Central Park is a 340-hectare green rectangle in the centre of Manhattan, one of the most densely populated cities in the world. It is bordered by West 110th Street, Central Park West, West 59th Street and Fifth Avenue.
It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1853 and while much of it looks natural, it is almost entirely landscaped. It has several artificial lakes, extensive walking tracks, two ice-skating rinks, a wildlife sanctuary, grassy areas used for sporting pursuits and children's playgrounds. Migrating birds gather there and the 10-kilometre road around the park is popular with joggers, cyclists and inline skaters.
For locals living in apartments, it's their backyard and at least 25 million people visit Central Park each year. Its appearance in many films and television shows has ensured its fame.
Central Park Bike Tours have tours of Central Park three times every day. They are escorted by Bite of the Apple's multilingual tour guides. They know the ins and outs of the park and if you can ride a bike, you can do this tour it's popular with locals as well as out-of-towners.
They have added a new tour to their itinerary. Two-hour cycling tours of Central Park movie scenes and celebrity trivia. From When Harry Met Sally to Autumn in New York you can re-live scenes from your favourite films.
Tour escorts are armed with lots of interesting information and they take you to places such as the famous Dakota Building where the scary Rosemary's Baby was filmed.
If you remember Wall Street you will stop at Sheep's Meadow where the Michael Douglas/Charlie Sheen fight took place. Bethesda Terrace was used in Ransom and One Fine Day; the bandshell featured in Kramer vs Kramer and Breakfast at Tiffany's. You may recognise the Boathouse Café which was used in When Harry Met Sally; whilst Wollman Rink was in Love Story and Serendipity.
New York City.
ExciteHolidays has accommodation at 257 hotels in Manhattan starting at around $111 twin share.
Air New Zealand has flights to New York.
- Sydney, $2333
- Melbourne, $2415
- Brisbane, $2418
- Adelaide, $2633
- Perth, $2815
Prices are inclusive of taxes and surcharges which are subject to change at any time. Valid for travel between February 1 and June 30, 2007. Prices quoted are correct on November 30, 2006
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Central Park Bike Tours
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