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More than any single landmark, Central Park lies at the physical and spiritual heart of New York. Conceived as the green lungs for a rapidly urbanizing metropolis in the 19th century, it has evolved into America's seminal landscape.
This three-hour Central Park tour looks in depth at its design and history, from the competition that spawned it on the eve of civil war to innovative conservation movement that saved it in the 1990s.
Available in private and small group (max 6 people) tour options, choose what suits you best and discover this masterpiece in the heart of New York.
3 hoursStart time
10:00am or 3:00pm
Duration: 3 hours
The tour starts from the Arsenal, a 19th century building that actually pre-dates the park and is located at 830 5th Avenue (the intersection of 64th Street and 5th Avenue). Your tour guide will meet you down the stairs, directly in front of the building, near the kiosk with the map on it. The nearest subways are the N,R,W (Yellow line) 5th Avenue Stop or the F train (orange) at 63rd and Lexington
The tour ends in Central Park
To meet your tour guide (who is a professional English-speaking tour guide), make your way to the front of the Arsenal, located at 830 5th Avenue.
During the course of your walk learn about the design theories behind the park, the juxtaposition of the "beautiful" and the "picturesque," and the social function of the park through history. Maintenance of this space and its designers’ ideals has proved a constant and costly battle, the success of which is measured by the Park's impeccable condition and its constant evolution as an urban oasis.
This walk will visit some of the Park's best known spaces and monuments as well as some of its lesser known gems, taking in a century and a half of New York and American history in the process.
The tour ends in Central Park.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with your tour guide, please call the local activity operator so that the message can be relayed to the tour guide.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour start time