New York City Riverside Park Tours
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Hugging the Hudson waterfront, the 19th-century Riverside Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the landscape designers behind Central Park. Joggers, cyclists, strollers, and recreational boaters are drawn here for its peaceful atmosphere and pretty riverfront views.
A favorite among locals living on the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is a quieter alternative to Central Park. Walking tours of Riverside Park follow meandering pathways and typically include stops at the community garden between West 90th and 91st streets, and Riverside Park Bird Sanctuary, a protected area of forest and meadow that runs between 116th and 124th streets. The park also features a paved riverside promenade, which is often covered by bike tours.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Riverside Park is a must for travelers looking to unwind in between sightseeing.
- There are playgrounds, dog runs, kayak launches, sports fields, and walking and biking paths in the park.
- The park is wheelchair-accessible.
- There are several food carts stationed in the park, as well as restaurants at 79th and 105th streets.
How to Get There
Riverside Park is in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and runs from 72nd street up to St. Clair’s Place in West Harlem. The 1 train runs along Broadway, parallel to the park, with stations at 72nd street, 79th Street, 86th Street, 96th Street, 103rd Street, 110th Street, and 125th Street, all of which are within walking distance of the park.
When to Get There
Riverside Park is typically tranquil, even on hot summer days, though the bike track by the river does see a high level of two-wheel traffic. Sunset is a particularly scenic time to soak up views of the river.
General Grant National Memorial
History buffs visiting the park should make a beeline for the General Grant National Memorial—more commonly known as Grant’s Tomb—on 122nd Street. The largest mausoleum in America, this Grecian-style rotunda holds the remains of 19th-century president Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant, and is the only presidential burial site in New York City. Inside the visitor center, exhibits chronicle episodes in Grant’s life.
3 Tours and Activities to Experience New York City Riverside Park
Nature and Wildlife
The Walking Tour starts on West 70th Street on the Hudson River waterfront and continues Uptown. It is approximately 4 miles of walking. The essential part of the tour is from the cafe on the waterfront on West 70th Street to the Bird Sanctuary at 129th Street along Riverside Drive. Riverside Park is regarded as Manhattan's most spectacular waterfront park. As one of only eight officially designated scenic landmarks in the City of New York, it has a long and storied history.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Mountain Bike Tours
Traveling by bike means you can cover more distance than on foot and avoid New York's notorious traffic. On this tour, set out from Central Park, cycle most of the length of Manhattan, and see more of the sights in less time. Stop along the way to see St. John the Divine (North America’s largest cathedral), Columbia University, and Riverside Park; follow the Hudson River into downtown; and finish in Lower Manhattan by the Brooklyn Bridge.
Come along on an engaging walking tour of the Upper West Side with a focus on baseball, books, history, and the Jazz Age. We will see the former residences of some of New York’s greatest personalities of the past, including Babe Ruth, George and Ira Gershwin, William Randolph Hearst, Mary Pickford, J.D. Salinger, and more. Explore the architectural and historical stories of the buildings and monuments. Learn about Riverside Park and the development of the Upper West Side. This 2-hour walking tour will take you from the General Grant National Memorial (Grant’s Tomb) to see many notable locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience New York City Riverside Park?
The best ways to experience New York City Riverside Park are:
- New York City Riverside Rove Experience
- New York Highlights Bike Tour
- Babe Ruth Slept Here Walking Tour
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