2. Pedicabs in Central Park
Pedicabs have more recently offered visitors a more dynamic way in which to view the park. Covering three to ten times the distance of a typical Central Park horse carriage ride, pedicabs have become very popular with visitors and New Yorkers alike in the last five years.
3. Sports in Central Park
The Central Park Drive, just over 6 miles (9.7 km) long, is a haven for runners, joggers, bicyclists, and inline skaters. Nearly every weekend, races take place in Central Park, many of which are organized by the New York Road Runners. The New York City Marathon finishes in Central Park outside Tavern on the Green. Many other professional races are run in Central Park, including the recent USA Men's 8k Championships. A long tradition of horseback riding in Central Park was kept alive by the one remaining stable nearby, Claremont Riding Academy until it closed in 2007. At the northern part of Central Park between 106th and 108th streets Lasker Rink and Pool is a large ice skating rink which converts to an outdoor swimming pool in Summer and serves the neighboring communities of the Central Park.
4. Entertainment in Central Park
Summerstage features free musical concerts throughout the summer in Central Park. Each summer, the Public Theater presents free open-air theatre productions in Central Park, often starring well-known stage and screen actors, in the Delacorte Theater, summer performing venue of the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park.
The New York Philharmonic gives an open-air concert every summer on the Great Lawn and the Metropolitan Opera presents two operas in Central Park.
Also each summer, City Park's Foundation offers Central Park Summerstage, a series of free performances including music, dance, spoken word, and film presentations in Central Park.
5. Climbing in Central Park
Boulderer climbing Rat Rock.Central Park's glaciated rock outcroppings attract climbers, especially boulderers; Manhattan's bedrock, a glaciated metamorphic schist, protrudes from the ground frequently and quite considerably in some parts of Central Park.
6. Children in Central Park
In addition to its 37 unique playgrounds, Central Park offers dozens of activities for children, including performances by master puppeteers at the historic Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.