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Central Park, New York

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

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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 free things to do, 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 attractions—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, New York

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Ten things you must do in Central Park

Don’t wait until you have visitors in town to check out the essentials of Central Park

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Picnic spots in Central Park

Pack up your basket with delectable treats and head to one of these secluded areas in Central Park in New York

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Lesser-known Central Park spots

Head to these overlooked areas in Central Park in New York to get a little farther away from tourist crowds

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Central Park Zoo

More than a million visitors a year flock here for quality time with some 130 species

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Belvedere Castle

Visitors can enjoy views of the Delacorte Theater, the Great Lawn and more

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Conservatory Garden

Visitors flock here in the spring to see gorgeous tulip displays, and in autum to see chrysanthemums

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Great Lawn

You'll find plenty of crowds on this beautiful field in the middle of Central Park

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Rumsey Playfield

Every summer, Central Park SummerStage fills Rumsey Playfield with every type of music under the sun

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Art

Arsenal Gallery

This exhibition space hosts a variety of shows through the year

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Naumburg Bandshell

The onetime site of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech and John Lennon's eulogy, the neoclassical Naumburg Bandshell is a Central Park landmark

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Museums and attractions near Central Park, New York

American Museum of Natural History

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Rose Center for Earth and Space

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The Frick Collection

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Museum of the City of New York

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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Lincoln Center

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