Central Park is the most visited park in America – and for good reason. The 800+ acres of urban oasis are an explorer’s paradise, featuring a zoo, a castle, an ice skating rink in the winter, an amusement park in the summer, 12 different bodies of water, restaurants, snack bars, and more. With so much to see and do, renting a bike is more efficient and enjoyable than trying to see it all on foot. Check out our pass options for bike rental in Central Park, along with popular routes and attractions.
Grab a bike from one of the 20 stations surrounding the park when you're ready to start rolling. Dock your bike at any other station when you want to explore on foot, and pick up another bike when you’re ready to ride again.
You can also use Citi Bike to navigate the rest of the city – get to restaurants, a Broadway show, the Empire State Building, or just back to your hotel at the end of the day. With 600 stations across NYC, Citi Bike is the best way to get around and sightsee along the way.
Central Park Safe Riding Tips
Central Park is a great place to ride a bike, because it's car-free on weekends and select times on weekdays. But before you embark on your ride, there are some important cycling laws you should know about:
Cyclists must ride in a counterclockwise direction
We've pulled together some of the most popular things to see and do in the park. If you're using Citi Bike, you can dock your bike whenever you want to explore on foot and pick up a new bike when you're ready to continue your ride.
Central Park Zoo
The Wildlife Conservation Society took over management in 1984, building a world-class Zoo that hosts animals from tropical, temperate, and polar zones – featuring snow leopards, penguins, and grizzly bears.
Alice in Wonderland
This is one of the most popular sculptures in the park, especially among children. Over the years, thousands of tiny hands have literally polished the surface smooth.
This tranquil, meditative garden is a living memorial to John Lennon, aptly named after his popular hit, “Strawberry Fields Forever.” A mosaic gifted by Naples, Italy also marks the spot with a tribute to another Lennon song: “Imagine.”
During the summer months, this Carousel, featuring 57 exquisite horses, is one of the most visited attractions in the park.
Built in 1869, you’ll experience the highest views of the Park from this miniature castle.
Offering breathtaking views, the Reservoir holds a billion gallons of water. It was built in the 1860s as a temporary water supply for New York City, and was decommissioned in 1993. President Bill Clinton, Madonna, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis have all run on the popular 1.58-mile track that circles the water.
From April through October, children and boat enthusiasts alike come to sail and race radio and wind-powered model sail boats across the serene Conservatory Water. Visitors can bring their own boat, rent one on a first-come-first-serve basis, or simply enjoy the mini oasis.
One of the world’s most famous lawns, the 55 lush green acres are the geographical center of Central Park, located between 79th St. and 85th St.
Enjoy light fare from the Boathouse Express Café, or a more formal meal at the Lakeside Restaurant. You can also rent rowboats or hop on a gondola for a guided tour.
Tavern on the Green
The iconic landmark was originally designed in 1870 to house the sheep that grazed in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. Today this elegant restaurant is a popular destination for romantic evenings, business lunches, weekend brunch, and weddings.
Skating in Central Park is one of New York City’s beloved cold-weather traditions. The rink feels like it’s been lifted right out of a movie scene – which makes sense given the number of films it’s appeared in.
Victorian Gardens Amusement Park
Come summer, Wollman’s Rink transforms into Central Park’s fantastic amusement park, complete with live entertainers, family-friendly rides, and carnival concessions like cotton candy and caramel corn.