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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Your guide to SummerStage 2017
For New York music fans, SummerStage is always one of the highlights of the summer-concerts calendar. The City Parks Foundation series, which celebrates its 32nd anniversary this year, is a juggernaut among warm-weather concert presenters, booking everything from classic New York hip-hop artists in outerborough NYC parks to big-name indie-rock bands on the Central Park mainstage. The scope of SummerStage 2017 is so vast we wouldn't blame you for being a bit bewildered by the whole thing. Here's a quick FAQ to get you started with SummerStage 2017. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to summer music festivals in NYC When is SummerStage? This year's festival runs from June 3 to August 27. There are typically events happening almost every day of the summer including both free concerts, dance parties, live poetry, theater, ballet and an outdoor opera series. The series' affiliated benefit shows (for which you'll need a ticket) happen through September. Where is SummerStage? Plenty of the gigs take place at the iconic SummerStage mainstage in Central Park, situated at Rumsey Playfield; take the 6 train to 68th St–Hunter College and enter the park at Fifth Ave and 72nd St. But the series is by no means a Manhattan-centric affair, with gigs taking place all summer at parks and outdoor spaces throughout NYC. How do I get tickets to SummerStage? As always, the majority of SummerStage's offerings are 100 percent free. There are a handful of choice benefit gigs, though; see City Parks Founda