Park Tours

Free walking tours of Bryant Park led by members of the park's executive staff

Join us for an enjoyable walking tour of Bryant Park, and discover how Bryant Park Corporation successfully transformed “Needle Park” of the 1970s into Manhattan’s Town Square of today. Our guides are loaded with expertise on the park’s rich history, award-winning design, distinct amenities, and ongoing maintenance efforts.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and depart promptly from the Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain, near 41st Street and Sixth Avenue.

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Group Reservations, Private Tours, and Presentations for Industry Leaders

Parties of six or more can be best accommodated with a private tour scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Private tours are generally paid tours, at a low fee.

We also offer private management presentations for researchers, urban planners, architects, fellow Business Improvement Districts, and other interested parties. We recommend a two-hour session, including a one-hour in-office presentation and Q&A, followed by a one-hour private park tour. Topics covered include funding and sponsorship, programming, concessions, security, and placemaking. Private management presentations are led by a knowledgeable member of Bryant Park Corporation’s executive staff, offering an insider’s perspective on the private management and ongoing maintenance of Bryant Park.

For group reservations, private tours, and private management presentations for industry leaders, please email tours@urbanmgt.com.

History

From potter's field to reservoir to one of the world's busiest public spaces, Bryant Park has a rich and storied history.

The Grounds

The lawn is lush and green and the flowers change seasonally but Bryant Park is more than a garden. When you first discover it, nestled in its canyon of skyscrapers, it’s like an oasis–a refuge of peace and calm. But Bryant Park is a city park, full of historical monuments and urban amenities. The park is a social place where friends meet, eat lunch, chat, stroll, listen to music, work on the wireless network, or simply sit and think. Winter, summer, spring, and fall, New Yorkers love this park.

Nearby Architecture

Facing onto Bryant Park from both 40th Street and 42nd Street are several noteworthy buildings of the kind that have long defined Midtown Manhattan as one of the architectural showplaces of the world.

Monuments

Starting in front of the library, and walking West towards Sixth Avenue and then counter-clockwise around the park, here is a guide to the monuments.

Horticulture

Lavishly renovated in 1992, Bryant Park's grounds include six flowerbeds planted seasonally with 100 species of woody shrubs and herbaceous perennials, and 20,000 bulbs.