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FUN Central Park Movie Sites Tour


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Map of  Central Park from 1865

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Turtle Pond - view from the top of Belvedere Castle Tower in Central Park, NY

Central Park
The World's Most Famous Park
Central Park is the world's most famous park — attracting over 25 million people a year. Located in the heart of New York City, Central Park stretches from 59th and 110th Street and between 5th and 8th Avenue.

Fun Things To Do in Central Park
There are so many FUN things to do and see in Central Park. Enjoy FREE music festivals and events during Summer months. The picturesque park is home to beautiful landscaped gardens, thousands of trees, miles of scenic hiking, biking and running trails, tennis and volleyball courts, Central Park Lake (row boats and gondola rides), the Great Lawn and Turtle Pond, "Shakespeare in the Park's" Delacorte Theater, Famous Statues, and a dramatic lakefront Restaurant and Bar (pictured in the background below).

Loeb Boathouse Restaurant & Bar in background - rent a Row Boat on Central Park Lake, New York



The park also houses the 19th century Belvedere Castle & Nature Observatory (photo below) , one of the nation's largest Carousels, Central Park Zoo (and a Children's Zoo), Strawberry Fields, a Family Amusement Park (during summer months), and an Ice-Skating Rink (during winter months). Visit Tavern on the Green Visitor Center & Gift Shop for info on tours, attractions and events.

View of Belvedere Castle and Turtle Pond in New York City's Central Park

Loeb Boathouse
Boat Rentals & Gondola Rides
Rent Row Boats, Kayaks, and Bikes at Loeb Boathouse. During Summer months, romantic Gondola Rides are popular with tourists and locals alike.

Rent a Row Boat on Central Park Lake in NY

Lakefront Restaurant & Bar

Central Park Lake is also home to the beautiful Central Park Boathouse Restaurant and Bar. Several dining areas and bars overlook Central Park Lake. Great food... and you can't beat the views!

Giant Shrimp appetizer at Loeb Boathouse outdoor Bar, overlooking Central Park Lake in New York City



Walking Tour at Central Park, NYC

Central Park Walking Tours
212-360-2726
Free Walking Tours. Rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions. No reservations are required. Customized Group Tours for 10-25 people.


Top Movie Destination
Central Park is also one of New York City's top destinations for movies. Visit over 40 Central Park Movie Site locations on this Fun Walking Tour.

More Info on Central Park Movie Sites Walking Tour

Book Central Park Movie Sites
Walking Tour


Free Summer Festivals & Events at the Great Lawn
During the summer — May thru' Labor Day — the Central Park Conservancy hosts a number of Free Concerts and musical events.

The New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera each give two FREE performances here every summer.

Some of the city's biggest outdoor events, including concerts by Elton John, Diana Ross, Simon and Garfunkel, and Luciano Pavarotti have taken place at the Great Lawn. At the northeast corner, there are four half-courts for basketball and two volleyball courts, and an 1/8 mile track surrounding the courts.

The Great Lawn is located
Mid-Park from 79th to 85th Streets

Open mid-April - mid-November


Volleyball in Central Park
Central Park's Sand Volleyball Court is a favorite of Olympic Gold Medal Beach Volleyball champion, Kerri Walsh. Whether you're looking for pickup volleyball games or just want to play with friends, you can choose between beach and lawn volleyball. Pickup volleyball is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must supply your own net and volleyball. There are two locations — one sand court east of Sheep Meadow (mid-Park at 66th St) and three courts near the Great Lawn (mid-Park at 86th St, behind the Central Park precinct). Open year-round during Park hours.

More Info
Volleyball in Central Park


Tennis Center
212-280-0205
Central Park's Tennis Center is located between West 94th and West 96th Streets, near the West Drive. The Center has 30 outdoor tennis courts (26 clay and 4 asphalt), reputed to be among the best in New York — and one of the best bargains in town.

April–November 6:30am to dusk,
weather permitting. Clay courts are closed during the winter; asphalt courts remain open.

Note: All players must have season or single-play (one-time use) permits. Smooth-soled shoes only; running shoes prohibited.

More Info
Tennis in Central Park
212-316-0800

Permit Info
212-360-8133

Court Reservations & Conditions
212-280-0205

Lessons/Single-Pay Permits
212-316-0800

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FUN Central Park Movie Sites Tour

NYC "Hop-On Hop-Off"
Double-Decker Bus Tour


The Great Lawn - view from Belvedere Castle Tower, Central Park, New York

Rent a Row Boat at Loeb Boathouse in Central Pak Lake in New York City

Central Park Attractions
The 843-acre park is popular with visitors, locals and bird-watchers from around the world.

Bike, Boat, Kayak Rentals
and Gondola Rides
@ Central Park Lake
More Info on Renting Bikes, Row Boats, Kayaks and Gondola Rides

Belvedere Castle /
Nature Observatory
More Info on Belvedere Castle
and Henry Luce Nature Observatory

Carousel
More Info on Central Park Carousel

Central Park Boathouse Restaurant/Lakefront Bar & Grill
More Info/Pics of Central Park Boathouse Restaurant and Bar

Central Park Zoo/Children's Zoo
More Info on Central Park Zoo
and Tisch Children's Zoo

Famous Statues
More Info on Famous Statues —
Alice in Wonderland /
Hans Christian Anderson /
Romeo & Juliet and The Tempest

Ice-Skating Rink
More Info Wollman Ice-Skating Rink

Movie Sites/Movie Sites Tour
More Info on Movie Sites / Tour

Musical Clock — Fun for Kids
More Info on George Delacorte Musical Clock in Central Park

Shakespeare in the Park
More Info on Delacorte Theater
- " Shakespeare in the Park"

Strawberry Fields
and "Imagine" Mosaic
More Info on Strawberry Fields
and "Imagine" Mosaic

Ice-Skating at Wollman Ice-Skating Rink in New York City's Central Park


Central Park Hours
Central Park is closed to traffic Mon-Fri 10am-3pm & 7pm- 10pm,
Weekends 7pm Fridays to 6am Mondays. The Park is officially closed between 1am-6am.


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Conservatory Garden
— The Gardens of Europe in Manhattan

The Conservatory Garden is located on the East Side, from 104th-106th Streets — enter at Fifth Ave & 105th Street or 106th Street gate inside Park)

The six-acre Conservatory Garden is Central Park's only formal garden. It is in fact three gardens representing different landscaping styles: Italian, French, and English.

The Italian-style garden sits just inside the entrance, the classical French-style garden is to the north, and the beautiful English-style garden is located to the South.

Enjoy strolling through these beautiful gardens year-round as the season changes.

Note: Check out the walkway under the wrought-iron wisteria pergola (on the west side of the Italian garden) — there are medallions inscribed with the names of the original thirteen states.

Hours
8am to dusk
Bicycle riding prohibited
Quiet Zone



Horse & Carriage Rides in Central Park, NYC

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Central Park
Take a romantic Horse & Buggy ride through Central Park.

More info on Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Central Park

Private Carriage Ride
and Central Park Dinner

Private Carriage Ride
and Central Park Dinner


Famous Central Park Statues
Central Park is home to numerous fountains, historical monuments and famous sculptures, including four of our favorites:

- Alice in Wonderland
- Hans Christian Anderson
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Romeo & Juliet
- Prospero & Miranda from
  "The Tempest"

More Info & Pics of Famous
Central Park Statues


Victorian Gardens Amusement Park
Fun for Kids
212-982-2229
The Victorian Gardens Amusement Park is located on the East Side, between 62nd and 63rd Streets.

Opened in 2003, this whimsical family amusement park features 12 rides, fun games, live interactive shows, hula-hooping, dancing and singing.

During the weekends, kids can enjoy face-painters and balloon-sculptors.

Amusement Park Hours
Open end-May thru' mid-Sept.


Get a bird's eye view of Central Park from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, NY

Aerial View of Central Park
— from the "Top of the Rock"
Observation Deck

Get an aerial view of Central Park and the New York City skyline high atop Rockefeller Plaza at the "Top of the Rock" Observation Deck.

Buy Tickets to Top of the Rock Observation Deck


More Info
Central Park
212-439-6500

Central Park Pictures
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