Looking for things to do on the Upper East Side? Our self-guided walking tour/scavenger hunt will take you from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park via its zoo, several museums, and art galleries!
Solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination and learn new things. Learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you. See the sights.
The Upper East Side is a particularly wealthy residential and cultural neighborhood on the island of Manhattan. It is located east of Central Park and has a population of nearly 230,000.
Scavenger Hunt information :
- Central Park
- Bow Bridge
- Bethesda Terrace & Fountain
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Belvedere Castle
- James B Duke House
- Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
- Carnegie Mansion
- Neue Galerie New York
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
- Many monuments, and much more!
We have visited New York a few times since our first visit in 2005 including this course specifically.
- Starting point: outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028, USA
- Distance: 3.9 km / 2.4 mi
- Duration: 3 hours
- Method: walking
- Required: Fully charged smartphone with internet access (data plan) – Wifi will not be enough.
- Water bottle
- Local map
The natives that inhabited what is now the big city of New York were Lenape who spoke Algonquin. They occupied the Upper East Side with fishing camps in the East River.
These beautiful arable lands were used to grow various crops by early settlers from the late 17th century to the early 19th century. It was then that railways multiplied on Manhattan.
At the end of the 19th century, most of the farms here subdivided into urbanization lots. The development of residential neighborhoods began. Central Park was created around that time, between the 1850 and 1870. Two elevated “El” subway lines were built during this time taking commuters from north to south and vice-versa.
Already, the rich and famous were building large homes along the new Central Park. Several large and wealthy American families have settled on the Upper East Side at various times: Vanderbilt (railroad and coal), Carnegie (industries), Frick (coal), Kennedy (political), Roosevelt (political), Rockefeller (oil), Whitney (horse racing) and Duke (tobacco and electricity).
Gracie Mansion, the last mansion on the East River became the official home of the mayor of New York City in 1943.
Today there are many museums and art galleries, as well as over 20 consulates in the south as the UN headquarters is located further south in Midtown.