Harlem Meer

Harlem Meer

Harlem Meer

The northern end of the park was the last to be constructed as the blocks from 106th to 110th Sts. were the last to be purchased.  Nestled up in the northeast corner is the Harlem Meer, at 11 acres the second largest manmade body of water inside the park and, since its renovation during the mid-nineties, considered to be one of the loveliest.

Meer is a Dutch word meaning lake and is a nod to the original Dutch roots of the name Harlem. The creation of the Meer itself was not near as straightforward a process. While Olmsted’s brilliance in design is celebrated universally his abilities as a manager, especially dealing with the arcane parochialism (nice way of saying corruption) that constituted much of New York’s political landscape at the time, were relatively pedestrian. By 1861 the comptroller Andrew H. Green was in charge of most of the day to day operations involved in the construction of the park, while Olmsted was relegated to a more advisory position. Green was able to complete construction of the northern end of park under budget. He faithfully executed Olmsted and Vaux’s plan to retain the northern end’s rugged topography. What was once a swamp was now the lovely Harlem Meer, to which was added the naturally beautiful waterfall at the end of the Ravine.

By the early 1950’s the Meer had exchanged it’s easy going charm for a more fenced in, concrete aproned look. But in 1993, the Meer’s shoreline was returned to Olmsted’s original vision. Now you can see families gathering during the day and early evening to take advantage of this very relaxing setting. Surrounding the Meer are some of the Park’s most impressive trees: oak, bald cypress, beech, and ginkgo (some of which are considered heritage trees which were probably there before the park was built.)

Around the Meer there are a great variety of family-related activities: catch-and-release fishing; two playgrounds with water features; Park-related tours and exhibits and talks at The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center; the nearby Conservatory Garden; and Lasker Rink for skating or swimming.

Location: Eastside from 106th to 110th Street

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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