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

The Castle at Central Park, New York
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Eric Paparatto

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

The best things to do in Central Park
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The best things to do in Central Park

The best things to do in Central Park aren’t just for tourists! There are attractions for everyone in NYC’s iconic park.

The best restaurants near Central Park in NYC
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The best restaurants near Central Park in NYC

New York’s best restaurants near Central Park include white-tablecloth French spots and an iconic Jewish delicatessen

The best hotels near Central Park in NYC
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The best hotels near Central Park in NYC

The best hotels near Central Park are arguably the best hotels in NYC. These ones have the best amenities (and views).

Picnic spots in 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

11 hidden spots in Central Park you need to explore
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11 hidden spots in Central Park you need to explore

If you’re only hitting the most popular parts of the park, you’re missing out.

Seven secrets of Central Park that you don’t know about
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Seven secrets of Central Park that you don’t know about

After stopping by the secret section that just opened after 82 years, go on a scavenger hunt to find these seven things.

Check out these trippy photos of Central Park
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Check out these trippy photos of Central Park

Central Park’s Strawberry Fields get a literal hue in these insane photos by Paolo Pettigiani

10 gorgeous photos of Central Park in the fall
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10 gorgeous photos of Central Park in the fall

New York in the fall is one of the best times to be in the city and there's no better place to experience all of that than Central Park

Lesser-known Central Park spots
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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

Global Citizen Festival 2017 in NYC
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Global Citizen Festival 2017 in NYC

Here’s your complete guide to this year’s Global Citizen Festival, the charitable NYC music fest in Central Park

Your guide to SummerStage 2017
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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

Central Park Winter Jam guide
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Central Park Winter Jam guide

NYC’s annual snow-sport extravaganza—Central Park Winter Jam—returns for another action-packed afternoon

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