Inside Central Park

Experiencing the wonder of New York's Central Park

Hotel Deals for Newark
Riviera Hotel
Mobile exclusive: save 10%
NJ, USA
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2017
per night from
$ 65.28
$ 58.78
Hotel Deals for Irvington
Americas Best Value Inn - Newark Airport
NJ, USA
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2017
per night from
$ 60.3
$ 60.3
Hotel Deals for Carlstadt
Econo Lodge Meadowlands
NJ, USA
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2017
per night from
$ 65.87
$ 65.87
Hotel Deals for Jamaica
JFK Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse
NY, USA
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2017
per night from
$ 69.1
$ 69.1
Hotel Deals for Brooklyn
Hipster's Cove Bed & Breakfast
NY, USA
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2017
per night from
$ 69.13
$ 69.13

There is a reason Central Park in New York City is such a popular destination for travelers and locals. The park’s lush greenery, impressive landscaping, sculptures, and monuments provide a stark contrast to the busy city life just past its parameter.

Bound by 5th Avenue, Central Park West, 59th and 110th streets, Central Park first opened way back in 1857. Today the park’s 843 acres represent the most visited urban park in the United States.

Until you can walk around this green oasis in Manhattan in person, here is a collection of images snapped on a Sunday morning stroll. I hope they transport you right to the park.

A first glimpse of the park

A first glimpse of the park

Just at the entrance of Central Park at 59th Street and 5th Avenue, park-goers are instantly surrounded by this picturesque scene of The Pond, bridges, and greenery. Like most entrances into Central Park, the contrast from city life to nature is sudden and most welcomed.

Boulders abound

Boulders abound

A signature of the landscape design in Central Park are the large boulders that jut out of the ground. Scrambling up these rock formations is a pastime of locals looking for an agreeable place to perch.

A romantic moment

A romantic moment

This couple found a sweet shaded spot for an intimate moment. Central Park is an great place to escape and explore with loved ones.

Playing king for the day

Playing king for the day

Belvedere Castle, located mid-park at 79th Street, is a Gothic and Romanesque structure built in the late 1800s. Today it houses exhibition rooms and serves as the Central Park weather station. Standing atop the castle grounds you can get a beautiful view looking out over Turtle Pond and beyond.

Reconnecting with old friends

Reconnecting with old friends

The Alice in Wonderland statue sits on the East side of Central Park near 74th Street, looking out over the Conservatory Water. This statue is one part art and another part jungle-gym for kids and the young at heart.

Toys for all ages

Toys for all ages

Locals who own their own toy boats can store them in the shed next to the Conservatory Water. As I passed by, the shed door was open, so I snapped a shot of these beloved toys.

An iconic focal point

An iconic focal point

Bethesda Fountain and the Angel of the Waters Statue, commissioned in 1842, together comprise a stunning sight looking out onto The Lake, the second largest body of water in Central Park.

A place to sweat

A place to sweat

At any time of day you will find bikers and runners in the park. On lawns and atop rocks, yogis and group cardio classes can be spotted as well. Away from the bustle of taxis and commuters, Central Park is a perfect place for exercising in nature.

And finally, repose…

And finally, repose...

After a thrilling stroll around Central Park, park yourself on a patch of green to enjoy the surroundings.

Expedia compensates authors for their writings appearing on this site, such compensation may include travel and other costs.

Hotel Deals for Newark
Riviera Hotel
Mobile exclusive: save 10%
NJ, USA
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2017
per night from
$ 65.28
$ 58.78
Hotel Deals for Irvington
Americas Best Value Inn - Newark Airport
NJ, USA
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2017
per night from
$ 60.3
$ 60.3
Hotel Deals for Carlstadt
Econo Lodge Meadowlands
NJ, USA
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2017
per night from
$ 65.87
$ 65.87
Hotel Deals for Jamaica
JFK Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse
NY, USA
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2017
per night from
$ 69.1
$ 69.1
Hotel Deals for Brooklyn
Hipster's Cove Bed & Breakfast
NY, USA
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2017
per night from
$ 69.13
$ 69.13

Travel with Kate

Kate Thomas is the host and producer of the web-series Travel with Kate, a show that follows her around the world connecting with passionate locals. She is a cultural travel journalist finding out what's trending in popular destinations. And whether she’s leading you to the best local foodie finds, showing off exciting, lesser-known attractions, or revealing the scoop on local etiquette – she’s got your insider perspective. Kate has been featured as a travel expert on Afar.com, Huffpost Live, and AOL, and as an on-camera journalist for TripAdvisor.

Latest posts by Travel with Kate (see all)