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


Central Park Bike Tour

  • Our bicycle tour has been ranked as one the top 5 things to do in Central Park by TripAdvisor. It is the only tour that covers the entire length of Central Park and it provides an excellent overview of the whole park.
  • The tour takes approximately 2 hours and it includes various stops along the way. On those stops, you can park the bicycle and go for a short stroll along some of the most stunning views of Central Park.
  • Including Bethesda Terrace, Strawberry Fields, The Bow Bridge, Balto and many more. In addition, you will also visit some of the hidden places in Central Park - the Ravine, the secret waterfall and of course our team’s favorite - the Central Park Ramble!
  • 2 Hours - $53 - Prices are per person
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Central Park Pedicab Tour

  • Allow one of our experienced tour guides to show you the beauty of the park from the back of a pedicab. Those iconic NYC pedicabs are one of the best things to do in Central Park!
  • Sit down and relax while your tour guide tells you about the history of the park, architecture, interesting trivia and of course points out the exact location of all those blockbuster movies filmed in Central Park
  • Reserve either 1 hour or 2 hour guided pedicab tour. If you are already in the park, don’t worry, we can send the tour guide to pick you up from one of the many designated pick up zones inside Central Park.
  • 1 Hour - $53 - 2 Hours - $89 - Prices are per person
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Central Park Bike Rental

  • Biking in Central Park is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the park and do it at your own pace.
  • You can pick up your bike from one of our convenient locations around the park. In case you are already inside the park, no worries, we can send our concierge to deliver the bike(s) to one of the many designated bike zones inside the park. At the time of booking, we will direct you to the nearest bike pick up station in the park.
  • Pack some light snacks and a water bottle, take one of the park maps we provide. When reserving your bike rental, you will have an option to include an audio guided tour.
  • 1 Hour $15 - 2 Hours $20 - 3 Hours $25 - All Day (9am -7pm) $40
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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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