Safari Playground

Safari Playground

Adventures await at Safari Playground where children can climb over, under, and around sculptures of hippopotamuses in the “river” of the playground floor. Winding their way across a canoe sculpture, water spray feature, and two tree houses, these young adventurers take the trip of a lifetime — without leaving New York City.

Safari Playground is on the top of a hill with views of the Reservoir. It is the only playground in Central Park that doesn’t include traditional playground equipment like slides, swings, or a sandbox.


West Side at 91st Street

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Hippo play sculptures, climbing mounds with step climbers and slides, and play canoes.

Water Features





Accessible surface and water feature


West 86th Street to 90th Street

West Side at 86th-90th Streets & Central Park West

Bridge No. 28

Mid-Park at 94th Street

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