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Central Park's Literary Walk

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Best Part Of Central Park

This was the only area of Central Park that I would recommend to see. It's very peaceful and a nice area to walk through.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Mandeville, Louisiana
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Mandeville, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the only area of Central Park that I would recommend to see. It's very peaceful and a nice area to walk through.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We loved our short stroll down Literary Walk, on the Southern end of Central Park's mall. This stretch earned its name from the statues of four literary figures here -- William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and the only American, poet Fitz-Greene Halleck. I still can't figure out why a statue of Christopher Columbus stands near the start of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Central Park Literary walk is very beautifully design walkway. I visited in winter and still it gave beautiful nature view

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Abingdon, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

This pedestrian pathway in Central Park is about a quarter of a mile in length. It is lined with American elm trees. Along the way you can see statues of famous writers such as Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott. The walkway can be found mid-park starting at 66th Street and extending to 72nd Street. If it looks familiar to... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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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 

Thank Laura H
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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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