Finding Shakespeare in Central Park

This tour of New York City’s Central Park includes America’s first Shakespeare statue, oldest Shakespeare garden, and much more.

Colleen Sehy
6 min readFeb 21, 2020
Shakespeare stands guard over the Mall in Central Park (photo by Colleen Sehy)

Spring is here and this Shakespeare tour of New York City’s Central Park is a great way to get out and enjoy the warmer weather. The tour includes stops at America’s first Shakespeare statue, the home of New York’s famed Free Shakespeare in the Park, the oldest public Shakespeare garden in the United States, and more. You’ll be covering a lot of ground, so wear sturdy shoes!

“I like this place. And willingly could waste my time in it.” As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 4

Stop 1: The Dairy Visitor Center

Start your tour at the southeast corner of the park, at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South/59th Street. From here, head to the Dairy Visitor Center, where you can pick up a free park map or purchase a more detailed map for about $2. Maps are also available online. With map in hand, continue north to the Mall.

Note: If you want to do this tour in reverse, start at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre on the west side of the park, about midway between West 77th Street and West 81st Street.



Colleen Sehy

Writer, traveler & Anglophile ( Author of “Finding Shakespeare in America” (2020) and Eating British in America columnist at