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Central Park Conservancy begins public tours of New York City's iconic park

Central Park in the heart of New York City
Central Park in the heart of New York City
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Yesterday, Central Park Conservancy announced the March 1 launch of “official” Central Park Tours in the great urban park in New York City.

As steward of the iconic park for more than 30 years, the Conservancy has demystified the 843 acres for the 40 million people who visit each year by offering three types of tours:

Welcome Tours
Starting on the perimeter of Central Park, these tours focus on the general history and design of Central Park as visitors are led through the Park’s landscapes to a Conservancy visitor center. This 45-minute free tour is a great introduction to Central Park for a first-time visitor.

Premier Tours:
These enhanced tours are 90 minutes long, giving visitors a closer look at the Park from a range of insider perspectives, including history, design and ecology. Tickets start at $15.

Custom Tours:
These individualized tours are perfect for a small group of people who want to take a tour from experts based on what interests them most about the park. Pricing for custom tours start at $150. Van tours are also available for as many as six people.

Self-Guided Tours:
These tours can be downloaded and printed or accessed on most smart phones.

Visit for the complete list of all tours.

The mission of Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future generations. A private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980, Central Park Conservancy provides 75 percent of Central Park's $58 million park-wide expense budget and is responsible for all basic care of the Park. For more information on Central Park Conservancy, visit

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