Visiting Central Park was one of the highlights of my recent trip to New York City. Even the overcast skies and occasional drops of rain couldn’t detract from the beauty of New York City’s largest outdoor park space.
With so much to do and see in New York City you may wonder why you should visit Central Park?
The Great Lawn in Central Park
Why you should visit Central Park- Reason #1
You may not realize that Central Park is one of the best-known parks in the world.
Why you should visit Central Park- Reason #2
While many attractions in New York City charge a pretty penny, Central Park is free to explore with few locations inside the park actually charging a fee.
The Obelisk (taken during last year’s NYC trip)
Why you should visit Central Park- Reason #3
Central Park is welcoming to all ages. Whether you’re an elderly person out for an afternoon stroll, a young family looking for a playground for the kids to run off some energy, or a newly married couple seeking a romantic Central Park Horse and Carriage Tour, you’ll enjoy your visit to Central Park.
Belvedere Castle in Central Park
Why you should visit Central Park- Reason #4
Central Park offers sculptures, playgrounds, walking trails, jogging trails, concerts, outdoor movies, educational programs and guided tours in the 843 acres of carefully planned and designed outdoor space; a welcome break from the bustling, busy city that lies outside its borders.
My daughter and I had planned to spend a great deal of time in the park, but the rain chased us across the park and into the nearby museums. That only means that we need to plan a return visit to see what we missed.
Relaxing along The Ramble in Central Park
If you plan to visit Central Park, take time to explore the Central Park website so you can plan in advance which attractions you want to see. Popular locations within the park include the Balto sculpture, Alice in Wonderland sculpture, the Obelisk, Belvedere’s Castle, The Lake, the Carousel and Central Park Zoo.
You can print a map offline or pick one up at one of the visitor’s centers inside the park. Be warned that though my daughter and I had a map, we still found navigating the trails a bit confusing. You may prefer to take a Central Park Guided Bike Tour or a guided walking tour with Central Park Sightseeing.
Have you visited Central Park? What attractions would you suggest visiting?
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