Stretching across 843 acres (and featured in more than 350 films), New York’s Central Park is the city’s personal playground. With so much land to cover, and so many seasonal events, knowing where to start can seem daunting. Here are the essential things to do in Central Park this summer.
Every summer, thousands of New Yorkers swarm to Central Park for the biggest concert series in the calendar. SummerStage 2017 will feature a diverse range of performances—singers, dancers, ballet, outdoor opera, live poetry—ready to enchant its eager crowd. Performances feature almost every day throughout summer and are either free or ticketed (as part of a benefit lineup).
With the title of ‘Most Filmed Public Park in the World’ under its belt, it’s only fitting that Central Park would host its own annual film festival. Each August the Central Park Conservancy screens a number of outdoor evening films—all at no cost.
Check back here for the 2017 dates and lineup.
We understand, the map of Central Park can be mighty overwhelming, which is why booking a walking tour is your best way to experience the world’s greatest urban park. The Iconic Views of Central Park Tour is a 90 minute exploration of the park’s unique art, history and best kept secrets.
Tickets are $15 and can be booked here.
All that walking and exploring will leave you hungry, but there’s no need to leave the greenery. Beginning its life in 1870 and featured in more than 20 films, Tavern on the Green, is full of history and meticulous design. It’s also fresh off a reopening, and features upscale New American cooking. On the other side of the lake sits The Loeb Boathouse, a picture-perfect oasis for dining-with-a-view.
Tavern on the Green: Central Park West & 67th Street. 212-877-8684.
Now that you’ve looked under every rock and posed with every statue, it’s time to dip an oar in the park’s 18-acre lake. A calming row under the park’s bridges and through the lake’s bamboo patches is the perfect way to unwind and escape the city’s clamor.
Row boats can be hired at The Loeb Boathouse for $15 per hour.
The Loeb Boathouse: E 72nd Street & Park Drive North. 212-517-2233.