Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962, New York's Central Park, originally opened in 1857, was later revised by landscaper Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Calvert Vaux, reopening in 1873 after nearly two decades of park expansion and large-scale construction. An open-air oasis for both city natives and the millions who flock to the area from around the world, Central Park features famous horse-drawn carriage rides, outdoor (sometimes televised and occasionally legendary) concerts, joggers, cyclists, ice-skaters, picnickers, movie and TV show productions, and many a picturesque marriage proposal.


Live musical performances abound, with shows offered at Central Park Summerstage, Naumburg Bandshell, Bethesda Terrace, Conservatory Garden, Shakespeare Garden, Turtle Pond, and many other locations.Horse-drawn carriage rides operate year-round, offering riders an easygoing cruise for family outings, romantic pairings, or a unique sightseeing experience.The Alice in Wonderland statue is eleven feet of sculpted bronze, where children are encouraged to climb all over the titular Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and other characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved classics.

Price range

Basic admission to the park is free, though concerts, vehicle (bicycle, scooter) rentals, and rides (horse-drawn carriage, amusement) inside the park require separate costs that can be verified here by email

Best time to visit

The par is open year-round, and every season offers unique, often cinematic, sights and sounds.

Near by POI

The opulent, world-famous Fifth Avenue borders the Park's eastern edge.Columbus Circle, named for the Spanish explorer, is an iconic traffic intersection on the Park's southwest border.