About the Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour – On Location Tours
What do stars like Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Anne Hathaway and the Muppets have in common? No, not some supersecret, ultraexclusive Hollywood hangout – they’ve all shot movies in New York City’s Central Park, the most filmed location in the world. Stretching from 59th Street to 110th Street in the middle of Manhattan Island, Central Park is 843 acres of green hills and tree-lined paths big enough to get lost in. On Location’s Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour is a daytime walking tour that takes the map-wrangling out of the sightseeing equation, leading you leisurely through the park with the help of a knowledgeable guide armed with a hundred years’ worth of TV and movie trivia.
A big- and small-screen backdrop of choice for over a century, Central Park boasts sites from such a wide variety of films and shows that people of all ages are likely to spot something they recognize.
Beginning at the south central entrance of Central Park, the tour visits the most popular movie locations in the park. Famous stops include the Boathouse, where When Harry Met Sally begins and Sarah Jessica Park falls into the lake in Sex and the City; the Dakota, where Mia Farrow endures a hellish pregnancy in Rosemary’s Baby; the Promenade where Dustin Hoffman teaches his son how to ride a bicycle in Kramer vs. Kramer and Amy Adams’ princess has her big musical finale in Enchanted; the variety of locales Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly serenade in the “New York, New York” sequence in On the Town; the spot where Macaulay Culkin feed the pigeons in Home Alone 2; Bethesda Fountain, featured in The Avengers and Angels in America; and Strawberry Fields, the stretch of green forever tied to John Lennon. Other screen credits on the tour include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Gossip Girl, Glee, Love Story, Serendipity, Get Him to the Greek, The Way We Were, Ghostbusters, Almost Famous and The Smurfs.
Tourists should dress comfortably in walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothes – there won’t be any stops indoors. Benches and green spots are available at regular intervals for resting, as are those iconic hot dog carts where snacks, ice cream and beverages can be purchased. A trip to the rest room is woven into the tour midway through.
Did you know?
The first film to shoot in Central Park was Romeo and Juliet (1908).
Central Park is also stage-friendly. The Delacorte Theater is home to New York’s famous (and free!) Shakespeare in the Park series. The Central Park Bandshell holds a free summer music series every year, and the Great Lawn itself has been the setting for some of the biggest concerts in New York history by artists as diverse as Simon & Garfunkel, the New York Philharmonic and Garth Brooks.
Be prepared to share your favorite shoot locations: With 38 million visitors annually, Central Park is the busiest public park in the world.
Approximately two hours.
This tour is a must for television and film buffs eager to see the settings of their favorite scenes. Central Park is a mecca for location shoots in New York, and nowhere else will so many famous sites be stacked side-by-side for visiting. Visitors aiming to explore Central Park in general will also appreciate this gently curated walk, which offers tourists a primer on many of the park’s most celebrated attractions.
Good for kids?
Kids old enough to keep up on a two-hour stop-and-go walking tour are welcome and encouraged to participate. While most of the screen references are geared toward tweens and up, mature middle schoolers who love movies (or just being in the outdoors) will likely enjoy a snack and a walk through some truly breathtaking foliage with the big kids. Parents should note that this is a conversational tour with a guide as host – kids who come should be old enough to respect the guide’s turn to talk, as well as their fellow tourists‘ ability to hear the information being shared.
Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour Location Information:
59th St. & Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10022
Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour – On Location Tours
59th St., near Fifth Ave. (exact spot to be given upon purchase), New York, NY 10022
N, R to Fifth Ave./59th St.; Q to 57th St. (Seventh Ave.); F to 57 St. (Sixth Ave.); 1, 2, A, B, C, D to 59th St.–Columbus Circle (Central Park South).
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