Inscope Arch

Inscope Arch

Inscope Arch

Inscope Arch at the south east corner of the park is well worth a special visit. Beautiful ornamental pink granite surrounds the gray granite that borders the half-oval opening of the archway, 13 feet 7 inches across at the base and 12 feet high in the middle. The archway is Tuscan, that is to say, the top of the voussoirs makes an oval pattern and the bottom a round one. Encompassing the whole above is a cornice in a segmental arc. Inscope’s underpass is 34 feet in length. It has a 100-foot-long railing on top.

Inscope Arch was built in response to a traffic problem. The bottleneck of pedestrians that irritated horseback riders and carriage drivers was enough to convince the Department of Public Parks to seek a remedy in the 1870’s. At the time Olmsted, no longer officially connected with Central Park, was a partner in Olmsted and Vaux, Landscape Architects. The firm recommended three new bridges: original Gapstow Bridge, Outset Arch, over the bridle path, and Inscope Arch, the only original one of the three that still remains.

It was not easy to construct. Olmsted estimated the cost at $50,000, considerably higher than similar construction during the Civil War days. The site was once a swamp. Although water had been drained off to form the Pond, quicksand lay below. Piles were required, and a subflooring of timber was needed to strengthen the rubble schist foundation. It supported a common-brick barrel vault, originally lined with wood sheathing.

Under the 1973 Central Park Master Plan for restoration of the southeast area of the park, masonry pointing, stone cleaning, painting the brick-vault archway a reflective white, and repair of lights inside the archway were completed. Restoring the wood sheathing to the bricklined walls was deemed too impractical in view of prevalent vandalism. Inscope Arch illustrates the continuing creativity of Vaux even after all the designs of the 1850s and 1860s. It is one of those unexpected pleasures discovered when turning a corner in Central Park, nestled unobtrusively in the landscape. Its facings are shielded by embankments, muffling echoes of prevailing urban sound.

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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