Horseback Riding in Central Park

Giddy up! Central Park Horseback Riding

Saddle up, horse whisperers! This New York experience is a walk in the park. Whether you shout ‘Hiho Silver, away!’ or ‘Ride like the wind, Bullseye!’ (Points for getting both references), your equine friend will do the work for you on this gentle trot.

There’s no better (or bouncier) way to see the sights of New York’s back garden than on horseback. Having been the star in many a movie and TV show, Central Park is one of the Big Apple’s most iconic spaces. It’s an 843-acre playground that’s just waiting to be explored, and we don’t hear any ‘neighs’ to that idea.

You’ll start off at the famous Tavern on the Green Restaurant on the west side of Central Park. After a safety briefing and some orientation, you’ll be introduced to your friend for the duration of the riding tour, whether that’s for 1-hour or you’ve upgraded to 2 hours.

Then you’re off to the races (well, not quite)! You’ll canter past The Lake, taking in the sights like the John Lennon Memorial (Strawberry Fields), and you may even catch a glimpse of the Bow Bridge. You’ll see the Shakespeare Garden — the nearby Delacorte Theatre hosts the Bard’s plays during the summer months — and Belvedere Castle in the distance as you trot by, before you take a grand circuit of the Central Park Reservoir (the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir), enjoying all the monuments and landmarks around you. As you make your way around the park, you’ll be looking out at the Manhattan skyline for even more photo ops.   

Your guide will be with you every hooved step of the way throughout this clip-clopper’s wonderland. They’ll take you around this dirt track and make sure you see all the highlights of Central Park — the most romantic slice of urban greenery in the world.

This is an amazing way to see some of the more popular sights around Central Park, as well as spy some more at a distance to check out once you dismount. For example, why not head to the Central Park Boathouse Restaurant over the other side of The Lake for a well-earned meal (it won’t be a bag of oats)? Or why not just find yourself a route to take your own stroll and discover the park at large, at your own leisure? Surrounded by wide-open spaces, and with so many more attractions in the park to find, this riding tour is a great way to discover some of Central Park’s essentials.

Central Park Horse Riding Highlights:

  • Horseback riding tour in Central Park

  • Select a 1-hour ride or upgrade for 2 hours

  • All equipment included and no experience necessary

Days of Operation:

  • Daily


  • 1-hour or 2-hour Horseback Riding in Central Park

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges


  • Gratuities (recommended)

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

  • Minimum age is 10 years

  • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

  • Please note preferred departure time at time of booking

  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity

  • Location: Central Park

  • Departure time: Every hour from 9:00am–4:00pm

  • Tour duration is approximately 1-hour or 2 hours

Cancellation Policy:

Girl on horse

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