When you are in New York, missing out on a visit to Central Park is not worth it at all! Central Park is the green heart of the city that spreads across 843 acres of green space that includes numerous meadows, lakes, forests, monuments, and impressive architecture. The area is so vast that there is so much to do and enjoy in the park which makes it difficult to choose the highlights of the park. So if you have limited time or stamina, then take a look at some of the best attractions that you must include in your sightseeing in Central Park.
Situated at the southeast corner of the park, The Pond is a serene water body that offers an instant retreat from the bustling streets of the city. There is a forested hill above the pond called the Hallet Nature Sanctuary, which is open to visitors occasionally. Then there is the famous Gapstow Bridge at the northern point of the pond.
Central Park Zoo
One of the must-visit attractions that you must include in your itinerary for sightseeing in Central Park is the Central Park Zoo. Here visitors are allowed to view animals from three global zones – tropical, temperate, and polar up close. Also, you can see the sea lions performing tricks for their meals during the feeding times i.e. 11:30 am 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. Besides that, there is a Children’s Zoo nearby where kids can interact with goats, sheep, cows, and many other domestic animals.
It is a renowned walkway that is lined by towering elm trees creating a strikingly green canopy. This walkway is bordered by the statues of celebrated authors and benches making it an even more pleasant ambiance. You can also spot street performers and vendors here. Often there are roller skaters and skateboarders who whizz through the plaza near the bandshell.
The only formal architectural setting, the Bethesda Terrace is a remarkable gathering place which makes it a highlight of the park. The centerpiece of this set is the Bethesda Fountain also known as “Angel of the Waters”. The pillars and walls of the terrace are adorned with intricate sculptures crafted by Jacob Wrey Mould depicting the seasons and times of the day. The arcade of the terrace features a ceiling of Minton tiles and its astounding acoustics attracts many of the finest musicians of the city here.
Sheep Meadow is a vast green space that is one of the favorites of the New Yorkers. They flock here for picnicking, playing Frisbee, and soaking up the sun. This amazing green expanse offers you a relaxed and pleasant experience. With the midtown skyline at its backdrop, the Sheep Meadow is one of the most astonishing vistas in the city.
Apart from these, there is much more than you can add to your itinerary for sightseeing in Central Park, but make sure to book your trip with a professional.