The Splendor Of New York City’s Central Park

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Wild… but landscaped. Scenic… but cultural. It's a world-famous landmark; a rectangular green oasis with two fascinating museums, right in the heart of America's most densely populated city. NYC's jewel!

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New York City Guided Sightseeing Tour Central Park

Located in the urban heart of New York City, Central Park is 2.6 miles long by a half mile wide, covers 843 acres, and comprises 6% of Manhattan. As one of the most visited city parks in the United States, Central Park is world famous, appearing in many movies and television shows. Since planning started in the mid-19th century, Central Park has inspired American civic architects to include museums and other public attractions in their park designs. Wild and landscaped, scenic and cultural, housing the Natural History and MET museums, Central Park is a genuine New York City landmark.

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  • The Mother of USA Parks
  • Central Park South
  • Middle Central Park
  • Natural History Museum
  • Met Museum of Art
  • Central Park North
Transportation By Foot – Easy walking
Specialty City/Town, Highway/Countryside
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • Central Park stretches from 59th Street on the southern side to 110th Street at the northern end, and is between 5th Avenue on the Upper East Side and Central Park West (8th Ave.) on the Upper West Side. Its hours of operation are from 6:00am until 1:00am.
  • The Park Drive is closed to vehicular traffic during weekdays from 10:00am until 3:00pm, and then all night from 7:00pm until 7:00am. Weekends are fully closed from 7:00pm on Friday until 7:00am Monday morning. All roads are closed on holidays: from 7:00pm the night before until 7:00am the day after. When roads are open to vehicular traffic, the speed limit is 25 mph.
  • All tennis players must have a season or a single-play one-time use permit to play on the courts. Permits can be purchased at the Arsenal, located inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street. Permits are issued from the last week in March and are good for use until the end of the season. The Arsenal is open Monday through Saturday from April - June, and Monday through Friday from July - November.
  • Online Sports Permit Applications, Picnic Permits, and Special Event Permit application forms can be downloaded from the Central Park website or call NYC/Parks & Recreation, at (212) 408-0226 or (212) 408-0209.
  • Central Park offers a wide array of sport activities to enjoy. In the winter visitors can go skating at either Wollman or Lasker Rinks. Anyone can get a Discovery Day pack from the North Meadow Recreation Center which includes a variety of sporting equipment. There are basketball courts, tennis courts, handball courts, and 26 softball and baseball fields.

Brad Olsen

Brad Olsen is a Contributing Editor for World Explorer magazine and has written several guide books. His seventh, 'Sacred Places Europe: 108 Destinations,' was released in March, 2007. The second edition of "Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations" was released in 2008 and won the "Best Travel Guide for Planet Earth" Award in 2010. Brad's commentaries have appeared on National Public Radio, CNN and the Travel Channel. He enjoys extended global travel (particularly to exotic locations), and public speaking on the subject of sacred places.


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