Central Park

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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!

    5. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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!*

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What people are saying about Central Park

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 5,037 reviews

Me encanto la atención de Marc, sabe muy bien los lugares donde tomar las fotos y fue una excelente experiencia fui como mi mamá y nos tomo fotos en las que pudimos salir las dos y además sabe usar el metro, te da tips de Nueva York, excelente manejo de tiempos en cuanto al recorrido, mis fotos las mando en el tiempo indicado y con excelente calidad. Super recomendable para unas excelentes fotos en tu viaje!

Had a GREAT time riding Big Bus. All of the representatives on the street were nice and very helpful. The stops are strategically placed close to all the major areas of attractions to allow easy walking to. It’s definitely well worth the price to get around the city all day. Highly recommended!

Amazing experience, knowledgeable guide, and a cute horse. They even accommodated the time change. Ty

Loved gems, dinos, doiramas, whale and dinos. Too much to see on a single visit. We’ll be back.

Just love the atmosphere at the Guggenheim. A pretty special place for reflection.