You can easily spend a full day taking in the wonders that this 843-acre oasis in the center of Manhattan has to offer.
A perfect rectangle, flanked by striking buildings, Central Park is packed with bike paths, playing fields, playgrounds and more. It plays host to summer concerts and winter ice skating, not to mention year-round residents like the Central Park Zoo. Walking is a great way to experience this serene landscape, and there are many walking tours available, or you can opt for a romantic horse-and-carriage tour.
Central Park Zoo: Although it only occupies a tiny corner of southeast Central Park, this imaginative zoo houses more than 150 species in two climatic zones. In the tropics, you’ll meet monkeys and see free-flying birds, while the polar circle is home to penguins and polar bears, observable both above and below the water.
The Loeb Boathouse: Lunching in the Boathouse restaurant overlooking the lake and gardens beyond is a must. Explore the lake on a rowboat and float beneath romantic Bow Bridge.
Ice skating: For the best scenic ice skating in the park, head to Trump’s Wollman Rink.
Conservatory Garden: This six-acre, flowering formal garden graces Central Park’s northeast corner.
Delacorte Theater: Located in the heart of the park, this amphitheater is home to New York’s Shakespeare in the Park season. Past performers include Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Natalie Portman. Free tickets make for long lines, so ask your concierge to secure seats.
Picnics: For a true New York al fresco experience, ask your hotel concierge to prepare a picnic lunch or dinner and have it delivered to a park location of your choice. You’ll find yourself surrounded by locals, who love to enjoy both nature and city skyline views from this lush haven.