⚠️ Disclaimer: visiting ALL of Central Park in 45 minutes is not possible. Physically. it’s a huge park that stretches from Midtown Manhattan to Harlem.
As we have already written in another article (find the link below) to visit WELL Central Park you need AT LEAST half a day, if not a full day.
But then what can I visit in Central Park if I only have less than 1 hour?
If you only 45 Minutes to dedicate to visiting Central Park (which is too little, we repeat, but maybe you’re taking a quick trip to New York) then follow the route below:
Itinerary: Central Park in less than 1 hour
Here below the detailed itinerary of the walk
Gapstow Bridge & The Pond
Enter Central Park from the southeast side, on 5th Avenue, next to the Plaza Hotel and the Apple Store.
From there you head inside following the main street and the first thing you will see in front of you is a small lake called “The Pond” with the beautiful Gapstow Bridge.
Wollman Rink: Ice Skating in Central Park
Continue walking through the park in a northerly direction and arrive at one of the 3 most famous skating rinks in New York: the one in Central Park, also known as the Wollman Rink.
Find in the article below all the info about this rink:
The walk continues in north-east direction: look for the statue of Balto, the famous Siberian Husky and sled dog belonging to musher and breeder Leonhard Seppala.
Bethesda Terrace and Fountain
Now we come to the most beautiful and iconic moment of this walk: from now on we will visit 3 unforgettable and famous places. The first of these is the Bethesda Terrace and fountain. You have surely seen it in many movies like “Home Alone II”, “Elf” or “Enchanted”.
We then arrive at the Bow Bridge, the most famous bridge in Central Park. Seen in millions of photos and videos, this is the perfect place to take a souvenir photo of Central Park!
John Lennon Memorial & Strawberry Field
We then arrive in the western part of the park, bordering the Upper West Side. Here you will see iconic sites such as Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon Memorial and just outside the park’s framework the Dakota Building, the place where John Lennon lived and where he was murdered in front of his 72nd Street entrance on December 8, 1980.
Back to Columbus Circle
The walk ends by walking south to Columbus Circle, then exiting the southwest part of the park.
Our conclusions about this walk
As mentioned at the beginning of this article with the big disclaimer in the first line, visiting Central Park WELL in less than an hour is not possible.
If you have very little time, then you can consider this route that will give you a good idea of the southern part of Central Park.
Find below the list of the “stops” of this walk