Central Park


Hours:
Daily

Type:
Parks, Public Spaces

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    Central Park

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    Central Park

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10BEST Says

Free Things to Do: This famed 843-acre rectangular park offers a variety of beautiful recreational opportunities amid the bustle of Gotham. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy riding the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (near 65th Street), and the Belvedere Castle (near 79th Street) affords great views of the city. The two and a half-acre Strawberry Field contains the black-and-white "Imagine" mosaic, a tribute to John Lennon, donated by the city of Naples, Italy. TRAIN: A, B, C, D to 59th St, 66th St-Lincoln Center, 72nd St, 81st St-Museum of Natural History, 86th St, 96th St, 103rd St, 110th St-Cathedral Pkwy; 2,3 to 110th St; N, R to 5th Ave

Things to Do with Kids: Grab a book or a hot dog and head into this oasis within a busy city. Walk, take a pedicab, rent a bike or even ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park's 843 acres. Attractions such as the Central Park Zoo, carousel, various statues, 21 playgrounds, 2 ice skating rinks and other sporting facilities make this a draw for tourists and residents alike. Let's not forget about the greenery--there are over 21,500 trees and seasonal blooming plants in Central Park! Take a volunteer-led walking tour sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy. Download the Central Park App for easier navigation.

Best Attractions & Activities: This famed 843-acre rectangular park offers a variety of beautiful recreational opportunities amid the bustle of Gotham. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy riding the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (near 65th Street), and the Belvedere Castle (near 79th Street) affords great views of the city. The Central Park Wildlife Center (Zoo) at 5th Avenue and East 64th Street (212-861-6030) is open daily year-round. A ticket from CPWC gets you in free to the nearby Tisch Children's Zoo. The two and a half-acre Strawberry Fields has the black-and-white "Imagine" mosaic, a tribute to John Lennon, donated by the city of Naples, Italy. Ice skate in the winter and in-line skate throughout the year at Wollman Rink (6th Avenue at 59th Street). The Great Lawn (behind the Met) is popular with sunbathers and dog lovers. Race mini-yachts or rent a boat of your own at Conservatory Pond (near 5th Avenue and 74th Street). The Conservatory Garden (212-360-2766) at 105th Street and Fifth Avenue is open 8am-dusk and holds tours of its six-acre grounds every Sat (April-October) at 11am. Central Park Conservancy Visitor's Centers are located at: the Dairy, mid-Park at 65th Street, Belvedere Castle, mid-Park at 79th Street, mid-Park at 97th Street, the North Meadow Recreation Center, and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (off Fifth Avenue). TRAIN: A, B, C, D to 59th St, 66th St-Lincoln Center, 72nd St, 81st St-Museum of Natural History, 86th St, 96th St, 103rd St, 110th St-Cathedral Pkwy; 2,3 to 110th St; N, R to 5th Ave

Parks: This famed 843-acre rectangular park offers a variety of beautiful recreational opportunities amid the bustle of Gotham. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy riding the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (near 65th Street), and the Belvedere Castle (near 79th Street) affords great views of the city. The Central Park Wildlife Center (Zoo) at 5th Avenue and East 64th Street (212-861-6030) is open daily year-round. A ticket from CPWC gets you in free to the nearby Tisch Children's Zoo. The two and a half-acre Strawberry Field contains the black-and-white "Imagine" mosaic, a tribute to John Lennon, donated by the city of Naples, Italy. Ice skate in the winter and in-line skate throughout the year at Wollman Rink (6th Avenue at 59th Street). The Great Lawn (behind the Met) is popular with sunbathers. Race mini-yachts or rent a boat of your own at Conservatory Water (near 5th Avenue and 74th Street). The Conservatory Garden (212-360-2766) at 104th Street is open 8am-dusk and holds tours of its six-acre grounds every Sat (April-October) at 11am. Central Park Conservancy Visitor's Centers are located at: the Dairy, mid-Park at 65th Street, Belvedere Castle, mid-Park at 79th Street, mid-Park at 97th Street, the North Meadow Recreation Center, and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (off Fifth Avenue). TRAIN: A, B, C, D to 59th St, 66th St-Lincoln Center, 72nd St, 81st St-Museum of Natural History, 86th St, 96th St, 103rd St, 110th St-Cathedral Pkwy; 2,3 to 110th St; N, R to 5th Ave


Insider Tips

Local Expert Says:

Free Things to Do: "Its worth taking the time to walk the whole park North to South."

Best for Free Things to Do Because: Central Park is a must-see for New York visitors, it is a lush landscape surrounded by dense metropolis.

Local Expert Says:

Things to Do with Kids: "Lush greenery is a bit hard to come by in New York City, so families relish the opportunity to blow off steam in Central Park. The Central Park Zoo and carousel are always popular with kids!"

Local Expert Says:

Best Attractions & Activities: "Free volunteer-led walking tours sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy, year-round, highlight several areas of Central Park. Each tour lasts from an hour to two hours. No reservation is required. For more information call 212-360-2726 or e-mail tours@centralparknyc.org. Food is available at various locations in the Park. Bike rentals are located at the Boat house."

10Best List photo 10BEST says

Free Things to Do: This famed 843-acre rectangular park offers a variety of beautiful recreational opportunities amid the bustle of Gotham. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy riding the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (near 65th Street), and the Belvedere Castle (near 79th Street) affords great views of the city. The two and a half-acre Strawberry Field contains the black-and-white "Imagine" mosaic, a tribute to John Lennon, donated by the city of Naples, Italy. TRAIN: A, B, C, D to 59th St, 66th St-Lincoln Center, 72nd St, 81st St-Museum of Natural History, 86th St, 96th St, 103rd St, 110th St-Cathedral Pkwy; 2,3 to 110th St; N, R to 5th Ave

Things to Do with Kids: Grab a book or a hot dog and head into this oasis within a busy city. Walk, take a pedicab, rent a bike or even ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park's 843 acres. Attractions such as the Central Park Zoo, carousel, various statues, 21 playgrounds, 2 ice skating rinks and other sporting facilities make this a draw for tourists and residents alike. Let's not forget about the greenery--there are over 21,500 trees and seasonal blooming plants in Central Park! Take a volunteer-led walking tour sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy. Download the Central Park App for easier navigation.

Best Attractions & Activities: This famed 843-acre rectangular park offers a variety of beautiful recreational opportunities amid the bustle of Gotham. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy riding the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (near 65th Street), and the Belvedere Castle (near 79th Street) affords great views of the city. The Central Park Wildlife Center (Zoo) at 5th Avenue and East 64th Street (212-861-6030) is open daily year-round. A ticket from CPWC gets you in free to the nearby Tisch Children's Zoo. The two and a half-acre Strawberry Fields has the black-and-white "Imagine" mosaic, a tribute to John Lennon, donated by the city of Naples, Italy. Ice skate in the winter and in-line skate throughout the year at Wollman Rink (6th Avenue at 59th Street). The Great Lawn (behind the Met) is popular with sunbathers and dog lovers. Race mini-yachts or rent a boat of your own at Conservatory Pond (near 5th Avenue and 74th Street). The Conservatory Garden (212-360-2766) at 105th Street and Fifth Avenue is open 8am-dusk and holds tours of its six-acre grounds every Sat (April-October) at 11am. Central Park Conservancy Visitor's Centers are located at: the Dairy, mid-Park at 65th Street, Belvedere Castle, mid-Park at 79th Street, mid-Park at 97th Street, the North Meadow Recreation Center, and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (off Fifth Avenue). TRAIN: A, B, C, D to 59th St, 66th St-Lincoln Center, 72nd St, 81st St-Museum of Natural History, 86th St, 96th St, 103rd St, 110th St-Cathedral Pkwy; 2,3 to 110th St; N, R to 5th Ave

Parks: This famed 843-acre rectangular park offers a variety of beautiful recreational opportunities amid the bustle of Gotham. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy riding the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (near 65th Street), and the Belvedere Castle (near 79th Street) affords great views of the city. The Central Park Wildlife Center (Zoo) at 5th Avenue and East 64th Street (212-861-6030) is open daily year-round. A ticket from CPWC gets you in free to the nearby Tisch Children's Zoo. The two and a half-acre Strawberry Field contains the black-and-white "Imagine" mosaic, a tribute to John Lennon, donated by the city of Naples, Italy. Ice skate in the winter and in-line skate throughout the year at Wollman Rink (6th Avenue at 59th Street). The Great Lawn (behind the Met) is popular with sunbathers. Race mini-yachts or rent a boat of your own at Conservatory Water (near 5th Avenue and 74th Street). The Conservatory Garden (212-360-2766) at 104th Street is open 8am-dusk and holds tours of its six-acre grounds every Sat (April-October) at 11am. Central Park Conservancy Visitor's Centers are located at: the Dairy, mid-Park at 65th Street, Belvedere Castle, mid-Park at 79th Street, mid-Park at 97th Street, the North Meadow Recreation Center, and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (off Fifth Avenue). TRAIN: A, B, C, D to 59th St, 66th St-Lincoln Center, 72nd St, 81st St-Museum of Natural History, 86th St, 96th St, 103rd St, 110th St-Cathedral Pkwy; 2,3 to 110th St; N, R to 5th Ave

10Best List photo Insider Tips

Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Best Attractions & Activities: "Free volunteer-led walking tours sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy, year-round, highlight several areas of Central Park. Each tour lasts from an hour to two hours. No reservation is required. For more information call 212-360-2726 or e-mail tours@centralparknyc.org. Food is available at various locations in the Park. Bike rentals are located at the Boat house."

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