Take a break in New York City’s beloved playground.
Occupying 843 acres of prime real estate—six percent of the total area of Manhattan—Central Park is the perfect antidote to the crowds and chaos of the city. Nearly every element here—from trees and shrubs to lakes and hills—was planted or planned by renowned landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the 1850s. And in true New York fashion, the park is anything but one-size-fits-all. Drop by the small but great Central Park Zoo, a hit with kids thanks to its starring role in the animated “Madagascar” films. Or check out the six-mile-long Central Park Drive that circles the park and is reserved for bikers, joggers and in-line skaters. Come summer, line up for a free ticket to the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, which performs two plays per season with big names from Broadway and Hollywood. Tickets are distributed earlier in the day at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, at the Public Theater downtown and via digital lottery through the TodayTix app. In winter, ice skate with a dreamy skyline backdrop at Wollman Rink.
- The massive Metropolitan Museum of Art—home to more than 2 million objects—butts into Central Park at 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue. It joins several smaller museums lining Fifth Avenue across the street from Central Park to create Museum Mile.
- American Museum of Natural History. This Central Park West institution of “Night at the Museum” fame lures visitors with an astounding collection that includes gigantic dinosaurs, dozens of wildlife dioramas and a model of a giant blue whale suspended from the ceiling. We can neither confirm nor deny that the collection comes alive after hours.
- Sure, there are dozens of delis within close range of Central Park, but locals’ favorites include Eli’s Manhattan and Grace’s Marketplace on the east side, and Zabar’s and the Whole Foods at Columbus Circle on the west.
If You Go
59th Street to 106th Street between 5th Avenue and Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
6 a.m. - 1 a.m daily
Accessible by N, R, Q trains to 57th and 7th Avenue Station; 2, 3 trains to all stations between 59th Street and 110th Street; A, B, C, D, 1, 4, 5, 6 trains to all stations between 57th Street and 110th Street
Recommended time to spend:
At least two hours
Where to stay
Conveniently located five minutes from America’s fifth-busiest airport, Radisson Hotel JFK Airport is an ideal location for travelers to stay during their time in New York. The hotel offers a complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle, on-site restaurant and lounge, sauna, and 24-hour business center.
The Radisson Hotel New Rochelle’s Red Dot Airport Shuttle makes it a convenient location whether you are flying into LaGuardia or JFK airport. The hotel includes luggage storage, free outdoor parking, on-site restaurant, 24-hour fitness center, a business center, and an outdoor pool.
Perfect for your business travels, the Radisson Hotel Piscataway-Somerset is situated just off Piscataway’s Centennial Avenue. The hotel offers a free shuttle service for locations within five miles of the hotel, as well as a wide range of other amenities including a private courtyard and gazebo, a fitness center, and an indoor pool and hot tub.
Radisson Hotel Hauppauge-Long Island’s location near the North Shore of Long Island gives guests both an ideal location for their stay as well as easy access to the Long Island Expressway. The hotel also boasts a free shuttle to any destination within a 10-mile radius, on-site dining, fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub, business center, and free parking.