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Open 24 hours daily
W. 59th Street, 10018
Central Park has something for everyone. Visit Bethesda Fountain, the Strawberry Fields monument, or the Alice in Wonderland statue; enjoy kid-friendly fun on the carousel at the Central Park Zoo; sail model boats at the Conservatory Water pond; or simply enjoy people-watching at Bethesda Terrace or Sheep Meadow. The park’s size can be overwhelming, so consider a park bike tour, a walking tour, or a pedicab tour for a guided experience. Bike rentals are also available for those who prefer to explore on their own.
Great first time experience.
The host was very knowledgeable about the events in Central Park; especially all of the movies filmed there.
Warren_B, May 2022
Recent reviews from experiences in New York City
Andrea_L, May 2022
Central Park Walking Tour
What a delightful small group tour covering a large area of Central Park. Michael Hunt is so knowledgeable and passionate about Central Park. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone!!
Introduction to Central Park
Jeanne_P, May 2022
Central Park Pedicab Guided Tours
A fun introduction to Central Park, especially for TV and movie fans. The guides were very familiar with the filming locations.
Kenneth was our driver, had a wonderful experience with him
Willard_H, May 2022
50 Minutes Central Park Horse and Carriage Tour Up to 4 Adults
Kenneth's knowledge of all the goings on in Central Park, a lot of the movies that were filmed there which we could recognize. Would do it again!!!
I enjoyed Cycling around...
Jilda_B, May 2022
Central Park Highlights Small-Group Bike Tour
I enjoyed Cycling around central park. The weather, the flowers, the people. And the key spots that our guide showed us.
We loved this walking tour in Central Park!
Adriana_R, May 2022
Central Park Walking Tour
Jeremy Wilcox was our walking tour guide, he was very knowledgeable and professional. We really enjoyed it and learned so much of this beautiful and historic Central Park. We took this walking tour Saturday morning perfect day to see tourists and locals walking around the park. I recommend Jeremy!
a great day in central park
Jmittleman1, Apr 2022
Central Park New York Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour
A beautiful day with a fantastic guide made this experience so great. Mark was knowledgeable, easy-going, and professional. His loved for Central Park shined through and left us wanting more. Would definitely recommend.
Central Park Biking
Kristina_L, Apr 2022
NYC Central Park Bike Rental
So perfectly convenient, awesome customer service!!! You cannot beat the rate, very reasonable. The location to pick up the bikes are in between Riverside park and Central Park, so it's excellent!
A great day in the park
Stephanie_L, May 2022
Central Park Walking Tour
Tour guide was so knowledgeable and was able to point out many of the highlights of Central Park. Definitely a memorable experience and one of the best parts of my trip to NYC
ALEKSANDR_R, Apr 2022
New York City Central Park Bicycle Rental
Very convenient location without big crowds. Bikes are in good conditions, cheap and convenient way to spend time riding in central park in good weather
Things to Know Before You Go
Several spots offer information about the park: the Dairy Visitor Center, Belvedere Castle, the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, the Chess & Checkers House, and the Columbus Circle information kiosk.
No parking is available in the park, but parking garages are nearby.
Wheelchairs can be used on many paths, but there are stairs around the park, so consider starting at an information center to pick up a map.
How to Get There
Central Park is bordered by 59th Street, Central Park West, 110th Street, and Fifth Avenue, making it reachable on foot from many Manhattan neighborhoods. Otherwise, hop off the subway at Columbus Circle or Fifth Avenue to enter the park from the south, where you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride to explore via a traditional form of transportation.
When to Get There
The park is open daily from 6am to 1am. It’s a can’t-miss attraction at any time of year, but to enjoy a classic New York City activity such as ice skating at Wollman Rink or watching a performance of Shakespeare in the Park, you’ll want to visit during the appropriate season (winter and summer, respectively).
Museums Surrounding Central Park
Many of New York City’s top museums lie just on the edges of Central Park, most notably on Manhattan’s famed Museum Mile, a stretch of Fifth Avenue that’s home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Neue Galerie New York. On the other side of the park, you’ll find the American Museum of Natural History.
Frequently Asked Questions
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As well as visiting the Central Park, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit:
- Things to do in New York
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- Things to do in Long Island
- Things to do in Philadelphia
- Things to do in Boston
- Things to do in Salem
- Things to do in Washington DC
- Things to do in Williamsburg
- Things to do in Buffalo
- Things to do in Niagara Falls
- Things to do in Niagara Falls & Around
- Things to do in Montreal
- Things to do in Toronto
- Things to do in Pennsylvania
- Things to do in Massachusetts
- Wollman Rink
- Central Park Zoo
- FAO Schwarz
- Bethesda Fountain
- Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
- Strawberry Fields (John Lennon Memorial)
- Carnegie Hall
- Frick Collection
- DreamWorks Trolls the Experience
- Time Warner Center
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
- David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
- The Metropolitan Opera
- The Dakota Apartments
- New York City Ballet (NYCB)