Central Park Walking Tour
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The walking tour covers all most beautiful sights of the southern half of Central Park. You will walk through some of the 58 miles of trails the park has to offer passing a lake, rocky outcrops, bridges, arches, sculptures and more.
This tour takes you off the beaten path to sights both the bikes and pedicabs cannot reach.You Will Visit and See:
Belvedere Castle was designed in 1865 as a way to bring fantasy and adventure to life right in the heart of Central Park. Translating from Italian as 'beautiful view', it is one of the most breathtaking sights in the entire park.
There are two balconies and a small promenade that offer enough of a Castle and one of kind views to make anyone feel like royalty.
Probably one of the most visited spots in Central Park, Strawberry Fields is a living memorial to the world-famous singer, songwriter and peace activist, John Lennon.
The location was picked because it is directly across from the Dakota Apartments where John Lennon once lived and where he was murdered. A mosaic of stones forming a word “Imagine” lies in the center.
In 1832 thousands died in New York from a Cholera epidemic. Then Croton Aqueduct was built in 1842 and provided the New York with clean water, ending fears of another epidemic.
The Bethesda Fountain is in honor of the healing powers of that aqueduct and was unveiled in 1873. It is the only statue that was part of the original design of Central Park.
Perhaps the most photographed and famous spot in Central Park, The Mall was once the central promenade where people would stroll in their Sunday best.
Today it is known as one of the largest and last remaining stands of American Elms. The quadruple rows of the rare trees create a one of a kind canopy.
In 1925 the city of Nome, Alaska was besieged with diphtheria. Dog sled team leading by Balto covered 674 miles over rough ice across treacherous waters through arctic blizzard to deliver antitoxin.
The statue has become a favorite place among kids who climb up on the dog hero celebrated in several books and in Steven Spielberg’s animated film, Balto.
Alice in Wonderland
In 1959, George Delacourte commissioned this statue as a gift to the children of New York. He choice Alice in Wonderland in memory of his late wife who often read the story to her children.
The gift has been well received as thousands of children have climbed, played and hidden among Alice, the MadHatter, the White Rabbit and the little dormouse.
Named for its curved shape, reminiscent of an archer’s bow, Bow Bridge is the second oldest iron bridge in the United States and the oldest one in Central Park.
It was built in 1862 and is considered one of the most romantic spots in the park. Several movies have taken advantage of the romantic setting including Manhattan, The Way We Were and Keeping the Faith.
The Central Park Carousel is one of the most well-known features of the park since 1871. While three Carousels have been destroyed by fire, a new one always took its place.
Today the Carousel is one of the largest in the United States and is over 100 years old. It services over 250,000 people a year and features 57 hand carved horses.
Sheep Meadow is a perfect representation of the pastoral vision that Olmstead and Vaux wanted the park to have. The 15-acre pasture gets its name from the sheep that once grazed upon its lands.
While in the 60s and 70s, it was the site of protests, where hundreds of thousands would gather. It is now designated as a quiet zone for picnicking, relaxation and frisbee freestyle.
The Dakota building was constructed in the 1880s and continues to be one of the most prestigious cooperative residential buildings in Manhattan.
Perhaps the biggest claim to fame for this elegant apartment is that it was the residence of John Lennon from 1973 until his death just outside the building in 1980.
Created from what was originally an ugly swampland, this glistening jewel of Central Park charms with a bamboo patch, overarching bridges, and the Manhattan skyline reflecting off the water.
It is a popular place for boating and catch and release fishing. 9 different species of freshwater fish inhabit the Lake, including largemouth bass.
One of the most impressive glacial remnants in Central Park, Umpire Rock is more than 450 million years and was formed during Paleozoic Era.
The rock offers the perfect view over surrounding playfields and city skyline, Several movies have taken advantage of the picturesque setting including Friends With Benefits, The Fisher King and Doctor Who.
Created in 1913, this 4 acres garden features the plants and flowers of the English countryside that inspired many of Shakespeare’s writings.
You will see rosemary and pansies referenced by Hamlet’s Ophelia, thistles from Much Ado About Nothing and even a white mulberry tree which is believed to be inculcated from a tree planted by the Shakespeare himself in 1602!
Turtle Pond rests at the foot of the famed Belvedere Castle and gets its name from a flourishing turtle population. The first turtles were released here by their owners in the 1980s and since then the population has exploded.
The pond is actually the last remnant of the Croton Water System which was the first steady source of clean water for the city.
This beautiful and often forgotten part of the park offers a quiet retreat from the bustle of the city and is an ideal place for a date, a relaxed lunch, or quiet contemplation.
The Cove has become a desirable wedding location and is not to be missed, especially in Fall when the leaves of the surrounding trees turn to brilliant shades of red and yellow.
The Beresford is the home of the rich and famous with apartments going for anywhere from $3 million to $22 million. There is one unit that is actually listed for $62 million!
The building was constructed in 1929 and is named after the Hotel Beresford which used to occupy the site. Celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld, Diana Ross and Tony Randall have made it their home.
2 Hour Walking Tour covers approximately half of the park. You will see and learn about:
- Belvedere Castle
- Strawberry Fields
- Bethesda Fountain
- Cherry Hill
- The Mall
- Alice in wonderland
- Bow Bridge
- Wollman Rink
- The Literary Walk
- Summer Stage
- Conservatory Waters
- Loeb Boathouse
- Sheep Meadow
- Tavern on the Green
- The Lake
- Mother Goose
- Central Park Zoo
- Greyshot Arch
- Umpire Rock
- Shakespeare Garden
- Turtle Pond
- Swedish Cottage
- Delacorte Theater
- Ladies Pavilion
- The San Remo
- Romeo and Juliet Statue
- Natural History Museum
- Azalea Pond
- Oak Bridge
- NY Historical Society
- Wagner Cove
- The Ramble
- The Beresford
- and many others!
- Small Groups
- Small tour groups with maximum of 12 people for a personal experience
- Amazing Guides
- Experienced and DCA licensed tour guides. A professional guide makes all the difference. Our guides rock!
- Visual Aids
- Not just listen to commentary - see it! Our guides are equipped with rare historical pictures, movie slides and famous event photos!
- Optimized Route
- The tour runs optimized route providing lots of stops for the pictures & several 5-10 minutes stops at main sights.
57th St & 7th Ave, 2 blocks away from Central Park
(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
Jul 5, 2018Rita L. - Warwick, NYThis past weekend in nearly 100 degree heat We met Ronny our guide by the park. He was extremely optimistic that we would get used to the heat as we would do most of our walking under a canopy of trees. Ronny gave us a wonder two hour tour of the Park It is almost impossible to believe that New York City set aside over 800 acres for this treasure. Ronny's extensive knowledge made us forget the heat. Our friends who were in from Kentucky were truly fascinated. I have lived in New York my whole life and never realized the history of Central Park. If you plan on visiting the city I highly recommend this tour, ask for Ronny. Rita L., Warwick, N.Y.was this review helpful? 22
Mar 5, 2018Rosie H. - Manchester, UKMichael was an excellent tour guide. He made our first time to Central Park an experience to remember! There was lots of information which made sure we left feeling as though we really knew the park. Michael was friendly, approachable and professional. We will be recommending his tours to all of our friends. The added picture taking meant we have memories to keep forever. Thank you so much! A++++was this review helpful? 16
Jun 8, 2017Daniela M. - Roma, TXMichael was so fun to walk around with. We had originally wanted to go biking but he suggested that we could get better views and better pictures if we walk around. He was funny and charming and all the pictures he took were fantastic. If I could, I would definitely go on a tour with him again! He suggested great restaurants and plays and what times are best for visiting other parts of the city. Our favorite parts of the tour were Shakespeare's Garden, Bethesda Fountain, and the boat house!! Can't wait to go back to Central Park and visit everything again! Thank you for a great tour!was this review helpful? 15