Rules & Regulations


To ensure everyone can enjoy Central Park safely, NYC Parks has established rules and regulations for all New York City parks. Visit the NYC Parks website for the complete list.

The New York City Police Department and Parks Enforcement Patrol are responsible for enforcing all rules and regulations. Report problems directly to these agencies:


Alcohol is not permitted in Central Park.


  • Cycling is not permitted on pedestrian paths except the marked shared paths at 96th Street and West 106th-108th Streets
  • Cycling is not permitted on landscapes
  • Travel only counterclockwise on the Drives that circle the Park
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at all times
  • At crosswalks, slow down, yield to pedestrians, and then proceed cautiously
  • Obey all traffic laws, such as traffic signals, stop signs, and the 20 mph speed limit
  • Travel at a slower speed in response to crowds, emergency, or weather conditions
  • Obey all ONE WAY signs and arrows
  • Children under age 14 must wear a helmet. It is recommended that every cyclist wear a helmet


Dogs are allowed in most sections of Central Park whenever it is open to the public. Dogs must be on-leash 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. Off-leash hours are 6:00 am – 9:00 am and 9:00 pm – 1:00 am. Learn more >

Dogs must be leashed at all times in the following locations:

  • Arthur Ross Pinetum
  • the Bridle Path
  • Cedar Hill
  • Children’s Glade (Great Hill area)
  • Conservatory Garden
  • East Green
  • East Meadow Oval
  • Kerbs Boathouse Plaza
  • the North Woods and the Ravine
  • the Ramble
  • Shakespeare Garden
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Turtle Pond Lawn
  • Other areas where signs requiring dogs to be leashed are posted


All of Central Park’s drives are permanently closed to public vehicular traffic.

The four Central Park transverse roads that run crosstown at 66th, 72nd, 86th, and 96th Streets are open to motor vehicles.


Drones are not permitted in Central Park.


Special event permits are required to reserve a specific area of the Park, or for activities with 20+ people. Apply through the NYC Parks website.

For restaurant venues in Central Park, please contact Tavern on the Green, 212-877-8684 or the Loeb Boathouse, 212-517-2233.

Grilling & BBQs

Barbecuing is allowed only on these days, but not the entire holiday weekend:

  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • 4th of July (whatever day of the week it falls on)

Barbecuing is not permitted in the following areas: athletic fields, playgrounds, woodlands (North Woods, Ramble, Hallett), landscapes that are fenced off, and Conservatory Garden. We recommend locations above 96th Street, such as the lawn at the Harlem Meer or the Great Hill, because they’re less crowded than the southern part of the Park.

Use of propane is not allowed.


Smoking is not permitted in Central Park. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes. Learn more >

We’ve gathered information to answer your frequently asked questions about Central Park and the Conservancy. Learn More >

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
    Book Here.

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
  • Book Here.

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
  • Book Here

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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