Central Park

Central Park which includes a pond, a park and flowers

Central Park

Escape the shadow of the crowded skyscrapers for an all-American afternoon enjoying the sights and sounds of Central Park.

For an afternoon away from the swarming streets of New York City, why not follow the example of the locals and make a bee-line for the expansive lawns of Central Park. Designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, the park opened in 1857 and has been a treasured gem in the heart of the urban sprawl ever since.

With a network of 91 kilometres of paths, 21 play areas and rambling expanses of woodland (not to mention the lake and streams) it is a great place to unwind and shake off the pressures of the city. Wander past the beautiful Bethesda Fountain, stroll through the European-style Conservatory Garden or admire the edifice of The Arsenal, a faux medieval fortress-like structure built as a munitions depot in 1850. Climb up to Belvedere Castle for the best views across the Great Lawn, Turtle Pond and The Ramble.

Central Park covers a huge stretch of land and is home to a vast number of attractions. What to see depends largely on whereabouts in the park you find yourself. For suggestions of the best places to visit, check in with a volunteer at one of the information booths dotted throughout the area and pick up a park map.

Highlights include the Central Park Zoo, where you can get close to the animals all year round and the Boathouse which has rowing boats available to hire from April to November. In the winter, you can take a spin on one of the skating rinks or snuggle up under a blanket as you as you are driven round the park in a horse and carriage.

Fans of Beatles singer John Lennon may want to pay tribute at Strawberry Fields, an area dedicated to his memory. Before his untimely death in 1980, John Lennon had moved to New York and lived in an apartment overlooking the park. He was a well-known peace activist and this dedicated quiet zone is a fitting tribute to his legacy.

If you start to feel peckish, nibble on a pretzel from one of the food carts or stop for a sit-down meal at the Loeb Boathouse Restaurant – well known for serving up the finest food and the best views. For a less formal atmosphere, why not grab a burger at the Ballplayers House, not far from the carousel.

Central Park sits between Upper West and the Upper East Side and can easily be reached by bus or subway.

Top 10 Hotels Near Central Park

Row NYC
Row NYC
4 out of 5
700 8th Avenue, New York, NY, 10036
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$258 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.5/5 Good! (3,785 reviews)
"I have stayed here a number of times. Very clean room. Entrance a little worn."

Reviewed on 17 May,2022

Row NYC
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY, 10036
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$322 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the convenient parking ...
3.5/5 Good! (6,123 reviews)
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Reviewed on 17 May,2022

Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Hotel Edison Times Square
Hotel Edison Times Square
4 out of 5
228 W 47th St, New York, NY, 10036
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$275 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in New York. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family amenities ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,792 reviews)
"Excellent location, comfortable stay, good breakfast."

Reviewed on 17 May,2022

Hotel Edison Times Square
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Belnord Hotel
Belnord Hotel
2.5 out of 5
209 West 87th Street, New York, NY, 10024
The price is S$247 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Belnord Hotel
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY, 10036
The price is S$322 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Hotel Edison Times Square
Hotel Edison Times Square
4 out of 5
228 W 47th St, New York, NY, 10036
The price is S$275 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Hotel Edison Times Square
Row NYC
Row NYC
4 out of 5
700 8th Avenue, New York, NY, 10036
The price is S$258 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Row NYC
Empire Hotel
Empire Hotel
4 out of 5
44 W 63rd St, New York, NY, 10023
The price is S$321 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Empire Hotel
Arlo Midtown
Arlo Midtown
4 out of 5
351 West 38th Street, New York, NY, 10018
The price is S$333 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Arlo Midtown
Hotel Belleclaire
Hotel Belleclaire
4 out of 5
2175 Broadway, New York, NY, 10024
The price is S$313 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Hotel Belleclaire
The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
4 out of 5
790 7th Ave, New York, NY, 10019
The price is S$325 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
The Lucerne Hotel
The Lucerne Hotel
4 out of 5
201 W 79th St, New York, NY, 10024
The price is S$367 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
The Lucerne Hotel
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