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History: Central Park

New York's Central Park is the first urban landscaped park in the United States. History of Central Park

Arts and Entertainment

Sports and Recreation

The Reservoir and Park Drive make Central Park a popular place for rollerblading, jogging, biking and horseback riding, and the many fields throughout the park afford opportunities to play almost any other sport. Central Park Activities



Central Park

Central Park spans two and a half miles from 59th Street to 110th Street and half a mile from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue. The park is home to numerous restaurants, playgrounds, the Metropolitan Museum, the Central Park Zoo, and Wollman Rink.

The internal "loop" (known officially as Park Drive) is approximately 6 miles around and is closed to traffic on weekdays from 10am-3pm and 7pm - 10pm, and from Friday night at 7pm until Monday morning at 6am. From the day before Thanksgiving until the first business day of the new year, the drives are still closed on weekends, but are open 24 hours a day on weekdays.

Sights in Central Park


The Great Lawn and Turtle Pond
© Sara Cedar Miller /
Central Park Conservancy

Belvedere Castle
© Sara Cedar Miller /
Central Park Conservancy

The Mall
© Sara Cedar Miller /
Central Park Conservancy

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