City Rambler- A Walk In The Park, Central Park

Experience Central Park as you've never done before. City Rambler's A Walk in the Park, Central Park is a comprehensive, flexible tour led by professional actors dressed in period costume.

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Experience the only flexible walking tour in New York City with City Ramblers' A Walk in The Park, Central Park. And enjoy the wildlife hidden throughout the park’s beautiful landscape.

Explore Central Park with A Walk in The Park- Entry Included with the New York Pass

- Pay nothing at the meeting point - simply show your pass.
- Take advantage of scheduled ramble points - rejoin the tour when you're ready.
View Central Park’s famous architecture including 'Angel of Waters', Alice in Wonderland Statue, Cleopatra's Needle, The  Ramble and Shakespeare Garden.
- The tour is led by professional actors in costume.


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- About A Walk in the Park, Central Park

- A Walk in the Park, Central Park highlights

- A Walk in the Park, Central Park facts

- Don't miss

- Know before you go

- How to get there

 


About A Walk in the Park, Central Park

Take a tour through Central Park as you've never done before. City Rambler offers the only flexible tour experience in New York City, leaving you time to enjoy every aspect of the park. As the most visited park in the United States, Central Park stays open all year-round and welcomes more than 37 million visitors every year. The park is comprised of 843 acres of land. This includes 136 acres of woodland, 250 acres of lawn, and seven water bodies. Most of the park has been professionally landscaped to provide a perfectly-balanced, 'natural escape' from the busy streets of New York.

The walk is led by professional actors dressed in period costumes, to give you a taste of historical New York City. A 10-minute break is available at the Bethesda Terrace as well as at the Ramble point near the Metropolitan Museum. It provides the perfect opportunity to grab a coffee, get a bite to eat or enjoy the various activities and sights around the park. When you're ready, just rejoin the next tour group (approximately two hours apart).

Tour the parks' serene woodland filled with over 26,000 trees, plus a wide variety of shrubs, vines, and wildlife. Nature-lovers should keep an eye out for the various squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, and even opossums that roam the woodland. Additionally, the park has become well known for its variety of birds. View ducks, geese, robins, blue jays, orioles, cardinals, warblers, kinglets, scarlet tanagers, downy woodpeckers, falcons, hawks, owls and of course pigeons.

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A Walk in the Park, Central Park highlights

  • A 2.5+ hour comprehensive tour led by professional actors in period costumes. 
  • Enjoy full flexibility with designated 'ramble-off' points (optional). When you're ready, rejoin the next tour group (approximately two hours apart).
  • Marvel at the Central Park architecture including the Bethesda Terrace, Shakespeare Garden, and The Ramble.

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A Walk in the Park, Central Park facts

  • Central Park was the United States' first major landscaped park.
  • Approximately 37 million people visit Central Park each year.
  • The park stretches for about 3.5 square miles and is actually bigger than some countries.
  • Central Park contains 9,000 benches. If you get tired, finding a place to take a break shouldn't be hard.
  • Central Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a New York City Landmark in 1974.
  • The Park contains seven man-made lakes and ponds.
  • There are 51 sculptures, 36 bridges & arches, seven ornamental fountains and 125 drinking fountains.
  • In 1881, a time capsule was buried in Central Park beneath Cleopatra’s Needle. It contains an 1870 U.S census, the Bible, Webster’s Dictionary, the complete works of Shakespeare, a guide to Egypt, and a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence.

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Angel of Waters

The Angel of Waters sits atop the Bethesda Fountain and references the Gospel of John, where an angel blesses the pool of Bethesda, giving it healing properties. The angel is depicted holding a lily in her left hand, symbolizing the purity of the waters. The fountain celebrates the Croton water system, which first brought fresh water to New York City in 1842. The establishment of clean water in the city is monumental, considering the cholera outbreak that devastated the city in 1832. The Angel of Waters is the first statue to be commissioned for the park and marks the first time a woman received a public art commission in New York City.

Alice in Wonderland Statue

Philanthropist George Delacorte commissioned this bronze statue in 1959 as a gift to the children of New York City. The sculpture is inspired by the wacky characters of ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll.  Delacorte also ordered the works in tribute to his late wife, Margarita, who often read the classic tale to their children. To this day, children climb and play on the picturesque statue and some parts of its patina surface has been polished smooth by their little hands.

Cleopatra's Needle

The Obelisk, nicknamed Cleopatra's Needle, is the oldest man-made object in central park and the oldest outdoor monument in New York City. There are only three of its kind in existence. The first was moved to London in 1878. Two years later, the second was erected in Central Park. Paris has the third, slightly dissimilar needle. In 1450 BC, all three were commissioned for the Ancient Egyptian Temple of Ra, Heliopolis by Pharaoh Thutmose III. 

The Ramble

The Ramble provides the perfect getaway from urban life. The 36-acre ‘wild garden' is located on the west side of the Park and north shore of the lake. It offers nature lovers a chance to glimpse an array of wildlife, with over 40 species of bird living within its canopy all year round. Some of the trees within the Ramble date back to 1859, when the garden was first planted. Join over 42 million people that have visited Central Park to view the tranquil landscape and walk along the winding paths. 

Shakespeare Garden

Inspired by the plants of Shakespeare's plays, this four-acre garden features a wide variety of seasonal flora. In 1987, the garden underwent an extensive restoration which brought it back to its original splendor after years of declination. Plaques with lines from the famous playwright are positioned around the foliage, helping visitors to spot the featured plants. This includes Rosemary and pansies which are mentioned by Ophelia in Hamlet. Thistle is cited in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. And there is a white mulberry tree which is said to be grafted from a tree that was planted by Shakespeare.


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Know before you go

  • Arrive 15 minutes before departure time.
  • Make sure to wear comfortable walking footwear.
  • Dress weather-appropriate.
  • Please be aware that a moderate level of physical ability is recommended as the tour involves a lot of walking.
  • Due to the uneven landscape of the route, the tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Tours depart promptly at the allotted times.
  • Be sure to check out City Ramblers’ tour route map.

Schedule

5/18/2019-12/31/2019 Thu. & Sat. 
Departure times: 9:30am, 11:30am. 


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How to get there

Meeting point 
The Pulitzer Fountain:764 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019 (across from The Plaza, 58th Street, and 5th Avenue).

Reservation Instructions 

Capacity: 23 max 
Cancellation Policy: Walks can be rescheduled 24 hours in advance by emailing sales@cityramblertours.com. Or call the office at 646-992-4276 between 9am-6pm on weekdays for assistance. Walks operate rain or shine.

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Getting to City Rambler- A Walk In The Park, Central Park

Getting to City Rambler- A Walk In The Park, Central Park

  • City Rambler- A Walk In The Park, Central Park Meeting point: The Pulitzer Fountain: 764 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019 (across from The Plaza, 58th Street and 5th Avenue)
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Opening Times

Schedule:

5/18/2019-12/31/2019
Thursday & Saturday
Departure times: 9:30am, 11:30am



Cancelation Policy:

Walks can be rescheduled 24 hours in advance by emailing sales@cityramblertours.com. Or call the office at 646-992-4276 between 9am-6pm on weekdays for assistance.***Walks operate rain or shine!

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