Free tour

Essential Central Park: Weddings & Photo Opps

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on January 29, 2024

I am a professional wedding celebrant who has officiated weddings all over New York City, and in many other cities. Now, I also do walking tours, as a Licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide. I love meeting new people, walking around and sharing my knowledge of NYC. I've lived in NYC since 1992. I have traveled all over Europe and done walking tours in many cities. I refer to my tours as 'Christerical Tours' because I like to keep them fun. I'm also involved with the Guides Association of NY and with Big Apple Greeter.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Central Park Wedding Tour

Central Park is the place to get married and elope: but which spot has the best views and backdrops? Which spot is the most private? Which one is near a good restaurant?

Chris Shelley is an experienced New York Wedding Officiant who has been marrying people (to each other) since 2011. He knows all the nooks and crannies of this great city where couples can have small ceremonies. From Central Park to 5th Avenue, Lincoln Center to Grand Central Terminal, Roosevelt Island to DUMBO to the High Line, Chris can show you a variety of wedding locations and the neighborhoods that surround them. Just let him know what you're interested in seeing.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    5 E 66th St, New York, NY 10065, USA
    5 E 66th St, New York, NY 10065, USA
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    I will be in front of The Lotos Club on 66th St., between 5th Ave and Madison. I will have a black bag strapped across my shoulder. I look like the British game show personality Rob Brydon.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    The Plaza Hotel
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Cop Cot

    Cop Cot sees hundreds of weddings a year. This shaded gazebo nearly keeps people dry when it rains and looks great in photos. It's close to Central Park South, easy to find, and easily accessible if you're cool with climbing a hill.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Gapstow Bridge
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Bethesda Terrace
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Bow Bridge

    Very scenic spot, perfect for photos with the west side skyline. If you like watching proposals happen, wait here 5-10 minutes and you will probably see one.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Cherry Hill

    Yes, it's a hill -- but a hill with great views! It's a lovely place for photos, for lounging, and for getting married.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Wagner Cove
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Ladies Pavilion
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Shakespeare Garden
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Belvedere Castle

    The Belvedere Castle sits atop a hill with amazing views. We can't enter the castle itself, but there is a covered gazebo here.

  • 11
    Outside visit
    Summerhouse at the Dene

    A scenic gazebo atop a hill, great views of the Manhattan skyline, great for photos, accessible to 5th Ave.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

(4 ratings)
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Heike 22 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Walk in Central Park with wedding locations and nice photo spots.
Annie 25 May 2024
New York

Chris is fun, lively, upbeat, interesting, and informative. He has a joy for life that is positive, engaging, and funny! He provided a good pace, curious information, and generosity of spirit. I recommend him for first time visitors as well as seasoned residents who want a nice walk with good companionship, conversation, and stories.
Bruce and Linda 20 May 2024

My wife and I love to go on walking tours. We have taken them all over the world. The tour that Chris Shelley led was one of the very best. We visited interesting sites that we would not have considered visiting before. Chris was informative with many interesting and hilarious anecdotes to share. In fact, we have agreed that Chris was the most amusing and engaging guide that we have ever had. If you get a chance, take one of Chris's tours.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 15 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 2 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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