What do stars like Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Anne Hathaway, and the Muppets have in common? They’ve all shot movies in New York City’s Central Park, the most filmed location in the world. Stretching from 59th Street to 110th Street in the middle of Manhattan Island, Central Park is 843 acres of green hills and tree-lined paths big enough to get lost in. On Location’s Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour is a daytime walking tour that takes the map-wrangling out of the sightseeing equation, leading you leisurely through the park with the help of a knowledgeable guide armed with a hundred years’ worth of TV and movie trivia.
Beginning at the south central entrance of Central Park, the tour visits the most popular movie locations in the park. Famous stops include the Boathouse, where When Harry Met Sally begins and Sarah Jessica Park falls into the lake in Sex and the City; the Dakota, where Mia Farrow endures a hellish pregnancy in Rosemary’s Baby; the Promenade where Dustin Hoffman teaches his son how to ride a bicycle in Kramer vs. Kramer and Amy Adams’ princess has her big musical finale in Enchanted; the variety of locales Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly serenade in the “New York, New York” sequence in On the Town; the spot where Macaulay Culkin feed the pigeons in Home Alone 2; Bethesda Fountain, featured in The Avengers and Angels in America; and Strawberry Fields, the stretch of green forever tied to John Lennon. Other screen credits on the tour include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Gossip Girl, Glee, Love Story, Serendipity, Get Him to the Greek, The Way We Were, Ghostbusters, Almost Famous, and The Smurfs.