One of New York City’s most breathtaking and celebrated attractions, Central Park is a must-see for anyone visiting the five boroughs. Whether experienced during a fresh snowfall in the winter, the spectacular floral blossoms in spring, the steamy days of summer or the gorgeous, leaf-turning months of fall, Central Park is a sight to behold. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux between 1858 and 1873 and currently maintained by the Central Park Conservancy, the 843-acre park is an urban oasis of trees, gardens, rolling meadows, arches, sculptures, statues and vistas. The range of outdoor activities you can enjoy there is seemingly endless, from hiking, biking and ice-skating to simply lounging on a picnic blanket and listening to a live concert. To help you narrow down your choices, on the following pages we’ve gathered together some of the most popular attractions. For more information, visit the Central Park Conservancy’s website.
Entering Central Park
Central Park is accessible via specified entrances and exits located along its perimeter. On the south end of the park, there are four Midtown entrances along 59th Street (or Central Park South): Columbus Circle (where Broadway and Eighth Avenue meet), Seventh Avenue, Sixth Avenue and Grand Army Plaza (just west of Fifth Avenue). Along the Upper East Side, the Fifth Avenue side of the park has more than 10 entrances between 60th and 110th Streets. You’ll find more than a dozen entrances spanning the Upper West Side along Central Park West between 63rd and 110th Streets. There are four additional entrances at the north end of the park along 110th Street, in the neighborhoods of Morningside Heights and Harlem on the west side and East Harlem on the east side.