Central Park, New York City
After our stroll down 5th ave, we made it to Central Park. We were greeted by hordes of people in Grand Army Plaza, many of who were on their phones playing Pokemon Go. Apparently, the plaza is not only the Eastside entrance, it’s also a hotspot for Pokemon spawns, no surprise there, everywhere we went in New York there were Pokemon galore. Since the game just came out about a month ago, we were still hardcore into it and continued playing all around the world.
Pokemon Go is one our favorite couple activities and it’s a fun distraction while waiting on trains and such while you are traveling. If you are a nerd like us it’s just a great travel game. We also recommend other geo-caching games as well for your phone, you never know what you’ll find in the new places you visit. We sat at the entrance for a bit catching some new stuff., and after our little nerd break, we headed in for a romantic walk through the world-famous Central Park.
Very few things are actually like they’re portrayed on TV or in movies, much of New York has been publicized in film and television since the medium’s creation and Central Park is no different. I felt like I’ve seen the skyline from inside the park a thousand times, and really I had. But, to see it in person? In real life? Well, the entertainment industry has nothing on your own eyes.
What to do in Central Park:
The park is huge! It takes up about 840 acres, you could fit just over 600 American football fields inside! We only managed to explore a small section, probably not even half, before having to make our way to Times Square. We did manage to take in some of the free attractions and just generally enjoyed the nice relaxing walk. It was a complete contrast to outside the park and a nice relaxing reverie from the bustle of the city.
The Grand Army Plaza:
The Grand Army Plaza is located near The Scholars Gate and is the main Eastside entrance to Central Park. Construction finished on the plaza in 1916. It’s named in honor of the Civil War and there is a sculpture of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman. On the other side of the plaza is the Pulitzer Fountain, designed after those found in Paris. The plaza is a great stopping point to check out, art gallery’s, stores, restaurants, and vendors can all be found surrounding the plaza. If you’re interested in taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park this is where the tours start. You can reserve your spot here or online as well.
NYC Horse Carriage Rides:
If you want to get all old-timey, you can book a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park. If that’s too pricey for you, do what we did and enjoy the ambiance created by the carriages during a picnic. You have 20-minutes and 50-minute rides to choose from. You can find out more information and reserve your spot on their site at www.nychorsecarriagerides.com.
Have a picnic:
There are so many great spots to throw down a blanket and have a picnic with someone special, or just to prop up and read a book. We found a shaded rock outcropping and sat atop that for a little outta the backpack picnic. This actually became one of my favorite things while traveling, it’s totally all about the backpack picnics when you’re on the go.
Central Park Zoo:
Cuddly, cuddly animals! There are over 130 different species of animals at the Central Park Zoo. It costs $18 for adults and $13 for children. There is also Tisch Children’s Zoo along the same path. You can see all the available ticket information and tourist info on their site at www.centralparkzoo.com.
Delacorte Musical Clock:
This clock sits held up by giant brass animals, between the Central Park Zoo and The Tisch Children’s Zoo, it chimes every 30 minutes, so you won’t have to wait long to hear it’s charming melodies.
Central Park even has it’s very own amusement park. Victorian Gardens is a classic style, seasonal attraction and during the summer you can catch various shows and live performances. Check out the events on their website: http://www.victoriangardensnyc.com/
Catch a concert:
You can also catch various seasonal concerts and events at any of the venues in Central Park. Some really great artists have played here over the years, one of our favorites being Dave. You can catch everything from classical symphonies at the iconic Naumburg Bandshell, to heavy metal on the Summerfest stage. Check out a full list of upcoming performances on the park’s website at www.centralpark.com/things-to-do/concerts.
Statue of Liberty:
We ran into this lovely lady on our way out of the park. For a small donation, you can even get your picture taken with her.