Central Park - Unveiling the parks Geological Wonders:
Ready to embark on a journey through time? Our Central Park tour is your key to unlocking Manhattan’s fascinating geology. As one of the few places left to reveal what Manhattan was before its transformation, the Park stands as a testament to the foresight of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the creators of this urban oasis.
Picture yourself standing in the heart of the city, surrounded by skyscrapers, yet you’re experiencing the landscape as it was in 1858. Olmsted warned us of this day, stating:
“The time will come when New York will be built up… There will be no suggestion left of its present varied surface, with the single exception of the few acres contained in the Park.”
It’s not just a walk in the park; it’s a step back in time. You’ll come to appreciate the Park’s resilient, timeless beauty, not as an exception to Manhattan’s skyline, but as its origin. The undulating landscapes, the exposed bedrock – they paint a vivid picture of what used to be the entire island.
Feel the sturdy Manhattan Schist under your feet. This heavy, incredibly dense rock forms the foundation of the city’s iconic skyscrapers and is the bedrock of Central Park.
Let’s explore the Park together:
- Experience firsthand the preserved traces of New York’s original landscape.
- Connect with the vision of Olmsted, and see Manhattan’s transformation through his eyes.
- Discover Manhattan Schist, the rock that keeps the city standing.
- Marvel at how the Park’s designers seamlessly integrated the native rocks and boulders into their design.
- See the Greensward Plan come alive in the artful arrangement of stone outcroppings.
- Get up close and personal with famous rocks like Umpire Rock and Summit Rock.
- Envision glaciers carving their marks during the last ice age.
- Spot the glacial erratics, scattered like breadcrumbs across the landscape.
- Use the slant of the rocks as your very own natural compass, guiding you South.
Experience Central Park like never before – it’s not just about the trees and paths, but the rocks that tell a timeless story. And remember, your next adventure is just a stone’s throw away.
Central Park Public TourPer Person
Two Hour Tour
Central Park Private TourUp to Six People
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HAPPY CLIENTS REVIEW
"Thank you Fred for an awesome tour! I love the fact that this tour not only includes easy transport from Midtown Manhattan out to Dyker Heights and a walking tour of some of the best holiday lights but also includes a tour and history of everything we pass on the way there and more holiday lights on the way back!! A wonderful way to see NYC during the holiday season!!"
"Fabulous tour- the whole family enjoyed it- the bus ride to Brooklyn was so informative and full of snippets of facts and information about the districts we passed through- yes it’s pricey but we had so much more for our money"
"JA was so educated - wise - funny - learned so much on the tour . He led us through the streets - but gave guests option to walk on their own"
"Large bus tour with on board guide. Left on time with a mix of families, couples, both old and young. Guide was knowledgeable, informative, but a bit corny. Drove through several Manhattan areas including Chelsea, Meatpacking, then Dyker Heights (the crown jewel), Brooklyn for Manhattan skyline view, Washington Square and Rockefeller Center. Dyker heights was crowded and the group moved slow, but we were free to explore on our own as we had the departure time and location spelled out. Lights are ridiculously amazing and worth the trip. The tour bus will drop you off at the numbered cross streets as you make your way north on 5th (?) Ave. to Rockefeller, but you'll miss the famous tree. Otherwise, tour ends and you need to find your way back to your hotel (there is a subway station at Rockefeller, FWIW)."
"We really enjoyed the Christmas lights. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and kept us entertained during the bus ride to Dyker Heights providing a lot of interesting information about NYC. Once you arrive to Dyker Heights It can be a bit fast paced for some people if you choose to stay with the tour guide which I highly recommend if you don’t want to get lost. Forget about stopping to get hot chocolate or ice cream and treats from vendors. You won’t have time and will be left behind if you do, you have the option to go your own way and see the lights at your own pace but it’s better to follow the guide as he has some interesting info about some of the houses. This tour gets you into the holiday spirit 😊. I recommend this tour."
"The guide is wonderful the lights are beautiful this should be on everyone's bucket list. We have done this 2 years in a row and still learn something new each trip."
"Our guide Dave I believe his name was , he has so much knowlegde of New York. Everything was beautiful so worth it"
"I’ve wanted to do this tour for ages so when we booked our dream trip to NYC from the UK, this was a must on the list. It did not disappoint. We were picked up and greeted by the lovely Ray. He was amazing, so knowledgeable and funny telling us everything he knows, it was a lot! Once at Dyker Heights, Ray takes you around some of the best decorated houses you’ll ever see whilst constantly giving you Information. He showed an interest in his guests, where they were from etc. That was really nice. The houses blow you away. Some really get into the festive period. We came on the 1st December so not everyone had decorated but it was an incredible experience. I highly recommended this tour and trip. We’ll definitely do it again when we come back."
"Fred was an amazing guide from historical facts, to knowledge of all the trials, to amazing fun and laughter through the whole tour. Highly recommend. Even for those NYC residents who have never ventured into the North Woods (me)."
"Fred the tour guide was wonderful and knew so many people in the Park and on the tour. We walked a lot and there were some steep parts"