Guide - New York City
Central Park is an oasis of green in the middle of New York City with over 800 acres of scenic views, playgrounds and ponds. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, it was the first landscaped park in the United States.
It's a great place if you want to take a break from the busy city. There are bike and Jogging Trails, Athletic Fields, and a Boathouse. You can even find a skating rink among the skyscrapers of the Big Apple (Wollman Rink recently restored by Donald Trump). Wollman Rink can be accessed from Grand Army Plaza (East 59th Street and Central Park South) and is located between the Dairy to the north and the Pond. (Nov - March / Rentals are available). Bethesda Fountain is located by the Mall and near the lake.
The Water Conservatory plays host to model boat races during the summer. There is a Wildlife Center and a Conservatory as well as actual stone Castle (Belvedere Castle). Visitors can get a free guided tour at the Conservancy. Start your trip to the park with a visit to "The Dairy" which is the home of the visitors center. It is a good place to get the latest info on current park events.
While in the park be sure to visit "Strawberry Fields", the memorial to late Beatle, John Lennon. Located on the south side of the park this 2.5-acre tear-drop-shaped landscape features a reproduction of a mosaic from Pompeii - a gift from Naples, Italy with a single word IMAGINE. The famous Tavern on the Green Restaurant is also right in the Park.
Learn more about the Park
Central Park Map
Party Map of Central Park
Summer Fun in Central Park
NYC Parks and Gardens
Dining in the Park
Central Park offers a variety of locations for park
goers to pick up a snack or sit down to a formal
Outdoor Concession Stands Around the Park:
- Wollman Rink, East 63rd
- Leaping Frog Café, across
from the Arsenal, East 64th Street at Fifth
- Kerbs Ice Cream Café at
Conservatory Water, East 74th Street near the
- Ferrara Italian Café at
Merchants' Gate, West 61st Street and Central
- Ballplayers House, 65th
Street at Mid-Park next to the Carousel
Full Service Restaurants in the Park:
- Sheep Meadow Café at Mineral
Springs, East 69th Street at the East Drive,
offers a more casual dining experience.
- Le Pain Quotidien at Mineral
Springs Pavilion near 69th Street serves soups,
salas and sandwiches and offers an outside
East 74th Street at the East Drive, offers a
full menu and service al fresco. phone:
Dining Outside the Park
Central Park South Restaurant Directory