Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States. Advocates of creating the park–primarily wealthy merchants and landowners–admired the public grounds of London and Paris and urged that New York needed a comparable facility to establish its international reputation.
A public park, they argued, would offer their own families an attractive setting for carriage rides and provide working-class New Yorkers with a healthy alternative to the saloon.
After three years of debate over the park site and cost, in 1853 the state legislature finally authorized the City of New York to use the power of eminent domain to acquire more than 700 acres of land in the center of Manhattan.
Winding through one of the world’s most beloved parks, we walk through 220 magnificent acres of landscaped design where nature, recreation and culture share all the carbon neutral wealth. Central Park is a sophisticated hotspot to New Yorkers and visitors from every corner of the globe. Sights include:
The Delacorte Theatre
The Wollman Skating Rink
The Harlem Meer
Tavern on the Green
Angel of the Water at Bethesda Terrace
The famous Great Lawn concert field
You will be treated to a tour of some of the finest photo-ops and seasonal sightings in the city. Celebrities’ homes around the park; dozens of 100-year old trees abound, and the name Manhattan, which means ‘island of many hills’ is a Central Park truth that will add a bit of exercise to your delightful tour.
Tours depart from the NW corner of 56th Street and 7th Ave (in front of 888 Redeye Grill) at 9:45 AM and 1:45 PM daily.