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
Open NowHours This Week:
- 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
Address: New York, NY, USA
Phone: (212) 310-6600
Official Website: 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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Ratedout of 5
Great place to walk around or rent bikes and tour the city it was very cold when we were there and we were able to walk around half of it in about an 2 and a half and we also stopped at a bunch of the restaurants and coffee shops scattered around the park in almost perfect distance. Very fun time and easy to get around.
Alexander Santamaria - 3 days ago
Central Park was the highlight of my trip to New York. I was there for Thanksgiving week. The park trees were all fall colors. Beautiful! It was very cold but I had fun. I did a lot of walking took beautiful pictures.
Sylvia Perez - 3 days ago
A beautiful park in the middle of the city. This park offers you a variety of activities from biking to short hiking or even just a stroll. In winters there is a skating rink that kids and adults can enjoy.
Parag Deshpande - 4 days ago
It’s Central Park! What else is there to say? Okay, if I had to. It’s absolutely beautiful all seasons. In a city where your surrounded by buildings, this is your access to nature. Take a stroll, a bike ride, a boat ride, ice skate...look at the trees, the green, the animals..breathe it all in and it’ll rejuvenate your soul.
Danny Chong - 5 days ago
Central Park is the most remarkable place in New York. It is an oasis in a city that is constantly noisy and busy all day long. If your able to go through the park at different moments in the year you see the park changes constantly with the seasons with flowers coming out of the late snow, leaves springing out or the fall colours. Even in winter the paths are kept free of snow so you can keep enjoying the park.
Tommy Cami - 13 days ago