Known for its beautiful landscaping, interesting and fun attractions, and iconic reputation, Central Park in New York City, NY has been home to many of the world’s greatest public performances, gathering, and events.
In particular, Central Park has become one of the most frequently used movie filming locations, for its wonderful and easily recognizable backgrounds.
Over 350 films have been shot in Central Park, putting it in first place for the most filmed at location in the world. 350. Let that sink in for a while. That’s HUGE. Without a doubt, Central Park (New York) has truly produced QUALITY scenes on top of this large quantity.
Over the past few decades, some of the biggest blockbusters known to man have had the iconic park as a primary filming location. For this very reason, as a tourist, it is imperative that one of your stops at Central Park be all the filming locations, experienced via a Central Park movie tour. These fun-filled and informative 1-Hour Central Park pedicab tour feature most, about 75% of the iconic filming sets throughout the park that have brought these very films to life.
There currently are over 40 movie set filming locations within Central Park. By far the most recognizable and unique sites is Bethesda Fountain which overlooks Central Park’s beautiful lake. This work of art features an angel with cherubs at her side, and can be recognized in blockbuster films including Avengers, Ransom, Enchanted, Home Alone 2, Elf, 27 Dresses, Friends with Benefits, John Wick 1 and 2 and Stuart Little 2. The fountain can even be seen in several national television series’ such as Law & Order.
The lake itself surrounding the fountain also has a reputation of its own. On any given day you can see rowers and tug-boaters enjoying themselves out on the water, some of them luckily making it in films such as Sex & the City, When Harry met Sally and Little Manhattan.
Next on the shortlist of great movie filming sites to see is the Sheep’s Meadow. While this beautifully maintained grassy land is no longer home to any sheep, the inhabitants of New York have given this site great respect and have enjoyed it for the use of relaxing, reading, and playing casual sports and games.
As a result, the directors of iconic films such as Wall Street, The Fisher King, and Antz have included the Meadow as part of their location sets.
What is known as the king of all filming locations for wintery scenery in Hollywood films is no other than the Wollman Ice Skating rink. Countless romantic films including Love Story, Serendipity and Gossip Girl have featured the rink in beautifully staged scenes, with the awe-inspiring view of the New York City skyline in the background and wintery snow covered trees in the foreground.
Whether you are an avid moviegoer fan that would love to take a hands on look at some of the most iconic filming settings in the world, or just a curious and ambitious tourist eager to explore all New York City has to offer, a Central Park movie tour can be one of the most memorable experiences for people of all ages.