5 Family Friendly Activities in New York’s Central Park

Is it time for your family to take a much needed road trip and New York, New York happens to be your destination? Are you planning fun activities to do with the kids once you arrive? The good news is that New York isn’t business suits and skyscrapers. As it turns out, there are plenty of cost effective, fun, and family friendly sites to visit and activities to partake in. Start with these five, all located within Central Park: 

Stop at the Central Park Zoo

Animals! Kids (and adults) love animals. The Central Park Zoo is one of the highlights of Central Park is is home to reportedly more than 180 different species. Housing frogs to ant farms, penguins and more, the zoo is a must see on a trip to New York City.

Take Your Kids To The Belvedere Castle

The Belvedere Castle is a revved up version of a plain old playground. It’s in the actual shape of a castle and it’s something that younger children will love as parents can lounge in the grass and take in the sun. Kids can explore the castle and it even provides telescopes with awesome views of its surroundings.

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Rent Bikes and Go For A Ride

This is great for some much needed physical activity, especially for energetic kids. You can get 15% off your Central Park bike rental and ride around the park with your whole family without burning a hole to your wallet. It’s an affordable way to get some energy out and explore Central Park more than if you just walked around.

Of course, if you are planning on visiting New York City frequently, you might consider investing in a bicycle of your own. Dave’s Cheap Bikes makes the process of purchasing an affordable bike painless. Don’t forget to invest in a bike lock, as bike theft is always a risk.

Walk Around The Conservatory Garden

If you and your family particularly enjoy nature, visit The Conservatory Garden. It’s beautifully kept with flowers and pruned bushes of all kinds. It has fountains and Italian style arrays free of bikers for a peaceful stroll.

Make Memories at the Skating Rink

This is the perfect getaway during winter! Visit the Central Park skating rink and skate (or learn to skate) with your whole family. During the week the tickets start at $5 for children and it even stays open during the holidays. Skating can be a great winter pastime as there is usually less outdoor activity due to low temperatures.

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Before heading to Central Park, be sure to check the official Central Park website for a list of activities, events, closures and other news about these (and many more) park attractions.

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