Spreading a blanket or sheet down for a picnic is a wonderful way to enjoy Central Park.
For a small gathering with a handful of people, all you need to do is pick a spot and pack your picnic basket, then you are good to go.
Also check out the 7 Best Picnic Spots in Central Park.
(Note that while usually a staple of picnicking, barbecuing is not permitted in Central Park).
If you are looking to plan a larger-scale picnic, please contact us for help from our tour and event planning teams with putting together a custom event.
You can also check with the New York Department of Parks and Recreation to obtain a permit and plan your own big picnic. Parties of more than 20 people require a special permit which must be obtained in advance. In addition, factors including planned activities, location within the park, use of tables and chairs and others, also determine whether a permit is needed.