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Exploring Central Park District

A giant green rectangle set in the uptown heart of New York City’s Manhattan Island, Central Park is a visitor attraction in its own right. Here, the chaos of the city is replaced by birdsong and naturalistic landscapes, perfect for a get-away-from-it-all afternoon. It’s one of the world’s most famous parks, landscaped in the 1850s for New York residents and now even more essential as the city’s vast green lung.

Trendy Fifth Avenue and its upscale fashion outlets border the park’s southern edges, while many of New York’s most popular hotels are set in Central Park North, Central Park South, Columbus Circle and Eighth Avenue. The park itself holds landmarks, secluded enclaves, heritage buildings, Central Park Zoo, lakes and one of the world’s most important museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Year-round, Central Park is a hub for outdoor sports of all kinds, hosting skating on the frozen ponds in the winter and jogging and picnics in the summer.

Sights nearby

Spectacular views across the park can be enjoyed by visitors staying in hotels surrounding lush greenery; a good choice of mid-range and upscale accommodation is available.

- Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

Known the world over as the ‘Met’, New York’s superb Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts collections of stunning artifacts from every world era and all the great civilisations. The massive Gothic building’s American Wing charts the cultural and political development of the US from its earliest beginnings, while the Oceana, Egyptian and Asian collections are among the finest in the world. European decorative, Islamic, Greek, Roman, Medieval and Modern and Contemporary Art galleries can all be found here, illustrating the fascinating history and culture of the human race.

- Heritage buildings

Central Park is dotted with heritage buildings, as well as statues, landmarks, terraces and even a farm, all dating from the 19th century or earlier. Belvedere Castle has the best views, the Bethesda Terrace and its Angel of the Waters Fountain is a favourite meeting place, the 19th century Arsenal resembles a medieval fortress, and the charming Dairy was built in the 1870s as a working farm. The Obelisk on the Great Lawn began life in Egyptian Heliopolis some 3,500 years ago.

- Central Park Zoo and the Playgrounds

Central Park is perfect for families, with its quaint little zoo holding polar bears, sea lions, penguins, monkeys and more, as well as the adjacent children’s zoo with its barnyard animals. Play areas, including the rustic-themed Billy Johnson Playground, the jungle-themed Safari Playground and the Wild West Playground, are also set around the park. The highlight here is the 100-year-old carousel, which still offers rides.

- Areas of Natural Beauty

The park’s landscaping is a wonder in itself, with a variety of gardens, lakes, lawns, wooded hillsides and the famous Strawberry Fields, founded in 1981 by Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono. This Garden of Peace is a lasting memorial to John Lennon with its ‘Imagine’ mosaic and diverse flora species, including strawberries. Birders will love the Ramble, carved from a rocky hillside and home to more than 250 migrating bird species.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

The park is a hub for open-air vendors selling all kinds of foods, as well as a number of cafes, mostly open from April to October. Burgers, hot dogs, veggie dishes, sandwiches and great coffee are all available. For sit-down meals, The Boathouse and the Leaping Frog Café are both good choices. Dining options in the hotels surrounding the park include the restaurant at JW Marriott Essex House New York. Midtown’s world class shopping is just a stone’s throw away, with its Fifth Avenue flagship stores.

Public transport

Central Park’s bordering roads all have subway stations, with lines A, B, C, D and 1 heading for Columbus Circle Station. The B and C lines travel on to 72nd Street Station on Central Park West, close to the Park 79 Hotel, and 81st Street Station near the Excelsior Hotel. If you’re in a hurry, the ubiquitous New York taxis are the fastest way to get about.