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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 5,078 reviews

Superb trip and superb value for money. Jay (travel guide) was excellent and so helpful. We covered more than originally shown on the trip and as I mentioned at the time, "This trip exceeded my expectations". Jay also provided additional info and links via a printout to help with getting show tickets etc. 5 Star trip and 5 star travel guide. Highly recommended.

New York City: 6-Hour Land and Sea Tour Reviewed by

Shah the tour guide was so friendly and welcoming. He gave a lot of information and gave us plenty of time to walk and explore parts of Central Park. It was easy to locate the meeting point and Shah came to find us right on time. I thoroughly enjoyed this I would definitely recommend this experience to others.

New York City: Private Central Park Pedicab Tour Reviewed by

Buddy did an amazing job. His overall knowledge was great. He was very interactive and explained many of the highlights in and around the park fro historical to movies. I would recommend highly!! Hey Buddy your travelers from Buffalo!! ☺

New York City: Central Park Tour by Pedicab Reviewed by

Provided you with great information in an entertaining way. The guides were informative well beyond the scope of telling what it was. I enjoy the historical perspective with a touch of humour added.

Louis was our driver and Dante our horse. It was a great adventure and we are horse people, so we loved getting to learn about how the horses are chosen, get vacation, etc. Thanks!

Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride Reviewed by