Central Park Guide
Central Park is perhaps Manhattan’s most treasured gem. Designed by beloved architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, this 840-acre space has been around since the 19th century. Stretching all the way from 59th Street at its south end to 110th Street at its north end, Central Park provides a getaway and backyard for millions of New Yorkers and visitors.
When strolling through the center of the park, the surroundings are so serene that it’s easy to forget you’re in a major city at all. Central Park has served as a backdrop in countless popular movies – When Harry Met Sally, Elf, and Enchanted to name a few – and it always feels larger than life. Whether you arrive at Central Park looking for active entertainment or a lazy afternoon, there’s never a shortage of things to do.
Some of the park’s most famous offerings rotate with the seasons. Each summer, Central Park hosts free theatre through Shakespeare In The Park, and a series of free summer concerts. In the fall, Central Park is the location of the New York City Marathon finish line. Each winter, a skating rink opens in the park for cold weather celebrations.
Kids will love the charming Central Park Zoo, and history fans will get a kick out of Belvedere Castle, a gorgeous building that looks like it was yanked right out of a fairytale. If you’re a museum fan, you’ll find a major cultural institution on each side of the park – the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the east side, and the American Museum of Natural History on the west side.
If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, you can explore the Conservatory Garden, a formal garden divided into the styles of French, English, and Italian landscaping. Music lovers can check out Strawberry Fields, a peaceful corner of the park dedicated to the late John Lennon, where fans love to hold impromptu jam sessions.
Whether you prefer biking, walking, boating, or running, there’s a place in Central Park to make it happen. The park’s longest path, a 6.1-mile loop, is perfect for cardio. Rental companies offer bicycles and boats for taking in other perspectives of the scenery.
As many wonderful features as there are in Central Park, it really doesn’t matter what you choose to see, because everything is in the park’s vicinity is a delight. Whether you have half an hour to spend in the park or an entire day, you’re sure to have a great time.
What To See In Central Park
- Belvedere Castle
- The Loeb Boathouse
- Tavern On The Green
- Bethesda Terrace and Fountain
- The Conservatory Garden
- The Great Lawn
- The Central Park Zoo
- Central Park Mall and Literary Walk
- The Metropolitan Museum Of Art
- The American Museum Of Natural History
- Model Sailboats On Conservatory Water
- Shakespeare Garden
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir