Central Park is the perfect destination for family fun, both for city natives and for area tourists. Offering an array of educational and recreational activities, Central Park is diverse enough to offer something of interest to children and adults alike.
A good choice for a family outing is a walking tour of Central Park. This allows the whole family to get a view of the history and variety of attractions within the park.
For entertainment, the park’s Delacourte Theatre hosts performances of Shakespearean and other classic plays on many summer days and evenings. Though performances are free of charge, tickets can only be obtained by waiting in line on the day of the show. However, obtaining tickets can easily be managed even with the whole family in tow. There are plenty of play spaces adjacent to the ticketing area.
The Central Park Zoo is one of the park’s most popular activities for families. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, the Central Park Zoo is compact, yet comprehensive. Occupying a small part of the park, it nonetheless provides a naturalistic habitat for its polar bears, snow leopards, red pandas, and tree frogs.
Central Park is also home to many playgrounds. The largest is the Abraham and Joseph Spector playground at 86th Street. Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side near 82nd Street is the Ancient Playground, which pays homage to the art of ancient Egypt.
In the winter, ice skating is fun for both children and adults. The Wollman Rink offers ice skating, as well as skating lessons and children’s birthday parties. Lasker Rink is located at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue. Both rinks offer daily skating hours, as well as special events.