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It’s that time of year again: families are gathering, holiday decorations are resurfacing and belts are loosening. Thanksgiving weekend is right around the corner — and while there are plenty of traditions to take part in, the same old routine can get old. Instead of dragging your extended family to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, take part in these exciting and downright quirky events taking place throughout New York City. We’ve curated a unique list for the intrepid New Yorker:

11. Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour

Did you know that Central Park was once the site of a former African-American village? Or that it was previously home to an infamous casino, where alcohol flowed throughout the Prohibition? For almost 160 years, Central Park has been the green heart of the city, serving as a pastoral haven for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Even so, it still holds many secrets that have yet to be discovered. On this walking tour we’ll explore the history behind some of its best-loved and hidden sites. Learn about the genesis, design, and evolution of the immense green space, while uncovering its many outrageous happenings, scandals and more.

Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour

Right after Thanksgiving weekend, we’re also hosting a special-access tour of the members-only Players Club on Gramercy Park. We invite you to join us for this unique tour. Tickets can be purchased here.