Eight hundred and forty three acres, crossing multiple neighborhoods, with loads of people and so much to experience. How do you decide what to do in Central Park? Thankfully, there are plenty of walks available in Central Park where you can get some exercise, experience one of the most famous parks in the world, and maybe even learn a thing or two. Here are some of the best walks in Central Park, whether for a family day out, an educational experience, a fun date, or just for some fresh air…
- The Literary Walk
This walk takes you through a portion of the park known as “The Promenade” and is famously the only straight line in Central Park. This is great for the readers in your group or family, with statues of prominent authors such as Fitz-Greene Halleck, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and William Shakespeare at the south end of the mall. And not only is it famous for its nod to great literary works, it’s also famously beautiful and great for taking photos. The Literary Walk is great for a casual stroll, a photoshoot, or to indulge the literary enthusiasts in your life.
- The Ramble
The Ramble is one of the most intricate and detailed landscapes in Central Park. The woodland, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, was intended to give visitors a taste of the Adirondacks without leaving New York City. It includes a variety of natural and manmade features, including:
- The Gill, a small stream that runs throughout the Ramble
- Azalea Pond, which is surrounded by azaleas that may be more than 100 years old
- The P oint, a peninsula with beautiful views that’s perfect for birdwatchers and hikers
- Gill Bridge, which is built out of trees from the woodlands in Central Park itself
Visitors can take a roughly 30-minute self-guided tour of the Ramble beginning and ending at Belvedere Castle. It’s perfect for a quick hike with beautiful views, a varied landscape that you won’t find elsewhere in the City, as well as a very popular destination for birdwatching.
- Conservatory Gardens
The Conservatory Gardens are a hidden gem of Central Park, located at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street. It’s a beautiful, scenic view of nature that’s unexpected so close to the hustle and bustle of the City. The Conservatory Gardens contains three different gardens more than six acres, each in a different European style. You could spend hours getting lost in the beauty and peacefulness of the oasis that is these gardens.And not only can you find beautiful flora in the gardens, you can also observe beautiful architecture throughout. For example, the entrance gate to the Conservatory, originally made in France, is one of the best examples of wrought-iron work in New York City. And in the center of the North Garden sits Three Dancing Maidens, a scenic fountain created by the German sculptor Walter Scott in 1910. And that’s just to name a few.
Whether you’re planning a special trip to the City or just want to get some fresh air, you can’t go wrong with these scenic and historical walks through Central Park. These tips will allow you and your group to enjoy NYC like a native. Following these tips and advice will ensure you get the most out of your trip. If you need or would like any help, please don’t hesitate to contact our office to speak to one of our NYC travel experts. Call us at 212–564–1001.