The Arsenal

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

Central Park Bike Tour

  • Our bicycle tour has been ranked as one the top 5 things to do in Central Park by TripAdvisor. It is the only tour that covers the entire length of Central Park and it provides an excellent overview of the whole park.
  • The tour takes approximately 2 hours and it includes various stops along the way. On those stops, you can park the bicycle and go for a short stroll along some of the most stunning views of Central Park.
  • Including Bethesda Terrace, Strawberry Fields, The Bow Bridge, Balto and many more. In addition, you will also visit some of the hidden places in Central Park - the Ravine, the secret waterfall and of course our team’s favorite - the Central Park Ramble!
  • 2 Hours - $53 - Prices are per person
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Central Park Pedicab Tour

  • Allow one of our experienced tour guides to show you the beauty of the park from the back of a pedicab. Those iconic NYC pedicabs are one of the best things to do in Central Park!
  • Sit down and relax while your tour guide tells you about the history of the park, architecture, interesting trivia and of course points out the exact location of all those blockbuster movies filmed in Central Park
  • Reserve either 1 hour or 2 hour guided pedicab tour. If you are already in the park, don’t worry, we can send the tour guide to pick you up from one of the many designated pick up zones inside Central Park.
  • 1 Hour - $53 - 2 Hours - $89 - Prices are per person
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Central Park Bike Rental

  • Biking in Central Park is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the park and do it at your own pace.
  • You can pick up your bike from one of our convenient locations around the park. In case you are already inside the park, no worries, we can send our concierge to deliver the bike(s) to one of the many designated bike zones inside the park. At the time of booking, we will direct you to the nearest bike pick up station in the park.
  • Pack some light snacks and a water bottle, take one of the park maps we provide. When reserving your bike rental, you will have an option to include an audio guided tour.
  • 1 Hour $15 - 2 Hours $20 - 3 Hours $25 - All Day (9am -7pm) $40
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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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New York, NY, 10028

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