How to Get to Central Park
Because Central Park is so vast, there are a number of ways to get to your specific park destination. Located from 59th Street to 110th Street, Central Park is open seven days a week from 6am until 1am. There are plenty of parking garages located on all sides of this NYC park charging a variety of rates per hour parked. Traveling by subway is cheaper option for most Central Park visitors:
- From West: use rail lines: A, C, B, D, 1, 9 at 59th Street, and B & C at 72nd Street, 81st Street, 86th Street, 96th Street, 103rd Street, and 110th Street.
- From East: use rail lines N & R at Fifth Ave, and 6 at 68th Street, 77th Street, 86th Street, 96th Street, 103rd Street, and 110th Street.
Activities in Central Park
A Polar Bear at New York's Central Park Zoo
Central Park in NYC has an endless list of activities that will cater to every type of visitor. With 21 different playgrounds, 58 miles of pedestrian path, open-air concerts, rickshaw rides, carriage rides, the Strawberry Fields memorial and more, there should be no shortage of activities for the Central Park visitor.
- Take a Tour: the park offers bike tours that are two hours long, $35 per adult and $20 per child 15 years and younger. This price includes bike rental and escort. Walking tours provided by the Central Park Conservancy are usually one to one and a half hours long and while some cost $10 and up, there are free Central Park tours available.
- Take a Carriage Ride: carriage rides are offered by both The Manhattan Carriage of NYC and Central Park Carriages and average at $50 per 20 minute ride plus tip. Every additional ten minutes is $20 or more and no reservations will be taken. One carriage fits only four adults, or three adults and two children under 12, or one adult and four children under 12, no exceptions will be made. If you would like a pre-arranged carriage, call (212) 736-0680 and be prepared for higher rates. Carriage rides begin at 10am Monday-Friday and 9am Saturday & Sunday. Night rides last until 2am but be sure to check the weather! Carriage rides will not proceed when temperatures are below 19 degrees or above 87-89 degrees.
- Visit the Central Park Zoo: providing amazing exhibits such as an indoor rain forest, a polar bear pool, and a snow leopard exhibit, the Central Park Zoo is the perfect spot to view the most beautiful animals from all over the world. Open 365 days a year, the park is open from 10am to 4:30pm for Winter (Nov. 1-Apr. 1),10am to 5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5:30pm on weekends and holidays during the Summer (Apr. 2-Oct. 31). Adult admission is $12, children are $7, and seniors (65+) are $9, children under three years old are free! This also includes admission into the Tisch Children's Zoo.