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.
Head over to Central Park in the Fall to see the leaves change colors..great and picturesque...if you are there on Oct. 9, head over to Strawberry Fields to celebrate John Lennon's Birthday and sing a variety of songs with a huge group of fans...take your guitar if you have one and join in...great for a picnic or just a stroll...
Every time I go to NYC, I always have to take some time to re-explore Central Park. There are so many favorite spots within the park. I usually start on the upper East side(E 106th st) and explore the conservatory gardens, keep going to the Belvedere Castle, thru the Rambles to the Bow bridge and on to the Bethesda fountain, to the Mall, over to the Wollman rink with an amazing view of the City in the background, and come out at the lower eastside at the bridge and nature santuary (5th avenue/57th) Great photo ops all over the place. I try to make it once in spring, fall & winter. On the west side of the park, I love the gazebo & rocky area near 75th St, by the lake, also with an excellent view of the city,Strawberry fields(John Lennons memorial), and a stop at Tavern on the Green. (which, by the way, the toilets are available for public use since it is located in the city park)
The whole park is amazing and peaceful. Great people watching-just sit, relax, enjoy.
Nothing like it.
variety, beauty, history, romance
The paved winding walking path through central park goes over beautiful bridges over water and streets that find their way through the park. They take you past the bedrock that the unique New York City Skyline was built on. These paths could never be completed in a day by one person unless that person is an athlete. You can get nice and lost in central park. Someday, I plan to spend enough time there to do just that.
There is so much beauty in Central Park I was amazed. In the middle of NYC there was this park with big lakes, a zoo, many hills and fields, playgrounds, artwork and the Fountain of Bethesda. This park is so full of life. People of all ages, races, colors and creeds co-existing peacefully. The bikers carting around people giving tours were wonderful. I would highly suggest taking one of those. There is a lot of history in and around that beautiful park. Any time of day or night it is nice to see. But don't go alone at night.
I loved how LARGE the park was in scale to the rest of the city. I enjoyed how everyone was so positive in the park. On the roads 100s-1000s of people are either rollerblading, running, walking or biking. Some are painting or drawing. I saw kids skateboarding, playing frisbee, and soccer. I saw lovers entwined on a bench staring deeply into each others eyes. When you stand in the middle of the park, and cannot see any buildings, you really forget about everything else that goes on "out there". You must see this!
What Big Apple is to US, Central Park is to Big Apple. Be it summer, winter, spring or autumn, it is the place to hang out. The trees, the lake, the path, the views and the slice of Big Apple life are out of world. Great place to unwind, exercise, date and space out. Must for all visitors & residents !
My Family and I go here when we have had alittle to much at Home, School or even a bad situation.
Getting away doesn't neccessarily mean jump in a plane or prepare to save lumps of change to plan a vacation.
All you need is a MetroCard and $100.00.
Depends on your family size. We are a Family of six.
And we always have the time of our lives..
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