Right in the heart of Manhattan stands this oasis of rolling pastures and gardens, stretching from Midtown to Harlem. It was ... More
Right in the heart of Manhattan stands this oasis of rolling pastures and gardens, stretching from Midtown to Harlem. It was created in 1857 by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux. These days walkers, rollerbladers, bikers, and joggers compete for space. Lovers meet at the Bethesda Fountain on Bethesda Terrace. To the north, others wander at the mystery of Belvedere Castle. Nearby is the Delacorte Theater, where you can watch plays in the summer. It blends so easily with the Manhattan environment that it is difficult to guess that it is totally man made. Across the park lies a charming Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center, and children of all ages love the restored carousel.
It was beautiful. It was fun just walking around and seeing everything. The history was great. It was very clean and felt very safe. We even got to watch a company film a commercial there. It is a long day with a lot of walking. It was worth it.
Central Park is beautiful. The park is full of families, dog walkers, and exercisers but it feels so peaceful. You forget you are in the middle of Manhattan. The grass is lush and green-it felt great on my bare feet. Pair this with a trip to Guggenheim or Museum of Natural History. Take the kids, take a frisbee, and enjoy.
Well...it beats a lot of parks i've ever been to. It's soooo huge that you can't see everything and do everything in one day. Central Park is for people who like to stroll in the park, swim, picnic, jog, bike, etc...i'm not a park person, so i didn't enjoy it. It was hot!!!
I saw a lot of people just walking around and enjoying nature...well, more like the trees. not much to do there, but a lot of site seeing. there is a swimming pool there, but we couldn't find it. There was a lot of people in their bikini just sun-bathing. Make sure you bring lots of cold water (drinks) because you're going to get thirsty. There is also a line for the ladies restroom, so plan accordingly. Have fun!
Go to the Imagine mosaic, a tribute to John Lennon. 72nd and Central Park West.
It was touching, flowers laid upon the mosaic. I and a fellow sang Lennon songs with his acoustic guitar and promptly got kicked out for "noise control". I don't John would have appreciated our getting busted by the Central Park Conservancy Fuzz.
It is a lovely tribute to our John.
Luv and Peace, VLK.
I have always heard and seen this park on TV and in movies, but to see it in person is a real experience. It is hard to believe such a place exists in the busy, crowded city of New York. It is truly a treasure of the city.
It was our first time in New York, we decided the we would have to try a horse drawn carriage through central park it was worth every penny because of the cold we had blankets over our knees the only draw back was having to wait so long for the carriage but it was an experience just to people watch 'FANTASTIC'
My family and I just got back from the perfect day in Central Park. We took the mini van from Jersey with our 4 bicycles on the back at 10:30 a.m. We prearranged our parking at a convenient lot(icon) on 97th and Central pk west. $18.00 tax included. One half block away we entered the park and started pedaling. In 3 minutes we saw a sign for the Belveder Castle. What a wonderful place. Overlooking turtle pond (full of huge turtles!, the kids loved it) 19th century castle overlooking the park and great lawn. FREE! Next we got to the Zoo. Wow! I never knew this was such a zoo. Kids loved it. Had lunch at the frog cafe. Pretty good, sat outside watched the people go by, Nice! Addmissson to zoo and lunch $70.00 not bad, hey it's NYC. Spent 2 hours perfect. Continued the bike trip, next stop the remote control sail boat pond. We rented a boat. No motors just sails. We did good, all shared one boat for a half hour, perfect $10. bucks, p.s. had 2 cocktails watching the kids, $20. hey it's NYC. (good investment) spent an hour, nice. We spent another 30 minutes listening to a very gifted blues singer/guitar player while watching a talented artist chalk a beautiful picture of the sailboat pond. My favorite 30 minutes of the day. $1 tip to the musician. Continued the bike trip, our goal of finishing the complete circle of the park in front of us. Lots of long down hills, seemed like not as many up hills. Stopped in Harlem to check out a really nice water fall and cruised back into 97th street way ahead of our planned 7pm departure. So we figure we'd check out the museum of natural history. Hey it's free after 5 to closing, got all we needed, kids loved the dinosours and african mammals. Stopped in Grenich village on the way to the tunnell, nice meter parking spot in front of our favorite resturant. (Vittorios on Bleeker st)beautiful outdoor dinning in the rear garden. Try "The wheel" Nice bottle of wine and dinner for 4 $150.00. $269.00 for a perfect day in NYC. All agreed.
we spent 8 hours walking from end to end. NYC has really made an effort to preserve this treasure. don't miss the renovated ceramic tile "mall" that has been recently completed to reflect the 1890's. it's by the angel fountain.
make sure you bike in the designated lanes or you will get a ticket. also there is a $500 for not cleaning up your dog's waste...these rules make for a safe and pleasant experience for everyone though
Tehre was, what turned out to be the heaviest rainfall in 4 decades and that made the visit a bad experience. Sorry that I cannot be more positive about this trip, but there will be other and better occasions.
It was much bigger and much better than I thought it would be. You might end up spending many hours there. The most amazing thing is that all of this beauty is free, doesnt cost you a penny...so go ahead, stay for as long as you want. There is so much to see..monuments, lakes, bridges, a castle, just to name a few. I even saw a couple of famous people while there..Al Gore and Tom Brokaw...so keep your eyes open.
Its just gorgeous. A bit o'heaven.
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