Central Park in New York: The ultimate guide to NYC’s backyard

Discover everything you need to know about Central Park in New York, including hidden gems, perennial favorites, can’t-miss events and more

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    Central Park in New York, spring 2013

Photograph: Fiora Watts

Central Park in New York, spring 2013

Map out your next trip to Central Park in New York with our handy rundown of the park’s must-see attractions. Whether you’re looking for a free tour, a serene picnicking spot, an off-the-beaten-path area or a historical monument, we’ve got you covered. You’ll also find the lowdown on tourist-friendly musts—the Central Park Zoo, boat rides on the Lake, the Bow Bridge, Belvedere Castle—that are perfect for out-of-town friends and family.


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Things to do in Central Park

Central Park Zoo

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Southeast corner of Central Park (enter at Fifth Ave at 64th St)
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  1. Midpark, enter at 79th St
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Conservatory Garden

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Fifth Ave at 105th St
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Great Lawn

  • Free
  1. midpark, (from 79th to 85th Sts)
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Rumsey Playfield

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Free
  1. Enter park at Fifth Ave , (at 69th St)
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  1. 72nd St, (at Fifth Ave)
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Museums and attractions near Central Park

American Museum of Natural History

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Central Park West at 79th St
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  1. 5 W 81st St between Central Park West and Columbus Ave
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The Frick Collection

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1 E 70th St between Fifth and Madison Aves
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St
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Museum of the City of New York

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1220 Fifth Ave between 103rd and 104th Sts
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Lincoln Center

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Sts
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