Central Park
Central Park
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksParksScenic Walking Areas
06:00 - 01:00
Monday
06:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 01:00
Thursday
06:00 - 01:00
Friday
06:00 - 01:00
Saturday
06:00 - 01:00
Sunday
06:00 - 01:00
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 Kingdom614 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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SammyPickles
Clay Cross, UK1,149 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, CA1,023 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, CA8,709 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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Belinda H
New York City, NY709 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Hands down one of my favorite places in NYC. I love coming here for off leash hours with my dogs. Such a peaceful and enjoyable time!
Written 17 May 2024
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sconinck
Brazil74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The oark is lovely as usual. We went on a sunny warm day, the park was packed with people and pets, and we loved the visit, though I think some parts of the grass weren’t well maintained as you could see the ground
Written 17 May 2024
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Rohland C
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We loved exploring Central Park's expansive lawns and winding walking trails. It's a peaceful oasis in the middle of bustling Manhattan, perfect for a romantic stroll or picnic. A must-visit for nature lovers in the city.
Written 13 May 2024
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Nueva York y Turquía 🧿🇹🇷
New York City, NY12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Central Park is a charming escape in the heart of New York. It is the perfect place to get away from the chaos of the city and breathe in the tranquility of nature. Ideal for wandering alone, walking past ponds, exploring statues or simply relaxing among the greenery. Central Park offers unparalleled beauty in every season and gives visitors the opportunity to refresh and explore. You can travel safely during daylight hours.
Written 12 May 2024
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jkhunyor
San Diego, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Huge variety of attractions in this 800+ acre park in the middle of New York City!
Huge trees and flowering plants, paths throughout the park in forested areas, and beside bike paths, horse carriage winding streets, fountains, statues, and a lake and reservoir. Includes a carousel area, a boat house renting rowboats, a couple restaurants, and a castle in the middle.
Written 11 May 2024
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Sarah W
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Amazing flora and views...the oark is enormous. Some if the hills, on a bike were a bit of a challenge.
So worth a visit. There were a few groups making, pleasant, music, which broke up our ride.
Written 8 May 2024
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