Central Park is a haven for kids. Its 843-acre of green expanse is not only great for picnicking but for a lot of other activities as well. It has a zoo with over 1,400 animals, its carousel is good for a spin or two, and its playgrounds ensure lots of fun and free spaces for little ones. Other things to enjoy include meadows, lakes, monuments and architecture. Kids can also enjoy a nice bike ride, boating, sailing and much more. So, it does not matter what age your children are, a visit to Central Park is sure to delight them all.
Here’s a list of fun things for kids to do in Central Park –
Visit the zoo
There are two zoos in Central Park – one is the main zoo with over 1,400 animals while the other is close by, the Children’s Zoo. The latter is great for kids as it gives the option to interact with animals and have fun. Feeding the animals like sheep, goats and cows will surely delight them no end!
Model Boat Racing
Your little ones can indulge in model boat racing at the Conservatory Water. They can take their remote-driven boat out onto water and then engage in racing with fellow kids. The best part is they can direct, guide and control the boat from afar and help it win the race.
Bike tour through scenic paths
Central Park bike tours through scenic and cycle-friendly paths are very popular among visitors, particularly kids. Renting a bike is easy and if you wish, you can also hire a guide and get him / her to ride along with you on the journey. You can cycle along the tree-lined paths, enjoy the scenic beauty of the park, take pictures where you wish, get interesting trivia or historical info from the guide, and pass by monuments leisurely.
Fishing at the Meer
If your kid loves catching and releasing fish, then bring them here and let them indulge in the joyous pursuit. The calm waters at the Harlem Meer are the place where fishing activities are enjoyed. There, you get fishing poles and bait for free, plus your little ones also get tips for fishing. Some of varieties to expect here include catfish, rock perch and golden shiners.
Ice Skating at Wollman Rink
During winter months, ice skating is available as well. Head to Woollman Rink and indulge in a spin or two. Youth skating programs take place on a regular basis and yes, ice hockey lessons are also given here.
Boat rides on the lake or swimming at the Lasker Pool
At Central Park kids can enjoy boat rides on the lake and if they want more adventure, there is always the opportunity to swim at Lasker Pool. Rent a rowboat, set off on the boat and spot swans and ducks in the water. The swimming however is only available during summer months