Top 10 Things to See and Do in Central Park, NYC

Top 10 Things to See and Do in Central Park, NYC

Located in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is an icon of New York City. It provides numerous attractions, that will suite everyone. Families, couples and individual explorers will be pleased to find fun amusements, beautiful gardens and nice trails. Check out our list and share your favorite spot in Central Park with us!

10. Alice in Wonderland

The iconic bronze statue is dedicated to the children, who do not hesitate and climb all over it. Actually, it is exactly meant for that! Commissioned by philanthropist George Delacorte in 1959, the ensemble features Alice and her friends gathered around the mushrooms.

When to go there?

All year round. If you wish to climb it yourself, try going there earlier in the morning or later in the evening, when the kiddies are at home.

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9. Belvedere Castle

The miniature castle was built in 1869. Belvedere means “a beautiful view” in Italian and rightfully so: wonderful sights to the whole park, especially to the Ramble and Turtle Pond, open from here – it is the highest point in the park after all.

When to go there?

The castle is open daily 10am-5pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

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8. The Central Park Zoo

The zoo features various wild as well as domestic animals from around the world. Very suitable for families with children, who love the sea lion pool or get close and touch goats, cows, sheep and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. Daily theater shows are performed at the Acorn Theater in the Enchanted Forest.

When to go there?

It is open daily 10am-4:30pm, all year round.

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7. Shakespeare Garden

Conceived in the 1880s the garden features plants and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s body of work. For example, rosemary and pansies are a reference to Hamlet’s Ophelia, thistles are from Much Ado About Nothing. It is said that a white mulberry tree is inculcated from a tree planted by the Bard himself in 1602!

When to go there?

All year round – different plants grow and bloom every season, so it is interesting to explore the garden at any time of the year.

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6. Boating

It is one of the most favorite activities. You can rent a boat or hire a Venetian gondola ride. Either way is romantic and will help explore the park. See Bow Bridge – the second oldest cast-iron bridge in America, discover egrets, herons, loons and lakes of the park.

When to go there?

Service is available daily, but prior reservations are required.

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5. Carriage Ride

Horse-drawn carriage is another iconic attribute of the park, often depicted in romantic movies. You can choose various routes, that take from 20 minutes to an hour. Stylish coaches are lined up waiting for you along Central Park South between 5th and 6th Avenues.

When to go there?

Anytime. You can also order rides for special events – birthdays, weddings or romantic dates – that also feature music and flowers.

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4. Carousel

The iconic attraction in Central Park entertains visitors and especially children since 1871. It is said, that at first the facility was powered by a live mule or a horse, hidden beneath a platform. The visitors can bob around along the organ music for only $3 per ride.

When to go there?

From April to October 10am – 6pm. Call before going from November to March, since it depends on the weather if the carousel is open.

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3. The Conservatory Garden

A six-acre area comprises three gardens – English, French and Italian. The purpose is to experience European style without actually traveling to another continent. Abundance of colorful flowers, walkways and fountains make it a tranquil and aesthetically very compelling getaway.

When to go there?

All year round. The opening hours are shorter in winter though, as it closes at 4 pm.

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2. The Great Lawn

Situated at the hear of the park, the 55-acres area is considered to be the most famous lawn in the whole wide world. It has also featured in many films, that depict a casual New Yorker behavior, who loves to have a picnic, play an outdoor game with friends or just relax and read a book. Also sometimes big concerts take place here.

When to go there?

The Great Lawn is open from mid-April to mid-November.

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1. Have a Nice Walk

The park encompasses a great chunk of area after all and you can always explore its various corners by having a lazy stroll. It is a wonderful getaway in the middle of the busiest city in the world. You can spend the whole day every day here and still be able to find something new and exciting each time.

When to go there?

The park welcomes visitors all year round! Even when certain parts are closed in winter, there are plenty of sites to see and activities to do.

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