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New York City: Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

1. New York City: Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

Meet your guide for a walking tour through Central Park at Manhattan's Grand Army Plaza. Discover all the highlights of New York City's Central Park at a leisurely pace and see why it's called "one of the greatest works of art in America."   The tour takes place all year round. Each season brings in a different experience and discoveries at this wonderland. Visit both the famous sites and the hidden gems with an expert tour guide, hear the fascinating history of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's urban masterpiece, and visit the spots for perfect photos, all in a leisurely tour. The tour may include historic landmarks and sites such as Grand Army Plaza, The Pond, Gapstow Bridge, the Central Park Zoo, Delacorte Clock, The Dairy, Literary Walk, The Mall, the Bandshell, the landmarked Bethesda Terrace, the lake and Boathouse, the Ramble, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, and Strawberry Fields.   The tour will end in the beautiful Upper West Side neighborhood, hoping that you enjoyed a relaxing journey at this tranquil oasis nestled in the bustling metropolis.

Brooklyn: Sightseeing Bike Tour with Local Guide

2. Brooklyn: Sightseeing Bike Tour with Local Guide

Pedal off from the famous Dumbo area under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, and get sweeping views of Lower Manhattan across the East River. Continue to the redeveloped Brooklyn Navy Yard, and then head into the southern part of bohemian Williamsburg. Cycle to Fort Green Park and pass the preserved government buildings. Get stunning views of the Soldiers and Sailors Arch and Brooklyn Public Library from Grand Army Plaza. Then, experience the cycling paradise of Prospect Park before you ride into Red Hook for a quick snack and drink.  Hear how the area went from being the busiest port in the world to a place of crime, before artists moved in to the brick warehouses and brownstone houses. See local landmarks such as Steve's Key Lime Pies and Widow Jane Distillery, and grab some snacks along the way. End with a visit to affluent Brooklyn Heights, the first preserved historic neighborhood in the United States.

New York Central Park: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

3. New York Central Park: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Enjoy a visit to New York’s iconic Central Park on a self-guided walking tour. Explore the lower part of the area at your own pace with the magic of an audio guide. We’ve curated the best of the best into one walk, so you can make the most of this enormous park in 90 minutes. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. Travel back through time with tales of love, loss, laughter, and tragedy at every turn. You will have the opportunity to know John Lennon’s murder story and pay your respects at the Imagine Mosaic in Strawberry Fields. Feel like you are there on the sled getting frostbite as Balto saves Nome, Alaska, and then learn why Balto is the wrong dog. Decode the symbols of Bethesda Terrace and get a chance to weep at the heartbreaking love story of the Bethesda Angel. During the tour, you will also know how Shakespeare gave the deadly riots and invasive species story to the people. Relive the episode of Great Zoo Escape of 1874 and hunt down the park’s hidden witch. See famous filming locations of many TV shows and movies and learn which stars live in which buildings along the park. You will meet some of the 39 eccentric widows of the Plaza Hotel and also discover why the Pulitzer Fountain is a giant washing machine. You will hear engaging stories about the Central Park was, in the words of its legendary creators. Walkthrough the park and see how Central Park’s design inspired the US Interstate highway system.

NYC: Museum Mile City Exploration Game

4. NYC: Museum Mile City Exploration Game

The city game starts in front of the Plaza Hotel. It will take you between 2 to 3 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Smithsonian Design Museum. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone. You will visit the following locations: • Pulitzer Fountain • Lombard Lamp • Inscope Arch • The Delacorte Clock • Balto Statue • William Shakespeare Statue • The Mall and Literary Walk • Bethesda Terrace and Fountain • The Frick Collection • Ukrainian Institute • Metropolitan Museum of Art • The Obelisk • Neue Gallery • Guggenheim Museum • Smithsonian Design Museum

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What people are saying about Grand Army Plaza

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4.0 / 5

based on 832 reviews

Central Park is HUGE! Impossible to see it all. So I tried this audio walking tour and was super glad. It's a great introduction, so if you only have one chance to see the park this is perfect. Hits the big highlights, like the zoo, the mall, Bethesda fountain, Strawberry Fields, plus the Dakota, where Lennon was shot. Some walking tours I've tried are just blah-blah-blah facts but this was cool, with sound effects and actors. Like a movie in your head. Gave me turn-by-turn directions using GPS. All sorts of cool details and stories I never would have known otherwise, like why some of the statues have these weirdly high foreheads. Some of the stories were funny, some touching. I would do anothr one like this

This was a fantastic tour of Central Park. I thought I could explore the park on my own... I am so glad I decided otherwise. Rich history, historical photos, and an eye for all the details and secrets were part of this experience. Also: good pace and energy for the tour. Recommended.

Best way to spend a day in Brooklyn!!!

Great experience! Tour guide was very informative. Knew a lot about history of Brooklyn. Genuinely enjoyed sharing his time and knowledge with his riders. Thank you for the great day!

Great tour, all the ins and outs from local john, and nost of all at almost freezing temperatures our feet kept warm!! Recommended highly

Jeremy was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and made it interesting. We moved quickly and saw a lot.