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New York: Take an insider's tour of Central Park

Central Park, one of New York’s most beloved landmarks, is a masterpiece of landscape architecture filled with lawns, lakes and woodlands. To make sure visitors get the most out of their exploration, the Central Park Conservancy has launched a series of tours of its 843 acres; tours vary by subject, location and length.

The 45-minute welcome tour focuses on the history and design of the park and is a good introduction for first-time visitors. The 90-minute premier tour gives visitors an insider’s look at the Conservatory Garden, the landscapes around Belvedere Castle or the Andirondack-style features of the North Woods, among other areas. For those who want an even more in-depth look, custom tours can be arranged. Tours led by the curator of the Conservatory Garden or the Central Park Conservancy historian and photographer also are available.

Dates: Tours offered year-round on a variety of dates.

Price: Free for welcome tours; $15 for premier tours; from $150 for custom tours.

Info: Central Park Conservancy, (212) 310-6600.

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