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Photograph: Virginia RollisonCentral Park: The Mall
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Photograph: Courtesy of Central Park ConservancyCentral Park: Friedsam Memorial Carousel
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Photograph: Julie Larsen MaherCentral Park: Snow monkey at the Central Park Zoo
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Central Park: Sea lion at the Central Park Zoo
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Photograph: Julie Larsen MaherCentral Park: Tisch Children's Zoo the Central Park Zoo
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Photograph: Courtesy Central Park ConservancyCentral Park: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
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Photograph: City Parks FoundationCentral Park: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
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Photograph: Gary GershoffCentral Park: Victorian Gardens    
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Photograph: Beth LevendisCentral Park: Trump Wollman Rink
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Photograph: Gaby DresslerCentral Park: Ancient Playground
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Photograph: Lindsay Maclean TaylorCentral Park: Billy Johnson Playground
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Photograph: Gaby DresslerCentral Park: East 72nd Street Playground
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Photograph: Lindsay Maclean TaylorCentral Park: Heckscher Playground
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Central Park: Diana Ross Playground  
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Photograph: Virginia RollisonCentral Park: Bethesda Fountain
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Central Park: Conservatory Garden
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Central Park: Strawberry Fields    
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Photograph: Sara Cedar Miller/Central Park ConservancyCentral Park: Alice in Wonderland Statue
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Central Park: Hans Christian Andersen Statue
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Photograph: Dominic PerriCentral Park: Summer Stage Family Day
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Central Park: Harlem Meer Performance Festival
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Central Park: My Dog Loves Central Park Fair
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Photograph courtesy Central Park ConservancyCentral Park: Autumn  
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Central Park: Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail  
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Central Park: Holiday Lighting    
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Photograph: Marielle SolanCentral Park: Winter Jam 2013
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Central Park: Summer author reading

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.

By Time Out Kids editors
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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.

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