1. Hidden Waterfalls in the North Woods
These rushing falls are worth chasing or at least worth the hike up to the western corner of 101st and 110th Street, where they’re located inside a lush ravine modeled after the Adironacks!
2. Picnic in Sheep Meadow
Sheep Meadow is the superior picnicking ground thanks to its combination of skyline views and picturesque grassy terrain. Pick up some goodies from Epicerie Boulud cafe that’s nearby! That’s a daily selection of sandwiches, salads, and croissants.
3. Go Fishing in Haarlem Meer
For those who want to try their hand at fishing, pick up a pole and bait at Harlem Meer’s Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. Try to catch some bass, carp, or catfish but the only drawback is anything you catxhbhad to be released back into the lake.
4. Climb up Belvedere Castle
True to its name which translates to “beautiful view” in Italian, this towering stone structure offers a panoramic outlook of both the park and surrounding skyscrapers from its two balconies.
5. Take a whirl on the carousel
There’s something wonderfully nostalgic about riding a carousel, especially the one in Central Park where they merry go round has Ben making rounds since 1871! A ride on one of the 58 hand carved and painted horses will cost only $3, but the Instagram potential is priceless!
6. Scale Umpire Rock
In a park that’s known for being almost entirely man-made, this ancient piece of bedrock is one of the few all natural features. Measuring 40 by 15 feet, the large, steep boulder offers the best vantage point for watching baseball games in the nearby field (hence its name) and serves as a training ground for aspiring rock climbers!
7. Monkey around at the zoo
Despite its tiny six and a half acre size, the Central Park Zoo packs in three different climates… tropical, temperate, and polar which means you can get up close and personal with everything from spotted snow leopards to tropical lemurs and lizards without taking an actual safari!
8. Rent a boat from Loeb Boathouse
This may be the most cliched Central Park activity, but there’s no denying that paddling around the scenic 22 acre lake —wth Belvedere Castle and the Loeb Boathouse in the distance — is also one of the most romantic things to do in New York City!