An Outdoor Retreat in the Middle of the City

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by airynfaerie on October 30, 2009

One of my favorite things to do in New York City is to take a little time enjoying Central Park. After soaking in the crazy lively city streets, the excitement, the attractions, the sites - I take a stroll in the park, sit, relax, and breathe. It's such a wonderful getaway from the hectic city, but still is in the heart of everything. I love being able to walk around thinking I'm in the great outdoors, then looking up and seeing beautiful skyscrapers towering overhead just on the perimeters.

There are so many things to see and do in this massive park, that one would could never see it all in just one trip. Whether you want a place for a relaxing stroll, invigorating workout, a family getaway to the zoo, or a quiet place to picnic, Central Park offers unending things to do. For runners, there are several popular paths to enjoy - the Reservoir (1.58 miles), Bridle Loop (2.5 miles), Full Lopp (6.03 miles) and many other distances in between. As soon as you enter the park, you'll see cyclists, runners, joggers, dog-walkers, and even pedicabs using the maze of pathways within.

There are plenty of things to enjoy without spending a dollar, but if you want to splurge a bit, enjoy a trip to the wildlife center and children's zoo or take a horse-drawn carriage and dine at the world famous Tavern on the Green for brunch.

Several outdoor art installations have been exhibited here in the past, and during the fall the colorful display of the changing leaves is worth a cool walk through the park. During the winter don't miss the Wollman Ice Skating Rink where you can glide along the ice with an unbelievable setting of the NYC skyline above your head.

Whatever amount of time you have during a visit to the city, be sure to take a little time to enjoy Central Park, even if it's just a pass through to another side of the city, as it's an unexpected retreat from the busy streets and gives you a glimpse into the recreational lives of the locals.

• Open 6:00 am to 1:00 am
• Located from Central Park South (59th St.) to 110th St. at the northern end and from 5th Ave. on the East Side to Central Park West (8th Ave.) on the West Side
• Free Admission
Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York, 10023
(212) 310-6600

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