Things to do in Central Park New York

By Stuart Bak

Central Park is the largest green space in Manhattan, attracting millions of visitors each year. Situated in the heart of the city, this public park serves as a meeting area for visitors and locals alike and stands as an emblem of New York City culture. Whether you’re looking to catch a rowboat on the lake, visit your favorite furry friends at the zoo, or watch classical theater in the great outdoors, you’ll find plenty of reasons to love this urban oasis. So, if you’re thinking about exploring this area of the city, have a read through our comprehensive list of things to do whilst you’re there!

Hit the Classics

One of our favorite things to do in Central Park is taking a horse-and-carriage tour. A classic New York activity and total crowd-pleaser, the carriage rides at Central Park provide a great way to get to know the city. Along the way, you’ll pass by famous landmarks, beautiful greenery and movie sites. In addition, your tour guide will take you through the unique history, culture and architecture which makes New York New York. Don’t forget to bring your phone so you can capture the magnificent towering structures and interesting statues!

To appreciate the natural beauty of the park in all its glory, head over to the Conservatory Garden. Since its opening in 1937, the enclosure has been delighting visitors and locals alike with its spectacular floral displays and gleaming water lily ponds. The garden is made up of three areas, each with a distinct design: the French-style North Garden, the Italianate Center Garden, and the English-style South Garden. Take your time exploring and stop to check out the Vanderbilt Gate and Untermeyer Fountain.

Those travelling with family might want to check out Central Park Zoo. Since its opening in 1864, the institute has grown to become one of the most popular destinations of its kind in the city. Situated at the southeast corner of the park, the zoo seeks to provide an engaging and educational experience, with a focus on the restoration of endangered species populations. Upon entrance, you’ll be able to view over 130 species of animals and learn more about where they come from. Before you go, make sure that you check the schedule for penguin and sea lion feedings!

Take in the Views

Though Central Park is recognized as one of New York’s most beloved outdoor attractions, it’s home to many impressive and unique architectural marvels. Located at Vista Rock, Belvedere Castle is a total must-see for architecture buffs and history geeks alike. Visitors can take tours to view its stunning interiors, as well as an expansive collection of historic artefacts. In addition, this beautiful folly grants stunning views of Turtle Pond and Great Lawn, the Ramble, and the bordering cityscape.

See Central Park from a whole new perspective with the next item on our list. From April through to November, visitors can catch a rowboat to admire some of the park’s most picturesque sights. On the ride, you’ll be able to get a closeup of the gorgeous greenery, birds and butterflies, all flourishing in this unique manmade living system. Afterwards, why not grab a bite at the Loeb Boathouse restaurant whilst admiring the beautiful scenery? We couldn’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon!

If you’re visiting New York in the springtime, you might want to check out the cherry blossom trees, which should be in full bloom around this time of the year. The best place for cherry blossom peeping runs from 72nd street right through to 96th street, with the biggest clusters around the Reservoir, Cherry Hill and Pilgrim Hill.

Try Something New

After a long day of exploring, you’ll probably need to stop for some sustenance. Luckily for you, Central Park’s culinary offerings are next to none. Nestled in a quiet idyllic setting, Tavern on the Green serves as the perfect spot for visitors to enjoy a bite whilst taking in those captivating views. But what supports the restaurant’s popularity is the delicious food: grilled lobster and sweet pea risotto, roasted garlic shrimp, and oysters with Asian pear mignonette sauce. With its warm atmosphere, beautiful décor, and breathtaking scenery, this place is well worth the stop.

Central Park isn’t just a pretty face; in fact, it serves as a host to a wide variety of interesting and exciting activities. All throughout the summertime, Shakespeare in the Park works to bring first-class productions to a broad audience. Presenting classical theater against the wondrous backdrop of Central Park, this longstanding tradition provides a unique cultural experience to remember. A thoroughly remarkable and captivating experience, this one should be in everyone’s itineraries!

Another one of our favorite events held in Central Park is the New York Philharmonic. Each year, the event brings people together from all walks of life to enjoy live classical music right in the heart of the city. Whether you’re a classic music maestro or a casual listener, the experience of one of America's most revered symphony orchestras playing against the backdrop of the starry night sky is a magical experience you won’t want to miss out on. We recommend taking your own food and drink, as well as a waterproof liner to sit on, since there is no official seating.

As one of the top New York attractions, Central Park perfectly embodies the city with its bustling atmosphere, historic architecture, and picturesque landscapes as far as the eye can see. The area itself is home to some one-of-a-kind structures, hidden treasures, and exciting activities which can be enjoyed all year round. In addition, you can find seasonal events and programs which are sure to blow your mind. During the springtime, check out the cherry blossom trees, and in the height of summer, enjoy classic music under the sparkling night sky.

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Is the New York Pass Worth The Price For Budget Travelers?

This post originally appeared in Follow Me Away, a travel blog by Victoria and Terrence, a model/photographer duo from Florida. Follow Victoria and Terrence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. [spacer height="20px"] We can safely say that New York City is somewhere that everyone should visit at least once in their life. That being said, The Big Apple is extremely expensive and all of the tours, museums, and attractions continue to raise their prices. That is where the New York Pass comes in. Is it worth it for budget travelers? Let’s find out! [caption id="attachment_755" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] 3 Day New York Pass[/caption] What is the New York Pass? The New York Pass is a possible solution for budget travelers because you pay one price, and are granted access to over 80+ attractions. Unlike other passes we looked at where you had to choose between THIS or THAT attraction or only had access to a few attractions, the New York Pass allows you to see each and every attraction if you have time. How much does it cost? The price of your New York Pass depends on how many days you choose. For example, the 1-day adult pass costs $109 [as of August 2016]. The more days you add, the cheaper each day becomes. If you choose a 3-day pass the total price is $239 but the individual price per day is now just $80 instead of $109. As a budget traveler, the thought of dropping $100 in a day sounds horrifying. Unfortunately, if you are in New York City and you want to visit iconic sites other than the ever-free Central Park, you are going to have to drop some money. [caption id="attachment_754" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Downtown Manhattan Skyline[/caption] How does the New York Pass help budget travelers see more for less? The New York Pass helps those of us who don’t like to spend by saving us money. By paying a flat fee, you will be granted access to 80+ attractions, many of which you may not get to experience otherwise. For example, we would never do a paid walking tour, a behind the scenes tour, or a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, but the New York Pass allowed us this opportunity. Whether it is your first time to New York or you are a seasoned visitor, the New York Pass grants you access to a variety of different experiences. How to make the most of your New York Pass and save money: If you are still a bit iffy about dropping over $100, hear us out! You can spend $100 and only visit one museum with entrance valued at $30 and obviously you will lose money. OR, you can make the most of your New York Pass and spend the entire day using your pass on any and everything. First, divide the number of days you purchased by the price to find out your price per day. If you bought the three-day pass, you will spend $80 per day. Now, in order for the New York Pass to be worth it, you will have to visit enough attractions so that the price of the attraction on its own is more expensive than $80. With the New York Pass, this is super easy to do! For example, “The Ride” normally costs $74. If you choose this attraction and one more, you have automatically saved money. Most of us visiting the city are going to choose way more than 2 attractions so you can see where the savings come in. [caption id="attachment_756" align="aligncenter" width="1022"] View From Empire State Building at Night[/caption] Let’s look at a sample 1-day itinerary: The Ride-$74 Madame Tussauds Wax Museum-$37 Inside Broadway Tours-$35 Top Of The Rock-$32 Total Without New York Pass-$172 Total With 1 Day New York Pass-$109 [or cheaper depending on how many days you add] Let’s talk about the savings! With the simple 1-day, 4 attraction itinerary above, you will save a whopping $63! The best part is the vast majority of travelers can fit in a lot more than four attractions in one day, so we are pretty sure your savings will be greater! Who should purchase the New York Pass? We feel like the New York Pass is perfect for those of you looking to make the most out of your trip to the Big Apple. Make sure you have enough time to devote to your pass. If you are visiting family and don’t have much time, a 1-day pass may be perfect for you to pack everything into one day. If you are backpacking in and staying for a week, a 4-day pass may fit the bill for you so you can see as much of the 80 attractions as you can. [caption id="attachment_758" align="aligncenter" width="1023"] View from Big Bus Hop on Hop off Bus[/caption] Is the New York Pass worth it? After using our 3-day pass, we feel like the New York Pass was TOTALLY worth it! The Pass allowed us to do “touristy” things like visiting the top of the Empire State Building and taking the Circle Line Tour that we would have NEVER done otherwise because the individual price was just too high. With the New York Pass, the more you see, the more you save! So we encourage you to pick one up and go hog wild and see everything possible on your next trip to New York City! No matter what, remember to have fun! Have you used the New York Pass? What did you think? We would love to hear from you in the comments!
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Mesmerizing Photos of New York City at Night

New York City is beautiful from every angle, in any season and during all times of the day. There is something special, however, about the Big Apple at night. The sparkling lights and glowing streets organized in a perfect grid make the city look like a stunning neon peg board. A group of photographers set out to take the most stunning pictures of New York City at night from the cockpit of a Liberty Helicopter. The photographs originally appeared in Storehouse. [caption id="attachment_713" align="aligncenter" width="1316"] Aerial View of Downtown Manhattan[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_714" align="aligncenter" width="1316"] Times Square Glowing in the Dark[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_715" align="aligncenter" width="1316"] Times Square and Madison Square Garden[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_716" align="aligncenter" width="585"] One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_717" align="aligncenter" width="1316"] Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge from Above[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_718" align="aligncenter" width="1316"] Midtown and Times Square[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_719" align="aligncenter" width="1316"] Close-up of Times Square Glowing at Night[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_720" align="aligncenter" width="1316"] Downtown View[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_721" align="aligncenter" width="1316"] Aerial New York City at Night[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] If you want to experience New York City from above and take in the most magnificent views of its iconic buildings and landmarks, you can take a tour with Liberty Helicopter and receive 15% off with your New York Pass. If you have taken a helicopter tour in New York City, please share your impressions in comments and post your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with hashtag #newyorkpass or #nypassmoments.
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Save big on New York attractions

Take a look at our sample itinerary to see how you could make huge savings with The New York Pass®. Visit top attractions for less! With so many attractions and experiences to choose from, trips to New York fly by all too soon. Our sample five-day itinerary of New York gives you a taster of what the city has to offer and just how much you could save using The New York Pass®. Oh, and there's no need to pick your attractions before you purchase - you have the flexibility to choose where to go on the day! Are you planning 5 days in New York? This is what a 5 day New York Pass itinerary could look like.   Our ultimate 5-day itinerary of New York City Day 1 Big Bus Hop On Hop Off 1-Day Classic Ticket (Normal ticket value: $59.99) Empire State Building Observatory (Normal ticket value: $47.91) Madame Tussauds (Normal ticket value: $47.89) Day 2 Best of NYC Cruise by Circle Line (Normal ticket value: $44.00) Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Normal ticket value: $33.00) Edge (Normal ticket value: $43.55) Day 3 Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum (Normal ticket value: $24.00) One World Observatory (Normal ticket value: $44.65) 9/11 Memorial & Museum (Normal ticket value: $28.00) Day 4 Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck (Normal ticket value: $43.55) Rockefeller Center Tour (Normal ticket value: $29.40) St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour (Normal ticket value: $25.00) Day 5 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (Normal ticket value: $25.00) Central Park Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking (Normal ticket value: $51.69) American Museum of Natural History (Normal ticket value: $23.00)   Total cost of visiting these attractions without an NYC pass: $570.63 Price of buying a 5-day New York Pass®: $279.00 How much you save with The New York Pass®: $291.63 There you go. A great way to spend 5 days in New York City while making nearly $300 in savings! 
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