How To Spend An Entire Day In Central Park Without Getting Bored
Central Park is the heart of New York City and the very first public park built in the United States. Even though it is one of the biggest attractions in the city, it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly touristy like some other places. It is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit where you can quietly relax and enjoy being outside while taking in the melting pot of diversity that is New York City.
Everywhere you turn you see people from all over the world speaking different languages and exploring everything the park has to offer. I recently realised that there are so many places throughout Central Park that I’ve never ventured into. Stretching over more than 840 acres, it’s decorated with sculptures, monuments, and fountains that pay tribute to literary characters, famous explorers, and artists. By all means, you are able to spend an entire day in Central Park, without getting bored.
Central Park can be overwhelming
Knowing that I have the park to visit whenever I want, I’ve gotten into the bad habit of entering through the same entrance and walking around the same areas over and over again. So I decided to spend the day walking the park from top to bottom to take note of my favourite locations. It can be an unexpectedly overwhelming place if you are unsure how to navigate your way around or what exactly it is you’re looking for.
Central Park never gets boring
Here’s a list of a few of the best attractions to visit when taking a stroll through the heart of New York City:
A series of cute waterfalls and bridges that make you forget that you’re in Manhattan and give you a feeling as if you’ve been transported to an enchanted forest. Location: North West corner of the park, just above the W 103rd St. entrance.
A small, beautiful castle that makes you quickly notice the contrast between the park and the modern city surrounding it. A great spot for photos! Location: 79th Street in the middle of the park – Between the Museum of Natural History (west side) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (east side).
One of the top spots for NYC weddings and a great place for photos. It’s best in the spring or summertime when the flowers are in bloom and contains interesting monuments from some of Shakespeare’s plays. Location: Right next to the Belvedere Castle. For more info check the official website.
A great restaurant overlooking the lake. Spring for a lunch here if you’re feeling ~lavi$h~.Location: East side of the park, north of the 72nd st entrance.
Alice in Wonderland Statue
Every kid’s favorite part of the park as it’s the large statue that’s easy to climb. This is also a good midway point in the park with a large seating area for you to rest your feet for a while. Location: slightly West of the boathouse.
Bethesda Terrace & Fountain
A familiar spot as it is the filming location for many movies. It’s a great place to sit and people watch with many tourists and street performers visiting. The architecture is also great for photos! Location: Center of the park, 72nd street.
The impressive Bethesda Terrace
The Mall & Literary Walk
A row of American elm trees that line the park’s wide pedestrian path. Perhaps one of the most photographed features of the park. There is also a statue of Christopher Columbus along with 4 other prominent writers. Location: A long path that leads from Bethesda Terrace down to the south end of the park, leading down toward the 59th street exit.
Central Park’s designers had a simple goal: to create a place where city dwellers could go to forget the city. A combination escape hatch and exercise yard, Central Park is an urbanized Eden that gives both locals and tourists a different taste of one of the world’s greatest cities. Even though New York eventually grew much taller than the trees planted to hide it, the park is still a place to find peace and solace in an otherwise high-strung and, at times, overwhelming city. Without Central Park’s winding paths, tranquil lakes, ponds, and open meadows, New Yorkers (especially Manhattanites) might be a lot less sane.
george franzesePosted at 17:36h, 09 February
excellent work i enjoyed reading it very much this park has so much to offer if you really study this park and its history and landscaping there’s nothing more beautiful in the world.
Katie GibbonsPosted at 19:10h, 09 February
I have only been to Central Park once – and so far Bethesda Terrace and Fountain was my favorite! Next time I get the chance to go I would love to see the Alice and Wonderland Fountain – I didn’t even know that was there!
JamiPosted at 19:16h, 09 February
Great ideas! I’ve only popped when I’m in the city and not explored the park in all this detail. Makes me want to go back!
TilleyPosted at 22:19h, 09 February
Ugh I haven’t been to NYC in forever…this gives me serious wanderlust to return!
JordynPosted at 22:46h, 09 February
Every time I’ve visited NYC I’ve made a point to stop in Central Park. It’s such a lovely place to jog, picnic and adventure!
JennyPosted at 00:04h, 10 February
I’ve been to central park once but don’t really remember much about it. I totally need to visit again.
StephaniePosted at 01:19h, 10 February
Central Park is one of my favorite places!! Love the pics you shared here! Makes me miss it even more
KatiePosted at 02:45h, 10 February
Love all of your photos in this post. Makes me want to be in Central Park right now!
Katie | http://www.millennialonthemove.com
Michelle PaigePosted at 04:00h, 10 February
I’m totally bookmarking this for my next trip to NYC! Thanks!
AlexPosted at 13:20h, 10 February
Your pictures are GORGEOUS!! Definitely making me want to go to NY now!
RachelPosted at 14:12h, 10 February
I could spen all day in central park and never get bored! It’s my favorite part of the city! There are sooo many cool finds in there!
Makenzie RussoPosted at 18:26h, 10 February
Love all of your pictures. I always forget how lucky we are to have Central Park at our fingertips. I will definitely make a note to check these places out!
JustinePosted at 19:47h, 10 February
Wow, great article so well written. I’ve live in New York for 25 years and did not know that central park had all of this to offer. Definitely have to make a trip and use this post as my very own tour guide! Love that pictures as well 🙂
AshleyPosted at 20:36h, 10 February
These are such gorgeous places! Thanks for sharing!
TinaPosted at 18:24h, 11 February
Love this article!
Irene FranzesePosted at 22:34h, 12 February
I love New York and Casey you have described it beautifully. I really never knew all that Central Park had to offer. Thank you for showing us the wonders of Central Park…..
VictoriaPosted at 04:47h, 13 February
I’ve only been to NYC once, and we easily spent 3-4 hours there and we didn’t even do the whole thing! Looks like I’ll have to go back to see more 🙂
KaitlynPosted at 04:19h, 14 February
I love all the photos in this post! It looks like a beautiful adventure!