June 20: Revel in the Ramble: A Unique and Hidden Urban Gem

You’ve probably heard of the Ramble, but how much do you actually know about this exceptional manmade forest?

It began when Olmsted and Vaux were clearing the land for Central Park, and decided to transform some large, bare boulders of Manhattan schist into a woodland. 150 years later, our custom-crafted tour will feature:

  • The Gill, an artificial stream emptying into Azalea Pond, then cascading into the Lake
  • Rustic trails over and around the Gill
  • Central Park’s only grotto, with its notorious cave
  • Meadows, springs, Lake-side promontories, glorious views of Belvedere Castle and Bethesda Terrace

For the first time, we will conclude at the Boathouse Café, at 7:30. We can enjoy food and drink, a boat ride (boat rental till sunset), and beautiful views of the Lake in every direction.

Our expert guide, Michael Graff, has led six previous SWINY tours, and always begins by learning our specialties. He enjoys including comments and sites that cater to tourgoers’ specific interests.

Thursday, June 20 (rain date: Tuesday, July 2)
6 to 7:30 p.m.

Comfortable walking shoes. Bring water.

NOTE: Tour’s cost is largely subsidized by SWINY.

  • SWINY/NASW Members and Students $5
  • Non-Members $10
  • Children from ages 8 to 16 are welcome as guests of SWINY

NOTE: Attendance is strictly limited to the first 20 people who register. The meeting site will be provided after you sign up.

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