Things to do in Central Park, New York
to do in Central Park New York?
New York's Top Things to do in Central Park - Don't lose us
Central Park is big. You could walk for over 50 miles the still
leave many a path untrod. Alternatively, just relax on one of Central
Park’s 9,000 benches which give testament to the multitude
of the Park’s numerous resident and migratory birds (285 species
no less). But there is much more to do than sit on bird poo.
find series of fortifications for the Revolutionary War and the
War of 1812. northern end of the Park.
a short ride on the 4.5 miles of bridle paths.
the Alice in Wonderland Sculptures, near Fifth Avenue at East 75th
of the Waters
at least one of the 30 bridges/arches to walk over possibly more
of the 51 sculptures to look at. In particular, get a picture of
the “Angel of the Waters" fountain and - Cleopatra's
the Belvedere Castle, the Henry Luce Nature Observatory, near 79th
Street in the center of the park (great views) Once a weather station,
now an education center with terrific views.
Central Park Zoo, 5th Avenue at East 64th Street (212) 861-6030.
called the Central Park Wildlife Center. Displays wildlife, including
polar bears and monkeys, in naturalistic settings. Run by the Wildlife
Conservation Society, which also manages the Bronx Zoo. Open every
day of the year. April through October: Monday to Friday from 10
am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. November
through March: 10 am to 4:30 pm daily. Watch the sea lions chow
down at 11:30 am, 2 pm and 4 pm; see the penguins dine at 10:30
am and 2:30 pm every day. Save your ticket for entrance to the nearby
Tisch Children's Zoo.
East 81st Street (behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
An Egyptian obelisk presented to the U.S. by the Khedive of Egypt
to the beautiful Conservatory Gardens, Fifth Avenue at 105th Street.
of free Shakespeare plays each summer. (212) 539-8655
65th Street in the center of the park (212) 879-0244. Children love
riding this antique merry-go-round. A good place for a child's birthday
the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The place to suntan, toss a frisbee
or wait for free Shakespeare tickets.
107th Street and 110th Street off Fifth Avenue. Harlem Meer is a
beautifully landscaped pond. Follow the path around the meer for
a wonderful walk on a sunny day. You can actually catch fish here
(although you are encouraged to toss them back); call 212-860-1370
for details. The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, which runs programs
for kids, is located on the north side.
Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
entrance to the jogging track is at East 90th Street. This 1.58
mile track is almost always busy with joggers. The heavy use and
diligent police patrols make this a popular place to run, even in
534-7639. The less crowded and less expensive alternative to Wollman
Rink for winter skating.
74th Street, on the east side of Rowboat Lake (212) 517-3697. Open
for lunch and dinner all summer, beginning in May. A nice place
to have a drink and enjoy the sunshine.
Fifth Avenue at 74th Street, (212) 673-1102. Relax and watch the
mini-regattas of remote-controlled yachts in the lake. Better yet,
rent a boat at the Kerbs Model Boathouse and join the races!
Central Park West at 72nd Street. 2 1/2 acres planted with 125,000
strawberry plants in honor of John Lennon.
Cottage Marionette Theater.
988-9093. Offers shows for children.
Courts, (212) 280-0205
Avenue at East 65th Street, (212) 439-6500. Just north of the larger
Central Park Wildlife Center, the recently redesigned Children's
Zoo is a special place where very young visitors can experience
a world of animals designed especially for them. Best for toddlers
Gardens Amusement Park
hand-crafted rides, games, face painting, storytelling, clowns and
entertainment. A gentle way to introduce your young children to
an amusement park. Seasonal only. Located by Wollman Rink.
Avenue at 59th Street, (212) 439-6900. Ice skating in the winter;
in-line skating at other times.
your skates on the skating rink,
• Have a little swing at the miniature golf ,
• Have a big swing on the tennis courts,
• Or have a kiddie swing at one of the 21 playgrounds
• You could play softball,
• Or hardball
• Go for a swim
• Or just a spin on a carousel.
• You might need a rest,
• And maybe that’s best,
• At Harlem Meer
• But do not fear,
• Or if not so keen,
• You could try the zoo,
• But if that won’t do,
• Escape to the beautiful Conservatory Gardens,
• or let you feet have a rest
• Go for a Buggy Ride or a Horse-drawn hansom cabs (near the
Plaza entrance on Central Park South and at Columbus Circle)
• But my favorite thing in all of central park
• Strawberry Fields
• Near Central Park West at 72nd Street
• 2 1/2 acres planted with 125,000 strawberry plants in honour
of John Lennon.