A trip to Central Park helps you explore the backyard of New York City and enjoy the the lush 843-acre patch of green right in the middle of Manhattan. Surrounded by scenic hills, meadows, playgrounds, skating rinks and more, the park is not only an icon of this megacity but also a major attraction for locals and visitors alike. So, take a walking route or go on a guided tour to see top attractions in the park including the lake, Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, and the Central Park Zoo.
Below is a list of top attractions in Central Park:
Get a spectacular view of the park and the city from the rooftop of the stone Belvedere Castle. Built in 1869 and re-opened after renovations in the 1980s, this charming piece of architecture atop Vista Rock, is worth a visit for its beauty and architectural merits.
Central Park Zoo
Visit this popular park that is home to animals from Polar Regions, the tropics and the California Coast. From monkeys, birds, penguins, polar bears, snow leopards and red pandas, more than 100 species of animals inhabit this zoo and make it a top draw at the park. The 4D Theatre in the zoo features an immersive experience featuring the visual drama of a 3-D film with a variety of built-in sensory effects suitable for children aged 6 and up.
Escape the din of cyclists and skateboarders and sneak into the serene setting of this 6-acre formal garden in the park. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a wedding taking place at this peaceful haven whose gardens have three different styles: French, Italian, and English.
Loeb Boathouse on The Lake
Go to the far eastern shore of The Lake to rent a boat and paddle yourself around the calm water. Immerse yourself in the picturesque setting of a restaurant with an outside seating area right at the water’s edge. You can sit, relax, sip coffee on a sunny afternoon or watch row boats on the tranquil water.
Enjoy a leisurely walk and a bit of nature in a peaceful paradise away from the noisy streets of NYC. Stroll past the awning of huge trees on a wide and straight pathway that is the hallmark of the Mall and feel the joys of walking even in the winter when the park is covered in snow.
Central Park Carousel
Riding the carousel should be one of the must do things on a trip to Central Park. This vintage carousel from 1908 has long been a tradition and it continues to delight both visitors and New Yorkers alike.f
Skating in Central Park on a sunny winter day should be included in your trip to NYC. What’s more, skate for free in a beautiful setting where the ring is encircled by trees! Also, enjoy the sight of skyscrapers rising up right behind you.
Bike Rental Central Park tours are the best way to explore this vast park and enjoy all its charms in an easy and hassle-free manner.
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