Central Park is a must-see while exploring New York City, especially when you’re staying at 6 Columbus – you’re right there! 36-acres packed with open fields, walking trails, and lakes, there’s always something to do no matter what time of year it is. So if you’ve seen it in the summer, it’s a whole new experience in the winter time.
Here’s a list of our favorite things to do in every season.
You’d be surprised but Central Park is still alive and well during the winter months. After all, it’s home is in the city that never sleeps. Enjoy activities like, snowshoeing, gathering gifts at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, or find your new favorite outfit at The Shops at Columbus Circle, see the sparkling lights lining the Central Park Conservancy, or take a ride on the carousel after ice skating on Wollman Rink.
You thought a winter wonderland was an OOH and AAH kind of moment? Spring brings a whole new perspective on Central Park. With the trees and flowers budding, it’s a whole new world. Take a stroll through the Conservatory Garden, check out the Strawberry Fields’ Imagine Mosaic, and don’t forget to see the famed Alice and Wonderland statue. Central Park Zoo is always a great time seeing your favorite animals, and a scenic picnic while people or bird watching is perfect for relaxation. View the architectural beauty of the Bethesda Terrace Arcade, and see every angle of the city skyline while circling the Reservoir, or maybe even go for a ride at the roller disco in Skate Circle. You can even visit spots where some of your favorite movies were shot like Tavern on the Green restaurant or Bethesda Fountain.
What’s there not to do in Central Park during the summer? Take a little paddle around the lake, or soak the sun in the 15-acre Sheep Meadow. There’s nothing like the view and sense of peac while taking in the sights from a park bench near the Conservatory Water. Or if you’re looking to get a little more action, head to the Victorian Gardens for rides, funnel cake and performers. Summer brings out the best in entertainment when you have Shakespeare in the Park at the Public Theater, SummerStage concert blasting some of today’s favorite artists, beach volleyball, North Meadow Butterfly Gardens and so much more.
You won’t need to trek all the way to upstate New York to see the vibrant fall foliage change. Central Park has plenty of scenic sights to take in this time of year. Take a walk up Belvedere castle – the park’s official weather station, or grab the kids and head to any one of the twenty-one playgrounds to choose from, listen to stories of local hauntings while seeing the lake light up with the Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla, or hype up and cheer on the NYC Marathon runners as they make their 26th mile. And before stuffing your face with turkey, catch a glimpse at the massive floats going by at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
So if you’ve seen Central Park once, you haven’t seen it all. Get ready to keep exploring when you stay at 6 Columbus.
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