The following guide highlights some of the top things to see in
The Mall and Literary Walk
The Mall is Central Park's most prominent horticultural feature with
its canopy of elms. It's the largest remaining stand of American Elm
trees in North America. Literature lovers will appreciate the statues
of renowned authors that flank the walkway. You'll find street
performers and vendors here.
One of the park's seven natural bodies of water, the Pond is a serene
spot in the southwest corner. Hallet Nature Sanctuary is a wooded hill
near the pond occasionally open to visitors. Check their website to see
when. You'll likely recognize the famous Gapstow Bridge. Along with the
skyline in the background, it's a classic NYC view.
Stop and admire the walls and pillars of the park's most picturesque
architectural setting. Intricate sculptures of the seasons and the
times of day adorn them. The centerpiece of the scene is the magnificent
Bethesda Fountain called "Angel of the Waters." Bethesda Terrace is a
great place for street musicians since the Minton tiles of the terrace's
arcade provide perfect acoustics.
You can't miss Central Park's Lake. Created from a long-ago swamp,
this manmade body of water is the Lake's centerpiece. To the east past
Bethesda Terrace, you'll find the Boathouse Restaurant and the kiosk
where you can rent a rowboat. You'll recognize the iconic cast-iron
Bow Bridge in the expanse of water and skyline.
This peaceful sanctuary is dedicated to the memory of John Lennon who
was murdered across the street from this part of the park. The Imagine
Mosaic serves as a centerpiece for Strawberry Fields. You'll likely see
flowers placed here by Lennon's dedicated fans.
Central Park Zoo
Last but not least, no visit to the Park is complete without a stop at
the zoo, the park's most popular attraction. The zoo features animals
from the tropical, temperate, and polar global zones. Try to go at one
of the feeding times and watch the sea lions perform tricks. Those times
are 11:30am, 2:00pm and 4:00pm.
More info about Central Park Zoo
Visiting Central Park Zoo wih kids? You can't miss the TISCH Children's
Zoo - includes a compact nature trail featuring a barnyard full of
friendly sheep and alpacas, a meandering duck pond, and plenty of places
for little hands and feet to hop, scuttle, and climb.
Museums around Central Park