on October 12, 2010
If your in NYC please make the effort to visit this landmark park. What can I say about this park? It's huge! Whats so amazing is that when youre in the park there is so much to do. You pass several street vendors selling ice creams, snacks, drinks and frequent entertainers such as clowns and face painters. I came here on a hot summer's day and I was amazed on how many people come here just to tan on the lawn. lol I mean there's no beach here but there were many people in a separate fenced area in their bathing suits. If youre hungry id recommend one of the corn dogs sold by the vendors in the Hot food vans and carts. They taste divine.You can stroll around the park with the kids and take them to the children's playground, take a boat trip, run, tan, relax, explore, watch magicians, watch striving musicians play music or even sit on the park bench to read. At Central Park they have 150 acres of lakes streams and 130 acres of woodlands, lots of beautiful and exotic plants and the gardeners keep a good upkeep of the park regularly introducing bulbs, shrubs, flowers and trees; maintain 9,000 benches, 26 ballfields and 21 playgrounds; preserve 55 sculptures and monuments, as well as 36 bridges. The park is also very clean and dispite what i read or seen in the movies, relatively clean and safe. Police and park attendants regularly patrol the areas. Thats not to suggest i would come here at night, but through the day what an amazing experience. In my opinion you should take a guide to make sure that you cover what you want to see. When you stroll through the park its amazing to see the things that you watched in movies and you ll be saying "Oh thats out of that film".As the park is so big and covers a large area, which encircles many of New York's own areas you will need to give yourself a few hours to see what you want to. Also there are several subway stations to choose from as the Park is divided up into zones. I used the 96th street station at Central Park west but it doesnt matter which one you choose as you will be sure not to come back to the same spot due to the long walk, just bring a map and hop on your nearest one wherever you are at the end.One guided tour id thoroughly recommend is the "On Location Tours Featuring Central Park Movie Sites" which will cover the areas shown in just a number of famous movies that were shot here. It costs around 15 dollars and is a great enjoyable experience. You must bring your camera and a lot of film or memory card because trust me youre going to be snapping non stop. You can do a bit of searching at your hotel for special offers.Wherever you are in the city buy a metrocard. I buy the $27 a week card even if im there for a few days as you save money and are entitled to use all transport for that week.I think I basically covered the basics of this park, I can only imagine when it snows here. It's beautiful.
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