In the midst of all of the city's concrete and high-rises, Central Park brings greenery and shady places for relaxation--as well as a zoo, carousel, skating rink, theater, and several fountains--to the northern part of the city. Stroll, bike, picnic, or people-watch among 341 hectares (843 acres) of lakes, jogging paths, woodlands, walkways, lawns, and trees. One of the country's major historical landmarks, the park hosts frequent concert, plays, and art shows. Stop by the Alice in Wonderland statue, a favorite place for photos. Put Central Park and other New York City attractions into our New York City journey builder app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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Central Park Reviews
Unfortunately, the day of our visit was cloudy and later extremely wet so we didn't see the park at its best but it was stil worth a visit. It is worth buying a map from inside the park as there is lo... more »
The park is beautiful, beware you might get lost even with GPS and a map, but that's actually intentional from the designers. It is really cool to walk and walk and suddenly finding yourself in the se... more »
A must do when in Manhattan! We strolled through the park on our way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Then, returned again to enjoy some park musicians and artists. There are so many things to do. You can just walk as we did, you can eat at the park restaurant, you can rent a remote driven sailboat or row a real live boat in the lake. We enjoyed the park statues and sculptures. It was summer, so it got a bit hot during the mid day. My recommendation is that you visit in the early morning or early evening in the summertime. I have also been to Central Park in the fall. This is my favorite season to visit. The trees are so beautiful. It is hard to believe that you are in the middle of a city! I would not recommend going to the park at night since it is not safe then. During the day, I felt very safe.
A necessary stop on any visit to NYC. During the summer, the park gets you some much needed shade and is an experience in and of itself. Lots of street performers/buskers offer entertainment, but the park itself is enough of a show and needs nothing else to recommend it. The architecture of the bridges and tunnels is amazing, there are plenty of unique points of interest, and you even have a zoo if that is what you are interested in.
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