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Top 5 things to do in Central Park

New York's most celebrated park is a favorite among locals looking to jog, sun-bathe, walk the dog, and a lot more besides, but it boasts an array of attractions to keep tourists and families happy too! Here are five highlights.

Rent a boat at The Lake

Rent a boat at The Lake

The Lake is the scenic location of so many landmarks that no visitor should miss rowing its waters past the Bethesda Fountain, Wagner Cove, and beneath the Bow Bridge.

See the animals

See the animals

As well as the main Central Park Zoo and Children's Zoo, there's the Hallett Nature Sanctuary. You can't visit the latter alone, but check online for guided tour schedules!

Birdwatch beneath Belvedere Castle

Birdwatch beneath Belvedere Castle

Bring 2 forms of ID to this quirky castle for a free discovery kit. Check out the view over The Ramble's meandering trails and streams, then venture forth to discover its wildlife!

Skate Wollman Rink

Skate Wollman Rink

If you're visiting New York over the colder months, there's no need to avoid the outdoor park. Its ice skating rink has become of the city's most iconic winter attractions!

Visit a rock 'n' roll garden for peace 'n' quiet!

Visit a rock 'n' roll garden for peace 'n' quiet!

Confused? You have every right to be! Located across from where John Lennon was murdered, the Strawberry Fields Memorial is now a designated quiet zone.

Our insider tips

What are the opening times?

Although the park is open daily from 6:00AM to 1:00AM, specific areas and attractions differ. Be sure to check the hours of your intended attractions online or, alternatively, book a guided tour to guarantee covering its best bits!

How to get there?

There are many Subway stations within walking distance from Central Park, but the ones directly across from park entrances are 72nd Street, 81st Street - Museum of Natural History, 86th Street, 96th Street, 103rd street, and Cathedral Parkway (110th street) on the B and C lines; as well as 59th Street - Columbus Circle on the A, B, C, and D lines; 5th Avenue/59th Street on N, Q, and R; and Central Park North on the 2 and 3 lines.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The park is open from 6:00AM to 1:00AM daily.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to stroll through, but attraction tickets vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    This attraction is within walking distance from many hotels in city, and also reachable by public transport!
  • Additional information
    ** Check attraction times and prices in advance to get the most out of your visit!*

What people are saying about Central Park

Lyall Croft is a very knowledgeable and witty guide.

My wife and I enjoyed every minute of the 2 hour tour.. it was at our pace and Lyall also volunteered to take our pics :) . I definitely recommend tours with him. Lyall is well informed about the history of the park.

New York City: Central Park Walking Tour Reviewed by Ishmeet, 05/23/2019

FANTASTIC! Do not hesitate to go on this tour!

A wonderful experience. We are only in New York for a short time - this tour could not have been better and has made us want to come back for more! Our tour guides depth of knowledge, giving an insider's perspective and small intimate group image this tour wonderful.

Carriage driver (Emily) was fantastic and Silver was pretty good too.

The park ranger that approached Emily and our carriage at Strawberry Fields was arrogant a$$. Emily handled him in a professional manner!!

Very friendly guide and great value for money.

Great value! Informative, easy and did what it says on the tin. The guide (Lyle) was knowledgable and friendly. No rush and I doubt it would tax even the less fit. I would recommend this wholeheartedly!

New York City: Central Park Walking Tour Reviewed by Wayne, 02/05/2019

Victor was really good. informative and would highly recommend

4 of us took the tour together around central park. 2 people in each pedicab. Victor had the microphone so he narrated the trip as they cycled together. The trip was totally enjoyable, the weather was cold but beautiful and crisp. The 2 hours flew by. We really got a feel for the park and the pleasure it provides to so many. Recognised many locations from movies but didn't bump into anyone of interest ! would highly recommend this to anyone vusiting NYC.

New York: 2-Hour Central Park Pedicab Tours Reviewed by Elaine, 11/25/2018

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