When New Yorkers want to relax and escape the confines of the city they head to Central Park. It is the perfect place for a picnic, to exercise, to meet with friends the choice of activities on offer are endless. Let’s take a closer look at some of the activities, lesser visited places and must do things in Central Park.
Central Park Zoo- Home to over 130 species of wild animals the zoo is the perfect place to while away the time. See the endangered snow leopard in a recreation of their central Asian habitat. Penguins, sea lions, bears and a wide range of reptiles are also on display. There is a petting zoo where children can get up close and personal with 30 different species of animals including cows, goats and sheep.
Pack a Picnic- Central Park is blessed with numerous picnic spots from the secluded to the over popular. If you are looking for a quiet picnic head to the East Green if you are with the family there is a playground nearby and you are just across the way from the Zoo. If you are looking for a romantic picnic spot then Cherry Hill, overlooking the lake, is the perfect place to spread out the blanket and enjoy the sunshine. Join the hoards on Sheep Meadow if people watching, kite flying and ball throwing are your favourite pre and post picnic activities.
Conservatory Garden- Wander through the history of European gardening taking in French, English and Italian style gardens. Flowers, fountains and statues line the paths as they weave their way through the gardens. Entrance is free.
Get Fit- Central Park is the perfect place to get fit, join the locals as they run around the park, cool down with a free yoga session on Great Hill, or explore all the hidden nooks and crannies of Central Park on a bicycle. There are also lots of team sports on offer like softball and kickball and if you are an adrenalin junkie you can do some bouldering in one of three spots in the park.