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The Reservoir: Our most recommended tours and activities

New York City: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. New York City: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Admire New York City’s top sights and most popular neighborhoods from the top deck of an open-top Hop-On Hop-Off bus. See iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Enhance your experience with multi-attraction or sightseeing cruise combo tickets. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of the open-air sightseeing bus and on foot when you choose to hop off to further explore. Hop off and back on at your leisure, creating your own customized itinerary around the city while on the Uptown and Downtown loops. Benefit from a live bus-tracking app tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive.  Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is informative, highly entertaining, and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket options: 1. Classic Ticket includes unlimited boarding on Uptown and Downtown loops for 1 day 2. Classic Ticket plus a 90-minute Circle Line sightseeing cruise 3. Best of New York Package includes Classic ticket plus Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty skip-the-line tickets Top sights on the Downtown loop include: • The Flatiron District • Union Square • Greenwich Village• East Village • Chinatown• Little Italy• Wall St. and the Stock Exchange • SoHo  Top sights on the Uptown loop include: • Times Square • Upper East Side• Central Park• Museum Mile• Uptown Manhattan• MoMA • The Met• Columbus Circle

New York City: Highlights of Central Park Bike Tour

2. New York City: Highlights of Central Park Bike Tour

Explore the world famous Central Park with an expert. The Guided Bike Tour of Central Park is a must for visitors and native New Yorkers alike. Your fantastic licensed NYC tour guide will ensure that you won’t miss a single historical monument, patch of stunning foliage, famous sight, or hidden gem within this iconic park.   The moderately paced tour is perfect for riders of any skill level, and there are plenty of stops for pictures, questions, or in-depth information about the park. You'll be able to get the most out of your experience since the group sizes are always small. On this tour, you’ll see sights such as: ● Strawberry Fields and the Imagine Mosaic, both tributes to John Lennon ● Bethesda Fountain ● Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir ● Belvedere Castle ● Shakespeare Garden ● And much more...

Central Park: Live Guided Bike Tour

3. Central Park: Live Guided Bike Tour

Enjoy a Central Park bicycle tour and discover its most popular destinations, including the Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, the Literary Walk, the Reservoir and more. Take a tour with New York City's largest bike rental and tour company. Ride with a licensed professional tour guide while exploring Central Park. You’ll have the option of renting your bike past the end of the tour to explore Central Park and NYC on your own. Choose from the 4 tours of Central Park that are offered daily. Tours depart at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The tour duration is 2 hours and the distance covered is 5 miles. Possible sights on these tours include: Columbus CircleCentral Park MallBethesda FountainConservatory WaterThe ReservoirConservatory GardenThe Great LawnBelvedere CastleStrawberry FieldsCherry HillThe Balto StatueThe Alice in Wonderland Statue

Central Park 5-Star Bike Tour

4. Central Park 5-Star Bike Tour

See the best of Central Park on a bicycle tour and discover the secrets and famous spots of this legendary park. The 2-hour tour covers all the main highlights of Central Park, including the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, the Strawberry Fields, the Literary Walk, Cherry Hill, Belvedere Castle, and the Reservoir. You will learn amazing facts, hear interesting park history, and see the architecture. Discover famous movie spots and celebrity homes. During the tour, make multiple stops for photograph opportunities and short walks. The tour goes at a leisurely pace so it is perfect for riders of any skill level.

New York City: Central Park Private Pedicab Tour

5. New York City: Central Park Private Pedicab Tour

Choose between a 1-hour or 2-hour tour of Central Park by Pedicab 1-Hour Tour If you would like to get familiar with the basic places of interest in Central Park, take a ride on a 1-hour pedicab tour through New York City's famous park. Visit Strawberry Fields, the Dakota Building, Cherry Hill, the Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, Summer Stage, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on Green, and more. You'll see it all! No matter what season, you will be taken on a dreamlike ride in one of the world’s most celebrated landscapes, filled with authentic New York culture and architectural splendor. Along the way, your guide will inform you about the history and significance of the various sights you pass. 2-Hour Tour (2-hour tours are not possible in winter time because of cold temperatures.) See the sights of New York’s Central Park on a unique 2-hour pedicab tour. Your tour guide will show you the sights of Central Park and tell you about its history as you travel at a leisurely pace. There are 5 stops on the 2-hour tour. Each stop is around 5-7 minutes, where you walk to see the sights up close. Some of the sights you’ll see on your 2-hour pedicab tour include: Strawberry Fields The Dakota Cherry Hill Bethesda Fountain Bow Bridge SummerStage Sheep Meadow Tavern on Green The Reservoir Alice in Wonderland The Great Lawn Delacorte Theater Metropolitan Museum of Art The Obelisk The Boathouse Turtle Pond American Museum of Natural History San Remo Belvedere Castle

New York City: Central Park Pedicab Tour

6. New York City: Central Park Pedicab Tour

Our tours are all personally customized to ensure you experience the magnificence of the world's most famous urban park in exactly the way you want. 2 hours is the largest loop of our tours and covers all the main features of the Park, Central Park 'Spectacular' is a customized offer we have several stops a long the way. Popular stops includes the Great Lawn, the Shakespeare Garden, the Belvedere Castle, Turtle Pond, the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Cherry Hill Fountain, Alice in Wonderland, The Boat Pond, The Bow Bridge, The Lake, Loeb Boathouse, Tavern on the Green, Strawberry Fields, and the Dakota building. All stops are optional however some stops are definitely recommended and we'll be sure to mention those. We do stop for short walks, stretching, and taking photos however you will be on the pedicab most of the time for your comfort.

New York City: Guided Central Park Bike Tour

7. New York City: Guided Central Park Bike Tour

Explore Central Park in a unique and fun way with a 2-hour guided bike tour. This trip will take you through the park faster than by foot, thereby giving you more opportunity to see all the sights. With a top-notch guide leading the way, you will not only be shown a comprehensive look of the park, but also given the opportunity for a customized tour that ensures you see all the spots you want to. From Bethesda Fountain to Strawberry Fields to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, you will see it all. Your guide will also lead the group to visit lesser-known sights like Cleopatra's Needle, Sheep Meadow, and the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater.

New York City: Mid-Central Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure

8. New York City: Mid-Central Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn Central Park into a giant game board?  Come experience an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the "Amazing Race" with a three-hour sightseeing tour of the middle of Central Park. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Your amazing scavenger hunt adventure will begin at The Dakota and will take you on a journey through the middle section of Central Park. The route leads you from Strawberry Fields to the architectural splendor of the Natural History Museum and the Met, and from ornate art hidden around playgrounds to the great Reservoir. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows you to start when you want and determine your own pace of play. Stop for lunch along the lake or take a stroll on one of the shaded trails… why not, it’s your schedule! Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. 

NYC Rollerblade Rental

9. NYC Rollerblade Rental

For all the rollerbladers out there, you can enjoy sightseeing central park at a slightly faster pace with this NYC Rollerblade rental deal. You will be able to stroll through the various meadows and hills, glance into the woods and at gardens, stare at the city across every angle of the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and if time allows, maybe even stop for a short while at the Met or the American Museum of Natural History to take advantage of the cultural side the park offers. Indeed, the various routes that are suggested are accessible through rollerblades and are custom to fit your sightseeing preferences. Just pick one and let the natural beauty of Central Park take you away from the city for a while into a peaceful and quiet escapade.

Available activities

  • Guided tours
  • Hop-on hop-off tours
  • Other experiences
  • Private tours

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What people are saying about The Reservoir

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,526 reviews

Excellent bike tour and Dave had many an interesting fact. One of the most entertaining and enjoyable tours I’ve been on.

Staff and drivers were super friendly. Enjoyed the recording guided tour. ;)

Always a great trip and sitting on top able to get a great view.

Always a pleasure and the tours are fun and enjoyable

It’s a great way to see an overall view of the city.