Originally designed to resemble a medieval castle, The Arsenal, located at 64th St. and Fifth Ave. is the second oldest building in Central Park, (the oldest being the Block House constructed in 1812 and tucked away in the northern reaches of the park). It was built between 1847 and 1851 and was originally designed by Architect Martin E. Thompson as a munitions depot for New York State’s National Guard. It was considered at the time to be an ideally strategic position to deploy troops to the city, or to either shoreline. Despite not being included in the original plans for the park, and its numerous critics, the building has been made useful in a variety of ways over the last 160 years. At various times it has been employed as a police precinct, a museum (the precursor to the American Museum of Natural History), a weather bureau and an art gallery. It also served as a makeshift zoo until 1871. Taken over by public works czar Robert Moses in 1934 it was converted into his command center and remains the office of the Parks Commissioner to this day.

Today, besides housing New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center, the Arsenal is also the home of the “Greensward Plan.” This is the original blueprint for Central Park authored by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Posted on the wall of a conference room it can be viewed by the general public when the chamber is not in use. Other attractions that draw visitors to the landmark structure include the lobby murals, painted by WPA artist Allan Saalburg, that depict a montage of park scenes and troops in military formation and the painted white “muskets” that support the stairway railing.

The Arsenal has happily survived numerous attempts at demolition throughout its history simply because it was too useful. Thereby proving once again that in New York City the only thing that trumps aesthetics is convenience.

Location: 64th Street and Fifth Avenue   –    Hours: Open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

The Arsenal

Walking Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The walking tour covers all most beautiful sights of the southern half of Central Park. You will walk through some of the 58 miles of trails the park has to offer passing a lake, rocky outcrops, bridges, arches, sculptures and more.
This tour takes you off the beaten path to sights both the bikes and pedicabs cannot reach - book here.

Bicycle Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The bicycle tour provides a complete journey through 843 acres of Central Park, guaranteeing that you will see the most out of any tour available. Your tour guide will provide background information, historical insight, and point out some of the most photogenic sites for you to capture photos!
This tour covers about six miles in a casual, smooth pace with lots of stops for walking and photos. It's the ultimate way to discover Central Park - book here.

Pedicab Tour Overview

  • Duration: 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The most comfortable way to explore Central Park. No need to walk or peddle - just sit, lay back and enjoy beautiful views and insightful commentary.
This is a private tour for you and your party. A complete, relaxed, and personalized experience of Central Park. You can choose from 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours tour options.  Custom pick up/drop off spots are available too - book here.

Combination Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The Combined Pedicab & Bicycle Tour is ideal for parties when one part part prefers to ride their own bikes, and another part prefers the comfort of the pedicab – on this tour all the group will stay together and have stops for walking and group pictures - book here.


About Central Park

Find all the information you need to enjoy your visit to New York City's iconic Central Park.


Things To Do

From The Philharmonic on the Great Lawn to Shakespeare in the Park to SummerStage, Central Park offers an endless array of things to do, see, hear - and, with two full service restaurants and several cafes, taste.  You can visit The Shakespeare Garden, take in a performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, take a ride on the Carousel - or just sit and people watch at Bethesda Terrace!


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5th Ave. 
New York, NY, 10028

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