Central Park is the largest park in Manhattan and without a doubt the most famous in all of NYC. Established in 1857, the 843-acre oasis has served as the scenic backdrop in countless movies and TV shows and functions as a kind of all-encompassing public recreation area. Its many attractions include a zoo, an ice-skating rink, a concert venue and several restaurants—not to mention its open fields, woodlands, running paths and various bodies of water. Located in the middle of Manhattan, the park, as its name suggests, is at the center of it all.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I enter the park? There are entrances roughly every five to seven blocks along the perimeter, from 59th street to 110th street, and at each corner between Central Park West and Fifth Avenue.
What are some of the park’s most popular attractions? Highlights include the Central Park Zoo (south end), Bethesda Fountain (mid-park), Strawberry Fields/Imagine Mosaic (mid-park), the Great Lawn (mid-park) and The Mall and Literary Walk (south end).
Are there tours available? Yes, in addition to plenty of independent tour groups, Central Park also offers guided tours (some free!) for visitors.
Can I go whenever I want? Just about. Park hours are from 6am to 1am daily.