New York boasts amazing art collections both outdoors and indoors, and this combo tour will blend a stroll through iconic Central Park with the best of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On this 5 hour private tour, your energetic guide will introduce you to the world's most famous swatch of greenery before skipping the line at an equally renowned museum. There's no better way to maximize your time uptown than with this unforgettable experience. You'll have a break between the two visits, of course.
Start in Central Park, the 19th century project that gave city dwellers an escape from urban life. Learn about the statues of prominent figures like Bolivar and Marti, or check out statues of more playful figures like sled-dog Balto and characters from Alice in Wonderland. Cross the charming ' and famous ' Gapstow Bridge on your way to the Central Park Zoo. Stroll the tree-lined Mall and discuss the literary figures along its path, ending at the instantly-recognizable Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. Cross Bow Bridge on your way to Strawberry Fields and the Dakota to learn about John Lennon's final day at his memorial. Pass by Tavern on the Green to book dinner later in the evening or join the locals in Sheep Meadow, where New Yorkers of all walks of life can kick back and relax.
Then after a break for lunch, head inside to the Metropolitan Museum of Art attracts nearly as many visitors as other leading galleries like the Louvre or the British Museum. Skip the line to visit its roughly 2 million works of art and artefacts that cover everything from Ancient Egypt to modern art. From the Great Hall, you'll visit the museum's most important galleries. Pass through the Medieval Europe Gallery on your way to the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace. Explore armory form the Middle Ages, including pieces worn by Henry VIII. The American wing hosts the staircase from the Chicago Stock Exchange as well as the famed portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware. A host of European painters including Vermeer, Picasso, and Van Gogh awaits you as you learn about their troubled yet exciting lives. All the while, your guide will explain how this iconic American museum differs from its older European counterparts, especially since it began before the United States was even 100 years old!