The Lower Loop covers most of the park, while avoiding the big hill at the northern most end of the park. You'll pass by the Central Park zoo, the boathouse, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Reservoir, Tavern on the Green, and much more.
You can start this ride from any of the many Citi Bike stations lining the park, but here's our recommended route:
- Grab a Citi Bike at the Grand Army Plaza and Central Park S station (near 59th St and 5th Ave, next to the Plaza hotel).
- Enter the park at the Grand Army Plaza entrance, then ride onto East Park Drive, where you will connect to Park Drive, the main road (“loop”) that runs the perimeter of Central Park.
- Ride north up Park Drive, traveling along the east side of the park in a counterclockwise direction until you hit the 102nd St Crossing.
- Take a left, cutting off the northernmost hilly section of the park.
- When you reach the other side of the park, take a left onto Park Drive heading south, and continue down the west side of the park.
- Continue on Park Drive as it curves left to run along the southern border of the park.
- Take a right onto East Drive and follow it back out of the park, where you can return your bike at the Grand Army Plaza and Central Park S station.
The total distance of the Lower Loop is 5.14 miles and it takes most people about 45 minutes on a Citi Bike. Remember, the first 30 minutes of each ride are included in the day pass price, and if you want to keep your bike out for longer, it's just $4 for each additional 15 minutes. So take your time and enjoy the ride!
Or if you prefer, you can drop your bike at a station near the park along the route, explore on foot, and grab a new bike when you're ready to continue the ride.