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Tours

In New York, you're always a moment away from history. Explore historic houses and New York City's greatest parks through free and low-cost local tours. Expert tour guides will lead you through some of our most impressive public spaces, sharing their insights on topics ranging from history, to nature, to environmental sustainability. Educational tours geared towards children are also regularly available throughout the year.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Mar 2

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mar 5

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Mar 5

Moonlight Walk

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Families are welcome to come enjoy a night of stargazing, night experiments, and hiking.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Mar 6

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Mar 7

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Mar 7

Nature Exploration Hike

at Remsen Avenue and Seaview Avenue (in Canarsie Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Mar 8

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Mar 8

Special Walking Tour: 19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
On this one-hour walking tour of the Noho Historic District, promenaders will see 11 buildings designated as individual New York City landmarks. The tour begins at the 1832…

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Mar 9

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mar 10

Central Park Tour: North Woods

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The North Woods is the largest of the Park's three woodlands, offering people and wildlife a 40-acre forest retreat in the middle of New York City. Join us for this tour of tumbling waterfalls, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools, led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mar 12

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Friday, March 13, 2015

Mar 13

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Mar 13

Spirit of the Irish Candlelight Ghost Tour

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the night. For more than seven decades, mystifying and mysterious tales have surrounded the Merchant’s House, leading The New York…

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mar 14

Family Birdwatching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Ater learning how to use binoculars, join our naturalists to identify some of the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

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Mar 14

Hands-on History: You've Got Mail!

at King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park) , Queens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Write a letter with a quill and ink, just like Rufus King! Hear a true story about a dog that helped postal workers in the 19th century. Take a museum tour and see a mailbox used in…
Free!

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Mar 14

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Mar 14

Soundview II: Historic Walking Tour

at Whitlock Avenue Train station , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join Bronx County Historical Society Educator Angel Hernandez on a historic stroll through Soundview as he points out historic sites, as well as the present attractions of the area.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mar 15

Nature Exploration Hike

at Albert H. Mauro Playground (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Mar 15

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Mar 15

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:30 p.m.
Join us for a walking tour, In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy, and a back-stairs look at the Merchant’s House, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New…

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Mar 16

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mar 19

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mar 20

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mar 21

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mar 22

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Mar 22

Historic New York: Nature and Design

at Grand Army Plaza Arch (in Grand Army Plaza) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.
Enjoy transversing the trails of Prospect Park as you learn more about the work of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
Free!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Mar 23

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mar 26

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mar 27

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mar 28

Ranger's Choice: Gravesend Cemetery Tour

at Gravesend Cemetery , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.
Dating back to 1643, Gravesend Cemetery is the final resting place of many prominent early residents of old Brooklyn. We will explore the cemetery while sharing their stories. Participants are chosen by lottery.
Free!

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Mar 28

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mar 29

A Sunday Walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This walk with Jack will focus on the history of Flushing Meadows Corona Park as well as sites associated with the World's Fairs.

Mar 29

Hike through the Greenbelt

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Greenbelt Educators for our first fast-paced, extended hike in the trail of the month series. We will hike the entire multipurpose trail through…
Free!

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Mar 29

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Monday, March 30, 2015

Mar 30

Exhibit: Sacred to the Memory: The 150th Anniversary of the Death of Seabury Tredwell

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Seabury Tredwell, the patriarch of the family who lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years. Come pay your last respects as…

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Apr 5

Early Morning Birdwalk: Changing Seasons, Changing Birds

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance to welcome the earliest migrants of the year, and also say goodbye to some of our winter residents. Please note this tour leaves promptly at 8 am.
Free!

Apr 5

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Apr 11

Family Birdwatching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Looking for a fun way to spend time with your family outdoors? Join the Prospect Park Alliance for its monthly family birdwatching tours.
Free!

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Apr 11

Bones of an Old Dutch House Tour

at Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Examine the white oak timbers (the bones) of Lefferts Historic House and the many layers that were added, subtracted and changed over the past 230 years.

Apr 11

Special Interactive Tour for Families: A Child’s View of Life in 19th Century New York

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

3:00 p.m.
29 East Fourth Street was home not only to the eight Tredwell children, but also to two young granddaughters. Come tour the house and learn what life was like for children (and adults)…

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Kids

Friday, April 17, 2015

Apr 17

Candlelight Ghost Tour

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Apr 19

Walking Tour: 19th-Century Landmark Treasures of Noho

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
On this one-hour walking tour of the Noho Historic District, see 11 buildings designated as individual New York City landmarks.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Apr 25

High Bridge Historic Neighborhood Walk Tour

at 167th Street Train station , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Considered an engineering marvel of the day, High Bridge is a classic example of how an ancient system of water technology can play a major role in the expansion of a metropolis. It…

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 3

Early Morning Birdwalk: Marvelous Migrants

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance to search for some of the dazzling birds that visit the park before flying to northern breeding grounds.
Free!

May 3

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

May 9

Bones of an Old Dutch House Tour

at Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Examine the white oak timbers (the bones) of Lefferts Historic House and the many layers that were added, subtracted and changed over the past 230 years.

May 9

Bronx Week: Marvelous Mott Haven Historic Walking Tour

at East 138th Street and Lincoln Avenue , Bronx

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The southernmost section of our borough, Mott Haven was one of the first communities to be urbanized across the Harlem River.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 17

Bird and Nature Walk at QBG

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us for a stroll through the Garden as we look for springtime birds, flowers, and other treats courtesy of Mother Nature!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21

Natural Areas Conservancy: Prospect Park Walk

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Expert ecologists will show you the native plants and unique forest features of the Park, as well as highlight the importance of native plants to the ecological health of the park and New York City.
Free!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Jun 7

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Jul 5

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Aug 2

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sep 6

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Oct 4

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Nov 1

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dec 6

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

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