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Conservatory Gardens

central park conservatory garden

January 1 @ 8:00 am - April 3 @ 7:00 pm

Conservatory Garden
Fifth Avenue between 104th & 105th Streets Upper East Side
New York, New York

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Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

FREE

Enter the magnificent 1894 Vanderbilt Gate to Central Park’s only formal garden, a six-acre oasis within an oasis with European charm.

Climb onto the wisteria pergola in the Italianate Center Garden overlooking a yew hedges-bordered large lawn and 12-foot jet fountain. To the north, the French-style garden offers spectacular seasonal displays of tulips and Korean chrysanthemums and a fountain featuring the Three Dancing Maidens sculpture.

In intimate English-style South Garden, Mary and Dickon from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved children’s book The Secret Garden stand at the end of a small waterlily pool, bordered by trees, shrubs, and perennial and annual flower beds.

Friendly gardeners are often planting and happy to chat with young nature lovers.

Guggenheim Saturday on the House

Enjoy free admission all day to the Guggenheim on select Saturdays.

See exciting, well-designed exhibits in the striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed landmark modern museum and the exciting Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle in the iconic rotunda.

Capacity is limited and timed tickets must be reserved in advance. Sign up to receive…

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Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting

The festival of lights goes large with the nightly lighting of an electronic candle on this 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound gilded steel Menorah. The first night party usually includes music, chocolate for the kids, and menorahs to take home and light yourself.

Don’t miss the animated animals around the Pulitzer Fountain.

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Discovery Walks for Families: The North Woods

Learn about the design of the largest of the Park’s woodlands, a 40-acre forest retreat in the middle of New York City, and how the plants and trees contribute to the health of an urban woodland community. Includes hands-on exploration and guided activities in a complementary Discovery Journal.

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Billy Johnson Playground

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

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Ancient Playground

This big playground invokes Egyptian themes with climbable pyramids, a large sand lot and a spray shower that represents Egypt’s Nile River in reference to the ancient Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art next door.  Lots of slides, tunnels and concrete bridges plus bucket, tire and strap swings are perfect for…

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Wollman Rink

Skate in the middle of magical Central Park at this spacious rink, back under new management.

* A rink-side cafe that serves hot cocoa, hot dogs, burgers, tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches, vegan options and more.

* Lockers available for $7/day.

* Group and private lessons available.

* Adult admission is $9 less on Monday-Thursday (non-holiday).…

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