Dana Discovery Center

The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center is located at the northeast corner of the Harlem Meer and features the park’s only environmental education center. It also hosts children’s workshops throughout the year. It originally opened in 1993 and boasts a myriad of different programs throughout the year, everything form musical performances to the loaning of fishing gear for use in the Meer. It also serves as the upper park’s visitor center and offers seasonal exhibits in its Great Hall, often in collaboration with other City cultural institutions.

The Center is named for Charles A. Dana, a newspaper editor and the assistant secretary of war during the Civil War. He was the editor of the New York “Tribune” from 1848 until 1862. During the war, he served an important role as mediator between General Grant, Edwin Stanton (secretary of war), and Abraham Lincoln. He is most commonly remembered as the owner of and guiding editorial voice behind the New York “Sun.”

The northern end of the park was the last to be constructed as the blocks from 106th to 110th Sts. were the last to be purchased. Nestled up in the north east corner the Harlem Meer, at 11 acres the second largest man made body of water inside the park, considered to be one of the loveliest and It went through an extensive renovation during the mid-nineties .

Location: Inside the Park at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue

Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday- Sunday

Catch-and-Release Fishing; April to October; Tuesday to Sunday; 10am-4pm
(212) 860-1370

 

Walking Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The walking tour covers all most beautiful sights of the southern half of Central Park. You will walk through some of the 58 miles of trails the park has to offer passing a lake, rocky outcrops, bridges, arches, sculptures and more.
This tour takes you off the beaten path to sights both the bikes and pedicabs cannot reach - book here.

Bicycle Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The bicycle tour provides a complete journey through 843 acres of Central Park, guaranteeing that you will see the most out of any tour available. Your tour guide will provide background information, historical insight, and point out some of the most photogenic sites for you to capture photos!
This tour covers about six miles in a casual, smooth pace with lots of stops for walking and photos. It's the ultimate way to discover Central Park - book here.

Pedicab Tour Overview

  • Duration: 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The most comfortable way to explore Central Park. No need to walk or peddle - just sit, lay back and enjoy beautiful views and insightful commentary.
This is a private tour for you and your party. A complete, relaxed, and personalized experience of Central Park. You can choose from 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours tour options.  Custom pick up/drop off spots are available too - book here.

Combination Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The Combined Pedicab & Bicycle Tour is ideal for parties when one part part prefers to ride their own bikes, and another part prefers the comfort of the pedicab – on this tour all the group will stay together and have stops for walking and group pictures - book here.


About Central Park

Find all the information you need to enjoy your visit to New York City's iconic Central Park.


Things To Do

From The Philharmonic on the Great Lawn to Shakespeare in the Park to SummerStage, Central Park offers an endless array of things to do, see, hear - and, with two full service restaurants and several cafes, taste.  You can visit The Shakespeare Garden, take in a performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, take a ride on the Carousel - or just sit and people watch at Bethesda Terrace!


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New York, NY, 10028

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