Baseball and Softball

If the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton then it could certainly be said that any number of corporate squabbles, neighborhood rivalries and personal grudge matches have been settled on the ball fields of Central Park. Maybe it is the state-of-the-art-fields themselves that draw thousands every year to hear the crack of the bat and feel the “thrill of the grass”. Or maybe it is the nearby promise of dozens of Manhattan’s best pubs and cafes in which to kick back and celebrate (or commiserate on) the afternoon’s competition.

The creation of Central Park coincided with a boom in sports in general and baseball in particular. Because of this fact the majority of post Civil War ball clubs were populated by citizens possessed of (Gasp!) somewhat less than the best pedigree. So the park commissioners came to the peculiar conclusion that since the park could not accommodate all the local ball clubs on its new fields they would make it unavailable to everyone. Except local schoolboys that were able to produce a note from their teacher. (Really.)

In any case the park now boasts 26 ball fields in total which are all open to the general public. The only requirement now is that the note from your teacher has been replaced by obtaining a permit.

Where: Great Lawn: eight ball fields, restored in 1997; North Meadow: seven baseball and five softball fields, restored in 2000; Heckscher Ball fields: six ball fields

When: Permits for baseball and softball are issued from mid-April through mid-September. Opening and closing days will be posted.

CentralParkSoftball.com Link to site that gives information on forming teams and joining leagues.

Permit Requirements : NYC Department of Parks/Recreation issues permits to league, teams, and other groups, to reserve specific athletic fields at specific times. Athletic permits cost $8 per session. Permits are free for applicants who are supervising a league composed of players under 18. The public can obtain athletic field permits for a session on one of the fields by submitting a permit application to the permit office at the Borough Office (16 West 61st Street). For additional information, or to request a permit application you can call the Permit Office at (212) 408-0209. Anyone wishing to join or set up a league should also call or stop by the office.

To mail in an application send it to:
Re: Ball field Permits
Arsenal West – 5th Floor
24 West 61st Street
New York, N.Y.10023

FYI : Please remember that a red flag posted on a ball field means that the field is closed. Red flags are posted when lawns are closed for maintenance or adverse weather conditions. For field conditions, call 212-628-1036; for Heckscher, ext. 807; the Great Lawn, ext. 806; and the North Meadow, ext. 808.

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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