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New York City: 3-Hour City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

1. New York City: 3-Hour City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Your professionally licensed New York City guide will lead you through the city, taking you on a bike ride that’s sure to be a memorable one. On this 3-hour guided tour you’ll start out in midtown Manhattan, and make stops at Lincoln Center, Times Square, the Highline, and other iconic sites, ending downtown at the South Street Seaport, the historic neighborhood just below the Brooklyn Bridge. There’s so much to see in New York that it’s far too much to take in on a walking tour. As you pedal along, you’ll get to see many attractions and a variety of neighborhoods. As you pedal along, your tour guide will provide a unique perspective of the city. Stretch your legs and get a good, healthy workout, but don’t worry, this isn’t a race! The tour is designed to be leisurely and allow you to enjoy the city and admire the sights. See Central Park South, where the busy city meets the serene, expansive green space, and the bustling area of Times Square. Cycle to Herald Square, home of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along the Hudson River, and all the way down to Battery Park.

Central Park: Live Guided Bike Tour

2. 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

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

3. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

Get up close and personal with the famous Manhattan and Brooklyn Waterfront sites.  This guided bicycle tour explores the diverse, historical neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Cross the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn Heights, considered to be America’s first suburb, boasting amazing skyline views across the water. Then head back along the Hudson River across to the Brooklyn Bridge, gliding peacefully above vehicular traffic and stopping to take amazing panoramic photos of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and more. We'll explore downtown Manhattan, the hub of the American financial system, plus Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Wall Street and more! This tour is rated as moderate in difficulty and covers approximately 12 miles.

New York: Harlem Highlights Guided Bike Tour

4. New York: Harlem Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Cruise through Harlem and get to know this culturally-rich neighborhood’s history. Meet your guide near Central Park North and bike to the Columbia University campus. Admire the well-kept grounds of one the United States’ most prestigious universities.   Visit the Croton Aqueduct Gate House one of Harlem’s many historic building. Pedal down Strivers Row. Many of Harlem's most famous residents have lived on this row of architecturally exquisite townhouses, including jazz pianist Eubie Blake, boxer Harry Wills, and actor/singer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Look south and see enjoy views of New York City’s iconic skyline. Ride through the historic Hamilton Heights district and see the Hamilton Grange house. This historic home was once the residence of founding father Alexander Hamilton and is now a museum which chronicles his life. Travel past the Schomburg Library. Pause and reflect at the Harriet Tubman statue. End your tour at the Malcolm X Mosque before returning to Central Park North.

Central Park 5-Star Bike Tour

5. 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.

Guided Electric Bike Tour of Central Park

6. Guided Electric Bike Tour of Central Park

The best way to experience Central Park is with this "no sweat" e-bike tour. You won’t have to worry about destroying your nice shirt or ruining your makeup in the searing New York City heat when peddling is less important than your comfort. Speed through the park on a top-of-the-line Yamaha-powered, Giant-built e-bike. Glide over the park’s gentle slopes with as much effort as it takes to tie a lace.  See such impressive sights as The Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, Conservatory Waters, Conservatory Gardens, the Alice in Wonderland Statue, Strawberry Fields, and more.  A seasoned tour guide will be at hand to teach you about the rich cultural history contained within Central Park and its most spectacular highlights. Your hunger for knowledge of the still green heart at the center of this great city will finally be satisfied after this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Brooklyn: Half-Day Cycling Tour

7. Brooklyn: Half-Day Cycling Tour

Start your tour in Dumbo on the beautiful waterfront with sweeping views across the East River. Visit the historic and newly redeveloped Brooklyn Navy Yard and head into southern Williamsburg, a neighborhood of artists, graffiti, and some of New York City's best bars. Stop for breakfast before exploring the neighborhood. Ride into Greenpoint and Bushwick. Head to Fort Greene Park to see the Martyred Prisoners' Monument. Pass by the Barclay's Center and Historically Preserved Government Buildings. Stop at the Grand Army Plaza to see the Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch and the Public Library. Ride through Prospect Park, a cycling paradise. Head through Park Slope, Gowanus and Carroll Gardens, and perhaps stop at Other Half Brewing Company. Ride into Red Hook peninsula for a quick snack and drink along the waterfront.  Visit Steve's Key Lime Pies and take pictures of the Statue of Liberty. Stop at Widow Jane Distillery, and perhaps enjoy a quick chocolate tasting at Raaka Virgin Chocolate. Explore Cobble Hill's brownstone-lined streets and small restaurants. Head into Cadman Plaza and Brooklyn Heights to see the diverse architecture in tranquility at the first historically preserved neighborhood in the United States. Carry on back through Dumbo.

Electric Bike Tour: Classic Manhattan And More!

8. Electric Bike Tour: Classic Manhattan And More!

It’s electric! On your e-bike tour of New York City, you won't believe how much you’ll get to see! Join the group to see all the classic sites of Manhattan on your pedal assist e-bikes. You won’t stop grinning from the exhilaration of this pedal assist e-bike tour. You’ll start with a short ride to Central Park where you'll visit a few of the city’s iconic sites. Next, you'll zoom down 7th Avenue to Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On the route, you’ll see Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, where you will experience the energy of Broadway. You won’t forget the Flatiron Building or the ride up the Hudson River Greenway back to the Upper West Side—a fun and energizing way to see the city!

New York: A Day in Manhattan Cycling Tour

9. New York: A Day in Manhattan Cycling Tour

Pedal off from beneath the Manhattan Bridge and follow the East River Esplanade towards Southport Seaport. Learn the history of the shipping industry before going to Battery Park to get stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Cycle the Hudson River Greenway to arrive at Riverside Park. Next, explore the Upper West Side and grab a bite to eat in the Time Warner Building or from one of the many street vendors during a 30-minute food stop. Cycle the 6-mile loop of Central Park to experience the attraction the best way possible, and take a quick ride through Midtown Manhattan towards Times Square and the Empire State Building. Stop at Rockefeller Plaza and St. Patrick's Cathedral along the way. Head into the West Village to visit Washington Square Park. Ride through the East Village and into SoHo before going through Little Italy and China Town. Reach the East Side of Manhattan and get beautiful views of Long Island before the tour ends!

2-Hour Private Biking Tour of Central Park

10. 2-Hour Private Biking Tour of Central Park

Along with your own private tour guide, experience the best of Central Park at your own pace and by your own schedule. Hop on a comfortable bike of your choice and explore the most famous attractions in the park, such as the Bethesda Fountain, the Great Lawn, and the iconic Central Park Mall, where many movies have been filmed. Your guide will, in the language of your choosing, explain to you the historical and current significance of these features of the Park so that you come away from the tour relaxed and entertained. Enjoy the feeling of the fresh air on your face and the green foliage around you as you and your private group guide the way for 2 full hours.

Frequently asked questions about New York City Bike Tours

What are other things to do than Bike Tours that are worth visiting in New York City?

New York bike tours: Everything you need to know

If you are looking for an active and exciting way to tour the Big Apple, a New York bike tour will definitely catch your eye. Think back on all your movie trivia as you ride past many different scenes, restaurants, and attractions from your favorite New York-based movies. Hop on your bike and head out for a day of sightseeing!

What are the must-see attractions to see on New York City bike tours?

You will be able to view Bethesda Fountain up close. This fountain serves as a focal point of Central Park, the largest fountain in New York, and one of the most well-known fountains in the world. Make sure to pedal around the fountain. Then check out the Angel of the Water sculpture, a bronze figure of an angel above four smaller cherubim that represent health, purity, temperance, and peace.

Love the Beatles? Idolize John Lennon? So does New York. The Strawberry Fields memorial is a 2.5-acre area, decorated with elm trees and flowers. New Yorkers dedicated it to John Lennon after his untimely death. Because of the site’s location in the designated quiet zone in Central Park, you can have a little rest. The site also includes the Imagine mosaic, a tribute to Lennon’s song and his fight for world peace.

If you are a fan of literary prowess, you will love to ride by the Literary Walk. You will first bike to the south end of the Mall, Central Park’s only straight pathway. The overarching trees that lock together provide shade and a photo op. You will then find four statues of famous writers, including William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Fitz Greene Halleck. However, you will notice that there are five statues standing on the Literary Walk. The fifth statue depicts Christopher Columbus, known as the “odd man out” since the others were prominent playwrights, poets, novelists, and essayists.

You can also cycle up to Belvedere Castle and take in the elegant miniature castle and its surrounding view. The Italian word “Belvedere” translates to “beautiful view,” which is fitting. The architects originally designed the castle without any windows or doors and simply wanted to present it as a viewing platform for the cityscape below. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop for a few knick-knacks to take home and remember your time in the city.

Do New York bike tours include a guide?

If you choose the Central Park bike rentals tour, you and your family can take off on your own and brave the new city. The tour will provide you with bikes, helmets, chain locks, and a map of New York.

The Central Park live guided bike tour, on the other hand, comes with a human map of New York. This 2-hour tour covers 5 miles of Central Park and offers 4 different time slots, so that it can work around your travel schedule. You will be able to bike through 36 Central Park highlights and listen to your guide present you with historical facts and occasional well-timed jokes.

What skill level is needed for bike tours in New York City?

The New York City bike tours travel across mainly flat, paved ground. The different tours welcome beginner bicyclists and seasoned riders alike.

Are New York City bike tours suitable for children?

Many of the tours offer a range of bike sizes so that your little ones can join you on the ride. They can also provide you with child seats for those who are not yet old enough to pedal on their own. Keep in mind that anyone under the age of 18 will need an adult present.

How long do the tours last?

Some tours designate at least a 2-hour tour time. Others allow you to rent the bikes and head out on your own for as long or as little as you would like. Particularly if you plan to embark without a live tour guide, you can rent the bikes for 1, 2, 3, 4, or 24-hour durations.

What should I bring on a bike tour in New York City?

Pack your passport or driver’s license and wear comfortable clothes and close-toed, snug shoes. Also, wear a jacket or something you can easily shed if you start to get hot. The morning and evening tours can start out with a chill, but the harder you pedal, the faster you will warm up.

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What people are saying about New York City

Overall rating

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My daughter and I had a great time on our bike tour with Alex. He was an excellent guide who had a lot of knowledge of Harlem and its history. He allowed plenty of time for us to take photos, buy some corn bread and look for a souvenir t-shirt. Although a 2-hour bike tour may seem like a lot of riding, it was very moderate with lots of stops. We were fitted with very comfortable bikes and helmets and had a great overall experience. I would recommend this tour to others interested in a close up look at the sights of Harlem.

My 13 year old and I loved this tour and the tour guide Dan. He shared great facts about Central Park and really tried to involve everyone by speaking their languages or referencing their home towns. We loved it and Dan was awesome!

We had a fantastic time on this tour. Highly recommend it!! Tom was great and very knowledgeable. We were able to see so much of the city. It would never have been possible by foot. Thanks for a great day!!

Very friendly staff. Very good quality bikes. A very good moment !

Excellent way to see Central Park. Would recommend to anyone!