Did you know, that Central Park spans over an incredible 843 acres? So, as you can imagine, there’s plenty to do. That’s why millions of visitors put Central Park on their travel bucket list each year. If you need some inspiration for your visit, here’s just a few of the fun things you can do at Central Park…
1. Get your skates on
You might associate ice skating with Christmas, but the famous Wollman Rink at Central Park is actually open for 7 months of the year! This means there’s plenty of time to enjoy this incredible rink, whether you’re visiting over the festive season or not.
The Wollman Rink first opened in 1949 and has been a popular Central Park attraction ever since. You might even recognise it from the big screen. The rink can be seen in movies like Home Alone 2, Serendipity, Night at the Museum and Mr Popper’s Penguins to name just a few.
As you skate around the rink, admire the city’s skyscrapers towering overhead. We’d recommend booking your Central Park Ice Skating Tickets in advance as this will save you money on the gate price. You can also purchase cookies and hot chocolate- a delicious treat for after your session.
2. Step inside the movies
Over the years, Central Park has been used as a filming location for blockbuster movies, TV shows and even adverts. Movie buffs will enjoy searching for famous film locations around the park. If you think you’d feel a bit lost on your own, you can get tickets for a guided Central Park Walking Tour. You’ll have an expert guide leading the way, showing you over 40 TV and movie sites located throughout the park. You’ll get to visit locations featured in movies like When Harry Met Sally, Home Alone 2, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Avengers and Ghostbusters, as well as TV shows like Glee and Gossip Girl to name a few. Make sure you’ve got your camera, so you can take plenty of photos.
3. Rent a boat
If you’re visiting New York during the summer, we’d definitely recommend adding this to your list! You can rent your very own rowboat at Loeb Boathouse and set sail into the heart of the Central Park Lake. The lake spans over 22-acres, with lots of beautiful scenery and wildlife to take in along the way. Each boat can fit up to four people and with prices starting from just $15 for an hour, that’s less than $4 each! This really is something that everyone can enjoy, but is a particularly popular choice for couples wanting to take a romantic break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
4. Enjoy a Horse and Carriage tour
Horse and carriage tours are extremely popular, offering visitors a unique way to experience the beauty of Central Park. The tours have been running for years and are iconic to the history of Manhattan. The lavishly decorated carriages have plush seating to ensure you have a comfortable ride. You’ll be able to discover some of the park’s highlights with an experienced driver who will let you in on a few of the park’s best kept secrets! We’d recommend booking tickets in advance to secure the best price.
5. Go cycling
With 843 acres to explore, you might want to consider renting a bike to save your feet! While we’d recommend this for the warmer months, you can rent bikes all year round from as little as $7. There’s plenty to see in Central Park and you can easily be kept busy for hours. There’s lots of famous landmarks to look out for, like Strawberry Fields (a stunning memorial dedicated to John Lennon), Central Park Zoo, the Alice in Wonderland Statue and much more. If you need a little help finding your way, you can book a place on a guided Central Park Bike Tour.
6. Visit Belvedere Castle
If you want to get the best views of the park, this is the place to go. Guests can go up to the observation deck to admire the highest panoramic views of Central Park and the city beyond. The castle’s name reflects its nature, as it translates to “beautiful view” in Italian. The stunning castle is also the location of the official Central Park weather station, and if you go inside, you’ll find a vast collection of natural history artefacts.
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