A Central Park Tour

by JW Marriott Essex House New York

A Two Hour Experience

This Central Park Tour was curated especially for you, through our personal lens from where we sit on Central Park South, overlooking the splendor of this beautiful park. We’ve highlighted some unique destinations we hope you’ll enjoy. Stroll at your leisure and don’t worry if you get lost along the paths; just turn around and look up to the skyline for the ESSEX HOUSE sign, a beacon to guide you on your way back to the hotel.

Begin Your Journey

Enter the park at Center Drive on Central Park South and 6th Avenue, and use the clickable pins on the map below to guide you.

Tag your photos with
#EssexExplorer
at the stops along the tour.

  • Start here

    Have a nice Journey

  • 01.

    01.

    Chess & Checkers House

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    Walk past Wollman Skating Rink on your right, a popular place for ice skating, and stop by the Chess & Checkers House, part of the Children’s District created in the 1860s. Look up to see the iconic ESSEX HOUSE sign as you strategize your next move on the board.


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

  • 02.

    02.

    The Mall & Literary Walk

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    Follow the path on the map and enter the area at the statue of Christopher Columbus. Rows of American elms pave the way through statues of prominent writers. On your right, you’ll pass the Naumburg Bandshell, where artists were encouraged to perform, amongst them: Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington.


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

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    Bethesda Terrace

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    Descend the grand staircase ahead to Bethesda Terrace, the heart of Central Park. Take in the sandstone carvings depicting the four seasons and the times of day, with music in the air. Keep to the right on the path.


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

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    Conservatory Water

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    On the right, stroll under the Trefoil Arch to Conservatory Water, where model boats glide. Climbing sculptures include children’s favorites, such as Hans Christian Andersen. Further north, Alice in Wonderland holds court with The Mad Hatter and The White Rabbit.


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

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    05.

    Loeb Boathouse

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    Time for a break? Continue on the path to the left. Rent a rowboat or have a treat at the restaurant while the world goes slowly by on the lake. This is a serene space to sit outside with your favorite libation. Insiders know this as the unofficial place to record bird sightings in the restaurant’s notebook.


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

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    06.

    The Ramble

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    Wanna get lost in nature? Past Loeb Boathouse and up the hill, follow the middle path to enter the 36-acre Ramble, a wild woodlands of paths and greenery. The insiders here are the birds; dozens of species are represented. Hiking here is for the explorer with a good sense of direction, so explore carefully!


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

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    07.

    Belvedere Castle

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    This whimsical miniature castle’s spiral staircases lead you to the highest and best views of the park, with a bird’s-eye view of the famous Delacorte Theater, home to Shakespeare in the Park.


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

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    Shakespeare Garden

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    Descend the castle steps. Fans of The Bard delight in this curated garden where plants and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s works abound. Quotes from his plays appear on plaques throughout the garden. Take a pic - people will think you took a short trip to the English countryside.


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

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    09.

    Swedish Cottage

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    There’s something for everyone; even an official marionette theatre. In fact, it’s one of the last of its kind in the country. Settle in for Peter Pan or Cinderella at this 140-year-old cottage. Take the path behind the cottage and bear left around the bend, leading to Oak Bridge.


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

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    Oak Bridge

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    Take in the incredible views with your camera. Hint: From here our iconic Essex House shines. Time for another great photo, don't you think?


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

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    Ladies Pavilion

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    Experience 19th century ornate Victorian design. Pass through the Ladies’ Pavilion to imagine what it felt like long ago for ladies waiting in the pavilion for the trolley.


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

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    12.

    Sheep Meadow

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    Continue across the vast Sheep Meadow and stop to do your favorite yoga pose. Be sure to tag #EssexExplorer. Follow the Essex House sign back to the hotel. Last stop: SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant for drinks and dining.


    One time 10% off food and beverage at SOUTHGATE, once you have tagged your picture #EssexExplorer. Show the tag at the concierge desk of the hotel to receive a voucher.

Map

Key

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  • Welness Wellness
  • Culinary Culinary
  • Culture Culture

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