There’s always something fun happening – performances, classes, games, ice skating in the winter and an outdoor reading room the rest of the year – at this lush midtown oasis with perhaps the cleanest public bathrooms in the city.
* See the daily calendar for upcoming family-friendly activities, from juggling lessons to lunchtime piano concerts.
* Take an indoor break and check out free exhibits at the grand in-park New York Public Library.
This small, charming carousel, specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, is an homage to both European and American carousel traditions. Its 14 delightful animals, replicas of classic carousel horses plus frogs, bunnies and and more, revolve to the sounds of French cabaret music. The rounding boards, inspired by Bryant Park’s elegant barouque-style torchères along 40th Street, blend into the leafy canopy of the park’s London Plane trees.
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Dine on delicious local takes on Danish classics. Each dish – from sourdoughs to salads – features thoughtfully sourced seasonal ingredients at this acclaimed artisanal Danish bakery and coffee shop with three NYC outposts – sleek yet inviting spaces designed with a sense of Danish hygge and hospitality.
Pick up freshly made bread in a range of whole grains, cakes, tarts and danish traditional pastries to go or have a meal with hearty breakfasts, fresh salads and sandwiches. Varieties of gourmet coffee, tea and hot chocolate available.
Our favorites include Cinnamon Social, Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Puff (decorated as ghosts, chicks and trees at holidays), Ølander sourdough Loaf and Marinated Portobello Sandwich. Look for fun seasonal treats like Chocolate Bat Muffins at Halloween and cream-filled Fastelavnsbollers in February
Monday-Friday 7 am–7 pm
Saturday-Sunday 8 am–7 pm
Also by Union Square and 518 Lexington Avenue at E 48th Street (limited menu).
Browse Holiday Shops, a European inspired open-air market curated by Urbanspace featuring artisans from around the world. Shop for local crafts, artisan provisions, and exquisite gifts from around the world in housed in custom-designed, “jewel box” kiosks.
🎠 Ride the small, charming Le Carrousel specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, with brightly colored animals and French cabaret music (11 am-7 pm daily, $3/ride).
🍽 Try all sorts of international food, including ramen, macarons, crepes and chocolate in the market or cozy up with a festive cocktail and food to watch the ice skaters at the open-air The Lodge.
Skate on the city’s only free rink or just watch and enjoy a festive winter vibe. Online advance reservations required to skate, reservations roll out daily two weeks before skate time.
* Skate rentals are $15-$45; discounted during off-peak hours and dates. Helmets also availble ($6). Penguin skate aids available for younger kids ($22, free before 11 am on weekends, and noon on weekdays).
* Shoe check is complimentary for all skaters, as no bags are allowed on the ice. Leave personal items at home, or check them at the skating pavilion ($5 per item, $15 per oversized item – eg: stroller or piece of luggage).
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Enjoy festive food and drinks in personal heated igloos, just steps from the iconic ice skating, surrounded by midtown skyscrapers. Family Packages ($215/up to 4 guests, $430/up to 8 guests) include a carafe of hot chocolate or salted caramel hot apple cider, chicken fingers or hot dogs or Bavarian pretzel, crispy French Fries with dipping sauces.
Adult Packages with wine beer & charcuterie board also available ($240-$460). Additional food and beverage can be ordered a la carte. Children under 2 years old do not count toward the food and drink package, but as an individual, they count toward the capacity of the igloo (maximum number is 8).
See our guide to Winter Village.