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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

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

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

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

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!

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.

Central Park: Our 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 to visit
    The park is open from 6:00AM to 1:00AM daily.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    ** Check attraction times and prices in advance to get the most out of your visit!*

What People Are Saying About Central Park

Excellent, unique experience, the tour guide was the best i ever had

Starting from the very efficient system of follow up to us as customer, puntuallity of the tour guide. This tour guide for me has been the best I ever had in my life and in all my trips around the world. Mr Vitali was always very kind, interest in our satisfaction, well knowledge of the history of the central park, a tour guide with great details with the tourist, happy, respectfull, in other words, the right person. I'm a retire executive of a Multinational company and a high rank retire soldier and I can tell that in other ocassion i will recommend Mr. Vitali, a key in the success of your company. Please express to him my message in appreciation for his excellent job, I will try to use Mr Vitali as a role model to the others. In general the tour is excellent, congratulations for this great service, happy holidays, Jose Cruz Moya Puerto Rico

New York City: Central Park Tour by Pedicab Reviewed by Jose, 11/29/2016

Best way to familiarize yourself with Manhattan

Most accommodating franchise. The staff very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Dan, 10/31/2016

Fun and informative, time and money well spent

Great 5 hour highlight of NY. Jeff was fun and knowledgeable - and his recommendations for places to eat were great!

New York See It All Full-Day Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/23/2016

The bus tours were great-guides fun and helpful.

Busses were good, but some of the headphones/audio didn't work. Guides fun and informative.

New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Nancy, 10/06/2016

Great guide full of information and interesting facts.

Best way to see the big apple. Traffic is crazy in the city so walking is better with use of the subway.

New York City Tour by Public Transit with Private Guide Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/23/2016

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