Located in the center of Manhattan, Central Park provides a pastoral refuge from the chaos and noise of New York City. Recognised as a National Historic Landmark in 1963, Central Park is the most visited park in the country. Covering over 874 acres, Central Park offers a near endless array of activities for natives and newcomers alike.
While an extensive network of trails perfect for running or hiking, Central Park also offers numerous recreational opportunities, including tennis courts, skating rinks, swimming pools, baseball fields, horseback riding, fishing and boat rentals. Birdwatchers will want to explore "The Ramble", a wooded section of the park where many species of woodland birds can be spotted in the spring and fall. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the Conservatory Gardens, the Park's first formal garden and Turtle Pond which attracts migratory birds and several species of turtle.
Central Park also hosts a number of cultural festivals and a summer concert series on the Great Lawn featuring popular and classical music. A beloved summer tradition, The Public Theater holds its critically acclaimed Shakespeare in the Park series at the Delacorte Theatre with eight weeks of free performances.
Young children will enjoy a visit to Central Park every bit as much as adults, especially the Central Park Carousel, which is one of the largest merry-go-rounds in the United States, the petting zoo at the Tisch Children's Zoo at the Central Park Wildlife Center and the Marionette Theatre at the Swedish Cottage. For a less structured approach, visit the Alice in Wonderland and Ugly Ducking statues, sail model boats at Conservatory Waters or simply enjoy the 21 playgrounds scattered throughout the Park.
The Central Park Conservatory also offers a variety of free guided interpretive walking tours, if exploring the park on your own seems overwhelming. These free tours run throughout the year except in extreme weather. You can check out the calendar on the official site to see what tours are happening on any given day. Bicycle rentals, horse-drawn carriages and pedi-cabs offer good alternatives to walking to explore sites throughout the park. iPhone users can download the Central Park Conservatory app for suggested itineraries and photography sites.
Nearby attractions: Central Park Wildlife Center, American Museum of Natural History, The Met and the Cloisters, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Opera, The Frick Collection and Carnegie Hall
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Central ParkFee: no
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 6:00 am - 1:00 am
- Tuesday: 6:00 am - 1:00 am
- Wednesday: 6:00 am - 1:00 am
- Thursday: 6:00 am - 1:00 am
- Friday: 6:00 am - 1:00 am
- Saturday: 6:00 am - 1:00 am
- Sunday: 6:00 am - 1:00 am
Category: Parks Landmarks & Historical Buildings
Central Park W And 72nd St
New York, NY 10079
Emma M. May-06-2022
When I was very young, I didn't know why this section of the park was called Strawberry Fields and expected to see and pick a lot of strawberries like I... Read More
Betsy S. Aug-18-2021
This is such a beautiful area of the park- remembering John Lennon. There is always a part of the park to explore - whether or not you are new to the city... Read More
Saira K. Nov-19-2021
This is a memorial made for John Lennon. It's about two and a half acres. The memorial was designed by Bruce Kelly. It's named for the Beatles song. The... Read More
Accommodations near Central Park:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|N, Q or R (South End)||59th Street||5 minutes|
|1 or 2 (South End)||Columbus Circle||5 minutes|
|A, B or C (Mid Park)||American Museum of Natural History station or 86th Street||2 minutes|
|A, B, or C (North End)||96th Street, 103rd Street or 110th Street||2 minutes|
|2 or 3 (North End)||110th Street||5 minutes|
How to get to Central Park by Subway
For the southern end of the Park, take the N, Q or R train to 59th Street or the 1 or 2 train to Columbus Circle and enter the Park from 59th Street. For the middle of the park, take the A, B or C train to the American Museum of Natural History or 86th Street and enter the park from Central Park West. For the northern end of the park, take the A, B, or C train to 96th Street, 103rd Street or 110th Street and enter the park from Central Park West or take the 2 or 3 train to 110th Street, head southwest on Lenox Ave (Malcolm X Blvd) into the park.
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