There are not many things that you can do in New York for free, but Central Park is one of those (except the zoo). It is probably one of the top things to do on most peoples list, and you could easily spend a day there (if it’s the summer!)! There is so much to see with so many different ‘pockets’ of the park. Once your in the park it feels like you are out of the city and in a complete different area of the states.
My advise is to start either on 8th avenue or 5th avenue in 59th street and work your way up and across. It is important to have a map at hand- either print it off prior or pick one up at the information kiosks- as 840 acres of park is rather easy to get lost in!
The carousel- it was a things to see if the tour book, but when I arrived it seems a bit abandoned and slightly lonely. But I am guessing in the peak of the summer it may be something else
The mall, a stretch of path, which is often seen in movies. It leads to Bethesda Terrace and Fountain as well as Loeb boathouse. Here you can rent rowboats or go to the Central Park Boathouse restaurant.
Strawberry Fields is a patch of grass which is dedicated to John Lennon, hence the mosaic with the words ‘imagine’. Here on the 8th December fans come to leave flowers here.
The Great Lawn is surrounded by Belvedere Castle, a mock medical castle which has great views of the park – if you get to the top – the stars are rather narrow and it is one set to go up and down. Also the obelisk can be seen her, which dates back to 1459BC- but unfortunately work was being done on it so I wasn’t able to see it.
Most people say not to pass 86th st, which is where the reservoir begins. This is a 1.5 mile round ‘pond’, where many New Yorkers jog. If you have the energy to go any further visit 103rd street, where you can find Conservatory Garden, a garden with planted flowers- a perfect picnic spot away from most of the tourists.
If wanting the venture out if the park, exit at 81 street on 8th avenue or 5th avenue, where the Museum of Natural History or The Metropolitan Museum of Art can be found, respectively.
Further up 5th avenue from 81street, you meet the ‘museum mile” which is the most concentrated stretch of museums in New York. Apart from the MMoA you can find the Guggenheim museum.