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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  • TXVicky
    Spring, Texas375 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MUST SEE NYC TREASURE
    We have been to Central Park many times and each time saw different parts of it. This time we entered across from the Plaza Hotel and walked past the Zoo entrance. You are able to see the sea lions exhibit and feeding and show from the walkway. There are many park benches to stop and rest and just people watch.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2023
  • 99rainraingoaway
    Glasgow, United Kingdom85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it
    The weather was perfect for a wander round Central Park on more than one occasion in May. It is so big and I don’t think we saw the same place twice. There is music - from Beatles songs in Strawberry Fields to string trios at the other side. It does get busy which is part of its charm - all the world is there during the day. Then you suddenly come upon an obelisk and then the Alice In Wonderland statue. Watch out for cyclists and runners on the m as in routes.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • David S
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom2,310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    TRUE JOY
    Central Park is an extremely large green space in New York. It has over around 20 playgrounds, several man made lakes and ponds, arched bridges, and extensive paths for walking, running and biking. Truly the first thing you notice about Central Park is that it is vast. Apparently an estimated 42 million visitors enter the park every year, making it one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. My wife and I visited on the afternoon while in the area and now can understand the attraction. Really it was fantastic. The Harlem Meer was wonderful with the turtles swimming here and there, Belvedere Tower was extremely interesting, and the John Lennon tribute Strawberry Fields was touching. These were just three of many highlights of an amazing park. My wife and I really enjoyed our visit and after 4 hours of consistent walking had still only seen a small portion of this inner city wonder. New Yorkers you're so fortunate to have this joy of a park.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2023
  • EssexBetty64
    Essex, United Kingdom616 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great open space
    Spent a lot of time in Central Park. Plenty of space and never felt crowded. Walked as far as the reservoir. Would like more places/kiosks to get something to eat or drink rather than those on the edge.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2023
  • HunterBloemfontein
    Hermanus, South Africa686 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a wander
    A busy place (which place in this city is not?), but with resting points that does make it worth wandering in. One can explore it best in two halves, I would advise, especially if you're already footsore from tramping through the surrounding attractions.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 9 June 2023
  • SE7727
    Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    We entered the park just beneath the big lake in the middle. We saw most of the main sights as we criss crossed back towards 5th avenue. I thought they could have done with more maps in the park. Otherwise, we loved it! It does get a lot busier nearer 5th avenue and we got pestered more for horse carriage rides etc.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 June 2023
  • RRK
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Pretty
    Loved the park! We only saw a tiny bit of it near Strawberry Fields and the zoo. It is very well-kept. We felt safe. It was busy but not crowded. I'm taking points off for not having bathrooms available, at least not easily. We were near the zoo, but it was closed unexpectedly, and we were directed like three blocks down to use the bathroom at the Apple Store or The Plaza.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Renee R
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central Park
    Beautiful park with lots of activities annd memorable statues; all the things you would imagine to see there. As out of state visitors it would’ve been helpful to have more signage for direction. It’s frustrating to feel like you’re always lost.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Ashley
    Jersey, United Kingdom110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice park very big
    Lovely park quite overwhelmingly big if you’ve not visited NYC before. Nice that there’s not many roads going through so can really feel like you’re not in the city. Also some beautiful viewpoints from within the park over the lakes.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Woo
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park
    The park is huge so we didnt get round it all. It was a sweltering hot day. It was packed with jogers, cyclists, people playing tennis, people playing baseball, rock climbers, kids & house drawn carriages. We had a little walk round & stopped for a rest & a drink. Well worth a vist. Very pretty surrounded by high rise buildings.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 June 2023
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IVAN M
575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Huge park, be ready to walk, but also guys in a electric bike with a nice comfy seats will take you around and give you history of the park, like jhon lennon home, J.Lo home , how was made the park and so on
Written 28 May 2024
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Quinn-donna
Watton, UK17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Visited New York in march for a surprise. Took the afternoon to have a chilled one and walk around the park. The weather was amazing and it was so relaxing and no hustle and bustle. Made you forget that you were in the middle of New York City. Nice little restaurant in the middle that serves delicious iced coffees and amazing cakes.
Written 26 May 2024
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Michelle Owens
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Do not book anything through centralpark.com. They cancelled our booking when I queried about a refund, I did not ask to cancel. Then after months of emailing them to reinstate I received no response. I emailed the contact email and zero response, no number to call. They do not help, they take your money and do not provide any service.
Written 25 May 2024
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Sakura Hoshi
New York City, NY10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
I visited to Central Park with my friends and it was a fantastic visit. The park is really huge and beautiful and it is right in the middle of the city. A perfect place to escape and enjoy nature. You can also plan a picnic with your friends if you are having a visit !!
Written 24 May 2024
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shirley w
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Really lovely big park. Walked part
Of it . Got a hop on and hop off bus which takes you around the road outside . Also got a tuk tuk and they showed us all the parts which were used in films
Written 23 May 2024
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Janet C
Birmingham, AL25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Having explored Central Park firsthand, I can attest to its allure. It's a sprawling oasis, offering respite from the city's hustle. Whether strolling along its winding paths, picnicking on its lush lawns, or simply soaking in its serene ambiance, Central Park is an essential NYC experience.
Written 23 May 2024
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SammyPickles
Clay Cross, UK1,150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We loved the park so much we went twice in four days. We ate bagels for breakfast in the park and started our hectic days the right way!
Avoid the sellers apart from the fruit that’s yummy! Plenty of toilets dotted about and live musicians also around the park.
Written 22 May 2024
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Henry’s Take
San Diego, CA1,034 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Trail Series, Part 30
Fore•sight
The ability to foresee; the act of looking forward; a view of the future.

I can’t claim to know the details of the conversations taking place in the mid-1800’s about the future of NYC, but it is clear to me that at least some of those voices demonstrated incredible foresight. While some proposed that public grounds be constructed in order to establish the city’s international reputation as being commensurate with that of London or Paris, others understood that a rapidly expanding populace would benefit from an escape from the congestion of city life, even if for just an afternoon. And thus, Central Park was planned and created.

I once heard these 843 acres described as covering “an irregular terrain”, which I find a creative illustration of the rolling hills throughout and consistent mixture of paved, unpaved, and uneven surfaces. This, however, should not discourage those with mobility issues from setting out for this NYC gem as the myriad of paved paths are extensive and widely accessible.

Opened in 1859, it is the first landscaped public park in the United States, welcomes 42 million visitors annually, and requires more than 300 employees to maintain to it.

If your goal is to cover as many uninterrupted miles during your workout as possible, you’ll be pleased to learn that the interior paths within the park are entirely paved and provide clearly delineated and separate lanes for walkers, runners, and cyclists. Now should that create within you an implicit faith that your safety is assured? Not hardly. Be sure to keep your head on a swivel ‘cuz this is New York City baby and it stops (let alone slows down) for no one!

And that’s…Henry’s Take.

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Written 22 May 2024
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,754 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Every time I wander through Central Park, it's like everything old is new again. This trip was no exception, whether early morning or at twilight, this green and pleasant spot holds a magic like nothing else can.
Written 19 May 2024
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Carol G
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The park grounds are relatively well-kept. There are a lot of trails for pedestrians and cyclists. Watch out for the muddy sections on rainy days. Take along a water bottle to keep hydrated.
Written 17 May 2024
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