Biking in Central Park

Take a bike ride through one of the most famous urban parks in the world!

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 tips for bike rental in Central Park, along with popular routes and attractions.

See It All with Citi Bike

Citi Bike is a great and affordable way to see Central Park. A Day Pass costs only $12, and a 3-Day Pass is $24 – which is like getting your third day free! You can take as many rides as you want while your pass is active, and the first 30 minutes of each ride is included in the pass price.*

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.

*If you want to keep a bike out for longer than 30 minutes at a time, it's only an additional $4 per 15 minutes. See our Pricing page for more details.

Other Bike Rentals Options

If you're riding with children under 16 or are looking for a guided tour, traditional bike rental would be a better bet. We recommend Bike and Roll, the official bike rental concession in Central Park.

Popular Routes in Central Park

Whether you choose to use Citi Bike or Bike and Roll, there are some great rides to do in Central Park, suitable for different riding levels. Here are the most popular rides:

  • Central Park Southern Loop – A nice and easy 1.7-mile ride around the southern tip of the park that takes riders past a few of the main attractions. Suitable for less experienced riders.
  • Central Park Lower Loop – A 5-mile ride around the park that covers most of the park's major attractions, but skips the northernmost hilly section. Suitable for moderately experienced riders.
  • Central Park Full Loop – The full 6-mile loop around the entire park, including the hill section at the northern tip. Recommended for more experienced riders.


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
  • Cycling is prohibited on the walkways
  • Pedestrians always have the right of way
  • Children under the age of 14 must wear a helmet

Central Park’s Top Attractions

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.

Strawberry Fields

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.”

Carousel

During the summer months, this Carousel, featuring 57 exquisite horses, is one of the most visited attractions in the park.

Belvedere Castle

Built in 1869, you’ll experience the highest views of the Park from this miniature castle.

The Reservoir

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.

Conservatory 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.

Great Lawn

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.

Loeb Boathouse

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.

Wollman’s Rink

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.

Visit CentralParkNYC.org to learn more about Central Park.