Besides being the largest green space in New York City, Central Park still remains a cultural favorite in the eyes of many. Why? Because there are endless amounts of activities to participate in! There’s no reason to be bored when you can attend a free film viewing, a Shakespeare play, or a welcome tour. For a full calendar or events, check the website out here. Below are some fun yet educational activities open to the public:

From August 18 to August 22, Central Park’s Film Festival will take place between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive—while it is open and free to the public, get there early to get a spot! Gates open at 6:30pm and films begin promptly at 8:00pm. Full schedule is here.

Every week, there are a free guided Welcome Tours in the afternoons, times ranging from 11am to 2pm. While you may have strolled Central Park on a date, do you really know the park’s history and landscape? Catching up with a friend or meeting a first date? This could be a great way to connect or spend a day off. In order to secure a spot in the tour, arrive fifteen minutes ahead of schedule. More details at the website.

Ever wanted to see a production of a Shakespeare play? Well, you can! Every year, Shakespeare in the Park is a Central Park staple. This year, “Much Ado About Nothing” is currently being featured until July 6th, while “King Lear” will run from July 22nd to August 17th. The performances will be held at the Delacorte Theater at noon; while the event is free, guests must wait in line for tickets on the day of performance. More information here.