Lawn Sports

Lawn bowling — or “bowls,” as the game is known throughout the British Commonwealth — is played on 120 ft. x 15 ft. rinks within a 120 ft. square green. The object is to roll the bowl so that it comes to rest close to a small white ball (the jack) at the far end of the rink. The three-pound bowl, made of a plastic composite, does not roll in a straight line. Due to its shape (it is biased, not round), the bowl rolls in a curve. A player wins points by placing more bowls closer to the jack than his or her opponent. Games are played by individuals or two-, three-, or four-person teams. Simple, huh? Did we mention that this was a British game?

The New York Lawn Bowling Club, founded in Central Park in 1926, welcomes all New Yorkers who want to take part in a challenging sport that traces its origins to ancient times. Members bowl at the green — north of Sheep Meadow, near the West 69th Street pedestrian entrance — every day except Monday. The season runs from May 1st  to Columbus Day. The fields are open daily only to members who have the combination lock number to open the gates.  The club provides all necessary equipment.

Annual dues: $95 which includes the Park permit. Equipment and lessons are provided to new members free of charge. For information please visit www.nybowls.com.

Location: the fields are located at West 69th Street, north of Sheep Meadow. Central Park has two beautifully kept fields for lawn bowling and croquet, each 15,000 sq.ft.

When : the season runs from May 1 to November 7; hours of play are 8:00am to dusk. Fields, when not under repair or reserved for tournaments conducted by City of New York/Parks & Recreation, are open daily, weather permitting.
Order of play is determined by order of arrival at field. Players are required to furnish their own equipment.

Permit Requirement : each player must hold a permit. Permits are strictly personal and non-transferable. Duplicate permit will not be issued unless another fee is paid. Permits can be obtained in Room 1 (basement) at the Arsenal building, Fifth Avenue & 64th Street. Office hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, and Saturday 9:00am to 12pm (Saturday hours are valid for April, May and June only). Additional information available at 212-360-8133. Fee for either permit $30.

For information on the New York Croquet Club, call (212) 369-7949.

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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