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Columbus Circle: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

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

    Explore New York City and see the sights from the top deck of an open top bus. Admire iconic landmarks and monuments, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the unique neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Upper East Side. The hop-on hop-off route covers iconic sights throughout New York City. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus, and on foot when you choose to hop-off to further explore. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Benefit from live bus tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive. Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is highly entertaining and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket op...

    The downtown bus was great but the uptown bus wasn’t on cue when we passed specific sites. It would talk about them too early and when we reached them they were already talking about something else.

  • New York: SPYSCAPE Spy Museum & Experience

    2. New York: SPYSCAPE Spy Museum & Experience

    Enter a new type of cutting edge museum, developed by a former head of Training at British Intelligence and top psychologists. Explore a contemporary museum of amazing spy stories and gadgets. Test your intelligence in immersive spy challenges. Take a unique journey to reveal your inner spy. Spyscape’s authentic profiling system will analyze you and tell you what spy role best fits your personality. Discover your potential to do extraordinary things, and see that the spy skills you possess are valuable in your everyday life. Based on scientific research and methods, your spy role introduces you to real and fictional spies with a spy profile like yours– explaining what's involved in the typical operation and how you can use and develop your own skills.

    the exhibitions are really entertaining and the interactive sections are great fun

  • Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

    3. Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

    See the sights of New York’s Central Park on a unique 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. You'll make stops at key places of interest in the park, such as Strawberry Fields, the Dakota Building, Cherry Hill, the Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, and Sheep Meadow. No matter what the 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.

  • Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

    4. Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

    With this ride, you will get the lucky opportunity to witness many of Central Park's historical landmarks from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. This activity is perfect for a romantic promenade or a fun ride with friends and family. The ride takes 40-minutes on a 2.5 mile trail. It has one stop at Cherry Hill/Friends Fountain where you can take some mesmerizing holiday pictures or simply just enjoy the view. During the ride you will see various landmarks such as The Wollman Rink, Carousel, Chess & Checker House, The Dairy, Plaza Hotel, 5th Avenue/Upper East Side, Literary Mall, Balto Statue , Summer Stage, Boat Pond, The Loeb Boathouse Restaurant, Bethesda Fountain, Bandshell, The Lake, Cherry Hill (photo stop), The Bow Bridge, The Museum Of Natural History, Strawberry Fields, Upper West Side, Dakota Building, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Heckscher Playground and Columbus C...

    Louis was our driver and Dante our horse. It was a great adventure and we are horse people, so we loved getting to learn about how the horses are chosen, get vacation, etc. Thanks!

  • Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

    5. Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

    Pass by many historical landmarks of Central Park on a horse-drawn carriage. This is the perfect activity for a romantic date, or a fun outing with friends or family. Cimb into a lavishly-decorated carriage with plush seating for a ride through Central Park. With the clip-clop of the horses' hooves in the background, you will visit the cascading Angel of the Waters Sculpture, as well as many other famous sights in the park. With a knowledgeable driver to tell you stories about the park's past, you will cruise by the Dairy, where New York's children once came to get fresh milk. View the horses on the carousel, and pass by the statue of William Shakespeare. At the Bethesda Fountain you can pause to snap memorable photos, before you head towards Cherry Hill. Head to the top of the hill and see the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Fields, and the John Lennon memorial. Clop by the English lawn...

  • Central Park: Bike Tour

    6. Central Park: Bike Tour

    See the best of Central Park on a bicycle tour and discover the secrets and famous spots of this legendary park. The 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, and hear interesting stories about the park's history. 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 Christmas Markets and Lights Walking Tour

    7. New York Christmas Markets and Lights Walking Tour

    Get into the Christmas spirit on a 4-hour walking tour of 4 of New York’s most attractive holiday markets, and find unique gifts among the vast array of hand-crafted goods, local art and crafts, and fashionable winter attire. Meet your guide at Columbus Circle and set off in the glow of the city's winter lights. Experience the magic of New York during the holiday season, stopping to admire the dazzling window displays of all the department stores and boutique shops. Sample traditional foods and warming drinks as you take in Manhattan's holiday light displays, Christmas movie locations, and charming holiday decorations along the way.

    I would recommend this tour to everyone who visits NY. Our tour guide, Stefan, was funny, kind, respectful and very knowledgeable about the history of all the landmarks we visited. We learnt so much -it was definitely a memorable experience. Thank you for a wonderful tour Stefan! You're awesome!

  • NYC: Midtown Manhattan Self-Guided Walking Tour

    8. NYC: Midtown Manhattan Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Explore New York City’s Midtown Manhattan on a self-guided walking tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and GPS map. See New York’s most iconic landmarks and learn their history, from the Empire State Building to Times Square. Enjoy animated videos to visualize parts of the tour. Begin your tour at Columbus Circle, then head to Carnegie Hall, where music legends have performed for over a century. Get the story behind the hall and its founder before moving on to the ornate Russian Tea Room, a Manhattan staple since 1927. Next, visit the city’s most famous hotels, the Ritz and the Plaza. These five-star digs aren’t just landmarks, they’re also packed with Manhattan history that you’ll get to uncover. After that, get a chance to see the famous Pulitzer Fountain. Snap a few photos to save the memory before heading down Fifth Avenue, where New Yorkers come to get their high...

  • New York Hell's Kitchen Food & Central Park Combo Tour

    9. New York Hell's Kitchen Food & Central Park Combo Tour

    At one time the home of poor, working-class Irish immigrants, Hell’s Kitchen became the site of skirmishes between Irish and German immigrant gangs. A later wave of Puerto Rican immigrants in the 1950s led to additional ethnic tensions, inspiring the famed Broadway musical West Side Story. Today Hell's Kitchen has become a gentrified area that boasts some of the most expensive properties in the city, as you’ll experience on this 4-hour guided tour. A world of ethnic food is available in Hell's Kitchen, a diverse neighborhood located just to the west of the Theater District. On the Hell’s Kitchen Food Tour you’ll visit some of the best restaurants in midtown Manhattan and taste some of the best food in New York. Try a variety of specialties from empanadas to custom-made donuts, and don't forget the bourekas! Next on this combo tour you’ll get to walk off all that amazing food in Centra...

  • Central Park Bike Tour

    10. Central Park Bike Tour

    Try one of the most fun & exciting ways to experience Central Park. Whether at your own pace or with one of the professionally guided Central Park Tours, you can spend your day gliding over the gentle slopes, spotting the local wildlife and visiting more than 150 Hollywood movie sites. There is a fleet of more than 200 bicycles with an all-inclusive rental package that includes: map, helmet and chain lock at no extra charge. Be fitted with the perfect bike because it will be carried in all types & sizes; whether you want to conquer the park on a mountain bike or enjoy a leisurely ride on a comfort or tandem bike, you can find everything you need right here. The suppliers are located just two blocks away from Central Park, near Columbus Circle. They can also deliver your bike to any major hotel within 5 blocks of our store. When you’re looking for new & unique things to do in Central Pa...

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What people are saying about Columbus Circle

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 848 reviews

Had a GREAT time riding Big Bus. All of the representatives on the street were nice and very helpful. The stops are strategically placed close to all the major areas of attractions to allow easy walking to. It’s definitely well worth the price to get around the city all day. Highly recommended!

The bus trips went smoothly and were quite pleasant! Watch on the uptown loop for low lying branches if you are on the right side of the bus upper deck!

it was nice but the inside the bus was hot but it was ok. would take that tour again

Had a good time, had family come along with us they enjoyed the site's very much.

Love the idea of being able to hop on and off. Enjoyed it very much