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This place is huge one day is not enough.
Central Park (New York, USA)
Member Name: Autumnrose
Central Park (New York, USA)
Advantages: Free family fun,
Disadvantages: Was bigger than I realized
As I have said in other reviews I was so lucky to be able to tour New York City in April. One of the places that we chose to go was to Central Park. We choose to exit the Subway at Times square and walk down to Central Park. As we wanted to get lunch along the way we really enjoyed our leisurely walk to Central Park. Stopping to eat a great slice of Pizza where 2 slices of pizza and a can of soda was only $2.98 and for us that was lunch for 2.
As we continued on our way I noticed that the closer we got to the park the more it changed to people just strolling along rather than people in a hurry to get some where like they were in Times Square. As we got to one of the Entrances to the park we waited for the light to change to allow us to cross the street safely. As I stood there waiting I noticed that there was a long line of horse drawn carriages and there was an almost overpowering smell of horses. It was not an unpleasant smell but yet it was not very good to smell either.
We crossed the street and made our way into the park. Not really having any place in mind that we wanted to visit we were happy to just stroll along talking and taking pictures along the way. Now I know that to some this may sound silly but where I am from the squirrels are brown just your normal run of the mill nothing special so when I came across one in Central Park and it was grey I just had to get a picture to show my daughter. We had only ever seen a grey squirrel in a book. As people looked at me like I had lost my mind I waited to get that picture I wanted it to be just perfect and needless to say even though I looked crazy I got my picture and my daughter loved it.
Having sort of chased the squirrel around the park a bit we found our self by a bridge of sorts with a walk way under it. Its been in many movies as well as American crime shows, they always find a body under them in the movies and shows once I realized where we were of course I had to walk through it and over it taking many pictures I had to show my daughter once again. It was a thrill to finally see the place that I was always seeing in shows I watch. Kind of like putting a name with a face type situation.
We continued to follow the path that we were on when we came to a large rock it was kind of buried in the ground with parts of it that had been uncovered. People were sitting on it just relaxing and enjoying the warm day. I was so inclined to do the same so we sat down and I took this time to people watch as every one came and went, children played tag as the parents sat and watched. People met up and hurried off to have fun, people biked and roller bladed by as we sat there. This was a park that was being used and enjoyed by an entire city but yet was not over crowded.
Turning around the corner we came across Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon Memorial. In the ground is a very nice memorial that says one single word Imagine. People have placed flowers letters poems and all kinds of mementos to honor John as I walk past I am truly at a loss of words as I realize that people have left those items and not one person has messed with them. No one walks over the Memorial they all seem to walk around it and I was not going to be the one to do any differently. There were people sitting around the outside of the memorial playing music and just really seeming to pay homage to a great man. Before I started to cry I needed to move on it was such a touching place.
We walked by a like that had canoes on it an there were little turtles along the edge of the lake. It was nicely framed by trees and while we were sitting there once again just observing we noticed a wedding party getting photo's taken. We just sat and watched as it was truly a beautiful sight. Then as they moved on our attentions were drawn back to the lake and the little turtles. I am not sure what kind they were I just knew they were cute little buggers. I must have spent about an hour there trying to get one to come up close enough for me to get a decent picture too bad they never did. I am sure that one second after we walked away they came up and were posing for the other people that were there taking pictures.
One of the things that I noticed the most about the small part of Central park I was able to explore was how clean it was. There were tons of people, horses, dogs, and what ever else people bring to the park with them but yet it was very clean as we made our way around I was soon to realize why. Behind the carriages there walked a man with a trash can that would pick up the horse dung not letting any stay behind also there were people picking up trash and there were trash cans all along the way.
Having plans for the evening we realized that we needed to make our way back to the hotel. We had spent the entire day in the park and really only saw I would say if we were lucky ¼ of the park there was so much left that we never even got the chance to see or do. I guess now I still have a reason to go back if I ever get the luck to visit again.
Would I recommend a day at the park you better believe it. A day at Central park is so worth it. The fact that it's free and there is so much to do and see for free before you ever have to spend a dime makes it a number one on any ones visitor list. I cant wait to get back and explore even more.
Summary: Great place to visit a must for any one on holiday to the Big Apple
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