Manhattan’s sprawling green space was created in the mid to late 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Circuitous pathways wind through 843 acres of diverse topography, from the secluded woodland of the Ramble to grassy lawns like the Sheep Meadow (the only animals you’ll see today are New Yorkers). Numerous family attractions include Central Park Zoo (no admission required for a sneak peek at the outdoor seal pool), a vintage carousel, and the Gothic Revival folly Belvedere Castle. Don’t miss the towering Egyptian Obelisk, one of a pair created c. 1460 BC (the other sits by the Thames in London). Head north for the often-overlooked Conservatory Gardens, formal spaces inspired by French, Italian and English styles.
Central ParkIconic attractions and lesser-known features of Manhattan’s green lung
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Address: Central Park, New York, NY
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