What to Know Before You Go

Welcome to Central Park! When it comes to having the perfect Park day, preparation is key—especially when there are 843 acres to explore. Whether you're a seasoned regular or a first-time visitor, familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of Central Park to ensure a hassle-free visit.

As the year-round caretakers of this space, the Central Park Conservancy has all the information you need for smoother sailing than a model boat gliding across Conservatory Water. Below you'll find answers to our most frequently asked questions, from how to get to the Park to the best spots for a picturesque picnic.

What are Central Park’s hours?

Central Park is open daily from 6:00 am to 1:00 am.

What are the Park rules?

While the Conservancy is not responsible for rule enforcement, we encourage you to follow some simple guidelines for everyone's safety and the wellbeing of the Park's wildlife and plant life. Head to our Help Center for a detailed breakdown of Park rules, resources, community partners, and regulations by subject, including guidelines for bikes, pets, events, grilling, wildlife, and more.

Where is Central Park located?

Central Park is located in the heart of Manhattan, from 59th Street to 110th Street and between Fifth Avenue on the east and Central Park West on the west. Explore our map for a comprehensive view.

Are there places to eat in the Park?

Yes! Whether you’re looking for a sit-down dinner or an on-the-go soft pretzel, the Park offers a variety of dining options. You might even recognize historic eateries like the Central Park Boathouse or Tavern on the Green from your favorite films. Check out our dining map for a list of food vendors in the Park.

Are there restrooms in Central Park?

Don’t worry, we get this question a lot. And the answer is yes! There are public restrooms throughout the Park. Our handy restroom map features opening times, wheelchair accessibility, the availability of all-gender bathroom options, and other useful information.

How do I get to the Park?

Just a 19-minute walk from Grand Central Station and a half-hour walk from Penn Station, getting to Central Park is simple! Many buses and trains also offer convenient public transit to stops nearby. Get directions.

How do I know if a tour is an official Central Park tour?

Official Central Park Tours offered by the Central Park Conservancy are the only organized tours that directly support the care of the flowers, trees, landscapes, water bodies, and historic structures that our visitors enjoy every day. Our tour guides wear official uniforms with a visible Central Park Conservancy logo, and you can browse our upcoming official tour offerings on our website. Click here to read our tour FAQs.

Where can I picnic in Central Park?

For a complete guide to the Park’s best picnic spots—complete with a detailed map—check out our Picnic Guide. You'll discover insider tips and the most ideal picnic tables, benches, and lawns for enjoying a bite with friends and family.

Where can I find a Central Park souvenir?

The Conservancy operates four gift shops, at the Dairy, Belvedere Castle, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, and the Columbus Circle Information Kiosk. Stop by to browse our apparel, art from local New Yorkers, home goods, kid-friendly activities, and items for the perfect Park day, including picnic baskets, sunscreen, snacks, and more. All purchases directly support our care of Central Park.

How can I find my way around the Park?
Did you know the Park's charming lampposts were designed in 1907 with a secret way-finding tool? The base of every lamppost contains four numbers: The first two numbers indicate the nearest street. If the last two number are odd you're on the west side; if they're even, you're on the east. For example, 8005 would mean you're at 80th Street on the west side.

If maps are more your thing, you can find them digitally on our website or at one of our in-Park visitor centers.

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See these banners scattered throughout the Park? Scan their QR code for a tailored Park itinerary, handpicked by our experts to make your visit unforgettable. Let the adventure begin with insider tips at your fingertips!