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Spector Playground

Under several soaring oak trees, Abraham and Joseph Spector Playground is one of the largest playgrounds in Central Park. Find it near the West 85th Street entrance. Children ages 2 through 9 can dig through the sand or emerge victoriously atop climbers in this entertaining play space.

Adventure Playground

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Adventure Playground

Up on a hill at West 67th Street, children are delighted to explore and imagine under the mature trees surrounding Adventure Playground. With its open feel and small play structures, the space is perfect for younger children.

Alice in Wonderland

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Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland has been a fixture of Central Park's storybook landscape since 1959. Multiple generations of little ones have climbed upon—and hidden within—this whimsical scene set in bronze, which depicts Alice and her friends at a tea party held by the Mad Hatter.

Ancient Playground

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Ancient Playground

Just north of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ancient Playground was inspired by the museum's collection of Egyptian Art and features climbing pyramids, an obelisk, and a sundial. Plus, a sandbox, swings, and water features for children of all ages.

Arthur Ross Pinetum

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Arthur Ross Pinetum

The Arthur Ross Pinetum is a four-acre arboretum north of the Great Lawn, featuring a collection of 17 species of pine trees. A walk through this hushed landscape is like stepping into the center of an evergreen forest. Visitors will also find several picnic tables and the all-ages Pinetum Playground.

Balto

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Balto

A heroic sled dog immortalized in bronze, Balto is a beloved fixture in the Park. Sculpted by Frederick G. R. Roth, Balto is a popular climbing statue among Central Park's youngest visitors—a fitting feature, given his backstory.

Belvedere Castle

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Belvedere Castle

Envisioned by Central Park co-designer Calvert Vaux in 1869, this miniature castle sits atop Vista Rock and looks out over the Great Lawn to the north, and the Ramble to the south. Visitors take in sweeping views of the Park and its surrounding cityscape. Belvedere also houses one of the Park's visitor centers and gift shop.

Bernard Family Playground

Set off the eastern edge of the Harlem Meer and surrounded by greenery, Bernard Family Playground is the smallest of the Park's playgrounds, making it the perfect size for the youngest visitors who can explore three play areas: one with a sandbox and play structure, one with a water spray, and one with bucket swings.

Billy Johnson Playground

Billy Johnson Playground, near the East 67th street entrance and just north of the Tisch Children's Zoo, features swings, sprinklers, and play structures reminiscent of Central Park's landscape.

Beginning BirdingHallett

Trained guides share tips and tricks for spotting and identifying birds while leading visitors through an exploration of the Pond and the Hallett Nature Sanctuary.