Central Park

The Center of it All

Central Park is a vibrant oasis nestled in the heart of New York City. Spanning over 800 acres, this urban paradise offers a haven of greenery amidst the bustling cityscape. Boasting picturesque landscapes, magnificent lawns, enchanting lakes, and more, the park provides a tranquil retreat for both locals and visitors alike. From leisurely strolls along its winding paths to experiencing fascinating activities, Central Park offers a multitude of opportunities to reconnect with nature and history. This iconic park stands as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of urban life and natural beauty. Central Park truly captivates the imaginations and hearts of all who venture within its lush boundaries.




Operating dates and hours vary by venue

Recommended Ages

All ages

Open field at Central Park in New York City
New York City skyline from Central Park
Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Bethesda Fountain
Central Park lake with the New York City skyline in the background
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Bench in Central Park
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Things to Do

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a world-renowned cultural institution that houses a vast collection of art from around the world spanning thousands of years. With its stunning architecture and diverse exhibits, it offers visitors an immersive experience into the world of art, showcasing masterpieces from various civilizations and the richness of artistic expression.

Exhibit inside American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is an iconic museum that showcases an extensive collection of exhibits and artifacts from various fields of science. With its fascinating dinosaur fossils, stunning dioramas, and interactive exhibits, it offers visitors a journey through the wonders of our natural world.

Belvedere Castle in Central Park
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Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle is a striking architectural gem that offers visitors a glimpse into the park’s rich history. Its location atop Vista Rock provides panoramic views of the surrounding park and skyline, making it a popular spot.

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park

Bethesda Terrace

Bethesda Terrace is an impressive and historic masterpiece in Central Park. The terrace was completed in 1863 and features a majestic fountain adorned with a neoclassical sculpture. Surrounded by impressive views, it’s a place of tranquility and beauty, making it a great gathering location.

Central Park lake with the New York City skyline in the background

Central Park Boathouse

Central Park Boathouse is famous for its lakeside restaurant and boat rentals, adding an extra element of adventure and fun to visitors’ experiences. Whether you choose to indulge in a delicious meal while enjoying the scenic views of the park or explore the serene lake on a boat rental, Central Park Boathouse offers a memorable experience for all who visit.

Delacorte Clock at Central Park Zoo
Image: Central Park Conservancy

Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo offers a delightful escape from the city. Its diverse collection of educational exhibits and experiences makes it an enjoyable visit for guests of all ages.

Central Park Great Lawn

Great Lawn

Central Park’s Great Lawn is an expansive green space that stretches 55 acres. With its lush grass, picturesque views, and ample room for recreational activities, it serves as a cherished gathering spot for picnics, sports, relaxation, and more.

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