Secret Places of Central Park

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42 reviews   (5.00)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: New York, New York

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Experience secret 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 scenic locations above 100th Street. Discover the history of Central Park and its creators, find out what was there before, visit  Revolutionary War forts, see the stunning formal gardens, "hike" through Central Park's man-made Adirondack Mountains and so much more. This very fascinating, educational, and entertaining tour is conducted by a licensed New York City tour guide with over 20 years of experience. FACE MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED. Small group - Limited to 15 people.

What's Included

Accommodation as per itinerary

Small group - Limited to 15 people.

What's Not Included

Face masks - Everyone needs one to wear for entire tour and social distance.


Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • The tour is approximately 3.5 miles and takes about 2.5 hours. You should be in good physical shape; there is uneven terrain, unpaved trails, rocks, some steep (but short) hills on dirt and mulch, uneven stairs and potentially slippery areas. It is essent
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • You and your party are welcome to wear masks OUTDOORS. Wear them INDOORS. Don't take tour if anyone in party had COVID symptoms, or been within 6 ft of someone suspected case of COVID-19 in last 14 days.By taking tour, you and your party voluntarily assum
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Service animals allowed
  • Some locations may not be open or accessible depending on weather conditions and/or park closings.
  • Tours go out in rain, snow and shine. There are no cancellations or rescheduling for rain or snow within 24 hours of the start of the tour.
  • Visit Revolutionary Tours NYC site for additional later times/dates

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers

What To Expect

We start off with the history of the park including the designers, why the park was built, when it was built, how it was built. We'll start the walk along the path and the rolling terrain of The Pool area. You'll also visit the secret Grotto waterfall and understand its purpose...........Keep in mind that there are many SECRET PLACES that are not listed here!

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Harlem Meer
Get a great view of this body of water from one of the forts.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Conservatory Garden
Visit all three serene French, English and Italian formal gardens built in the 1930s.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Fantastic tour by an enthusiastic, knowledgable story-teller!!!
MichaelLeeStallard, 06-12-2022
This was the second of Bruce's three tours I've been on. He's so knowledgeable and fun. I absolutely loved learning about Central Park. This particular tour required a fair amount of walking through beautiful forest-like terrain and stunning gardens, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I appreciate that Bruce is well organized. He brings visual aids that brings the stories he tells to life. He has a bathroom break stop about two-thirds the way through the tour, which I much appreciated.

After taking two of Bruce's tours, I now plan to that the third tour in Brooklyn and I'm hoping he adds more tours!!!
Absolutely fantastic - a day well spent!
Sabrina N, 04-12-2022
Bruce's NYC tours are THE best! I'm born and raised in NYC and am a tour guide at the MET and I always learn many new and fascinating facts, insights, and historical perspectives from Bruce's tours. He also is an amazing tour guide - very engaging, knowledgeable, super passionate about the intersection of American History with the history of NYC (his enthusiasm is infectious!) and he keeps the tour relevant, fun, moving at a good pace, and never boring. I've taken the Washington and Hamilton tour of lower Manhattan this past Spring and it was absolutely fascinating; Bruce pulled back the curtain on landmarks and other places I've been walking or biking past my whole life but never knew the stories behind them. Today I took his Secrets of Central Park tour which was also incredible. It was at once a learning experience, a new adventure, an exploration of beautiful and oft overlooked areas of the Park, and a great way to get in some steps before dinner at Carmines! Thanks so much Bruce!!! Can't wait to take the next tour with you (Brooklyn Bridge and then the other half of Central Park await!)
Returning and satisfied customer
Bonnie B, 04-12-2022
This was my 3rd tour with Bruce. Each time I bring back more friends because I’m sure they will enjoy his tour as well. He is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable of his subject material. He keeps the tour interesting and keeps a good pace so it moves along well without getting boring. I highly recommend taking a tour with Bruce in your next trip to NYC!
Knowledgable and Passionate!
diegorG1247ES, 28-09-2022
Bruce is a fantastic tour guide. Not only he is extremely knowledgeable about what he is showing you, but he is very passionate about it. He is able to goe beyond the raw piece of information and make you feel what you are seeing and transport yourself back in time to understand its significance and how it relates to what otherwise will be just part of the scenery.
He is very considerate of everyone who is doing the tour, he managed the group very well and he is always willing to answer any question. I would highly recommend any tour with him. We did this one, the Washington-Hamilton one, and we are planning to do the one in Brooklyn soon. Highly recommended for either visitors who are just passing by New York, or for people, like us, who have been living in NY for a long time.
Great combo of history and beauty
Kzebiak, 05-09-2022
One of the best tours I've ever experienced!

Bruce packed more information into 2 1/2 hours in the most entertaining way.
Well paced and a great balance of appreciating nature along with history.

He went out of his way to make everyone feel welcome, paying particular attention to engage children who might otherwise have not been that interested.

I'm a native New Yorker and saw sights I never knew about.

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