Top 4 Reasons To Visit New York’s Central Park

Traveling to New York City, many first time visitors are overwhelmed by the magnitude of the city. Skyscrapers reaching heights almost unimaginable, the traffic, the endless noise, just the sheer amount of people can put a strain on even the most seasoned traveler.  One of the nice things about staying in the city, whether in one of the many fine hotels or apartments in New York, there is always a great escape to be found in the middle of al the hustle and bustle of the city.

Central Park as seen from Top of the Rock, New York

Central Park is 843 acres of trees, lakes, walking trails and attractions located in in the middle of New York City. It has been featured in 140 movies and draws locals and tourists daily. Central Park comprises seven bodies of water, 36 bridges, 21 playgrounds and 26,000 trees. It is also home to a well-known castle, zoo, boathouse and gardens.

1. The Central Park Zoo


The Central Park Zoo is a family-friendly location and historic landmark. The zoo has many popular exhibits, including the snow leopard, penguin and sea lion areas. Visitors can see baby animals at the nursery. For groups or first-time visitors the zoo offers tours with trained guides for adults, families, school groups and summer campers. Kids, teens and adults can also enjoy seasonal workshops, including photography, storytelling and crafts.

Entrance to The Central Park Zoo, New York
2. Belvedere Castle


Belvedere Castle is a stone building complete with a central tower and parapets located on a 55-acre area of Central Park. The structure was designed in the late 1800s, mixing Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles. Belvedere Castle is a popular spot for birdwatchers; there is a free bird and naturalist exhibit covering two floors and periodic birding programs. Visitors under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Belvedere Castle, Central Park, New York
3. Conservatory Garden


The Conservatory Garden is a collection of three unique gardens on a six-acre plot. The Conservatory Garden includes the North, or French, Garden; the Central, or Italian Garden; and the South, or English Garden. Each features a different style and array of plants. The gardens host weddings and walking trails. Runners and bicyclists are not allowed in the Conservatory Garden. The entrance is marked by the well-known wrought iron Vanderbilt Gate that was once the entrance to the Vanderbilt mansion. The Conservatory Garden is open daily; tours are available on Saturdays.

Conservatory Garden Central Park, New York
4. Boathouse Restaurant


The Boathouse Restaurant is a famous Central Park icon. After a day in Central Park, visitors can have a meal at the Boathouse Restaurant as they enjoy the sights of Lake George, including swans, ducks and rowboats. The Boathouse Restaurant is also a romantic and popular setting for receptions and weddings. The Boathouse was once owned by "New York Times" publisher, Adolph Ochs. Today, it hosts many special occasions and business functions.

Boathouse Restaurant, Central Park New York


So no matter where you are staying if you need to make a quick escape of the city without leaving the city, you will find Central Park is conveniently accessible from any New York apartments or hotels.


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