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14 E. 60th St, New York, NY, 10022
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New York Central Park
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Central Park in New York City

Located in the center of Manhattan, this urban public park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and English architect Calvert Vaux opened in 1873. Strolling through this 843-acre oasis is a true New York pleasure. From the Great Lawn and the Loeb Boathouse to Belvedere Castle and the Bethesda Fountain, there are endless scenic attractions to explore. During the summer you can catch a free concert at Summerstage or free performance of Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater.

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Hours -

Daily 6am - 1am

Prices -

Free

Events

  • NYC Marathon
  • New Year's Eve Run
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Summerstage Concerts

Activities

  • Sightseeing
  • Boating
  • Picnics
  • Biking
  • Jogging

Arches & Bridges

There are over three-dozen beautiful structures in Central Park that visitors can pass over or under. One of the most famous, Bow Bridge, is a much photographed icon and the site of many famous film scenes. This cast iron bridge spans 60 feet over The Lake. Keep an eye out and you’ll see many other spectacular stone, wood, and iron bridges and arches.

Size of the Park (Running & Walking Trails)

The 843-acre park encompasses thousands of special features and beautiful settings. There are over 58 miles of pedestrian paths in Central Park. Traversing the full loop of the park from north to south is around six miles, The Reservoir Running Track is 1.58 miles, and the Great Lawn Oval is about .5 miles.

FAQs

  • How long has the carousel been in the park?

    The antique Carousel has been a longstanding favorite feature in the park for kids from all over. It originally opened in 1871 and has been a hit with families ever since.
  • How many fountains are in the park?

    One of the most beautiful aspects of Central Park is all the lovely fountains and monuments located throughout the grounds. In fact there are 48 fountains, monuments, and sculptures dotted throughout the park. Bethesda Fountain is the most famous and a must-see. Topped with the Angel of Water sculpture, this popular fountain dates back to 1873.

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