Bike Tours of Central Park | Pay What You Wish

With over 26 million visitors a year (and larger than Monaco!), Central Park is the jewel of Manhattan.  And containing over two centuries of history, there’s a lot to cover.  Whether it’s about the Irish laborers who built it, or of the multi-million dollar penthouses lining the park today, Central Park showcases the entire spectrum of the New York experience.  At 843 acres though, it can be a lot to take on by foot!  With our Central Park Bike Tour, you can cover over six miles of it without being worn out.  And not only are our guides a wealth a knowledge, but they’ll show you the safest and quickest way to the most famous landmarks.

Let Free Tours by ‘Bike’ tell you the story behind Olmstead and Vaux’s masterpiece.  You’ll see The Mall and Literary Walk majestically lined with towering elms, the 3,500 year old Egyptian obelisk Cleopatra’s Needle and the architectural splendor of Bethesda Terrace.  We’ll watch your bikes as we give you time to climb to the top of Belvedere Castle where you’ll get a view of the Great Meadow, Shakespeare Garden and Turtle Pond.  You’ll see the Dakota Apartments where John Lennon was tragically assassinated and Strawberry Fields where we honor his memory today.

*Please note that this tour is for experienced bike riders.

Sites we cover on the Central Park Bike Tour:

Central Park Bike Tour

  • Columbus Circle
  • Tavern on the Green
  • Sheep Meadow
  • The Metropolitan Art Museum
  • Jackie Onassis Kennedy Reservoir
  • Delacorte Theater
  • Sweedish Cottage Marionette Theater
  • The North Woods
  • and much more….

Don’t forget, some hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts offer free or inexpensive bike rentals.  Also, if you have the New York Pass, bike rentals are included, though you may only rent them at certain locations included in the pass (not our partner shop).

Like our other tours, our expert, licensed guides work just for your appreciation.   Most bike tour companies will charge you $40/person and up for a 2 hour bike tour.  With bike rentals as low as $16 for 2 hours, you could be paying $30/person and higher for a 2 hour bike tour (+tip!).  Additionally, if you want to rent your bike by the day, you usually won’t get a discount on the tour.

Please note that by NYC law, we cannot allow children under one year of age on this tour. We ask children to be at least 12+ years old and really comfortable with riding their bikes. To participate in our bike tours, you need to feel comfortable riding a bike, and be in reasonably good physical condition to do so.

Tip: If you can’t make one of our pay-what-you-like tours, our guests are entitled to 20% off on all of our partner shop’s Central Park bike tour and their Brooklyn Bridge bike tour.  Just use promo code FTBF.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Have your own bike? The $16 is to pay for bike rental, if you are bringing your own bike, you do not need to pay this reservation fee. Please use the code: byobike in the Discount section to avoid paying this. YOU WILL NOT HAVE A BIKE RENTED FOR YOU, YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN!

Where: Tour begins at the Bike Rental Shop at 56 West 56th Street (map) – Central Park Sightseeing – between 5th and 6th Avenue.

Duration: 2 hours. We ride roughly 6 miles (10k). Tour lasts 2 hours, but we request you arrive at rental shop at 9:30 am to get fitted for your bike and walk down to Central Park.

When: Public tours will return in the spring. View Our Full Tour Calendar.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for every budget.

If you can’t make one of our pay-what-you-like tours, our guests are entitled to 20% off on all of our partner shop’s Central Park bike tour and their Brooklyn Bridge bike tour.  Just use promo code FTBF.

Q: Do the tours go out in the rain?
A: Yes.  Our tours go out rain or shine, even our bike tours.  However, our bike tours will not go out when bad weather makes it imprudent to do so (for example, heavy sustained rain, sustained lightning).  If we cancel the tour due to inclement weather and you rent a bike with our partner bike shop through us, you will get a full refund.

Q: If we cancel, will we get a refund for the bike?
A: You MUST give at least 24 hours notice of cancellation for a refund or to reschedule. Please check the forecast at least 24 hours in advance if you do not want to ride in drizzle or light rain.  Bikes are rented through a 3rd party and we have to abide by their rules.