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Our most recommended New York City Bike Tours

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

1. 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 City: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

2. New York City: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Discover New York City with a 9-mile bike tour through the city that never sleeps. Join a professional New York City tour guide who will escort you to smome of the most fascinating landmarks of the city such as Columbia University, Hudson Yards, the Highline, and Wall Street. Start the tour in Harlem, and get a unique perspective of the city on a tour combining excitement with education and adventure. Enjoy the sights of the city like the Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park, the Intrepid, and the point on the River Hudson where Captain Sully famously landed his stricken plane. 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.  Finish the tour downtown at the South Street Seaport, a historic neighborhood just below the Brooklyn Bridge.

Central Park: Live Guided Bike Tour

3. 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

Central Park 5-Star Bike Tour

4. 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.

2-Hour Private Biking Tour of Central Park

5. 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.

Brooklyn: 2-Hour Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges Bike Tour

6. Brooklyn: 2-Hour Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges Bike Tour

This 2-hour tour starts on the waterfront in Dumbo, Brooklyn and takes you through 10 miles of New York City’s most interesting sights. You will head across the Manhattan Bridge to see sweeping views of Midtown Manhattan’s East Side, Williamsburg and Wallabout Bay before heading into Chinatown. You will travel under the FDR on the East River Esplanade on a protected bike path before continuing on to see views of the Freedom Tower and One World Trade. You will then make your way to City Hall Park, which boasts views of The Woolworth Building, The Tweed Courthouse, The Municiple Building and Park Row. Next up, head across the Brooklyn Bridge to see grand views of downtown Manhattan and The Statue of Liberty. You will then see Brooklyn’s Court Houses and make your way to the first historically preserved neighborhood in the US, Brooklyn Heights. You will end your tour back in Dumbo, where you can enjoy great shopping, a beautiful waterfront parks and awesome food options!

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.

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Bike Tour

8. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Bike Tour

See some of New York City's most famous sights while working up a sweat on this exciting sightseeing bike tour. Start the day with an uphill cycle to the City Hall district of Manhattan, and continue across the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge, climbing steadily uphill for approximately 15 minutes. Stop for a rest at the Brooklyn-side tower of the bridge for some spectacular photos of the Manhattan skyline. From 50 meters high, you'll be treated to unparalleled panoramas of the city, so don't forget to bring your camera! After you've spotted the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Staten Island, as well as port of Brooklyn, continue your tour descending into Brooklyn and riding past the historic houses of Brooklyn Heights. As you return over the bridge, passing the South Street Seaport, stop to take some more photos, taking advantage of the amazing views in all directions from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Electric Bike Tour: Classic Manhattan And More!

9. 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: Harlem Highlights Guided Bike Tour

10. 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.

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Frequently asked questions about New York City Bike Tours

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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

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based on 634 reviews

Really really good, must do. Our guide James was perfect and showed us places in Manhattan and Brooklyn that we would never have seen without him. A big thank you for this complete visit. The view, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges by bike, it's magical (and a little exhausting for the calves). I highly recommend !

We had a ton of fun touring the city this way! I planned our two-day trip with two other main excursions: the statue of liberty/ellis island, and top of the rock. All my friends and I agreed that we enjoyed the Brooklyn Bike tour the most.

Great tour! With lots of historical info on the development of Brooklyn through the years. And the pefect fountain stops on a very warm day. John was a great host!

John was great guide, very knowledgeable. It was great to be in amongst all the beautiful buildings and streets and get a feel for all the history.

Excellent guide - took us to several spots for great views and gave us great insights on the Brooklyn Bridge and the area.