Bryant Park is one of New York City’s most popular parks, with a variety of activities hosted year-round, beautiful seasonal gardens, and some top-tier people watching. Our New York City personal injury lawyers love visiting here to take in the sights and sounds of Manhattan and enjoy the variety of free activities offered here. Some of our favorite activities in Bryant Park include:

Art Cart

Bryant Park is located in a picturesque setting in New York City, full of a bustling urban scene of interesting people, beautiful flowers, and famous monuments. It’s easy to feel creatively inspired while you’re here. At the Art Cart, which is open every day from 11 am to 8 pm, you can use free drawing and craft supplies to make your own art projects. There’s also an Art Cart host who can give you some basic pointers.

Available materials change but generally include:

  • Drawing pencils
  • Brush pens
  • Charcoal
  • Erasers
  • Sketch boards
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Ribbons
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Stencils
  • Beads
  • Yarn
  • Coloring sheets

Chess and Backgammon

The park is home to a designated chess and backgammon area which is located in the 40th Street Plaza. If you want to play, go visit the Chess Host, who can give you equipment, pair you up for a game, or help give you advice. Playing is free and everyone is welcome.


Bryant Park offers a variety of 50 different tabletop games, including categories like party, strategy, visual, word, and trivia games. There are also many socials and tournaments during the spring and summer, including:

  • Cards games on Tuesdays
  • Settlers of Catan on Wednesdays
  • Strategy games on Fridays

These socials and tournaments run from May through August, from 6-8 pm.

Le Carrousel

Le Carrousel is a beautiful French classical style carousel which draws on both European and French influences. It features 14 animals which are replicas of classic carousel creatures and they revolve to classic French cabaret music. This piece really adds to the already special atmosphere of Bryant Park.


Pétanque is a French game where players try to throw metal balls as close as they can to a smaller wooden ball called a cochonnet. It’s a surprisingly fun and addictive game. You can learn to play here and develop strategies like pointing, when you throw your ball to roll as close to the cochonnet as you can, or shooting when you aim the ball for your opponent’s, trying to move them further away from the cochonnet.

Ping Pong

Ping pong fans can enjoy playing a game on one of the two premium tables located in Bryant Park. Play a casual game with a friend or join a competitive tournament. The tables are located on the 42nd Street side of the park, by Sixth Avenue.

Reading Room

Literary people have been enjoying Bryant Park’s Reading Room for decades. This section of the park provides books, newspapers, and magazines during the warm months of the year. They also host literary events, author appearances, writing workshops, children’s programs, a poetry program, and more.