Football

“Hut, hut, hike…grunt, shove, thump….ow”
One of the peculiar properties of amateur sports in general, and football in particular, is that they encourage antithetical fantasies in adults and children. Boys, of almost any age, play with a ferocity and abandon that, they imagine, mimics the style of their heroes. Men, on the other hand, run around, heedless of their age, imagining themselves once again young and impervious to harm. That is until some part of their body is twisted in a manner that hasn’t been familiar in twenty years. Contributing to this confusion is the crisp tang of autumn air and the damp smell of leaves in late November. What better place for such fall inspired fantasy then the rolling (and hopefully forgiving) fields of Central Park?

Football (touch or flag only) can be played at the recently renovated North Meadow. Permits are required, and cleats are prohibited.

Field Day Kits can be borrowed at the North Meadow Recreation Center which include, among a variety of sports equipment, a Football. Kits may be checked out with valid photo ID.

Location: North Meadow, mid-Park at 97th Street

When: Football is allowed from September through November, with a permit.

Permit Requirement: NYC Department of Parks/Recreation issues permits to league, teams, and other groups, to reserve specific athletic fields at specific times. The public can obtain athletic field permits for a session on one of the fields by completing and submitting a permit application to the permit office at the Arsenal. Members of the public who wish to join or set up a league should call or stop by the permit office as well. A permit application also can be requested by phone by calling the Permit Office. Athletic permits cost $8 per session. Permits are free for applicants who are supervising a league composed of players 17 years old and younger. For additional information, call the Permit Office at (212) 408-0209.

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

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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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