Central Park on Foot - nature & culture walking tour

Nature & Outdoor

Julia R.

5.00(7) reviews
New York
English (Native)
2 hours 30 min
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 16 people

Is Central Park the most beautiful park in the city? It is surely a vast and verdant oasis in the center of an urban jungle - filled with the most interesting natives, who are doing the most amazing things!

Come discover the history & culture of New York's "back yard" as we explore some of Central Park's 843 acres of winding trails, bridges, ponds, lakes, classical features and woodlands. Along the way we'll see spots from your favorite movies, hear lovely music, and see famous landmarks.

Meeting Point

The Plaza Hotel (or can be customized)

10:00 AM

Central Park

We will meet in front of The Plaza Hotel, on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, and take in some of the sights and talk about the stories of Fifth Avenue and NYC at the time Central Park was being built, over 150 years ago.

Then we will begin our journey through Central Park, discovering the most scenic and iconic locations throughout, with stories about the people and events that occurred here. There will be time to take pictures, see where celebrities live and play, watch dancers, interact with artists, enjoy the wildlife and more as we wend our way up from the southern end of the park, seeing the best there is on offer.

People are meant to get lost in Central Park's nature and beauty, but in actuality, really getting lost and not knowing which of the many paths to take - or how to get to the sites we most want to see - can be stressful. With my expert guiding, knowledge of the places people most want to see and enjoy, and the entertaining stories and tales that will be told, your walk through Central Park will be a magical discovery of wonder. We will see iconic sites and features of the park made famous through film and TV, hidden gems and secrets of the park, groves of rare and ancient trees, contemporary art as well as art thousands of years old, and incredible New Yorker's doing what they do - which makes people watching here in the Big Apple a favorite pastime.

Also, like I do on all of my tours, I will take beautiful photographs of you and your group to create gorgeous images that capture the memories of this day.

So relax and enjoy this sojourn into nature and culture - it will be my privilege to lead you through the labyrinth of Central Park's paths and plazas - as you take in the beauty of our large and glorious natural wonder.


Ending Point

TBD - can be customized as per your specifications (but generally the tour ends at about 81 Street on either the East or West Side of the Park - exact route will be customized)

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guided Tour by expert, licensed guide

Customized time and route

Customized starting location or Hotel pick-up (message me before booking please!)

Photographs (with your camera or mine)

Moving at your own pace, stopping as you like

What‘s not included

Water/beverages/snacks

Any entrance fees

Guide Tip

Important Information

I can also guide regionally (Boston, Washington DC, Hamptons, Hudson Valley) if you pay my transportation fee.

Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and bring water. Also have cash for purchasing snacks or souvenirs or tipping performers along the way, and definitely bring your camera!

Wear layers for comfort as the temperature or conditions might vary slightly as we walk in different terrains or areas.


Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Kristin V.

Jul 4, 2022

Highly Recommend!

I cannot recommend Julia enough. I booked a VIP tour for my 2 elderly Aunts so that they would have a tour guide all to themselves who could go at their pace, rest when needed, snack when needed, and lead them from point A to point B. They both had so much fun with Julia. She was the perfect fit and was so knowledgeable. My Aunts were very pleased and would recommend her to anyone.

Julia R.

Dear Kristin, Thank you for your glowing review. Your Aunties were delightful and I was honored & grateful to help them find your grandfather’s name of The Wall of Honor. It was a fun day and I’m so glad to hear they were well satisfied! All the best, Julia

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Priya K.

Jul 2, 2022

A great experience

We had a Downtown tour with Julia and she was fantastic. Julia was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and the buildings, kept us all entertained with back stories and interesting tales and also had lively conversations about current affairs. She had a friendly attitude and was patient to take many photos. Highly recommend!

Julia R.

Thank you, Priya! Happy Birthday - it was lovely to spend the morning with you and your fascinating friends.

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Maslan E.

Apr 21, 2022

Tl;dr - highly recommended, super fun tour!

Tl;dr - highly recommended, super fun tour! Now that’s out of the way, let's start with the initial setup. Was traveling solo and it's my first time in NYC. I wanted a local guide, so I don't have to look at my phone every 2 minutes for directions and context. Whilst covid restrictions were relaxed, was still not comfortable with large groups; her price is simply perfect for a solo tour. Communications was fast and efficient (I honestly don't think this woman sleeps!) and we were able to work out a customized plan for the tour quickly. We started the tour at around 9 am from my hotel and ended at approx. 1430. Julie is extremely knowledgeable and funny. Honestly felt more like having a nice stroll and chat with a long-lost friend. Topics of discussion ranges from the founding of the United States of America, New York City gentrification all the way to Wu Tang Clan! She’s an absolute riot, and Jules - no, I tried a nice NY style bagel later and it's way better than the Montreal style bagel we had for lunch! Did my feet hurt? YES! Did I see all I wanted to see? Positive. In fact, we saw the statue of liberty two ways; from the overcrowded ferry and from an almost empty paid ferry. Did the pictures come up a treat? Instagram worthy - though I still chuckle remembering our distain for the many-many Instagram models we met during the tour. Will I do it again? Absolutely! Loved it and will bring the missus next time. In short, if you want a super fun, knowledgeable tour guide you can't go wrong with Julie. Two thumbs up!

Julia R.

Thank you, Maslan! What a super fun day we had! I thoroughly enjoyed the sightseeing and conversation - and my feet hurt, too - but in a good way :) Really appreciate the great review and hope to see you again!

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Lance S.

Apr 17, 2022

Fun and memorable day with Julia

I would highly recommend Julia. She has a humorous and delightful personality. Her knowledge of greater New York is outstanding. She is committed to doing all she can to accommodate her guests. To accommodate our group of 4, Julia hired a driver and van for our half day tour of Manhattan. We were fortunate to have toured on a beautiful spring day. This allowed us to walk and explore many of the locations Julia included in our tour. Several highlights were, our stroll through Central Park, Grand Central Station, Hudson Yards and the 911 Memorial. Julia was conscious of our lunch reservation in SoHo and delivered us right on time. We would definitely tour with Julia again.

Julia R.

Dear Lance, Thank you for such a thoughtful review. It was a pleasure spending the morning with you. I hope you had a fabulous weekend in New York and look forward to your next visit! All the best, Julia

$350/ per group

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