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Secret Places of Central Park

New York, United States

Experience hosted by Bruce

2.5 hoursHosted in English
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This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Experience hidden Central Park locations only a true New York City historian can help you find. Visit some of Central Park's least-trafficked, truly historic and most beautiful locations all above 100th Street. Learn the history of the park and its creators, find out what was there before, visit forts from the Revolutionary War, see the stunning formal gardens, "hike" through Central Park's Adirondack Mountains and much more. This fascinating, educational and entertaining tour is conducted by a licensed New York City tour guide with over 20 years of experience.

Here are just a few of the many adventures on this tour:
Be transported to mountain/rustic scenery in the middle of Manhattan.
Visit the ethereal "Secret Garden".
See the ornate French iron gate that protected Cornelius Vanderbilt II’s mansion.
Overlook the scenic vista of the Harlem Meer.
Stroll under a marvel of engineering, an arch made of uncut boulders.
Watch for “invaders” atop the high fortresses from the Revolutionary War
...and so much more!
Other things to note
The tour takes place rain, snow or shine. There are no refunds or rescheduling if it rains or snows on the day of the tour.
PLEASE arrive 10 minutes early to check in. Please arrive 10 minutes early. Please be on time! It is extremely difficult to find the group once it leaves. Wear clothing fo
Experience hidden Central Park locations only a true New York City historian can help you find. Visit some of Central Park's least-trafficked, truly historic and most beautiful locations all above 100th Street. Learn the history of the park and its creators, find out what was there before, visit forts from the Revolutionary War, see the stunning formal gardens, "hike" through Central Park's Adirondack Mountains and much more. This fascinating, ed…

Meet your host, Bruce

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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Born in New York City, I've been a licensed NYC tour guide for over 20 years, educating and entertaining people from all over the world (including many New Yorkers). This is a Central Park experience like no other. Visit the secret places and learn the secrets. It's part urban hike through stunning mountain-like scenery and a historical journey where surprises abound. No matter if you know Central Park or not, you will make discoveries in parts of the park that most people never visit.
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Born in New York City, I've been a licensed NYC tour guide for over 20 years, educating and entertaining people from all over the world (including many New Yorkers). This is a Central Park experience like no other. Visit the secret places and learn the secrets. It's part urban hike through stunning mountain-like scenery and a historical journey where surprises abound. No matter if you know Central Park or not, you will make discoveries in parts of the park that most people never visit.…
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From $56
/ person
Sat, 24 Apr
$56 per person
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Join 2 other guests
$56 per person
Sun, 2 May
$56 per person
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
$56 per person
Availability for this experience is rare.

Where you'll be

We'll be in the parts of Central Park that most people never see, all above 100th Street, including the tranquil and rugged North Woods (with man-made "Adirondack Mountain" scenery), the site of Revolutionary War forts, the beautiful Conservatory Gardens, the site of a convent and more!

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 39 reviews.

Gil
November 2020
This is a really great tour of the park, not just for tourists but for New Yorkers as well. We learned so much great history about the park and New York City. Bruce showed us many locations that the average New Yorker would never know existed. He was extremely knowledgeable and a great tour guide and did this in a safe and socially distanced matter. I highly recommend this tour.
This is a really great tour of the park, not just for tourists but for New Yorkers as well. We learned so much great history about the park and New York City. Bruce showed us many…
Kim
November 2019
Bruce was amazing and if we had time, we’d do his other 2 tours! He spoke to everyone individually on multiple occasions while delivering extensive knowledge to the group with history of both NYC & Central Park. He was a great storyteller, personable/caring, and quickly had us escape the bustling city on this tour. You’ll have a great understanding of what Central Park was intended to be and how they continue to work on preserving it. I highly recommend the Secrets of Central Park tour!
Bruce was amazing and if we had time, we’d do his other 2 tours! He spoke to everyone individually on multiple occasions while delivering extensive knowledge to the group with his…
Ismail
October 2019
I took this tour after having previously taken Bruce's Hamilton & Washington in New York tour and really enjoying that one -- this one was also very enjoyable. Bruce is a great storyteller and captivating speaker and shared lots of interesting history about the creation of the park. The tour goes through many beautiful spots in the northern part of Central Park, which seems to be much less crowded and touristy than the rest. Would recommend this tour to anyone.
I took this tour after having previously taken Bruce's Hamilton & Washington in New York tour and really enjoying that one -- this one was also very enjoyable. Bruce is a great sto…
Dorle And Steve
October 2019
Our second experience with Bruce; what a great way to experience Central Park off the beaten path! Bruce's historical knowledge and his passionate sharing are first class all the way. Thanks again for more wonderful insight into the City that Never Sleeps!
Our second experience with Bruce; what a great way to experience Central Park off the beaten path! Bruce's historical knowledge and his passionate sharing are first class all the…
Anisha
September 2019
We had a wonderful time on Bruce's tour! He was very knowledgeable about the park and the people involved in its design. We saw places we wouldn't have even known where there. Great experience!
Christina
September 2019
Bruce is a highly knowledgeable and interesting guide who has a genuine passion for New York. We thoroughly enjoyed our wander around Central Park listening to all the stories attached to its creation and development.

Choose from available dates

2 available
  • Sat, 24 Apr
    12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $56 per person
  • Sun, 2 May
    12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    $56 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

What to bring

face mask that fits securely over nose/mouth and is hands-free

the ability to 6-ft/2-meter social-distancing for the entire tour