Central Park.

March 19 is the first day of spring, and the Conservancy is celebrating its arrival with our first woodlands tours of 2020 — in addition to a new birding offering. As a special spring treat, all programs taking place on March 19 are free! Join us for a tour or open birding in the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, or venture into the North Woods or the Ramble with a knowledgeable Conservancy guide.

To continue celebrating spring, all Official Central Park Tours from March 20 to 22 — the first weekend of spring — are only $10. A lot goes into maintaining Central Park’s 843 acres. When you purchase a tour ticket, you’ll have the option to donate to the Conservancy and support our year-round work.


Tour Series Categories


Signature Tour

Central Park in winter

Iconic Views of Central Park Tour

Take our signature tour for an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park.


Lady of the Waters in winter

Heart of the Park Tour

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on a tour highlighting famed spots like Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, and Strawberry Fields.


Southern Welcome Tour

Discover some of the Park's best-known features and sights during this introductory tour in the most popular part of Central Park.

Map of Seneca Village

Seneca Village Tour

Before Central Park was built, the area from West 83rd to West 89th Street was home to Seneca Village, the largest community of African-American property owners in New York. Take this tour to learn about its history, the lives of its residents, and what new archaeological discoveries have revealed about this remarkable community.

Lewis Carroll statue in winter

Statues and Monuments Tour

Over the last 160 years, more than 50 statues and monuments have been installed in Central Park. Learn more about the people and ideas that inspired them, and how these celebrated monuments reflect the diverse cultures of New York City.

Best for Kids

Discovery Walks for Families

Discovery Walks for Families: Turtle Pond

Bring your family and discover Turtle Pond — home to five species of turtles who live here year-round.

The Belvedere: Beautiful View Tour

Enjoy the sweeping vistas of the Great Lawn from the newly restored Belvedere Castle while learning about its history and preservation.


North Woods trees in winter

Tree Walks

Winter Tree Walk: East Meadow

This special guided tree walk through Central Park’s idyllic East Meadow will allow you to appreciate some of Central Park’s most beautiful trees in winter.


Central Park’s Monumental Women

Join us for a special featuring the stories of several women who helped to create, inspire, and place monuments and memorials in Central Park.

Best for Kids

Harlem Meer in winter

Discovery Walks for Families

Discovery Walks for Families: Harlem Meer

Go back in time and explore the changing Harlem Meer landscape. Learn about its history and discover the plants and animals that live in its waters today.


Great Lawn trees in winter

Tree Walks

Winter Tree Walk: Great Lawn

This special guided tree walk will allow you to explore Central Park’s iconic Great Lawn, which was once a reservoir that served the City. Discover the history of the area and the flora that surrounds the famous pastoral landscape.

North Woods in winter


The North Woods Tour

Escape the chaos of the City in the North Woods, an idyllic woodland oasis showcasing cascades, streams, and thriving greenery.

The Ramble in winter


The Ramble Tour

Step away from the City and take refuge in Central Park’s serene Ramble, a 36-acre woodland featuring cascades and tree-covered pathways.

Hallett Nature Sanctuary


The Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond Tour

Discover one of the Park’s best kept secrets on this guided tour of the newly reopened Hallett Nature Sanctuary, home to many native plant species and wildlife, and its surrounding landscapes.

Best for Kids

Discovery Walks Ramble

Discovery Walks for Families

Discovery Walks for Families: The Ramble

Get "lost" with us in the Ramble! Explore how this carefully planned woodland provides habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Best for Kids

North Woods in winter

Discovery Walks for Families

Discovery Walks for Families: The North Woods

Take a kid-friendly hike through the North Woods to learn about the plants, trees, and wildlife of this woodland retreat.


Bethesda Fountain at twilight

Evening Tours

East Side Evening Stroll

Join us for an evening stroll from the Park’s south end to Bethesda Terrace. Learn about Central Park’s beloved sites and take in the views during this one-hour tour.


Children birding the North Woods


Birding Basics: The North Woods

Trained guides take visitors on an exploration of the North Woods, while sharing tips and tricks for spotting and identifying birds.


Conservatory Garden Spring Blooms

Spring Blooms: Conservatory Garden

Explore thousands of blooms from all over the world in Conservatory Garden, and learn about what it takes to maintain the Park’s famous floral displays.

Best for Kids

Conservatory Garden in full bloom

Discovery Walks for Families

Discovery Walks for Families: Conservatory Garden

Explore Conservatory Garden’s colorful blooms using hands-on activities to investigate the role they play in making the Park beautiful and healthy.


Central Park Cherry Blossoms in spring

Spring Blooms

Cherry Blossoms on the Reservoir

Visit the famous cherry trees that surround the Reservoir and learn about the history of this vibrant floral display.

Stroll To Strawberry Fields

West Side Evening Stroll

See a little bit of everything that Central Park has to offer on this tour that touches upon the Park’s landscape, history, and architecture.


Birders birding the Ramble


Birding Basics: The Ramble

Central Park welcomes more than 270 migrating bird species each year. Join us for peak migration season in the Ramble and learn the basics of bird identification with Conservancy guides.


Northern Forts Tour

Northern Forts Tour

History buffs will love this tour Central Park’s north end, which played a key role in military strategy during both the American Revolution and the War of 1812.


7th Regiment Memorial in winter

Memorial Walk

Take a guided tour of Central Park’s monuments and memorials that pay tribute to the nation’s military history.

Cancellations and Policies

Want to explore on your own?

Self-guided tours reveal Central Park at your pace, on your schedule.

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Visiting with a group?

Groups of ten or more must schedule a Group Tour three weeks in advance.

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