First Saturdays: Seneca Village Tours

Calling all New Yorkers! Whether you’ve visited Central Park a hundred times or not at all, our free First Saturdays are for you!

Discover Seneca Village, the largest community of free African-American property owners in pre–Civil War New York. On this tour, visitors will read the physical landscape of Seneca Village to understand the particular value it provided to Black New Yorkers seeking refuge from the crowded conditions and racial discrimination prevalent in early 19th Century NYC. Conservancy guides offer insight into this unique community and the events that resulted in the displacement of Seneca Village residents through the process of eminent domain for the construction of a new park.

First Saturday tours are FREE to NYC residents with advanced registration and proof of residency at check in.* This opportunity is designed to reduce financial barriers and increase access to the Park’s official guided tours, so we especially encourage those who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend to take advantage of this incentive. Tickets are available online or in-person at our Visitor Centers up to one month in advance, but spaces are limited!

*Any kind of official ID or documentation with name and NYC address (IDNYC, NYSDL, student ID, bill, etc.)

Interpreting and understanding Seneca Village’s history is layered and complex. We encourage you to visit the Conservancy’s Seneca Village webpage prior to or after your tour to learn more about this incredibly unique community.

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Places You'll Visit on This Tour


Ensuring the health and safety of our guests, staff, and the public is our top priority. Central Park Conservancy programs follow recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State, and New York City.

At this time, the Conservancy does not require visitors to wear masks during the tour. However, all participants should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they feel unwell.

Contact [email protected] if you need to request a raincheck for a future program due to illness or exposure to COVID-19.

Read about tour policies related to COVID-19, inclement weather, and more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.