There is a reason Central Park in New York City is such a popular destination for travelers and locals. The park’s lush greenery, impressive landscaping, sculptures, and monuments provide a stark contrast to the busy city life just past its parameter.
Bound by 5th Avenue, Central Park West, 59th and 110th streets, Central Park first opened way back in 1857. Today the park’s 843 acres represent the most visited urban park in the United States.
Until you can walk around this green oasis in Manhattan in person, here is a collection of images snapped on a Sunday morning stroll. I hope they transport you right to the park.
A first glimpse of the park
Just at the entrance of Central Park at 59th Street and 5th Avenue, park-goers are instantly surrounded by this picturesque scene of The Pond, bridges, and greenery. Like most entrances into Central Park, the contrast from city life to nature is sudden and most welcomed.
A signature of the landscape design in Central Park are the large boulders that jut out of the ground. Scrambling up these rock formations is a pastime of locals looking for an agreeable place to perch.
A romantic moment
This couple found a sweet shaded spot for an intimate moment. Central Park is an great place to escape and explore with loved ones.
Playing king for the day
Belvedere Castle, located mid-park at 79th Street, is a Gothic and Romanesque structure built in the late 1800s. Today it houses exhibition rooms and serves as the Central Park weather station. Standing atop the castle grounds you can get a beautiful view looking out over Turtle Pond and beyond.
Reconnecting with old friends
The Alice in Wonderland statue sits on the East side of Central Park near 74th Street, looking out over the Conservatory Water. This statue is one part art and another part jungle-gym for kids and the young at heart.
Toys for all ages
Locals who own their own toy boats can store them in the shed next to the Conservatory Water. As I passed by, the shed door was open, so I snapped a shot of these beloved toys.
An iconic focal point
Bethesda Fountain and the Angel of the Waters Statue, commissioned in 1842, together comprise a stunning sight looking out onto The Lake, the second largest body of water in Central Park.
A place to sweat
At any time of day you will find bikers and runners in the park. On lawns and atop rocks, yogis and group cardio classes can be spotted as well. Away from the bustle of taxis and commuters, Central Park is a perfect place for exercising in nature.
And finally, repose…
After a thrilling stroll around Central Park, park yourself on a patch of green to enjoy the surroundings.