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Central Park Running Tour

“Nature first, second, and third -- architecture after a while,” was the motto of the Central Park architects. It’s hard to imagine that everything in Central Park was put there by design, but that’s exactly what you’ll experience on The Lower Central Park running tour. The lower portion of the park features the most ambitious landscape architecture ever implemented in the United States and magically escorts the viewer out of the city and into a peaceful park surrounding.
City: New York City
Sun 23 Jun
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Starting at $53.34
Sun 23 Jun
Starting at $53.34
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What's Included
Running Guide will carry a small backpack to carry smaller items
Social experience
Local, Professional guide
Running Tour
Additional Info
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • This is a 4.5 mile (7 km) tour designed with exciting stops along the route to interest all runners and is paced to accommodate all running levels. The tour will approximately be 90 minutes in duration. There will not be a coat/bag check for this tour. Your running guide will be using a running backpack and will carry small items for you if necessary.
  • Please note this is not a race it is a running tour. The tour will be led at a casual, conversational pace suitable for all running abilities.
What To Expect
Columbus Circle
Columbus Circle, named for Christopher Columbus, is a major landmark and point of attraction in Manhattan. Completed in 1905 and renovated a century later, it is located at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park West, Central Park South (59th Street), and Eighth Avenue, at the southwest corner of Central Park. The traffic circle was designed by William P. Eno, a businessman who pioneered many early innovations in road safety and traffic control, as part of Frederick Law Olmsted's vision for the park, which included a "Grand Circle" at Merchants' Gate, its most important Eighth Avenue entrance.
The Dakota
The Dakota, constructed from October 25, 1880 to October 27, 1884. The architectural firm of Henry Janeway Hardenbergh was commissioned to do the design for Edward Clark, head of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. The firm also designed the Plaza Hotel.
Strawberry Fields, John Lennon Memorial
Strawberry Fields is a 2.5 acre area of Central Park that pays tribute to the late Beatle, John Lennon, singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist. To commemorate his life, talents and memory, on March 26, 1981, City Council Member Henry J. Stern designated this area, the Lennon and Ono’s favorite in Central Park, as Strawberry Fields. Named after the title of the Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever," the teardrop shaped region was re-landscaped by the Central Park Conservancy with the help of landscape architect Bruce Kelley and a generous $1 million donation from Yoko Ono.
Bethesda Terrace
Offering breathtaking views of both the Central Park Lake and woods, the Bethesda Terrace, located at 72nd Street Cross Drive, is an architectural marvel. The terrace was one of the very first structures to have been built in Central Park; its construction began in 1859, continued throughout the Civil War, and was completed in 1863.
Bow Bridge
This handsomely designed cast-iron bridge measures a total of 87 feet and spans across 60 feet of the Lake, linking the flowering landscape of Cherry Hill with the sprawling woodland of the Ramble.
The Ramble
The lush Central Park woodland, known as the Ramble, is composed of 38 acres of winding pathways between 73rd and 78th streets.
Belvedere Castle
Named for the Italian meaning "beautiful view," Central Park's Belvedere Castle offers park goers exactly what its name implies. With its two balconies, it supplies wonderful panoramic views that include some of Central Park's most beautiful and famous landmarks: the Delacorte Theater, the Great Lawn, the Turtle Pond and the Ramble.
Seneca Village
During the first half of the 19th century, it was home to Seneca Village, a community of predominantly African-Americans, many of whom owned property. It ran from W 83rd Street to W 89th Street.
Cleopatra's Needle
Though often referred to by its nickname, Cleopatra's Needle, this ancient artifact was in fact commissioned by Pharaoh Thutmosis III around 1450 BC in celebration of his 3rd jubilee (or the 30th year of his reign).
Central Park Zoo
Since the 1860's, animals have been found at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street in Central Park. At first, the collection was simply a growing group of donated animals - from 72 "white swans" to a black bear cub.
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Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
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Reviews (42)
Dec 2022
Turned up on and waited for fifteen minutes in the cold. No show from guide. No contact from anyone since, even though I requested a refund two days ago.
Oct 2022
I organised to do the lower Central Park running tour on my first full day in New York. City Running Tours were very helpful and quick to reply to some email questions I had before booking. As it turned out I was the only person on the tour along with my guide Jill. The tour was at an easy pace perfectly suited to sightseeing and chatting as we went . We stopped at a few places as we went for photos and information about the sights. Jill was friendly and very knowledgeable about the park. Overall it was a great introduction to New York and Central Park. Highly recommended
Response from Host
Oct 2022
Thank you for your fantastic review! Glad you enjoy your experience with Jill. Appreciate you taking time to leave a review!! We look forward to running with you in the future!!
Jun 2022
Great morning with our guide, Donna, on the Central Park running tour. Covered a lot of the park and learned a lot too. The park was empty and the perfect pace for me to have a comfortable conversation and see a lot of the park. Donna explained the sites and we stopped multiple times and took pictures. Highly recommend!
Response from Host
Jun 2022
Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience!! We look forward to running with you again soon!!!

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