Located in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is an 843-acre space of heart-warming greenery and an icon of NYC. It is a perfect place to escape the chaos of the city and find moments of peace in the midst of natural beauty and monuments. It is home to lakes, meadows, woodlands, wildlife, monuments, playgrounds, sledding hills and lots of green and tranquil spaces. The park is ideal for families, couples, and individuals, to enjoy a picnic and have fun in any season.
Here’s a list of the best things to do in Central Park:
Central Park Zoo
More than 130 species of animals are housed in the zoo and they all make a good reason to visit the place. From red pandas, penguins, grizzly bears, snow leopards, frogs and birds, the list of animal here is big and impressive. The sea lion feeding is a major attraction at the Sea Lion Pool. There’s Tisch Children’s Zoo as well offering education programs and a petting zoo for little ones.
Bike tours are a great way to explore Central Park and visit its major attractions conveniently. In fact, Central Park bike tours are quite a rage among visitors as they help in exploration at a leisure pace. On a guided tour, you could take in natural scenery, stop by at monuments, gaze at trees and click photos for hours. Some of the top places to bike by include the Conservatory Garden, Belvedere Castle, the Imagine Mosaic, and the Central Park Carousel.
Friedsam Memorial Carousel
Take a ride on one of the 58 hand-carved horses and have fun. Stop at this famous carousel at 64th Street and forget for a moment your age, as its rides are as exciting for kids as for grown-ups. The carousel is among the largest in the country and draws a big number of visitors on all days from April to November.
Wollman Rink and Victorian Gardens
It’s a dream for many to enjoy ice-staking in Central Park alongside taking in the spectacular views of the surroundings and the Midtown skyline. Take a spin here and add more joy to your winter tour of the city. Ice-skating season runs between October and April and after that, the arena is transformed into the Victorian Gardens amusement park. Come summer and you get lots of rides and entertainment for kids and families here.
A visit to Bethesda Terrace means being at the heart of Central Park. Designed to let people gather and socialize, the two-storey terrace features intricate carvings representing four seasons and times of day. Bethesda Fountain is a celebration of the water system of NYC and both the places are great for crowds to enjoy people-watch and soak up the sun.
Many weddings and private parties take place at this stunning place whose setting makes it popular. Here, visitors can enjoy indoor and outdoor dining in a romantic setting not found elsewhere in the park. You can enjoy a ride on the lake in a gondola or rent a boat. What’s more, the place is a sort of mini-heaven for bird-watchers.