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Photograph: Virginia RollisonCentral Park: The Mall
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Photograph: Central Park ConservancyCentral Park: Belvedere Castle
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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
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
Central Park: Diana Ross Playground  
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Photograph: Virginia RollisonCentral Park: Bethesda Fountain
Central Park: Conservatory Garden
Central Park: Strawberry Fields    
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Photograph: Sara Cedar Miller/Central Park ConservancyCentral Park: Alice in Wonderland Statue
Central Park: Hans Christian Andersen Statue
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Photograph: Dominic PerriCentral Park: Summer Stage Family Day
Central Park: Harlem Meer Performance Festival
Central Park: My Dog Loves Central Park Fair
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Photograph courtesy Central Park ConservancyCentral Park: Autumn  
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Photograph: Marielle SolanCentral Park: Winter Jam 2013
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

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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