Central Park was designed over 165 years ago in 1857 by the renowned landscape architect and writer Frederick Law Olmsted and the English architect Calvert Vaux, who also designed Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Covering over 843 acres, it is the fifth-largest park in New York City, behind Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Van Cortlandt Park, the Staten Island Greenbelt, and Pelham Bay Park.
Central Park has served as a model for many urban parks, including San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Tokyo’s Ueno Park, and Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The park has approximately 35 million visitors annually, and is the most visited urban park in the United States.
It is also the most filmed location in the world. Over 231 movies have used Central Park in their films.
While plantings throughout the park appear to be natural, they are almost entirely landscaped. The park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds that have been created artificially by damming natural seeps and flows.
We hope you will join us to learn more about the Park’s gardens and history, and for lunch at the exclusive Cosmopolitan Club immediately following the tour.