Visiting with Your Dog

New York City’s dogs love Central Park. To ensure visitors and pets alike stay safe, dog owners must follow the rules as outlined by NYC Parks.


Dogs must be on-leash daily from 9:00 am–9:00 pm. Off-leash hours are from 6:00 am–9:00 am and 9:00 pm–1:00 am, with the following exceptions:

Even during off-leash hours, dogs must always be leashed in these locations:

Dogs are never allowed in the these locations:


  • Dogs must always be under the control of their owner.
  • Dogs must have a NYC license tag and valid rabies tag.
  • Dogs must not dig, chase, or harm wildlife; damage Park property; or interfere with other Park users.
  • Always clean up after your dog, including dog hair that you brush off in the Park.
  • Please respect signs, fences, and red flags that may indicate temporary closure due to restoration, maintenance, or weather conditions.
  • These rules are part of the NYC legal code; dog owners may be fined for any violation.

In the event that you happen upon a lost dog or your dog goes missing, please contact the Animal Care Centers of NYC.

A happy, leashed dog enjoys the shade of a Park tree.
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Dog Owner's Guide

All New Yorkers love Central Park—including the four-legged ones! Download our Dog Owner’s Guide to Central Park.