Visit Central Park: nature all around you

The city of the most incredible building in the world hides one of the biggest and famous parks between them. Today we visit Central Park, one of my favorite spot in Nyc, I hope you will enjoy as much as I do, discovering all the best view and activities.

 

View from the Rockefeller center
View from the Rockefeller center

VISIT CENTRAL PARK INFO

Where: Central Park is located in New York City, and stretches from 59th Street to 110th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. Map.

Getting to: Central Park is easily accessible by subway

  • 1, 2, 3, B, and C trains along the west side
  • 4, 5, 6 trains along the east side
  • A, B, C, D, 1, N, R, and Q trains on the south side

 

Central Park
Central Park

Admission fees: No

Open: Daily, 6:00 am—1:00 am

Renting a bike is the best option to visit the park in one day, isn’t cheap. I suggest you may be a tandem for 2 people. There are countless places to rent a bike, compare prices, and find the best. The other option is to visit the park by walking, more slowly and relaxing, I prefer this one. Car and motos aren’t admitted for visitors. Hungry? Check my first post.

SCULPTURES

Central Park is very famous for its sculptures, hidden by the trees, so prepare your map to discover it.

One large sculpture depicts Alice in Wonderland, I’m a huge fan of this story, and I was pretty obsessed to find this sculpture. The statue is located on East 74th Street on the north side of Central Park’s Conservatory Water.

 

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland

Balto’s sculpture was dedicated to the sled dogs that led several dogsled teams through a snow-storm in the winter of 1925 in order to deliver medicine that would stop a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska. The statue is located at Central Park East Drive & East 66th Street.

The standing sculpture of Alexander Hamilton standing in a grove of apple trees and crabapples west of the East Drive behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I admit that I know this name for the musical, if you didn’t see yet, you have to, it’s amazing.

USS Maine National Monument, just for its beauty, it’s located 59th Street & Columbus Circle. Dedicated to the men killed aboard USS Maine (ACR-1) when the ship exploded in Havana harbor.

 

Chess & Checkers House
Chess & Checkers House

ACTIVITIES

Chess & Checkers House, the visitor center is 24 permanent tables with inlaid chess boards, attracting master players and newcomers alike. Game pieces are available inside, along with dominoes, backgammon, and other board games.

The Lake is the second-largest body of water and the site of one of its most enduring traditions. From April through November, visitors can rent rowboats or hire a Venetian gondola at the Loeb Boathouse to explore the idyllic landscape.

 

The Lake
The Lake

TOP VIEWS

Belvedere Castle, this miniature castle sits atop Vista Rock and looks out over the Great Lawn to the north, and the Ramble to the south. Visitors take in sweeping views of the Park and its surrounding cityscape. Belvedere also houses one of the Park’s visitor centers and gift shop.

Bethesda Terrace is considered the heart of the Park and is, by design, its singular formal feature. Overlooking the Lake, it stands at the north end of the Park’s long, tree-lined promenade, the Mall. From here you can see The Bethesda Fountain.

 

Bethesda Terrace
Bethesda Terrace

Great Lawn At the precise geographical center of Central Park is one of the most famous lawns in the world: the 55-acre Great Lawn. Enjoy and relax.

Hernshead is a rocky promontory jutting out into the Lake. It’s a popular spot to take in the scenic view of the Ramble across the water, and scout for greenery.

Reservoir, countless others have opted for a stroll around this vast man-made lake with a historic fountain as its center and a classic backdrop of the Upper West Side skyline.

 

Reservoir
Reservoir
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