Park Tours

Free walking tours led by park staff

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

Tours are held every other Wednesday, year-round (weather permitting), and last approximately 45 minutes. They depart promptly at 11am 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


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.


A guide to the monuments of Bryant Park


The park strives to design public spaces, structures, furniture and objects with a respect for nature and the end user. Attention to detail and useful elegance are some of the qualities you’ll experience with as you discover the park.