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Best Attractions & Activities: Eight hundred acres of green space in the middle of Manhattan sounds like a fable. And yet, that's exactly what Central Park is, which is why you'll find joggers, nature lovers and bikers getting their fix of greenery every day. In the winter, visitors can lace up their skates for a twirl at Wollman Rink, while summer favorites include the Central Park Zoo and the Friedsam Memorial Carousel. For lazier days, catch some rays with the sunbathers in Sheep Meadow or on the Great Lawn – and if you stay after the sun goes down, you may be serenaded by one of the many live performances that occur here, including some by The Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. There's no better place in the city to escape the city, making Central Park an oasis amongst the chaos right outside.

Romantic Things to Do: The 800-acre Central Park burst out of the minds of urban visionaries (who must have also had a romantic streak) including Frederic Law Olmstead. Joggers, nature seekers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy skating at Wollman Rink, visiting the Central Park Zoo, and riding the Friedsam Memorial Carousel. But it's lovers everywhere who've truly claimed Central Park as their own. Alas, there's almost nothing as romantic as strolling together through the park's winding pathways for hours on end. There's a reason why so many movies feature the park in their love stories--it's impossible not to be swept off your feet by its radiant charm.

Things to Do with Kids: Grab a book or a hot dog and head into this oasis within a busy city. Walk, take a pedicab, rent a bike or even ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park's 843 acres. Attractions such as the Central Park Zoo, carousel, various statues, 21 playgrounds, 2 ice skating rinks and other sporting facilities make this a draw for tourists and residents alike. Take the kids to the Central Park Zoo, the Conservatory Garden or the Friedsam Memorial Carousel, which features 57 almost life-size steeds. There is usually a long line, but there are also hot dog and ice cream vendors to keep your little ones busy. Download the Central Park App for easier navigation around the park.

Sightseeing: The 800-acre Central Park burst out of the minds of urban visionaries like Frederic Law Olmstead. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy skating at Wollman Rink, visiting the Central Park Zoo and riding the Friedsam Memorial Carousel. Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn host free live performances, including some by The Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. Delacorte Theater sets the stage for Shakespeare in the Park; while SummerStage takes over Rumsey Playfields. Join walking tours around the North Woods, a 40-acre forest smack in the city where bird watching groups often hold court.

Parks: The 800-acre Central Park burst out of the minds of urban visionaries like Frederic Law Olmstead. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy skating at Wollman Rink, visiting the Central Park Zoo, and riding the Friedsam Memorial Carousel, and climb into Alice in Wonderland's lap. Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn host free live performances by The Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. Delacorte Theater sets the stage for Shakespeare in the Park; while SummerStage takes over Rumsey Playfields. Join walking tours around the North Woods, a 40-acre forest smack in the city, Bird Watching groups. Central Park Conservancy Visitor's Centers are located at: the Dairy, mid-Park at 65th St., Belvedere Castle, mid-Park at 79th St., mid-Park at 97th St., the North Meadow Recreation Center, and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (off Fifth Ave.). 212-769-5100

Free Things to Do: Grab a book or a hot dog and head into this oasis within a busy city. Walk, take a pedicab, rent a bike or even ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park's 843 acres. Attractions such as the Central Park Zoo, carousel, various statues, 21 playgrounds, 2 ice skating rinks and other sporting facilities make this a draw for tourists and residents alike. Let's not forget about the greenery: there are over 21,500 trees and seasonal blooming plants in Central Park. Take a volunteer-led walking tour sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy. Download the Central Park App for easier navigation.

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Local Expert Maria Lisella Says:

Parks: "Central Park is 150 years old, visited by millions, now it's your turn to experience one of the most famous parks in the world, a man made wonder and the green heart of the city."

Best for Parks Because: Stroll among 50 fountains, monuments, sculptures, 36 bridges; Central Park Zoo, fun, educational with creature comforts for all ages.

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