New York is full of stories: Come along and discover them on one of our interactive tours in Central Park and around Manhattan. Fairy tales, comic books, movies, classic literature and New York City’s roots were our inspirations: Come experience the stories all around you.
Down the Rabbit Hole: A Children’s Book Tour of Central Park.
Curiouser and curiouser! Take advantage of a unique way to experience Central Park: Through places, spaces and objects featured in well-loved children’s and young adult books. Pay a visit to the Alice in Wonderland statue loved by generations of children, and the boat pond featured in Stuart Little. Stop by (and take a spin on) the iconic carousel featured in Catcher in the Rye, and stroll on over to the Hans Christian Andersen statue, plus a few more classic stops. Recommended for families with children 7 and up. Advance reservations required. By request.
Into the Park: A Fairy Tale Tour of Central Park.
With a statue of Hans Christian Andersen, a castle that could have sprung from Cinderella, and even three bears, Central Park often seems to have leapt right from a fairy tale. Explore the places that make the park so enchanting in this tour: You’ll wander by a cottage that hosts fairy-tale puppet shows, visit spots where the move Enchanted was filmed, and experience what it’s like to be in a fairy tale. Especially recommended for families with kids 8 and up. Please meet at 972 Fifth Avenue. Advance reservations required, available by request.
City Tours Literary Legends: A Central Park Tour
Where do Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns all hang out together? Find out on this literary tour of Central Park, which takes you to such iconic spots as Bethesda Fountain (highlighted in many literary works), the beautiful carousel (featured in Catcher in the Rye), and the park’s mall. You’ll also hear about the park itself, and some of its other noteworthy spots, such as the Imagine Memorial, dedicated to John Lennon. Available by request. For the truly hardy, pair this with West Side stories: Culture and Characters of the Upper West Side, which begins at the Dakota, where this tour ends up. 11:00 am. Please meet at 1 West 72nd Street. Advance reservations required, available by request.
Comic Book-themed tours: It Started on Yancy Street
A downtown tour for true comic-book fans that ends at the store Forbidden Planet. Many surprises in store. (Pun intended.) Meet at 109 Delancey Street. Advance reservations required.
Look-Up in the Sky!
Movie lovers, this one’s for you. Check out sites that appeared in movies like The Avengers and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, pop into a comic-book store, and more. Meet at 330 West 42nd Street. Advance reservations required.
From the real-life model for the Avengers’ mansion to a Marvel staff hangout, this one has something for everyone, including the option to visit MoCCA, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Meet at 1 East 70th Street. Advance reservations required.
Fable & Lark is not affiliated with or endorsed by any comic book publishers or other content producers, including Marvel or DC Comics.
Signs of the Times: Forgotten Signs and Storefronts of the Lower East Side
One of New York’s oldest neighborhoods, the Lower East Side has been home to immigrant families, traditional Jewish delis, Yiddish theater and fantastic signage. On this tour, you’ll catch a glimpse of all those and more. Stop by small neighborhood stores and look closely at the neon and painted signs that represent a forgotten era. Discover how the neighborhood has changed–and how it’s stayed the same. Visit the deli in which both Enchanted and When Harry Met Sally filmed scenes. And end on a sweet note at a candy store that’s been around since 1937. Please meet at 3 St. Mark’s Place. Aavailable by request; Advance reservations required.
West Side Stories: The Culture and Characters of the Upper West Side
Home to artists, writers, actors and great bagels, the Upper West Side of Manhattan has its own distinct flavor. On this tour, you’ll see the storied building that was home to both Lauren Bacall and John Lennon and also figures in numerous novels and movies. You’ll follow in the footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe. And along the way, you’ll learn about some of the movies that were filmed in the neighborhood, the buildings that give the UWS its character(s), and the personalities that helped shape the area. Optional: Abbreviated or full version of a literary tour of Central Park. By request.
Bird’s Eye View (for Families)
Tour the photography collections at major New York City museums with an educator and collector, learn how to really look at photographs, and take photos of your own. For families with kids 8 and up. Other collections also available. Advance reservations required.
Saturday and Sunday morning: 10:30 am
Meet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
The Argosy Experience
Love rare books and antique maps? Come with us to the Argosy Bookstore, founded in 1925 and now in its third-generation of family ownership. Featuring antique maps and prints, autographs, and more, the bookstore offers a rare opportunity for bibliophiles to tour the store with an expert, shop, then have a private workshop on topics such as Collecting (learn what makes certain items collectible), or Autographs. Then, start putting together your own collection. By request.
Broadway Up Close Walking Tours
We love working with companies that are unique, a little offbeat, and great at what they do. That’s why we’re so pleased to have teamed up with Broadway Up Close Walking Tours, a terrific company that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Broadway theaters and history. Hear stories, get inside info, and find out the real deal about the Great White Way in these two-hour treks. Advance reservations required. Contact us for more info.
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A GiftTag works like a gift certificate–choose any of our offerings to give to someone, and we’ll send the recipient an adorable GiftTag with all the details. (You can also send them the GiftTag and let them choose the program themselves.) Present perfect!