Five Free Walking Tours in New York’s Central Park

Author: , August 31st, 2013

Central Park - Apple MapsSeeing all of Central Park in one trip is impossible – it is six percent of Manhattan’s total acreage, after all. That’s why the Central Park Conservatory offers 13 themed tours of the park to focus your visit. We’ve narrowed down their offerings to the most interesting options that are still free of charge (a rare find in NYC). Visit their online calendar to see tour schedules, and don’t forget to donate what you can to the conservatory afterwards – the organization cares for all 250 acres of lawns, 150 acres of lakes, 9,000 benches, and 36 bridges in the park.

1. Cross-Park Promenade

This tour is perfect for covering many popular sites at once. In just over an hour, you’ll see the miniature sailboats so familiar from movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s; the famous Bethesda Fountain, the Loeb Boathouse, and Strawberry Fields. Keep in mind you’ll start on the east side but end the tour on the west side of the park. Starts at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, Length: 75 mins.

2. History of Sports in Central Park

If you’re a sports fan, this is the tour for you. Guides explain how and why tastes in recreational activities such as baseball and horseback riding have changed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and reveal how Central Park has managed to continuously accommodate these evolving interests. Starts at the Dairy Visitor Center, Length: 75 mins.

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Authored By Cailin Barrett-Bressack – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel

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