0 Love It

Central Park: Guide to family attractions, playgrounds and events

A complete guide to Central Park, including playgrounds and family attractions, from the carousel to the the Central Park Zoo.

1/29
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Central Park: The Mall

2/29
Photograph: The Central Park Conservancy

Central Park: North Woods

3/29
Photograph: Central Park Conservancy

Central Park: Belvedere Castle

4/29
Photograph: Courtesy of Central Park Conservancy

Central Park: Friedsam Memorial Carousel

5/29
Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

Central Park: Snow monkey at the Central Park Zoo

6/29

Central Park: Sea lion at the Central Park Zoo

7/29
Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

Central Park: Tisch Children's Zoo the Central Park Zoo

8/29
Photograph: Courtesy Central Park Conservancy

Central Park: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

9/29
Photograph: City Parks Foundation

Central Park: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater

10/29
Photograph: Gary Gershoff

Central Park: Victorian Gardens

 

 

11/29
Photograph: Beth Levendis

Central Park: Trump Wollman Rink

12/29
Photograph: Gaby Dressler

Central Park: Ancient Playground

13/29
Photograph: Lindsay Maclean Taylor

Central Park: Billy Johnson Playground

14/29
Photograph: Gaby Dressler

Central Park: East 72nd Street Playground

15/29
Photograph: Lindsay Maclean Taylor

Central Park: Heckscher Playground

16/29

Central Park: Diana Ross Playground

 

17/29
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Central Park: Bethesda Fountain

18/29

Central Park: Conservatory Garden

19/29

Central Park: Strawberry Fields

 

 

20/29
Photograph: Sara Cedar Miller/Central Park Conservancy

Central Park: Alice in Wonderland Statue

21/29

Central Park: Hans Christian Andersen Statue

22/29
Photograph: Dominic Perri

Central Park: Summer Stage Family Day

23/29

Central Park: Harlem Meer Performance Festival

24/29

Central Park: My Dog Loves Central Park Fair

25/29
Photograph courtesy Central Park Conservancy

Central Park: Autumn

 

26/29

Central Park: Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail

 

27/29

Central Park: Holiday Lighting

 

 

28/29
Photograph: Marielle Solan

Central Park: Winter Jam 2013

29/29

Central Park: Summer author reading

Even Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted would be astonished at the staying power of their 1860s creation, which is arguably the most beloved tourist attraction in New York City. A historic carousel, a small zoo with a separate, excellent petting zoo, and a beautiful ice-skating rink–cum–amusement park alone make Central Park worth a visit, and that’s just in its southernmost six blocks. Even for families on a strict budget, Central Park is a boon, sporting a fairy tale castle where kids can borrow a field kit, a nature center where they can practice catch-and-release fishing, treasured spots like Bethesda Fountain and the Egyptian obelisk, and some of the best playgrounds in the city, including one with a 45-foot marble slide that teaches kids that good things are worth waiting for. Best of all, though, Central Park offers city children a taste of the country, oxygenated air, countless trees and expansive grass lawns included.

RECOMMENDED: 50 best family attractions in NYC

How to support Central Park: You can help maintain the urban oasis by visiting centralparknyc.org.

Central Park information

Central Park coverage

Show more

Other NYC parks

Comments

0 comments