Central Park, New York Travel Guide

Central Park is perhaps the most popular park in the USA. Central Park was first opened to the public in 1858. It runs from 59th Street to 110th. It has 9,000 benches, 58 miles of pedestrian paths, and has 42 million visitors a year. In order to plan that perfect day, here are top things you can do in Central Park.

Blockhouse

This place is a bit tricky to find, but it is worth discovering. The Blockhouse was built to defend New York City during the War of 1812, now you actually can’t get inside. This is a really impressive structure to look at. It is the oldest building left standing in Central Park and the only remaining fortification from the War of 1812. So if you are a history buff, start that perfect day in Central Park right here.

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Manhattan might be the last place on earth you would expect to be able to fish legally but that’s exactly what you can do in Central Park. Stop by the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center on the northern part of Central Park. Pick up a fishing pole for free and they also give you a little bait. You can’t even cast with the fishing pole but you can just drop the hook in. One of the rules is you can’t keep any of the fish you catch. Also, you have to watch out for turtles and any wildlife just to be safe about it. This is something that’s really relaxing and not exactly the type of thing you would expect to do on a trip to Central Park.

Conservatory Garden

Some of the best parts of Central Park are at the north and the Conservatory Garden is an absolute gem. It actually has a lot of foundations based on European gardening. There’s a section that’s English, Italian, and French. Roam around and look at the amazing fountains. There are lots of really cool viewpoints and just tons of flowers and nature all around you. This is the kind of spot you could just come to escape the city and relax for a while.

Huddlestone Arch

This is one of the most scenic arches to take a photo or a video of? As you walk through the ravine area of the park, you can see it is held up by uncut boulders. It’s been here since 1866 and just a quick stop for you to make on that perfect day in Central Park.

Obelisk

The 3,000-year-old Egyptian Obelisk is located directly behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cleopatra’s Needle was erected here in 1881 and it had 3 different locations before it even set foot in New York City. This thing is awesome, just staring at it you can see ancient Hieroglyphs. They even have the translations of the Hieroglyphs if you get close enough to the Obelisk. It has such a neat and unique history. In fact, it is the oldest public monument in all of New York City.

Sail the park

For just $12, you get to rent a little model sailboat. They give you the controls and you take it away. Just wait for a windy moment and watch your boat soar around the little manmade lake. It is a lot of fun and you also get a lot of attention, everyone keeps stopping and taking photos. This is such a cool activity do in the park especially if you have kids.

Alice in Wonderland Statue

The Alice in Wonderland statue was commissioned by Philanthropist George DeLaCourt in honor of his late wife who loved reading Alice in Wonderland to her children. They made this sculpture so that all the children of New York and whoever is visiting could come and play here. They have all the characters from Alice in Wonderland like Alice, the MadHatters, and the little cat hanging out in the background. This is another super cool spot to bring kids or just take some really cool photos.

Minton Tiles

Something that many people overlook when they come to the central park is the Minton Tiles on the ceiling of the Bethesda terrace arcade. Usually, you are just going to walk through and not really pay attention. When you walk inside the arcade, you will see a tiled ceiling with over 15,000 colorful patterned tiles from England’s famous Minton Tile company. These were actually originally used on the floors of European Cathedrals but here you see them on the ceiling.

Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields is the most famous Landmark in Central Park. This 2.5 acre manicured section Of Central Park is dedicated to the late Beatle, John Lennon who was murdered right