Grape Hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum)

Grape Hyacinth Grape Hyacinths are a group of plants in the genus Muscari of plants native to Eurasia that produce spikes of blue flowers resembling bunches of grapes. There are about forty species.  In reality Grape Hyacinths actually not Hyacinths at all, nor are they, obviously, grapes.  They are members of the Lily family, and are native to the Mediterranean area and Asia Minor.  Small plants, they usually don’t grow more than 10 inches tall.  They produce blue or purple petals that are fused together and have small white tips, giving them a balloon-like or, well…..grape like appearance, and they have sort of a musky-grassy smell.  One grape hyacinth plant doesn’t look like much, but in a mass planting, these small bulbs can be quite impressive, as they are in the Conservatory Garden.

Grape Hyacinths are among the earliest to bloom in the spring.  They are also one of the plants to choose if deer are a problem in your area (okay, not a problem in Central Park).  They are also very tolerant of various levels of sunlight.  In general they are a great complimentary garden component to Daffodils, Tulips, and just about any other spring blooming shrub imaginable, adding a beautiful shade of blue that is otherwise extremely rare at time of year.  They have grass-like, gracefully arching leaves, and make good border and container plants.   Grape Hyacinths are possessed of a very subtle and lovely fragrance, so if you see one in Conservatory Garden take the time to give it a whiff, just remember, no touching.

Grape Hyacinths come to life just as everything else is dying down.  Bulbs are planted in the fall.  In established plantings, the leaves will emerge in late summer and persist through the winter, making a nice looking winter border along paths, etc.  They will tolerate very cold weather, down to at least zero, but may experience some damage in extreme weather.  They flower in early to mid-spring, and after flowering, as with most bulbs, the leaves should be left intact until they die back.   They are propagated by seed or by separating their bulb offsets, which is the more common way.

Conservatory Garden

One of the hidden wonders of Central Park is the Conservatory Garden at Fifth Avenue and 105th St. A secluded oasis, just a few steps down from one of the City’s busiest thoroughfares; the garden offers a fragrant respite from the gasp and clatter of the urban afternoon.

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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