"Felt like a breath of fresh air!" Central Park Tip by Jefie

Central Park, New York City: 406 reviews and 745 photos

  A view of the pond and the surrounding buildings
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      A view of the pond and the surrounding buildings
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      A statue of poet Robert Burns on the literary walk
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With its 843 acres, Central Park covers about 6% of Manhattan. I have no idea why, but I always sort of imagined Central Park to be flat and rather dull. You can therefore imagine my surprise when I discovered this beautiful hilly urban park, graced with statues, lagoons, and lovely walking trails, all designed back in 1857 by landscaper Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Calvert Vaux. Olmsted was a pioneer in the field of landscape architecture and largely drew his inspiration from the English gardens and landscaped cemeteries he had visited. It's no secret that he was very disappointed with how Central Park turned out since the authorities in charge modified his original design to make the park more accessible and practical, and also to lower construction costs. However, to most locals and visitors, Central Park today is an enchanting natural place where people can go to forget all about the busy New York City streets.

Going on a horse-carriage ride in Central Park is a classic, but at $50 for a 25-min ride, not everyone can afford it. Another really fun thing to do at Central Park is to go on a self-guided walking tour. To do so, you can print a map and download the free audiotour available at http://www.centralpark.com/pages/walking-tours.html. The audiotour covers the southern half of the park, which is the most popular part of Central Park thanks to well-known features such as Strawberry Fields, the Alice in Wonderland monument, and Belvedere Castle. It took us about 2 hours to complete the walking tour, which allowed us to see many of the park's highlights, but there is still so much we haven't seen that Central Park will once again be at the top of our list for our next trip to New York City!

Address: Central Park, New York, NY 10022
Directions: Bordered by 59th and 110th St., and 5th and 8th Ave.
Phone: (212) 310-6600
Website: http://www.centralpark.org/

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  • Updated Nov 13, 2013
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