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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.
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,
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
and a dramatic lakefront Restaurant
and Bar (pictured in 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
Family Amusement Park (during
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.
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
Lakefront Restaurant & Bar
Central Park Lake is also home to the beautiful Central
Park Boathouse Restaurant and Bar. Several dining areas and bars
Park Lake. Great food... and you can't beat the views!
Central Park Walking Tours
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
Sites Walking Tour
Central Park Movie Sites
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.
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
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
Volleyball in Central Park
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
April–November 6:30am to dusk,
weather permitting. Clay courts are closed during the winter; asphalt courts
Note: All players must have season or single-play
(one-time use) permits. Smooth-soled shoes only; running shoes
Tennis in Central Park
Court Reservations & Conditions
|| FUN Central Park
Movie Sites Tour
NYC "Hop-On Hop-Off"
Double-Decker Bus Tour
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
on Renting Bikes, Row Boats, Kayaks and Gondola Rides
Belvedere Castle /
More Info on Belvedere Castle
and Henry Luce Nature Observatory
More Info on Central Park Carousel
Central Park Boathouse Restaurant/Lakefront Bar & Grill
of Central Park Boathouse Restaurant and Bar
Central Park Zoo/Children's Zoo
More Info on Central Park Zoo
and Tisch Children's Zoo
More Info on
Famous Statues —
Alice in Wonderland /
Hans Christian Anderson /
Romeo & Juliet and
Wollman Ice-Skating Rink
Movie Sites/Movie Sites
on Movie Sites / Tour
Musical Clock — Fun for
More Info on George Delacorte
Musical Clock in Central
Shakespeare in the Park
More Info on Delacorte Theater
- " Shakespeare
in the Park"
and "Imagine" Mosaic
More Info on Strawberry Fields
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.
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
located to the
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.
8am to dusk
Bicycle riding prohibited
in Central Park
Take a romantic Horse & Buggy
ride through Central Park.
More info on Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Central
Private Carriage Ride
and Central Park Dinner
and Central Park Dinner
Famous Central Park Statues
Central Park is home to numerous fountains,
historical monuments and famous sculptures, including four of
- Alice in Wonderland
- Romeo & Juliet
- Prospero & Miranda from
More Info & Pics
Central Park Statues
Victorian Gardens Amusement
— Fun for Kids
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
During the weekends, kids can enjoy face-painters and balloon-sculptors.
Amusement Park Hours
Open end-May thru' mid-Sept.
Aerial View of Central Park
— from the "Top of the Rock"
Get an aerial view of Central Park and the New York City skyline
high atop Rockefeller Plaza at the "Top of the Rock" Observation
Tickets to Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Central Park Pictures
Central Park pictures
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