Central Park, New York City

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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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  • We didnt have allot of time so we took a guided tour on one of the mobile taxis! Our tour guide was amazing stopping at each important area and letting us take pictures, it was a freexing day so we tr...  more »
  • It is very nice and you can't miss it if you go to New York, I went in winter in the afternoon and I was very cold (the Lake was frozen) equal to barbarian pass it.
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  • Central Park is pure serenity in the middle of he bustling city. Nice for a walk, run or horse drawn carriage ride. It's beautiful and with lovely little enclaves of unique structures and statues.  more »
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  • We visited before Christmas on a Girls Trip. We took a pedicab tour through the park and had a great time. Be sure to negotiate a good price, they are very flexible. Our drivers were very knowledgeable about the park and also hilarious. They pointed out interesting spots that were used for many movies and television shows. We were able to get out and make some photos. If you’ve never been, I would recommend doing a pedicab. It’s a great way to get familiar with the park. It’s such a beautiful place in the middle of the city!
  • I love Central Park! It is an amazing park with tons to see and do. We rented bikes and rode around the park. You can see it quickly by bike in 1.5 hours, but recommended at least 3-4 hours to stop and check a few things out. You could spend easily all day here if you wanted to. You can also get around the park by a bike taxi or horse drawn carriage...he wise and choose a good tour guide for either of these options. Spring and fall would be the best time of year to visit. Get a park map so you don't get lost, and can find all the attractions and bathrooms. Stay out of the park past dark.
  • Lovely park in Manhattan!! There is always something new to experience here! Nice walking and biking paths. Nice grass areas for relaxing and having picnics. Lots of nice bridges. A great place to do photo shoots! This a clean park and you will enjoy your time spent here.
  • Central Park is ALL that. Take a stroll through this very world famous park known for its small lakes, beautiful bridges, a castle, and even a zoo! You can very easily get lost here. My sense of direction was tricked quite easily when I decided to not use Google Maps. I simply simply got lost in its beauty. Watching joggers, runners, and walkers passing by is very common here, and this beautiful piece of nature is quite large. This piece of wilderness in the middle of a huge city is a welcome sight. There is a hidden gem here which is a zoo. This small zoo features a Snow Leopard, Couple of Grizzly Bears, and my favorite, a trio of California Sea Lions, one of which is a rescue sea lion from my home state of California. There is much to see here at Central Park from Horse- drawn carriages, to the beautiful trees in their Autumn/ fall colors, to small creatures. The sound of birds, honking horns all provide a kind of musical background to it all. Central Park is a very enjoyable place. There is much to see, hear, and do. Probably best enjoyed during the day, to early eve.
  • What can you say about such a wonderful park. The restoration and preservation organization has down an excellent job of keeping the park in a perpetually beautiful condition. This time we saw Alice in wonderland, and one of the baseball fields. If you're in NYC and don't go to Central Park you are missing out! Lots of fun things to do during the summer, and a peaceful place to wander around during the winter. Plus, the skyline views are out of this world!

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