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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
4.3 / 5
based on 3,564 reviews

Worth it if you're committed to doing a lot of things!

We found the pass to be worth it when we added up the costs of what we did and what it would have cost to do them by paying separately. The pdf information the pass provided on the 100 included attractions was most helpful and maybe we could have gotten that from other sources but it worked out well for us to plan our itinerary from the list of things the pass would pay for. Not all of our activities that we did in NY were covered, but that still was OK. You need to calculate how much you think you're going to do on your trip to determine if it's good for you. We did not feel like we were running all over to do things to make it worth it, but we were busy most days all day long.

Amazing experience from booking to the coffee after tour

I was reluctant booking our New York helicopter tour with Wings Air Helicopters because of the distance from our hotel (Lower Manhattan). Extremely happy I did use Wings Air Helicopters aviation and will strongly recommend to everyone who wants to see New York from the sky. It was easy getting to the airport (train form Grand central and then short Lyft ride). The staff was amazing, great communication before the flight, warm welcome when you arrive for the tour, unbelievable experience once in the helicopter. Wings Air Helicopters Team really knows how to make you feel special!

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Great museum, no reason to buy tix in advance

The Guggenheim is a marvelous place and we saw some great art and enjoyed some first-rate people watching too. But there's no reason to buy tickets in advance. You can't "skip the line." You get in the normal admission line, show the codes on your phone, and they print you a regular paper ticket. Fortunately the line was short, but it's hardly a timesaver to buy the tickets in advance. Annoying.

Amazing museum. Ticketing experience could only improve.

Loved the museum. The soul improvement would be the actual ticketing. The line was full, yet, there were workers assigned to help season ticket holders who were not helping with the “regular line.” At my home museum the season tickets holders have priority in the queue. There is also no benefit on buying a ticket in advance as I had to be in the same line as everyone who did not have tickets.

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Vitali was magnificent and we couldn't have asked for a better guide.

Vitali had us in awe of his knowledge of the park. He also was fun from the minute we met right up to taking the time to drop us off at Century21 for some shopping. Vitali ensured we had plenty of photo moments and even took some for us. I cannot speak highly enough of Vitali's service. Thankful to have met him.

New York City: Central Park Tour by Pedicab Reviewed by

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