Whenever I need to escape the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, I take the subway to Central Park. The 1.3-square-mile public area has its fair share of tourist-y spots like the Mall and the beautiful Bethesda Fountain. However, more secluded parts of the park have such a dense coverage of trees that you can’t see any hint of the city around you. Central Park also has its own zoo, an amusement park, a castle, and cliffs that offer breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline.
I’ve stayed in NYC for two summers and still haven’t experienced all that Central Park has to offer, but I rounded up some pictures of my favorite locations.
This big, grassy field would be perfect for a summer picnic.
Bethesda Fountain overlooks the Lake and makes a great photo opportunity. I love watching the rowboats drifting in the water.
Caricature artists, food vendors, and people selling NYC souvenirs line the Mall, which is a wide walkway shadowed by lush green trees.
Did you know Central Park is home to a folly called the Belvedere Castle? The building is small but hosts great views of the surrounding area.
My favorite spot in Central Park is a rock formation near the entrance at Columbus Circle. Standing on the cliff, you can see the skyline of Manhattan above you and Victoria Gardens (a mini amusement park) underneath.
The further you venture into the park, the more beautiful and secluded the paths become.