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Billy Johnson Playground

Upper East Side
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Address: East 67th Street, New York City, NY 10022
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+1 212-310-6600

A rustic playground in NYC's Central Park that features wood nymphs,...

A rustic playground in NYC's Central Park that features wood nymphs, vine-covered gazebos and arched bridges.

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Nice stone slide

This is one of the many play parks in Central Park. This one has a huge stone slide that the kids loved playing on for ages. It's located near the zoo so it's easy to access... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2016
Hertford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

loved the slide. loved the swings. loved the little wooden bridges. loved the stroll there. I would definitely return with my young one and even by myself. not far from the central park zoo too!

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

This is one of the many play parks in Central Park. This one has a huge stone slide that the kids loved playing on for ages. It's located near the zoo so it's easy to access. Worth a diversion as it's easy to miss.

Thank MDowning1973
New York City, New York
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81 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

This playground is small but sweet. It’s one of the more distinctive playgrounds in Central Park and was inspired by the landscape. Natural trees and plantings are utilized to create wonderful little play areas within the playground. The trees also provide nice shade during the summer heat. Our favorite feature is the granite slide, which is built into a rocky... More 

Thank Estee P
San Francisco, CA
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15 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 June 2015

I was inspired to seek out the playground by a Time Out New York review of great NYC parks for kids which sold it as a great little park with landscaping in keeping with the traditions of Central Park itself. The truth is there's not much here save for a sandpit, an old stone slide (admittedly fun for a couple... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2015

Get some cardboard and come down the slide - great fun, peaceful setting, right near the zoo. The slide is carved out of stone into the hill. Our daughter loved this section of the park and meet some great kids there

Thank Jenfren10
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3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 9 April 2015 via mobile

Cardboard is a great idea..... kids loved it, had a great time. the have some toddler swings as well which gives the little ones an opportunity to enjoy as well

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Reviewed 14 September 2014

The slide is wonderful (bring cardboard for faster slides), but the design of the approaches to the slide encourages line-cutting, and the majority of adults do nothing to curb it. The result is that a noticeable number of kids who visit regularly seem immune to the concept of civil behavior. Even when directly told by an adult not to cut,... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

We went to see the Balto Sculpture and stopped in this playground on the way out. The slide was great and kids young and older loved it. The swings are only for the younger set as it is all child seats and no true swings. The playground is good for 20-30 minutes of play.

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Reviewed 15 May 2006

This playground has a great slide, but the wooden bridges are very dengerous for little kids. the wooden Edges are very sharp, and my son fell down from the edge of the bridge and cut his lips. The playgroung could be a perfect place if it didn't have sharp wooden and stone edges. But ones again, the slide is just... More 

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Reviewed 18 May 2004

My 10-year-old twin girls and I are on a hunt for the best playground in the City of New York and along the way discovered the Billy Johnson Playground in Central Park. Conveniently located a hop and a skip away from the Children's Zoo at 67th & Fifth Avenue, this playground's main claim to fame is that it contains what... More 

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