Many attractions in Central Park were created especially with kids in mind. Below are some Park locations that are perfectly suited for families with young children.
- Tisch Children's Zoo
Located within the main Central Park Zoo, the Tisch Children's Zoo features a petting zoo, Acorn Theatre, and the "Enchanted Forest", a complete habitat that is home to birds, turtles, and frogs.
- Belvedere Castle's "Woods and Water Exhibit"
Designed for kids, this exhibit teaches visitors about the flora and fauna of Central Park.
- Central Park Carousel
Open April through November, this very popular children's attraction is a traditional merry-go-round, complete with the sound of organ music and vendor cart treats nearby.
- Boat Rides on the Lake
Renting a rowboat from the Loeb Boathouse has been a fun, family activity in Central Park since the 19th century and remains a great choice in the spring and summer months. On these trips around the Lake, visitors can spot Mute Swans and ducks, in addition to the occasional Heron or Egret.
Younger children might enjoy the storytelling that takes place each summer at the site of the Hans Christian Anderson Statue, located near 72nd Street and 5th Avenue.
- Ice Skating at Wollman Rink
Wollam Rink, the most popular outdoor skating rink in the city, is open weekdays and weekends during winter months. Youth skating and hockey programs are also offered at the Rink, and skaters can warm themselves with hot drinks from the nearby café.
- Swimming at Lasker Pool
Offering free admission, Lasker Pool is a favorite summertime family attraction at Central Park.
- Fishing at the Meer *
Catch and release fishing is offered at the Meer through the Dana Discovery Center. The Discovery Center lends visitors bamboo fishing poles, perfect for catching bass, catfish, bluegill sunfish, grass carp, rock perch, and golden shiners in the calm waters of the Meer.
* Because of potentially hazardous levels of blue-green algae in the Central Park Lake and Harlem Meer, Central Park Conservancy is temporarily suspending its fishing programs. Fishing is also not recommended for the general public at this time until further notice. For more information on blue-green algae, please visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website.
- The Marionette Theatre
The Marionette Theatre is located at the Swedish Cottage. Hosting shows in the summertime and school season, productions include classic tales such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk among others.
- Model Boat Sailing
Model boats and even lessons in sailing them are available at Conservatory Water.
— Jesse M. Wheeler