The Neverending Treasure Hunt In New York’s Central Park Is Waiting For You

on April 19, 2013


Maybe you’ve heard of geocaching, maybe you haven’t. Either way, NYC’s Central Park is a good place to try out this unusual treasure hunt sport that sneakily doubles as exercise without you knowing.

If you’re already an expert, then Central Park is a good place to hone your hide and seek skills against a beautiful and bustling urban backdrop.

All you need are two things, really: First, a decent GPS device. This will assist you and your crew to find hidden caches by using Global Positioning System co-ordinates. Second, you need access to the Internet either prior to or during your geocaching venture. By accessing the website, you can gain access to GPS co-ordinates for hundreds of hidden caches and canisters in the Central Park area.

The caches come in a number of shapes and sizes, but in Central Park you’ll typically find micro-caches that often resemble miniature metallic capsules. Visualize a miniature metallic water bottle about the size of a keychain fob and you’ll have an idea what you’re looking for.

Inside the capsules, you’ll find a log where you can record your name to document the successful find. If the capsule is a bit larger, approaching container size, you’re likely to find mementos and all kinds of trinkets left by other geocaching explorers.

There are many different types of geocaches listed on Some are harder than others, and this is identified in the cache’s difficulty rating. There can be caches with just one set of co-ordinates, while others will have multiple sets.

Now, let’s check out a few options for Central Park geocaches. If you want to check some more options out for yourself, just search for Central Park under the “Address” portion of the “Seek A Cache” box on Geocaching’s webpage.


A Million in Cash Cache

A cache by childofatom

Hidden: 11/23/2008

In New York, United States

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Terrain: 2.5 out of 5

Size:  (small)


It Begins At The Engineers Gate

A cache by childofatom

Hidden: 9/9/2009

In New York, United States

Difficulty: 2.5 out of 5
Terrain: 1.5 out of 5

Size:  (small)



A cache by greyhoundlawyer (adopted by EastVillageFamily)

Hidden: 8/31/2007

In New York, United States

Difficulty:  2 out of 5
Terrain: 1.5 out of 5

Size:  (small)


Harry and Hogwarts

A cache by New Market Mallers

Hidden: 3/5/2013

In New York, United States

Difficulty: 3.5

Size:  (micro)


Editor’s Note:

Just a quick reminder that sometimes geocaches are removed, stolen or vandalized, so it’s best to search for these caches on to ensure you have the latest information. Also take note of the “Last Found” date listed in the far right column. It’s often a good barometer for cache status.

Lastly, Central Park is a busy place. So try to be stealthy and not direct too much attention to these hiding spots. That’s how they get vandalized. Don’t be too stealthy (weird) either, or you may end up in jail. Just sayin’.