Golden autumn at Central Park, New York City
Golden autumn at Central Park, New York City

Central Park

50 85th Street Transverse, Manhattan, New York City, New York, 10028

The basics

As the top urban park in Manhattan and New York City, Central Park has something for everyone. Visit Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields (John Lennon Memorial), 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 relax and soak in the scene at Bethesda Terrace or Cherry Hill. 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.

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Central Park Walking Tour
Central Park Walking Tour
$44.20 per adult
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Great Walking Tour of Central Park
Our tour guide, Michael Hunt of Central Park Environs Walking Tour, was excellent - well-informed, interesting background on the park — its layout, its history, the artistic effort that went into creating it — as well as the local politics affecting the surrounding area and buildings. Mr. Hunt was on time (early, actually) and kept our group informed and entertained for 2-3 hours. I highly recommend this tour!
Chris_S, Feb 2024

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.

  • The Central Park Conservancy offers official guided tours seven days a week.

  • Dining options include the Boathouse Restaurant and the Tavern on the Green.

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How to get there

Central Park runs from 59th Street to 110th Street, and Fifth Avenue to Central Park West (a continuation of Eighth Avenue) from east to west, making it reachable on foot from many Manhattan neighborhoods. A number of subway stations are nearby, including B and C stops along Central Park West, and stops on the 6 along Lexington Avenue, a few blocks east of Fifth Avenue.

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When to get there

The park is open daily from early morning to late night. It’s a can’t-miss attraction any time of year, but to enjoy a classic NYC activity such as ice skating at Wollman Rink or seeing open air summer concerts, you’ll want to visit during the appropriate season.

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Museums surrounding Central Park

Many of the city's top museums stand just on the edges of Central Park, most notably on the famed Museum Mile, a stretch of Fifth Avenue that’s home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Guggenheim Museum; the Cooper Hewitt, 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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