The Rudin Family Playground. Updated 2018.
There’s 21 playgrounds in Central Park, and while this is not one of the best playgrounds in Manhattan, if you have meandered to the north of Central Park on your New York city explorations, this playground will give the kids a break from strollers and walking.
The Rudin Family Playground
The Rudin Family Playground can be found at West 96th Street.
At this Central Park playground, you can find:
- a larger multi-level metal and timber fort for climbing and parkour play
- timber bridges and metal climbing ladders
- a smaller fort structure with ramps, bridges, a dual slide, and a undulating slide
- two tyre swings
- a separate fenced area with a row of 8 swings! (the longest row we’ve seen yet)
- a sandbox
- a water play zone
This playground is definitely a locals neighbourhood playground in Manhattan, and doesn’t attract so many tourists, so it’s a great place to chat to local moms and find their top tips for things to do in Manhattan with kids.
We loved it for the location – it’s super fun to check out all the neighbouring buildings to see how real New Yorker’s live.
Built in 1935 and 1936 for local children living in these parts, it was rebuilt in 1992, but still maintains old school charm. This playground is so unlike anything we’ve seen at home, and that’s part of the fun.
While you are there, check out the Tarr-Coyne Wild West Playground, and the Safari Playground, both just metres away.
If you happen to visit during winter, the Central Park sledding hill is right next door.
Rudin Park Chess
There’s lots of seating, and a row of concrete chess and checkers boards too.
BYO chess pieces to join in.
Central Park Swings
The Inside Scoop – Central Park Playgrounds
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of.
Address: West 96th Street, New York. The entrance to the playground is located on the perimeter, on Central Park West, instead of a park path.
Telephone: 212 310-6600 Information line
Website: Rudin Family Playground
Opening Hours: 8am till dusk
Entry Fees: Free
How to get there:
- By Bus: The M10 (blue) or the M 96 or M 106 stops (green) are close by
- By Subway Train: The A or C train (blue line) stops at 96 St. then walk 2 minutes
- On Foot: It’s a 40 minute walk from Heckscher playground at Central Park South.
- By Car/Taxi/Uber: Exit at Central Park West and 96 street.
Parking: There is no parking in Central Park. Many parking garages are available nearby.
Rudin Family Playground Map
Nearest takeaway coffee and/or food options: Birch Coffee house at 750 Columbus Ave, New York
Disability access: Yes, but limited
Enclosed: Yes, fenced but does open to road.
Ground cover: Rubber soft fall, concrete
Picnic tables: Yes and bench seating
Electric BBQs: No
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
This playground was last reviewed in June 2018.
Toadstool Rating – Central Park Attractions
For a locals experience, do it.
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