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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

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

My parents enjoyed it very much! Beautiful experience.

My parents had a wonderful time. They loved the sight seeing and being able to pet the horse. It was romantic and a really nice event.
Central Park Horse and Carriage Ride Reviewed by Samantha, 09/04/2016

Marc is a real professional and no second boring;-)

Marc took us to a lot of famous locations, always taking smart photos Time was running quickly and we enjoyed this smart New Yorker The best you can do arriving in NY

Perfect way to see as much if NYC as possible.

Clean buses, easy check in, very informative tour guide. What's not to like? Another great day out thanks to GetYourGuide.
New York: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/01/2016

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