Central Park NY is comprised of 843 beautiful acres designed by the famous architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.The park covers land from 59th Street to 110th Street between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West (Eighth Avenue).It is one of the most visited parks and is the most filmed location in the world.
Within this vast expanse lies many fun, discounted, free and low-cost things to do. Here are some ideas:
Visit the Central Park Zoo
The Central Park Zoo is one of the most charming zoos around. Get the facts including visitor tips and discount suggestions here.
Ride the Carousel
The carousel, with 57 beautiful horses, is one of the park's most popular attractions. It is also one of the largest carousels in the United States.
During summer months, the Carousel is open seven days a week, weather
permitting. For hours during other times, call
212.439.6900 Ext. 12. Admission is $3.00. The carousel is located mid-park at 64th Street.
Relax on the Great Lawn
Located mid-park from 79th to 85th Street, the Great Lawn has been the scene of many famous concerts from Diana Ross and Simon and Garfunkel to the Metropolitan Opera. It's also a place where many New Yorker's go to relax, spread a blanket, have a picnic or take a snooze.
Visit the Belvedere Castle
Located mid-park (enter at 79th Street), the Belvedere Castle affords spectacular views of the Great Lawn, the Turtle Pond and the Delacorte Theater from its balconies. The name in Italian means "beautiful view." Once inside, you'll find a Nature Observatory with lots of fun things to view and do including microscopes, skeletons, paper mache objects and telescopes. You can also borrow a field pack that contains binoculars and reference materials so you can take a closer look at all the park has to offer.
Interestingly, the National Weather Service takes measurements of New York's weather from the castle's tower with the aid of scientific instruments that measure wind speed and direction. Additionally, other data such as the rainfall is recorded and sent to the weather service's forecast office on Long Island.
The castle is open daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Call 212-772-0288 for more information. There is no admission fee.
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