Don’t forget your running shoes when you come to New York! Free Tours by Foot is speeding it up a bit with their new running tours. Central Park is a runner’s paradise, offering all different views and terrains. Whether you prefer paved roads or dirt trails, this amazing, 843 acre park has something for you! Follow an experienced guide (and runner!) to learn the fascinating history of Central Park while working up a bit of a sweat. We will keep an easy, comfortable pace, and stop for water breaks along the way. Don’t forget a camera! Your guide will be wearing a runner’s backpack and will be happy to hold on to small cameras and other small items (keys, wallet, etc.). There will be photo opportunities that you don’t want to miss. (Please limit this to small, point-and-shoot cameras. Leave room for other people’s belongings!)
Sites We Cover On the Tour:
- Grand Army Plaza and the Plaza Hotel
- The Central Park Zoo
- The Mall and Literary Walk
- Bethesda Terrace and Fountain
- Strawberry Fields
- The Swedish Cottage
- Belvedere Castle
- Cleopatra’s Needle
- The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
- And more!!
The tour will cover approximately four miles, but at an easy pace with several stops throughout. There are water fountains all throughout the park. (Or you can bring a few dollars to buy a Gatorade!). This is a great tour for local runners and visitors alike.
Reservations: This tour currently runs as a private tour only.
Where: Tour departs from 59th St. and 5th Ave. at the Sherman Statue. Please use our Google map for directions to the tour start. Please use our help sheet for detailed written walking directions from nearby subway stations. Please note that the Sherman Statue is currently being renovated and is covered by scaffolding. Tour ends at the Conservatory Garden at East 105th Street.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Approximately 4 miles in length.
When: View our 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 anyone's budget.