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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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 3,536 reviews

We so enjoyed our carriage ride through Central Park!

Was my first visit to NY! I’m 60 & had wanted to go to Central Park since I was a kid, had a great time walking through the park! The carriage ride was the best carriage ride I’d ever taken anywhere! I hope if DeBlasio still plans to take the carriage rides away that he rethinks it! One day I’ll return to NY & look forward to another carriage ride! Nice that citizens like Liam Neeson have some backbone to voice their opinion & support the people who provide the carriage rides, our guide was very good & made our ride the best part of my vacation!

Friendly and efficient staff and not far from Central Park at all

on arrival the staff were friendly and very efficient, the bikes were good quality, any extras were given immediately for instance a basket for bags, lock and key and helmet. it was approx 5 minute walk to Central Park, I didn’t feel confident enough to ride there in the traffic, but as I say not a long walk at all, After an enjoyable cycle round the park we took our bikes back and again the staff were friendly and efficient. Would definitely recommend them.

Central Park Bike Rentals Reviewed by

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

Loved, loved loved Peter Pan guide we had!!

Meeting place was a little unclear for first timers in NYC but once we met up our pedicab person was the perfect guide and knowledgable, funny, personable. My friend and I found this to be one of our favorite activities that we did on our 3 day visit to the city. We are small town people on a first trip. this was a highlight and much of that due to our guide.

New York City: Central Park Tour by Pedicab Reviewed by

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.

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