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Central Park
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72nd, 81st, 86th, 96th, 103rd Streets are West of the park.
You don’t need your NYPASS for Central Park
You don’t need tickets for Central Park

Central Park is regarded as one of the greatest urban parks in the world, and with good reason. For many New Yorkers, Central Park is the centre of their world; its facilities, beauty and atmosphere cannot be replicated anywhere else in the city and the stark contrast between the urban and natural landscapes is unmatched anywhere else on earth.

Wandering around Central Park with a bagel and a coffee (or whatever else you want – they don’t check you on the way in) is one of the real joys of a trip to New York. The bustle of the city fades to calm as you step through the walled openings and if it wasn’t for the huge peaks of the surrounding buildings, you could forget you were in New York at all. You’ll find yourself strolling in lush green lawns, crossing paths with the odd cyclist, rollerblader or jogger and catching sight of an occasional couple taking a romantic ride on a horse and carriage. You’ll see more statues than you’ve ever spotted in your life, enough musicians to re-enact Live Aid and through it all you’ll be completely relaxed and invigorated. There is nowhere else in New York like it – heck, there’s nowhere else in the world quite like it!

Statues / Sculptures in Central Park

  • 107th Infantry Memorial
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Balto
  • Simon Bolivar
  • Burnett Memorial Fountain
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Jagiello Grunwald Monument
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Richard Morris Hunt
  • Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns
  • William Shakespeare
  • Dr James Marion Sims
  • Alexander von Humboldt
  • Daniel Webster
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Bethesda Fountain
  • Eagles and Prey
  • Indian Hunter
  • Still Hunt
  • Untermyer Fountain
  • Frierich Schiller
  • Jose Marti
  • Lehman Gates
  • Victor Herbert
  • Ludwig von Beethoven
  • USS Maine
  • Mother Goose
  • Cleopatra’s Needle
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Prospero and Miranda
  • Sherman Monument
  • Sophie Irene Loeb
  • Falconer
  • Tigress and cubs
  • Jose de San Martin
  • Delacorte musical clock
  • John Purroy Mitchel
  • Albert Bertel Thorvaldsen
  • Fred Lebow
  • Thomas Moore
  • Giuseppe Mazzini
  • 7th Regiment Civil War Monument
  • Samuel FB Morse
  • The Pilgrim

Things to do in Central Park

  • Central Park Carousel
  • Take a walking tour
  • Row a boat on the lake
  • Watch the sail boats
  • See a concert
  • Shakespeare in the park
  • Horse and carriage ride
  • Enjoy a picnic
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Wander around!

Tips…
The landscape of Central Park was specially designed to provide a calming experience at all times. The scale of the park is obfuscated from view by clever placement of trees and man-made hills to create the illusion of tranquility, and it works. Make the most of it! Allocate some time to go to Central Park with some food (pick somewhere from our section below) and just wander around. You’ll be glad you did.

Check what’s on in the park when you’ll be there by checking this calendar, you might be able to catch a show or concert that will make your trip a uniquely memorable experience.

Make sure you have some comfortable shoes, your camera and a jacket / umbrella depending on the time of year you’re going!

The Central Park Conservancy have released a new mobile app to help visitors get the most out of the park (probably worth checking your data plan first before you use it if you’re from the UK!)
Get the App

While you’re there…

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