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Central Park Visitors Guide

Everything you need to plan your visit to Central Park


Central Park plays an essential role in the everyday lives of New Yorkers by providing 843 acres of paths, lakes and open spaces for escaping the din and chaos of the surrounding city. Visitors to New York City are often impressed with its beauty and size, making it a wonderful place to enjoy a bit of relaxation and get a better sense of what it's like to live in New York City.

Official Site: Central Park Conservancy
More: New York City's Best Parks
Itinerary: One Day on the West Side

1. Things To Do In Central Park

The Loeb Boathous on The Lake
Patti McConville/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

Wondering just what to do when you visit Central Park? Whether you're looking to explore on your own, take a guided tour or just relax and people-watch, we've put together great ideas for things to do in Central Park.

2. Central Park Introduction and Directions

Turtle Pond in Central Park
Heather Cross

Wondering how to get to Central Park? Central Park is quite large, but we've put together helpful directions for getting to Central Park by subway or on foot, as well as information about Central Park's design and its importance in the lives of New Yorkers.

3. Central Park Map

Central Park Map

Central Park is filled with many sights to see and lots of winding paths, so you'll be very happy to have a Central Park map with you when you visit Central Park. There is even a printable version of the Central Park map you can bring with you and it's free!

4. Central Park Hotels

Essex House Hotel at Central Park
Courtesy of Jumeirah Essex House

Want Central Park to be at the heart of your visit to New York City? Consider staying at one of these New York City hotels with rooms overlooking Central Park.

5. Central Park Landmarks and Attractions

Alice in Wonderland Sculpture in Central Park
Heather Cross

Central Park is home to a number of well-known sculptures and attractions, including:

6. Central Park Concerts and Events

Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park
Heather Cross

Central Park hosts a wide variety of different events throughout the year -- particularly in the summer. Adding one of these Central Park concerts or events to your New York City itinerary is a great way to take a break from the usual tourist activities and experience a taste of life in New York City.

Central Park Concerts and Events:

7. Where To Pack A Picnic for Central Park

Sheep Meadow
Heather Cross

Picnicking in Central Park is a wonderful way to enjoy a delicious meal and fantastic people watching. It's also a great idea to pack a picnic for Central Park if you're attending a concert in Central Park. And for budget-minded travelers, a picnic lunch or dinner in Central Park can be a great way to save money and have a great experience at the same time.

8. Central Park Tours

Want a hand exploring Central Park? Consider taking one of these Central Park tours:

9. Central Park Pictures

The Gates
Dan Cross

Want to take a virtual visit to Central Park? Check out these Central Park pictures to prepare yourself for your visit or to help you remember your visit to Central Park. The collection of Central Park photos includes photos of Central Park landmarks, the Central Park Zoo, and even some special events in Central Park.

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