Central Park has so many things to see and do. I used Central Park as my walking route from my hostel located in the Upper West Side to Lower Manhattan and to access all the other city attractions. I tried to vary my routes made a point of checking out specific places in Central Park but here are just a few of the things the Park has to offer.
I wandered past The Lake on my very first day in New York and instantly fell in the love with Central Park just on this view alone. The perfect combination of beautiful greenery, idyllic little rowing boats and the amazing obelisk like skyscrapers in the background.
|Boating on the Lake|
Connecting The Lake and The Mall areas of the Park the terrace is a stunning piece of architecture, is always busy and the stairs either side seem to be a very popular workout spot for locals.
Plus it has this amazing view of the Bethesda Fountain and the Lake behind from the top and you may recognise this spot from lots of movies including Home Alone 2, Ransom and Enchanted.
|Bethesda Fountain - Angel of the Waters|
Has been some controversy surrounding the horses and much debate over the welfare of the horses. The issue has become political and sees a clash between animal-rights activists and the carriage drivers who have long been resident in the park and could lose their jobs should proposed bans be imposed.. Personally I did not see any animal that looked unhealthy or mistreated but I guess we'll have to watch to see what happens with this issue. If you plan to take a ride, the horse and carriages start off on Central Park South between 5th and 6th Avenue. I did not hire one but I did notice prices seemed to vary quite a bit but there is also alternatives such as rickshaws if exploring on foot is a bit much for you.
A really rather odd find in Central Park is this "miniture castle" which was build in 1869. It gives a nice view point and is open to the public for a fee but I found it quite difficult to find. One of the quirkier attractions of the park.
The famous memorial to John Lennon is a simple black and white mosaic with the title of his legendary song Imagine in the centre. Another very popular spot but people do seem to respect that this is a quiet spot and some even bring flowers to place on the memorial.
|It's always busy at the Mall|
Overall, Central Park really is a stunning place. Despite being in the centre of one of the world's biggest cities there is plenty of spots where you feel like you're out in a country park somewhere and not once did I feel like the park was crowded. Most midweek visitors will be tourists and so you need to avoid walking into peoples shots all the time and you will also have to dodge the numerous weddings taking place throughout the day but even then you're sure to find your own quite spot somewhere to take your own snaps uninterrupted.