Iconic Central Park is 843 acres of much needed green space right smack in the middle of Manhattan.  There are an endless amount of activities and secret nooks to enjoy your time, don’t worry NYNJ has created a “Top 20 Things to do in Central Park” so you don’t get lost!

Breathe easy knowing, Mayor DeBlasio just announced as of June 2018 the park will be 100 percent car free!

Go Fishing: Just make sure to release it—in Harlem Meer. Fishing poles and bait are located at the nearby Charles A. Dana Discovery Center.

Listen to Live Music: at SummerStage, or catch one of your favorites—plenty of world-famous musicians perform at Rumsey Playfield.

Relax: at Strawberry Fields’ Imagine Mosaic, which honors the legendary Beatle who lived across the street.

Check the temperature: up at Belvedere Castle. This is the park’s official weather station.

Row your way around: the Lake, or go for a more relaxing gondola ride. Either way, you’ll get to explore the park’s huge natural body of water.

Beach volleyball: near Sheep Meadow.  Just make sure to bring a ball.

Stop and smell the flowers: at the Conservatory Garden. The blooms in the three large gardens that make up the Conservatory Garden change from season to season.

Bird Watching: at the Ramble—one of the greatest bird-watching spots in NYC.

Decipher hieroglyphics: at Cleopatra’s Needle. This obelisk, a few thousand years old, made its way from Alexandria, Egypt, to NYC in the late 1800’s.

Lay out a blanket: on the Great Lawn to hear the New York Philharmonic in a free summer concert—or just to lie in the sun.  The quintessential Central Park thing to do.

Go Sail-boating: at Conservatory Water.  The ultimate getaway in the middle of the city.

Circle the Reservoir on foot. The running track that traces its rim is 1.58 miles; a bridle path just outside it is just a bit longer.

Round and Round: on a 100 year old carousel. This one was created in 1908, installed at Brooklyns Coney Island until the 1940’s and then transplanted to Central Park in 1951.

Meet the Butterflies: in the North Meadow Butterfly Gardens. Summer is the perfect time to see some before they begin their migration down south for the winter.

Enjoy a puppet show at the Swedish Marionette Theatre. Especially great if you have kids with you.

Picnic on the gentle slopes of Cherry Hill.  Relax and enjoy the calm lake from this fantastic vantage point.

Hide underneath a natural stone arch to escape the summer sun.. There are around 40 bridges (and arches) in the park, most dating back to the early 1860’s when the park was developed.

Play Time:  Check out the park’s 21 playgrounds. The spaces of the Billy Johnson Playground and large climbing rocks in the Heckscher Playground are favorites among locals.

Get Wild at a Humid Rain Forest: in the Central Park Zoo. Perfect for families and those with children.

Visit Tavern on the Green: at Tavern on the Green restaurant, doesn’t get more central park than this.

 

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