Central Park
Central Park
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksParksScenic Walking Areas
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Monday
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
About
For more than 150 years, visitors have flocked to Central Park's 843 green acres in the heart of Manhattan. Since 1980, the Park has been managed by the Central Park Conservancy, in partnership with the public. Central Park is open 6 am to 1 am daily. Visit the official website of Central Park to learn more about Park happenings and activities and to learn how you to help Central Park!
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Neighbourhood: Central Park
How to get there
  • 81st St – Museum of Natural History • 6 min walk
  • 86th St • 7 min walk
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  • Kate G
    Nhulunbuy, Australia190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and beautiful
    We loved Central Park. We didn’t use a horse and carriage as quite $$$ but if you had money a lovely way to explore. We entered from the south and walked to the Dakota building on the edge of the western side, where John Lennon lived and died. Stunning building. Then to the John Lennon memorial. We grabbed a hotdog along the way. So many squirrels, tress in blossom and just quiet and calmness. Stunning historical building all along the edge of the park. Ended at the zoo. It’s huge , we barely saw a quarter of the park. A bike would be good. If good weather a perfect place for a picnic
    Visited April 2023
    Written 22 April 2023
  • SylofQC
    Laval, Canada94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit in NYC
    We rented a tandem to bike around and stopped at various place near the lake, Bethesda plaza and see the cherry tree blossom. It is very refreshing to see that kind of oasis in a never sleeping city like NYC. Walk, run or bike, but go enjoy!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 24 April 2023
  • tropnevad68
    78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and so big!
    We visited Central Park a number of times during our Easter stay and realised just how massive it is. We explored the southern end a few times and it has so many different parts to it. We took a subway to visit the upper part including reservoir. Such contrast to the rest of the city
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Jolie J
    Gatineau, Canada308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    April Cherry Blossoms
    I went in early April and most of the cherry blossoms were at full bloom and incredibly beautiful. It was my first time in NYC and I decided to reserve a full day to Central Park as it's huge and I wanted to see most of the highlights. I had about 27 stops that I wanted to see, many of which were close together. I started my day at around 10h30am, from Grand Army Plaza area, and ended at around 4h30pm, back to around the same area (I put all the points I wanted to see on a google map and did a loop around the whole park). My favorite highlights were: Bethesda terrace & fountain, sitting by water at Loeb boathouse, seeing all the turtles in the water close to Bow Bridge, Conservatory Water area, The Egyptian Obelisk and Belvedere Castle.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Susan S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Calm... Central Park
    Central Park does not disappoint. While walking around and thru it for a couple of hours, I can see why New Yorkers love their park! My favorite part was the angel fountain, Bethesda Fountain. There was music being played, the sun was out, the gorgeous fountain was flowing, and it was so calm and serene, even with many people enjoying it. I even saw a bride in her dress, with her groom, having photos taken. My husband loved the Strawberry Fields area in tribute to the late, great, John Lennon. Though outside the park is New York's hustle and bustle, inside the park is a whole different world. Even the squirrels are friendly. It truly is a beautiful place! It's a "must see" to me!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Clifford Silvise
    Miami, Florida4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Serene Escape in the Heart of NYC
    Central Park is an oasis of green in the heart of the bustling metropolis of New York City. Strolling through its winding paths and beautiful gardens is a welcome respite from the noise and crowds of the city. The park offers so many activities, including boating, horseback riding, and even ice skating in the winter months. The many fountains, sculptures, and bridges scattered throughout the park make it a photographer's dream. Whether you want to relax and read a book or take a jog around the reservoir, Central Park has something for everyone. It's a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to New York City.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • dereksantiago
    Madison, Alabama244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bicycle Taxi at Central Park
    We took the Taxi bicycle bc we only had a few hours planned for the park. It was $125 for 2 or 3 people for one hour. This does not include the tip. Most of the drivers are foreigners. They try to explain the best they can but just tell them to let you read their folder with pictures. They show you all the sites. If you negotiate with them you can get it lower and they can take you to your hotel or to the closest subway. It’s 2 miles to go around the park. You can walk or rent a bike. They also have Pickleball if your a player.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Bowmanator22
    Charlotte, North Carolina5,046 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best park in the country.
    If you’re looking for some green space in the city, there is nothing better. Excellent playgrounds for our friends’ children. Tons of walking paths. Carousel, live music, art, and views. All free. Don’t miss.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Chandrashekar P
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central part visit
    Visited Central Park last week. An amazing oasis in a concrete jungle. Really loved the green spaces and miles and miles of walking area. A very well maintained place.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 18 May 2023
  • Matt_Probert
    Southampton, United Kingdom193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Connect with nature
    Central park has great lakes teeming with terrapins (turtles) and fish, wild birds, trees, rocks and even history. Plenty of benches to rest your feet. Only, take a packed lunch as there are precious few places around to buy food.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 20 May 2023
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Alex S
Kaufman, TX29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It was very pretty. April was a good time to go because everything‘s green and pretty the flowers and everything are bloomed. The weather was very nice the day we went just really enjoyed it. It was a lot of people out.
Written 21 April 2024
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Gemma.Davies
Halifax, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I absolutely love this place! So big, and you need days to walk around completely! We travelled in February, and we absolutely loved it! There was an ice skating ring, too! The only thing I wouldn't recommend is the horse ride. Poor horses stay out all day, even in the heat! Shame really as a lot of tourists use the horses to get around the park! Go old school and walk! Enjoy the sensory & just have fun!
Written 21 April 2024
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Jhell P
Hong Kong, China106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
As usually seen in several movies, being able to actually walk in it was a great experience indeed. Thankful that we have a New Yorker with us, a great help that he knows the efficient way to walk in it, time saving and perfect photo taking for our story!
Written 20 April 2024
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Einomrah 1
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What’s not to like about Central Park. It has so much to offer every one of all ages, from wooded paths to wander and castles to explore. You can relax and picnic or take your little ones to the zoo and find animals that roar. A romantic boat ride might just be in store. Central Park is New York and New York is so much more. Since Central Park really speaks for itself and doesn’t really need a review, I thought a little poem was in order, but seriously go enjoy it!
Written 20 April 2024
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Droopydrawrs52
Peterborough, UK1,662 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Breakfast in Central Park - it’s a must !

The cafes are overpriced but who cares when your here

Stunning views and a lovely walk
Written 15 April 2024
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lizakq
Naguabo1,147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
One of my favorite things to do in NY. You get to the park and automatically you feel some place else. So peaceful and a nice break from all the crowds and noise of the city. Went on Christmas day and it was such a great time. Lots of options around depending on your interests. Easily you can spend a whole day here. It is also very well maintained.
Written 15 April 2024
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Katherina N
Zagreb, Croatia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
What a great environment!! I was in love with the beauty of the area . When you walk around you totally feel in a different world . I wish I had stayed longer to enjoy it more !!
Written 14 April 2024
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martinc201083
Melrose, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
What can you say about Central Park that hasn’t been said. It’s iconic. It’s massive. Around every corner there is something you’ll recognise from a movie or tv show but it is incredibly peaceful in what is one of the busiest cities in the world. We hired bikes and did a lap of it. We came back numerous times and found different things each time. Check if there are bands playing concerts or even see Shakespeare!
Written 13 April 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,596 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Central Park is one of the highlights when visiting New York City. It's an amazing city park both in size and in the variety of things to do and it is beautifully landscaped. The heart of the park is the beautiful Bethesda Terrace with its famous fountain and the wide path that is The Mall. You will find artists, musicians and other street performers here. Other favorite spots include the much-photographed Bow Bridge, the Strawberry Fields memorial to John Lennon, Belvedere Castle for its observation deck, a walk around the Jackie Onassis Reservoir for stunning views, or taking a rowboat out on to The Lake. There is a zoo, playgrounds, an ice-skating rink in the winter, a carousel, a children's story telling program on Saturday mornings, a lake for motorized model boats that you can rent and so much more. You can rent bikes, go on a pedicab tour, or ride in a horse drawn carriage. Best of all, this is a place where you can just get away from the hustle and noise of the metropolis. Go for a walk, picnic on the lawn or sit on a bench and enjoy the sights and sounds of this amazing city park.
Written 11 April 2024
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Liv
Sheffield Green, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Stayed for a week in NY and couldn’t stop coming back here - really stunning! Massive park with lots to see within it - really recommend the zoo!
Written 10 April 2024
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