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Enjoying Central Park in the Winter: The Best Things to Do in Central Park in Winter

Just because the snow has fallen doesn't mean you're doomed to stay indoors on your New York City trip. Winter can be one of the most beautiful times to visit the city, not to mention that it has the added bonus of being less crowded than it is during other seasons. Central Park is full of natural beauty that's highlighted by snow and bare trees. A lot of tourists show up in NYC wondering, "What is there to do in Central Park in the winter?" We've compiled some suggestions that offer the best way to see Central Park in winter so you can take full advantage of this beautiful NYC location. Central Park winter activities can range from the classics to the unexpected. You'll find that a Central Park winter can be just as exciting as a Central Park summer!

What Is There to Do in Central Park in the Winter?

It turns out that there are plenty of winter activities in Central Park to enjoy. We've made the ultimate list here!

  1. Try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Central Park is full of meadows to ski or snowshoe through. The bridle paths also stay snow-covered in winter.

  2. Visit the Arthur Ross Pinetum. From 72nd to 102nd streets, you can find a collection of 17 species of pine trees that were planted to hide the views of buildings and look beautiful all snow-covered in the winter.

  3. Go skating at the Wollman Rink or Lasker Rink. You can find equipment and locker rentals at both locations and lots of skating, as long as the weather permits and there are at least 6 inches of ice.

  4. Stop by the Central Park Zoo. It's open year-round, so why not visit some of the animals that make you think of winter, like penguins and polar bears?

  5. Take a tour! Our offerings will take you to the top destinations around the park. Explore the park by bicycle and you'll see that our tours are the best way to see Central Park in winter.

  6. Go sledding at Pilgrim Hill or Cedar Hill. These are two of the most popular sledding locations in the park.

  7. Build a snowman! There are many meadows throughout the park that would be happy to host your frosty creation.

  8. Find one of the boat landings and relax. These little waterside structures are hidden gems of calm and beauty. They're quiet and sheltered from the wind, and they make for some beautiful photo-ops.

  9. See a show at the Swedish Cottage. It hosts one of the largest marionette companies in the country, with productions that run all year.

  10. Watch the snow in the Bethesda Terrace Arcade. This beautiful space has decorated arches and the only place in the world where you can see a Minton tile ceiling.

  11. Play a few board games at the Chess & Checkers House, which features outdoor checkers and chess. Visitors are welcome to borrow pieces or bring their own. There are a few other games available inside, like Scrabble and Jenga.

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