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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 Tour

Per Person
$ 50
  • Two Hour Tour

Central Park Private Tour

Up to Six People
$ 400
  • Four-Hour Tour

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