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Central Park Activities

Traveling to New York City with children? Central Park is a must see in Summer. Many Central Park activities were created especially with children in mind. Below are some of the top things to do in Central Park that are perfectly suited for families with young children. Gather your family and friends and get ready for a great time exploring this iconic part of the city.

Younger children might enjoy the storytelling that takes place each summer at the site of the Hans Christian Anderson Statue, located near 72nd Street and 5th Avenue.

Boat Rides on the Lake
Renting a rowboat from the Loeb Boathouse has been a fun, family activity in Central Park since the 19th century and remains a great choice in the spring and summer months. On these trips around the Lake, visitors can spot Mute Swans and ducks, in addition to the occasional Heron or Egret.

Swimming at Lasker Pool
Offering free admission, Lasker Pool is a favorite summertime family attraction at Central Park.

Fishing at the Meer
Catch and release fishing is offered at the Meer through the Dana Discovery Center. The Discovery Center lends visitors bamboo fishing poles, perfect for catching bass, catfish, bluegill sunfish, grass carp, rock perch, and golden shiners in the calm waters of the Meer.

The Marionette Theatre
The Marionette Theatre is located at the Swedish Cottage. Hosting shows in the summertime and school season, productions include classic tales such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk among others.

Model Boat Sailing
Model boats and even lessons in sailing them are available at Conservatory Water.

Tisch Children's Zoo
Located within the main Central Park Zoo, the Tisch Children's Zoo features a petting zoo, Acorn Theatre, and the "Enchanted Forest", a complete habitat that is home to birds, turtles, and frogs.

Belvedere Castle's "Woods and Water Exhibit"
Designed for kids, this exhibit teaches visitors about the flora and fauna of Central Park.

Central Park Carousel
Open April through November, this very popular children's attraction is a traditional merry-go-round, complete with the sound of organ music and vendor cart treats nearby.

Ice Skating at Wollman Rink
Wollam Rink, the most popular outdoor skating rink in the city, is open weekdays and weekends during winter months. Youth skating and hockey programs are also offered at the Rink, and skaters can warm themselves with hot drinks from the nearby café.


Picnic at The Pool:  For an out-of-the-way rendezvous, head to the Pool in the northwest corner of the park. The Pool's waterfalls and weeping willows make it the perfect place to lay out your picnic blanket, dine together al fresco and spend some uninterrupted time cuddling or conversing. You can find it at W. 100th to W. 103rd St.
Horse and carriage ride: There are few images more romantic than a horse and carriage ride around Central Park. Pre-arranged carriage rides allow you to surprise your date with flowers or chocolate, and plan ahead for any other special details.

Riding bikes: Riding bikes in Central Park is a perfect activity for a date when you want something to do together that goes beyond sitting and talking. Bike rentals are also reasonably priced so you can have fun without breaking the bank. Reservations can be made on our bike rental page.

Belvedere Castle: There are few things in life more romantic than a castle – even one that is located in one of the world's biggest cities. Belvedere Castle can be found mid-park at 79th Street, surrounded by some of the park's most beautiful attractions, like Delacorte Theater, Great Lawn, Turtle Pond and the Ramble. It offers breathtaking views of the park and the New York City skyline.

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