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JUN 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E C E N T R A L PA R K As New York City underwent rapid growth dur- ing the mid-1800s, city officials with foresight rec- ognized the need for a public park. Now a National Historic Landmark, the 843-acre Central Park not only sits next to some of the city's most notable museums but remains a must-see attraction itself. The beloved urban park offers groups many options, from Shakespeare in the Park in the sum- mer to the historic Central Park Zoo. Groups that wander through the park should not be surprised if they recognize much of it, since numerous movies and television shows have been filmed there. The park offers free guided tours to some of the park's highlights, which include the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, the Lake and Literary Walk. These tours allow guests to learn the fas- cinating backstory of the park, which officially opened in 1873. Guides describe the park's construction, when more gunpowder was used to clear the area than was used at the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. Stops at the Bethesda Fountain and Bow Bridge also reveal why the park is called a living work of art. Y O . — W W W.N YCGO.COM — By Christopher Postlewaite CENTRAL PARK IS MANHATTAN'S FAVORITE GREEN SPACE AND THE SETTING FOR MANY MEMORABLE FILM SCENES. Ad space generously donated. Find out more at TourismCares.org Join forces with 160+ member companies and 13,000+ travel professionals to amplify your giving and marketing, and inspire your employees. GIVE BETTER TOGETHER 200 Tourism Cares donors gave nearly $100,000 to social enterprises to help rebuild Nepal after a tragic earthquake. a f a m i ly o f br a n d s

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