New York’s most astonishing landmark, the Central Park, is scattered across 843 acres of land. Designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, every inch of this park has been trimmed to give it a charming natural look and also offers a range of temptations from gardens to performance centers, representing the exceptional culture of New York.
Home to widespread lakes and ponds, enchanting gardens embellished with classical architecture and sprawling green meadows, with an interesting tale behind each display, the park tells the captivating story of this remarkable city. The Great Lawn which hosts the summer performances by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra hosted a Papal Mass in 1995, and the Blockhouse at the northern end of the Park is an old fort from the War of 1812. Various statues of iconic figures, including William Shakespeare and Balto, also adorn the Park. The Park is also home to the oldest North American monument, the Obelisk.
The Central Park also stars the world-famous Central Park Zoo, along with the Wildlife Center and the Children’s zoo. Sprawling across 6.5 acres the facility stars three temperature zones: tropic, garden, and polar. Although compared to the Park itself the Zoo is a mere 0.7 percent of the size of the Park, it boasts over 130 species and over 1,400 animals.
True to its ‘Park’ sense, the Central Park hosts a variety of attractions directing on fun activities. The Park features a public swimming pool, tennis courts, two skating rinks, a carousel, and a jogging track. The Carousel is one of the biggest in the United States and it owns fifty-eight hand-carved horses. Out of the two skating rinks, the Lasker Rink converts to an outdoor swimming pool during the summer months. The Park also features glaciated rock outcroppings to keep the climbers busy. The 6 mile Park Drive attracts runners, joggers, cyclists, and even skaters.
New York’s theatre is also well designed in the Park. The Park’s Delacorte Theatre is the venue for stylish summer productions; notably the popular New York Shakespeare Festival, ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ an annual summer event entertaining some of the big Broadway stars and Hollywood stars. The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre presents the Marionette Puppet theatres including popular numbers such as ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Peter Pan’.
With so much to see and do, exploring Central Park is going to take up most of your holiday time, especially so if you are a nature lover. For a convenient stay in New York try one of the numerous hotels in Manhattan. Midtown Manhattan area is dotted with hotels ranging from boutique to luxury to budget. For the best options in hotel accommodation, research on the Internet or check with online lodging option providers. Most online lodging option providers offer special bargain deals making even a stay at a luxury hotel a budget trip. So, although 2020 is an unusual year, I am sure humanity will prevail. Once the current pandemic leaves our planet for good, try venturing out of the concrete jungle. Explore nature to find peace in life.