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“Central Park in Winter”
Review of Central Park

Central Park
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$36.00*
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Small-Group Central Park Bike Tour
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$52.00*
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Sunset Tour of Central Park
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$125.00*
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Central Park Horse and Carriage Ride with Professional Photographer
Ranked #1 of 1,120 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: For more than 150 years, visitors have flocked to Central Park's 843 green acres in the heart of Manhattan. Since 1980, the Park has been managed by the Central Park Conservancy, in partnership with the public. Central Park is open 6 am to 1 am daily. Visit the official website of Central Park to learn more about Park happenings and activities and to learn how you to help Central Park!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 16, 2014

We visited Central Park in Winter. We stayed a short walk from Central Park towards Time Square. We loved the markets at Columbus Circle where we bought waffles and souvenirs. We hired bikes. The bikes are only worth maybe $50 and they want $25 to use them for 1 hour and they want to keep your photo ID. We walked away and they followed and haggled down to 10 for 1 hour and no photo ID. Riding a bike is a great way to see Central Park (NB the hills can be tough on a bike without gears). We got a good look at the Guggenheim and the Natural History Museum from the roadway and many of the awesome upmarket apartment buildings. Lots of people jog around the park or walk their dog(s).
The park has several lakes, a baseball park, many areas with children's play equipment, a mini zoo, a castle-like lookout and several theatres including a Swedish puppet theatre. We had drinks and dinner at the Boathouse restaurant which was great. We went to the park several times but only really got to explore the southern end.
As tourists from Australia we loved seeing squirrels (which we don't have in Oz). There are plenty in Central Park. We went ice skating which was great because this can only be done indoors where we come from.
There was snow when we arrived but this soon turned black (?from car exhausts). The meadows are fenced off in Winter and the trees are typically just trunks and branches without leaves but the park has a certain Winter beauty.
There are horse-drawn carriages which go through the park. We didn't ride them because there are concerns that the horses are overworked and not well cared for and there is a campaign to stop the carriages.
Another way to see the park is to ride on a pedal taxi. The pedalling operators of these conveyances usually give you a guided tour as you are pedalled around at $2.50 per minute.
On the edges of the parks we saw and heard buskers from break-dancing displays to solo saxophonists.
At midnight New Year's Eve we avoided the mad crowding in Time Square and opted for a 30 minute fireworks display to usher in the new year. Good choice I think. See my review of Time Square.
Advice: don't go to New York City without seeing Central Park.

Thank AussieDoc4217
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

For sure a must go in NY! You have to find 1-2h just to relax and enjoy a walk...
I really enjoy the "full of life" of this big park! The colors are amazing.
You can go from there to the Natural History museum or Gugeheim or METs.

Thank NAF22
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

Was in new york for new years and the city is a busy place, this park is perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle for an hour or two. there where a few performers around the park with great talent, made for an enjoyable afternoon

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Reviewed January 16, 2014

Despite the cold weather we thoroughly enjoyed outvisit to central park, you could easily lose a day meandering or admiring the view of the nearby skyline. One not to miss

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Reviewed January 16, 2014

I took out m,y dog for a walk in the day time i spent all my time at the park. i mean there are weird people sometimes but its funny to see. i love to go there to relax and read a book.

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