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Central Park's Literary Walk

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It's a visual delight. I was fortunate enough to be here when the trees were all shades of red, yellow and brown. One can just sit on the benches and admire the wonders of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 7, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

It's a visual delight. I was fortunate enough to be here when the trees were all shades of red, yellow and brown. One can just sit on the benches and admire the wonders of nature. The walk is dotted with statues of literary figures. You also have artists selling their sketches, photographs, paintings and other artifacts. If you want, you... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is a beautiful walk, no matter what season, but it is gorgeous when the trees turn color. There are ample benches to sit on and enjoy the scenery and people-watching. I once took a horse drawn carriage ride here when there was 2 feet of fresh snow. Amazing sights in the snowy scene! This walk is about 1/4 of... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The Literary Walk is an iconic 1/4 mile paved walking path in Central Park, flanked by majestic American Elms, wood benches, artists and statues. It is easily recognizable from an endless amount of Hollywood scenes filmed there. It starts at around the south-mid section of Central Park, at 66th street to about 72nd. There is no subway stop exactly there,... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Benches everywhere! Shaded with trees that provide a respite from the sun, we strolled through here and just took in the environment. Two different street performers were putting on shows and were fabulous. Free photos of them, and then we posed with them. Larger than life statues of authors, poets, explorers, and famous people line the walkway. Follow it to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

Not an attraction but a very pleasant quarter of a mile walk with a variety of famous literary statues such as the poet Robert Burns. We were very lucky as the weather was fantastic during out stay in NYC and this location was flanked by artists selling their wares and cartoonists showing off their skills ($5 per person) and street... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

This famous quarter mile walk has 4 of 5 statues of poets and writers and is delightful in any season. There are many park benches lining the path so have a seat and enjoy!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Only thing is there is nothing that really identifies this stretch of walk as the "Literary" walk. One of the things my daughter and I wanted during our NYC literary experience was to walk the "Literary walk". We just happened to stumble upon it despite having a free Central Park map. Anyway, we found it and it really is a... More 

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Bookworms will also want to take a walk on East 41st Street from Park Ave to Fifth Ave. The sidewalk is decorated with bronze plaques containing quotations and art from dozens of classic books. At the west end you will want to explore the New York Public Library; at Park Ave follow another set of plaques memorializing the local skyscrapers.... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We took a bike ride through Central Park and passed through the literary walk on a sunny Memorial Day. There were statues of great authors and poets with small bits of info on them, arranged on each side of a path for a good stretch. It was nice, but something to see if you are there, not to go out... More 

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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

Made famous in many movies (like Maid in Manhattan) the literary walk is lovely any time of year. Just another great little corner of Central Park worth exploring!

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