Chess & Checkers House Visitor Center

Chess & Checkers House Visitor Center: Our most recommended tours and activities

NYC: Guided Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

1. NYC: Guided Central Park Horse Carriage Ride

Enhance your Central Park experience with a narrated, private horse carriage tour and discover its famous sights. Sit back and relax aboard a beautiful and well-maintained carriage. See the popular attractions and get beautiful scenic views along your journey through the famous Park. Pass by Wollman Rink, Carousel, Chess and Checker House, The Dairy, Literary Mall, Bethesda Fountain, The Lake, Boat Pond, Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green, Columbus Circle, Balto Statue, Summer Stage, The Boathouse Restaurant, Bandshell, Cherry Hill, the Dakota Building, and Strawberry Fields. Hear plenty of interesting facts about Central Park and its attractions. Take memorable pictures, during two photo stops at Bethesda Fountain and Cherry Hill (aka Friends Fountain).

Central Park: Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

2. 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. Climb 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 toward 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 bowling court, and admire the bust of Italian philosopher Giuseppe Mazzini. You can then enjoy views of the legendary restaurant, the Tavern on the Green.

NYC: Central Park Private Sightseeing Tour by Horse Carriage

3. NYC: Central Park Private Sightseeing Tour by Horse Carriage

See New York City's Central Park the way it was originally designed to be traveled – by a horse-drawn carriage. Ride with a guide on a loop around the park, passing by iconic sites such as the Bow Bridge, Sheep Meadow, and Wollman Rink. Make stops at Bethesda Fountain and Cherry Hill. Meet your carriage and wrap yourself in the comfort of blankets on chilly days. Start your private ride, passing by iconic sites such as Wollman Rink, the Central Park Carousel, Chess and Checkers House, Sheep Meadow, and the Mall & Literary Walk. Continue to Dairy Visitors Center, Central Park Zoo, Balto Dog Statue, Summer Stage, Boat Pond, The Loeb Boathouse Restaurant, Naumburg Bandshell, Bow Bridge, American Musem of Natural History, and Strawberry Fields. Then, stop at Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, 2 architectural features overlooking The Lake in Central Park. Admire the Angel of the Waters statue in the center of the terrace. You can also take this opportunity to touch and feed the horses. Next, take photos of the Cherry Hill Fountain. Along the way, look as your guide points out famous spots from popular movies like Home Alone, Love Story, Stuart Little, Men in Black, John Wick, Sex and The City, Night at The Musem, Ghostbusters, Spiderman 3, Wall Street, When Harry Met Sally, and more. 

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What people are saying about Chess & Checkers House Visitor Center

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 84 reviews

Very easy to book online & receive digital tickets. The carriage ride was an iconic experience in Central Park. Our driver Atakan was entertaining & knowledgeable about Central Park history & trivia. Jack the horse did a great job!

A really nice carriage ride through beautiful Central Park in the best weather. The guide Atakan was very friendly, explained a few things, stopped to have photos taken and some of us to shoot ourselves.

NIKO was the best guide..very knowledgeable and gave us time to get out and take pictures..we loved our trip round Central Park!

Very nice ride and the choachman was very interesting and knowledgeable about Central Park and information about it’s history.

The carriage tour through Central Park was a great way to see the park. Our guide was kind and informative. Highly recommend!