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Central Park New York City

Central Park New York City

Central Park in the heart of Manhattan is perhaps the most famous urban park in the world and one of the most beautiful parts of New York City. Covering more than 843-acres and stretching north to south from 110th street to 59th street and west to east from Central Park West to 5th Avenue, this is one of the great places to visit on your trip to New York City.

Over 38 million New Yorkers and tourists visit Central Park annually. Home to the Central Park Zoo and Belvedere Castle, Central Park occupies 843 acres or 6% of Manhattan's total acreage. The park is made up of 136 acres of woodlands, over 24,000 trees, 250 acres of lush lawns and 150 acres in 7 waterbodies. Annually, hundreds of thousands of plantings are undertaken by Conservancy staff ,and include bulbs, shrubs, flowers, and trees. Also within its folds are other offerings of the city; including the Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center, and the Central Park Zoo as well as the wonderfully restored Carousel. The conservancy staff also maintains 9,000 benches, 26 ball fields, and 21 playgrounds.

General Information

Central Park New York City
Central Park is bounded north to south from 110th Street to 59th Street and east to west from Fifth Avenue to Central Park West.

Central Park Conservancy
14 E. 60th St,
New York, NY, 10022
Phone: 212-310-6600

Phone Visitor Center: (212) 360-3444
Lost and Found: (212) 570-4820
Website: or

Central Park Hours
Central Park is open 365 days a year but closes at 1am and opens at 6am, daily

Central Park Map

Manhattan Neighborhood: Central Park

Getting to Central Park
By Bus: M1-5, M72, M79, M86, Q32

By Subway:
There are several subway stops in the Central Park area:
N, R, W Trains: Located at 59th street
2, 3 Trains: Located at Central Park North/110th street
B, C Trains: Located at 110th street, 103rd street, 96th street, 86th street, 81st street, and 72nd street A, B, C, D, 1 Trains: Located at 59th street/Columbus Circle

Top things to do in Central Park

See a free Concert or Play Watch Rollerbladers
Picnic on the Great Lawn Watch Jugglers
Take a row boat out on the lake Ride the Carousel
Stroll through Shakespeare Garden Rent a Bike
Watch the Sea lions play Rent a Gondola
Remember John Lennon at Strawberry Fields Bird Watching

Central Park Carousel

Central Park Carousel is one of the park's favorite attractions. The Carousel is visited by almost 250,000 riders each year. During summer months, the Carousel is open seven days a week, weather permitting. The Central Park Carousel is located mid-park at approximately 65th Street / 6th Avenue.

Take a Central Park Walking Tour

Discover Central Park's history, ecology, and design. The Central Park Conservancy offers year-round free walking tours of the park. The Central Park Conservancy Tours lasts from an hour to two hours. No reservation is required for individuals or groups of six people or less.

call 212-360-2726 or e-mail for more information

Shakespeare in Central Park

For over 50 years, free performances of Shakespeare have been hosted in Central Park as part of the 'Shakespeare in the Park' event. Each summer schedule typically features two different productions, but not all productions are Shakespeare's plays.

Central Park Picnic

Enjoying an afternoon picnic in Central Park is a New York thing to do. Relax and people-watch while you enjoy delicious food and drink. The Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn are two popular places to picnic and people-watch in Central Park.

Row Boat on the Lake in Central Park

At Loeb Boathouse, you can rent a boat to row around the Lake. Row boating is available April through October, weather permitting. Each rowboat can hold up to 4 passengers and can be rented at the Loeb Boathouse daily, 10am to 5:30pm (last rental). The boats must be returned by 6:30pm

Concerts in Central Park

During the summer, Central Park hosts many Musical Events and Concerts, whether you prefer Popular Music or Classical Music, there is something for everyone with Central Park's Concert Schedule.

Things that are not allowed in Central Park

Grilling, barbecuing, other activities involving fire are not allowed.

Alcohol is prohibited in all New York City parks including Central Park.

Cars are banned on the weekends, giving joggers, skaters and bicyclists more room to enjoy the park roads.

Designated Quiet Zones in Central Park

The following places are reserved for relaxation and quiet enjoyment

Bethesda Terrace - mid-Park at 72nd Street
Conservatory Garden - East 105th Street, off Fifth Avenue
Conservatory Water (Model Boat Pond) - East 73rd to 72nd Streets
East Green - East 69th to 72nd Streets
Shakespeare Garden - West 79th Street
Sheep Meadow - West 66th to 69th Streets
Strawberry Fields - West 72nd Streets
Turtle Pond - mid-Park between 79th and 80th Streets

Note: Musical instruments are not allowed in the above Central Park area, and headphones are required for radios.

Central Park Guided Tours

Central Park Self-Guided Tours

Things to see in Central Park

Location of some Central Park attractions

Attraction Location
Alice in Wonderland 75th Street just north of Conservatory Water
Hans Christian Andersen 74th Street just west of Conservatory Water
The Obelisk (Cleopatra's Needle) 81st Street behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Balto East 67th Street near the East Drive
Belvedere Castle Mid Park at 79th Street

Important Central Park Contact Phone Numbers

Central Park Police (212) 570-4820
Central Park Medical Unit (212) 585-0911
Central Park Conservancy (212) 310-6600
Central Park Zoo (212) 439-6500
Belvedere Castle (212) 772-0210
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (212) 860-1370
Dairy Visitor Center and Gift Shop (212) 794-6564
Tavern on the Green (212) 874-7874
Chess & Checkers House (212) 794-4064

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