Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop

Dairy Visitor Center

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and in alignment with recommendations from public health officials, the Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop is closed. See a complete list of affected programming and learn more on our updates page.

One of Central Park’s five visitor centers, the Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop is a charming cottage near the Pond where wanderers can find their way. Maps, guides, and gifts are all on offer here.

The Dairy would look perfectly at home in the hills of the 19th century countryside. Calvert Vaux, Park architect and designer, originally intended his Victorian cottage to be a rest area for children and their caregivers. When it opened in 1871, the cottage served children with fresh milk, treats, and even games to borrow. These young Park-goers could escape the heat of the sun under the open-air porch and feel a cool breeze coming from the Pond.

Today, the Dairy is a hub of information on programming and events, and provides visitors with maps and a wide array of gifts that support the Conservancy’s mission.


Mid-Park at 65th Street

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Summer: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fall, Winter, Spring: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day





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