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Bryant Park

With the majestic New York Public Library to the east and just a stone's throw from the energetic vibes of Times Square, this verdant space invites locals and tourists alike to unwind, participate in numerous activities, or simply enjoy a moment of peace.

Bryant Park in a nutshell…

Bryant Park is a dynamic, multi-faceted destination in the heart of New York City known for its seasonal beauty and diverse offerings.

Location: Nestled behind the New York Public Library between Fifth and Sixth Avenues from 40th to 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan.

Transportation: Easily accessible by subway (B, D, F, M, 7 at 42nd Street/Bryant Park; N, Q, R, W at Times Square), bus, and hop-on hop-off tour buses.

Tickets: Free entry to the park and many of its events, with additional costs for activities like ice skating and holiday shopping.

Visiting Hours: Open year-round with seasonal variations in hours; particularly vibrant during the summer with free performances and during the winter with its famous Winter Village.

Nestled between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and spanning from 40th to 42nd Streets, Bryant Park remains one of New York City’s most cherished green spaces. Renowned for its lush lawns, elegant French-style chairs, and bustling event calendar, the park offers a welcome escape from the urban frenzy just a few blocks from Times Square.

Whether you’re seeking a quiet spot to read and relax or a lively venue for cultural events, Bryant Park is the place to be. Throughout the year, the park transforms with the seasons: from a winter wonderland featuring a free-admission ice skating rink to summertime movie nights and free yoga sessions, among many other activities. Locals often spend their lunch breaks here or unwind after work, making it a popular spot not just for tourists but for New Yorkers seeking a peaceful enclave.

As a central hub in Midtown, Bryant Park is easily accessible and always inviting. Whether you’re shopping on Fifth Avenue, exploring the New York Public Library, or catching a Broadway show, make sure to stop by and experience the vibrant atmosphere of this beloved park. With something always happening and plenty of space to lounge, Bryant Park promises delightful experiences for every visitor.

Practical Information

Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your trip to Bryant Park.


Bryant Park is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, directly behind the New York Public Library. It stretches between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues, making it a central spot for anyone visiting or working in Midtown.

How to Get There

Getting to Bryant Park is easy, thanks to its central location and accessibility via various modes of transport.


The most convenient way to reach Bryant Park is by subway. You can take the B, D, F, M, or 7 trains to 42nd Street/Bryant Park station or the 4, 5, 6, S trains to Grand Central Station.

The N, Q, R, W trains to Times Square are also nearby, giving you plenty of options depending on where you are coming from.


Several city bus lines run close to Bryant Park, providing easy access from different parts of the city.

Hop-on Hop-off Buses

Hop-on hop-off buses are excellent for tourists wanting to explore the city at their own pace. These buses have stops near Bryant Park, making it a convenient point to start or end your city tour.

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Driving in New York City can be challenging due to traffic and limited parking options. However, if you choose to drive, there are several parking garages near Bryant Park, though public transit is recommended for ease of access.


Entry to Bryant Park is free, making it an accessible option for everyone looking to enjoy its beauty and offerings.

Visiting Hours

Bryant Park’s hours vary by season:

  • January – April: Daily, 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • May – September: Daily, 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • October: Daily, 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • November - December: Monday - Wednesday, 7:00 am - 10:00 pm; Thursday - Sunday, 7:00 am - midnight

Keep in mind that the park closes early on New Year’s Eve, usually before 4:00 pm.

Best Time to Visit

The park is particularly busy during lunch hours and after 5:00 pm on weekdays. For a more relaxed experience, consider visiting in the morning or midafternoon. If you enjoy a vibrant atmosphere, late afternoon and early evening are fantastic as the park lights up beautifully as dusk falls.

What to Expect at Bryant Park

Bryant Park magically transforms with the seasons, each offering unique attractions and activities. Here’s what to look forward to throughout the year:

Free Games

From spring through early autumn, Bryant Park becomes a playground for all ages. Available daily from 11 am to 7:00 pm, weather permitting, you can engage in a variety of free lawn games.

Test your skills at Pétanque, practice your putt, or challenge a friend to a game of Kubb. For those who prefer tabletop challenges, ping-pong tables, board games, and chess tables are also set up for public use. It’s the perfect way to relax and have fun in the city.

View the current offer on Bryant’s Park website .

Free Toilets

Known for having some of the most pleasant public restrooms in New York City, Bryant Park offers facilities that are a cut above the rest. Open daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, these toilets feature Italian tiles, fresh flowers, and even classical music, ensuring a clean and comfortable experience. Located on the northeast corner by 42nd Street, these restrooms are not just functional; they’re an example of how the park caters thoughtfully to its visitors.

Food and Drinks

Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite or sitting down for a meal, Bryant Park has a variety of dining options. Enjoy a coffee, sandwich, or pastry from one of the many kiosks, or relax at The Porch, an outdoor eatery serving American classics. For a more upscale dining experience, visit Bryant Park Grill and Café, located on the library side of the park, where you can enjoy delicious food with a view of the park’s lush scenery.

During the Summer

Bryant Park truly shines in the summer months. The park hosts free yoga, Tai Chi, and dance classes, making it a haven for relaxation and physical well-being. Additionally, the park offers a plethora of free entertainment options:

Free Picnic Performances

Experience over two dozen live performances including jazz, classical music, opera, dance, and theater—all for free. These performances are perfect for enjoying a cultural evening under the stars.

Free Symphony in the Park

The American Symphony Orchestra graces the park with several performances throughout the summer. Space is limited, so arriving early is advisable.

Free Concerts

On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from June through October, the park hosts free concerts featuring a variety of music styles, from ragtime to jazz.

Broadway in Bryant Park

Catch performances from popular Broadway shows every Thursday in July during lunch hours. This free event showcases songs from leading Broadway musicals, providing a taste of New York City’s renowned theater scene.

Bryant Park Movie Nights

Monday evenings see the park transform into an outdoor cinema. This beloved summer tradition invites moviegoers to bring blankets and snacks for a free movie viewing on The Lawn. Arriving early to secure a good spot is highly recommended.

During the Winter

The festive season brings its own charm to Bryant Park:

Ice Skating in Bryant Park

From October to March, The Lawn is converted into a free-access ice skating rink, surrounded by New York’s iconic skyscrapers. Skating here, with the option of bumper cars on ice, is a quintessential New York winter experience.

Christmas Market in Bryant Park

The Winter Village at Bryant Park, from late October through early January, is a highlight of the city’s festive season. With over 125 kiosks, you can shop for unique gifts, savor delicious food, and soak in the holiday spirit among the twinkling lights and festive decorations.

Tips to Visit Bryant Park

To make the most of your visit to Bryant Park, consider these tips:

  • Dining Options: Grab a quick meal from Whole Foods on 6th Avenue, which offers a variety of ready-made meals and customizable options. Enjoy your lunch in the park for a delightful outdoor dining experience.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Stay connected with free Wi-Fi available throughout the park, allowing you to share your moments in real-time or plan your day on the go.
  • Quality Facilities: Take advantage of the well-maintained public bathrooms, complete with high-end fixtures and a pleasant atmosphere.
  • Best Time for the Christmas Market: To avoid crowds at the Christmas Market, consider visiting in the morning. The market tends to get busier in the late afternoon and early evening.
  • Ice Skating Tips: Ice skate rental varies in price depending on the time and day. For a more economical and less crowded experience, try visiting early in the morning.

Accessibility at Bryant Park

Bryant Park is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible environment for all visitors, ensuring that everyone can enjoy what this vibrant public space has to offer, regardless of ability.

  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Skating at Bryant Park’s rink is complimentary for wheelchair users, including both manual and motorized wheelchairs. The park’s staff are ready to assist, although specific details regarding motorized wheelchair assistance should be confirmed with staff directly.
  • Adaptive Sleds: For younger guests with disabilities, including autism, the park offers two adaptive sleds. These are available at no cost and can provide a joyful and inclusive experience on the ice.
  • Accessible Restrooms: High-quality accessible restrooms are available both in the Rink area and within The Lodge, ensuring comfort and convenience for all guests.
  • Park Entrances: Accessible park entrances are located mid-block on both 40th and 42nd Streets, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, facilitating easy entry to the park from multiple directions.
  • The Lodge Access: Entry to The Lodge, a cozy spot perfect for winter relaxation, is accessible from the side near the Christmas Tree, allowing easy access for all.
  • Seating Arrangements: Various seating options, including picnic-style tables suitable for wheelchair users, are available at The Lodge, ensuring comfort during your visit.
  • Shop Accessibility: While most areas of Bryant Park are accessible, some of the Holiday Shops have limited spacing for wheelchair maneuverability, and many feature a small step. Detailed accessibility information for these shops is available online.
  • Best Visiting Times: During the holiday season, the park can become particularly crowded. Visiting early on weekdays is recommended to avoid the busiest times and enjoy a more relaxed experience.
  • Storage Facilities: For those skating, lockers are available to store items for free, though a personal lock is required. Alternatively, locks can be purchased or bags checked for a fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

While both are iconic NYC parks, Bryant Park is much smaller and is situated in Midtown Manhattan, known for its seasonal events like the Winter Village and Summer Film Festival. Central Park is larger and offers more natural landscapes and recreational activities.

Yes, Bryant Park is free to enter and many of its activities and events are also free to the public, making it a great budget-friendly option for entertainment and relaxation in NYC.

Absolutely! Visitors are welcome to bring their own food to Bryant Park. There are also numerous food kiosks and restaurants within the park if you prefer to buy on-site.

Yes, dogs are allowed in Bryant Park but must be kept on a leash at all times. The park is a popular spot for both locals and visitors to walk their dogs.

Bryant Park can be enjoyed year-round, but visiting times may depend on personal preference. Early mornings are quieter, while lunchtime and evenings are more vibrant with activities and people.

Bryant Park hosts a variety of free events throughout the year. Information on participating can typically be found on the park’s official website or by visiting the park’s visitor center.

Bryant Park offers wheelchair-accessible entrances, restrooms, and seating. Adaptive sleds are available during the ice skating season, and the staff are trained to assist visitors with disabilities to ensure an enjoyable experience.

Yes, free Wi-Fi is available throughout Bryant Park, allowing visitors to stay connected and share their experiences online.

Yes, private events can be hosted in various parts of Bryant Park, including The Bryant Park Grill and The Terrace. Event planning services are available to help organize everything from small gatherings to large corporate events.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all, Bryant Park prohibits the use of illegal substances, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, and large sound systems without a permit.

Where to Stay Near Bryant Park

Staying near Bryant Park is highly recommended for visitors to New York City. The area boasts several high-quality hotels with scenic views of the park and easy access to many of Midtown Manhattan’s attractions.

  • The Bryant Park Hotel: Directly facing the park, this hotel offers luxurious accommodations with stunning park views. It’s an ideal choice for those who appreciate upscale lodging in a prime location.
  • Park Terrace Hotel: Adjacent to the park and facing the New York Public Library, the Park Terrace Hotel offers a slightly different perspective with equally impressive amenities and comfort.
  • Andaz 5th Avenue: Located just opposite the library entrance on Fifth Avenue, Andaz provides a modern and stylish stay with easy access to both the park and nearby shopping areas.

Other Nearby Attractions

Bryant Park’s central location in Midtown Manhattan makes it an ideal starting point for exploring nearby attractions. Here’s what’s close by:

New York Public Library

Just steps from Bryant Park, the NYPL is not only a top research facility but also an architectural marvel, offering free tours, exhibitions, and public reading rooms.

Times Square

Iconic and bustling, Times Square is known worldwide for its neon lights, Broadway theaters, and the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop.

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Rockefeller Center

Home to Top of the Rock, NBC Studios, and Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center offers shopping, dining, and entertainment options year-round.

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Grand Central Terminal

A historic train terminal known for its magnificent architecture and bustling concourses, located just a short walk from Bryant Park.

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Chrysler Building

An Art Deco icon of New York City, known for its stunning architecture and peak. It’s a must-see for architecture enthusiasts.

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Empire State Building

Offering unmatched views from its observation decks, the Empire State Building is a historic landmark and a must-visit for first-time tourists.

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Fifth Avenue Shopping

This famous shopping street features high-end retailers and flagship stores, providing a premium shopping experience near Bryant Park.

Madison Square Garden

Known as one of the world’s most famous arenas, it hosts major concerts, sports events, and more.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Practical Information
  3. What to Expect at Bryant Park
  4. Tips to Visit Bryant Park
  5. Accessibility at Bryant Park
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Where to Stay Near Bryant Park
  8. Other Nearby Attractions