Central Park NY: Lots of Free, Discounted and Low-Cost Fun!

Central Park NY is comprised of 843 beautiful acres designed by the famous architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.The park covers land from 59th Street to 110th Street between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West (Eighth Avenue).It is one of the most visited parks and is the most filmed location in the world.

Within this vast expanse lies many fun, discounted, free and low-cost things to do.  Here are some ideas:

Visit the Central Park Zoo

The Central Park Zoo is one of the most charming zoos around. Get the facts including visitor tips and discount suggestions here.

Enjoy an On Location Central Park Movie Tour
  • Purchase a New York City Explorer Pass (Choose up to 10 NYC attractions and save 45% on tickets) and your Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour is FREE.
  • Take this Central Park Movie Sites Tour: it's just $17! Visit The Boathouse Cafe used in When Harry Met Sally. Go on location to the Bandshell from Breakfast at Tiffany's and Kramer vs. Kramer. Take photos at Tavern on the Green, used in Ghostbusters. Feed pigeons where Macaulay Culkin fed them in Home Alone II. Take a water break at Bethesda Fountain, used in Ransom and One Fine Day. Stop at Wollman Rink, used in movies like Love Story and Serendipity. Click here for tickets and details.

Take a VERY Discounted Walking Tour of Central Park at Sunset!

Experience Central Park at its most beautiful time of day on this two-and-a-half-hour sunset walking tour, a favorite with both native New Yorkers and visitors. With a licensed tour guide chock full of charm and information leading the way, you'll get an overview of the park's most iconic spots bathed in the day's waning rays of light. You'll learn the history of the park and its significance to the city, discover great places to go on dates or to hang out, and see locations you'll recognize instantly from your favorite movies. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, because you'll cover about two-and-a-half miles. It's a leisurely pace, though, since you'll stop to look and learn at about 27 spots, including Shakespeare Garden, Bethesda Fountain, the carousel, Tavern on the Green Restaurant, Bow Bridge, Heckscher Ballfield, the Strawberry Fields John Lennon memorial and the elm-lined mallway promenade.

This tour is usually $52.50! But through this link, it is very discounted to just $28.85!! Click here for tickets and more information.

Rent a Bike and/or Take a Bike Tour
Central Park NY is a beautiful place to explore on a bicycle. Its terrain is very varied offering flat, hilly and scenic terrain. Most bike rental companies offer you a bike, helmet, basket and map. Here are some options:

Ride the Carousel

The carousel, with 57 beautiful horses, is one of the park's most popular attractions. It is also one of the largest carousels in the United States.

During summer months, the Carousel is open seven days a week, weather permitting. For hours during other times, call 212.439.6900 Ext. 12.  Admission is $3.00. The carousel is located mid-park at 64th Street.

Relax on the Great Lawn

Located mid-park from 79th to 85th Street, the Great Lawn has been the scene of many famous concerts from Diana Ross and Simon and Garfunkel to the Metropolitan Opera. It's also a place where many New Yorker's go to relax, spread a blanket, have a picnic or take a snooze.

Visit the Belvedere Castle

Located mid-park (enter at 79th Street), the Belvedere Castle affords spectacular views of the Great Lawn, the Turtle Pond and the Delacorte Theater from its balconies. The name in Italian means "beautiful view." Once inside, you'll find a Nature Observatory with lots of fun things to view and do including microscopes, skeletons, paper mache objects and telescopes.  You can also borrow a field pack that contains binoculars and reference materials so you can take a closer look at all the park has to offer.

Interestingly, the National Weather Service takes measurements of New York's weather from the castle's tower with the aid of scientific instruments that measure wind speed and direction. Additionally, other data such as the rainfall is recorded and sent to the weather service's forecast office on  Long Island. 

The castle is open daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Call 212-772-0288 for more information. There is no admission fee.

Plan Your Visit With This Handy Map!

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