Upper West Side Hotel Near Central Park
Central Park our nations first public park is just 3 blocks east of Inn New York City. Enter the park at West 72nd Street (The Dakota is on the corner) and your first stop is Strawberry Fields, a living memorial to John Lennon invites the inevitable guitar player to strum a beatle tune for a sing-a-long.
Choose a carriage ride, bike ride or just stroll through the nation's first public park and the most famous one in the world. Since 1858 the park’s 843 acres have been free to the public and open daily from 6:00 am until 1:00 am 365 days a year.
Bronze statues abound the park and 36 stone arch transverses and cast iron bridges designed for pedestrians, horseback riders and pleasure vehicles service the park without ever crisscrossing. You may prefer a pastoral walk along a fragrant stretch of lilacs or prefer meandering under the wisteria Pergola with its century-old vines or settle in for a picnic in the shadows of pine meadow, the park has it all.
For the sports-minded there are sand volleyball courts, baseball fields, handball courts, roller skating or jogging on the track surrounding the reservoir. Check the calendar for a list of cultural events, concerts at Naumberg Bandshell or Summerstage or, for a New York winter tradition, strap on your skates for a few spins around Wollman Rink.
The Zoo: showcasing animals from tropical, temperate, and polar zones around the world.
The Mall: a quadruple row of American elms, is Central Park's most important horticultural feature, and one of the largest and last remaining stands of American Elm trees in North America.
Belvedere Castle: this miniature castle created in 1869 is one of the park’s many whimsical structures intended as a lookout to the reservoir (built in the 1860s as a temporary water supply for New York City) and serves as an outdoor stage for Shakespearean performances.
Bethesda Terrace: a grand terrace and promenade overlooking the Lake. The carvings represent the four seasons and the times of day. Rising north from the Terrace is Bethesda Fountain, with the biblical s Angel of the Waters statue atop blessing the Pool of Bethesda and giving it healing powers.
Sheep Meadow: the park's largest lawn was originally the home to a flock of pure bred sheep from 1864 until 1934. The sheep and shepherd were housed in a fanciful Victorian building nearby, now the famous Tavern on the Green restaurant since 1934.
Conservatory Water: most popular for its display of classic model sail boats also offering children’s climbing sculptures and storytelling programs around the statues of Alice in Wonderland and Han Christian Andersen.
The famed Carousel: features 57 magnificent horses dancing to sweet callipe music.
The Great Lawn: bring a blanket to this green 55-acre space, one of the most famous lawns in the world.
Spend an entire day in the park and treat yourself to a languid row boat ride and dinner at the famed Boat House.