While we offer many different guided Central Park tours, we know that many travelers prefer khổng lồ explore on their own at their own pace.

This self-guided tour & list of things to vị in Central Park will help you make the most of your visit to this incredible thành phố new york iconic location.

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This tourcovers about 5 miles (8 km), so you may want lớn split your visit in half.

We have designed this tour to lớn give you the options & directions you need khổng lồ stop at 79th Street or continue north.

Lastly, kiểm tra out our GPS-enabled audio tours of Central Park.

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The Dairy was a place where children & their caretakers could go for refreshment & a break from the outdoors.

The dairy, designed by Calvert Vaux, served fresh milk & ice cream in the nineteenth century.

By the 1950s the building was dilapidated và was used as a maintenance shed.

When the Central Park Conservancy took over in 1979 the dairy was restored lớn its former appearance và became the first Visitor’s Center in the park.

Walk a bit further on the 65th Transverse to lớn find the next stop.

(E) Chess and Checker House

The Chess and Checker House is also considered a part of The Children’s District.

When the park was built, this was the site of the Kinderberg (children’s mountain). The Kinderberg was the largest shelter for children and their parents.

In 1952 the Chess & Checkers House was built lớn replace the Kinderberg. It was refurbished by The Central Park Conservancy in the 1980s when the shaded area was added.

Today, visitors are welcome lớn bring their own chess and checker sets or lớn borrow them from the Conservancy staff. Dominoes and backgammon are also available.

Look down the hill and kiểm tra out the Wollman Rink, one of two rinks in Central Park.

The rink is seen in a number of films, including the final scene of “Serendipity.” check out our post on ice skating in NYC!

Now head down the path and through the red & white brick archway khổng lồ the Carousel.

(F) The Carousel

The beautiful Carousel is one of the most beloved attractions in the park. It is the 4th carousel to stand in the park.

The first one, opened in 1873, was powered by a horse or mule under the platform. It was trained khổng lồ stop walking in a circle when the operator tapped his foot on the platform.

This original carousel was replaced in 1924 và promptly burned down. The next one also burned down in 1950.

The current carousel was discovered abandoned in a trolley terminal in Coney Island.

It was constructed in 1908 and is considered one of the finest examples of American folk art in the country.

It has 57 horses & plays beautiful calliope music. The carousel runs 7 days a week in the summer.

For carousel lovers, you should visit Jane"s Carousel in DUMBO. It is one of a kind with the best views of the new york Skyline just behind it.

Head north up the path lớn the Sheep Meadow.

(G) Sheep Meadow

This massive grassy meadow got its name from the sheep that once grazed here.

The famous Tavern on the Green restaurant at the edge of the meadow was constructed as the Sheepfold in 1870.

The area was used for grazing sheep until 1934 when they were removed lớn Prospect Park out of fear that New Yorkers impoverished by the Great Depression would eat the sheep.

The area was turned into a lawn và the Sheepfold became a restaurant.

On weekends, this is one of the most popular locations for New Yorkers khổng lồ come & relax in the sun. It can be so crowded you may not find a spot to sit!

But it is an amazing experience khổng lồ see so many locals basking in the sun and taking in the best the đô thị has to lớn offer.

Head east along main paths & you will find yourself at The Mall.

(H) The Mall

The Mall is the only path laid out as a straight line in the park. The designers did that so that there could be a big buildup leading khổng lồ Bethesda Terrace, north of the Mall.

The American Elm trees that line both sides of the Mall, one of the largest collections of these trees in the United States. The trees create a “cathedral ceiling” over the pathway.

The Mall quickly became a popular spot for wealthy New Yorkers when the park opened. It was New York’s answer to lớn Hyde Park or the Bois de Boulogne.

Carriages would drop people off at the start of The Mall & then loop around lớn the đứng đầu to pick them up.

Also along the pathway is the Literary Walk, a collection of statues of famous writers. William Shakespeare is the first statue of the walk.

Many famous photographs & film scenes have been filmed here such asDoctor Who, Jessica Jones, Person of Interest, và the movie Enchanted.

You can head up north along the Mall or, for dog-lovers, you can take a quick detour và walk east (crossing over East Drive) to lớn see Balto.

(I)Statue of Balto

Head out of the zoo and then cut over towards the center of the park. Look for the statue of a dogalong the path!

This statue is donated to lớn all of the sled dogs that participated in the Great Race of Mercy, a dogsled run that relayed diphtheria antitoxin lớn the town of Nome, Alaska in 1925, effectively saving the town.

Balto, the dog featured in the statue, was the lead dog of the final team. He was present for his statue’s dedication later that year.

The statue’s shiny appearance comes from all of the children in the park “petting” him!

From Balto, double back khổng lồ The Mall và head north. You will reach a mix of stairs. Go down the stairs to check out the Minton tile ceiling in the Arcade.

(J) Bethesda Arcade

The underground Arcade was designed to be a contrast to lớn the openness of Bethesda Terrace that it leads to.

Look up và see the spectacular ceiling, with 15,000 tiles made by the famous Minton Tile Company of England. The Bethesda Arcade is the only place in the world where these tiles are used for a ceiling.

The ceiling was designed by Jacob Wrey Mould, who also designed many of the decorative carvings seen on Bethesda Terrace.

It was completed in 1869 và the ceiling weighs around 50 tons, & over the years the tiles deteriorated.

In the 1980s they were removed & placed in storage. After many years và many donations, the ceiling was finally restored in 2000.

The acoustics in the Arcade is wonderful, so take a minute to enjoy whatever musician is performing there when you visit.

Above the Arcade is a terrace with great views.Surrounding the arcade is a large palazzo style area made of reddish stone. This is one of the most famous locations in Central Park right in front of you.

(K)Bethesda Terrace và Fountain

The formal terrace was considered the heart of the park by the designers.

The central feature is the famous Bethesda Fountain with its Angel of the Waters statue. This statue is the only statue in the park that was specifically commissioned for the park.

The terrace & fountain get their names from the Gospel of John, where a pool called Bethesda with healing waters is referenced.

This was all dedicated in honor of the Croton Aqueduct System, the water supply system that gives new york its drinking water today.

The creation of the aqueduct was a huge leap forward in New York’s development & it greatly reduced disease in the city and also helped decrease the number of fires in New York.

In the statue, the angel has her hand out, blessing the water for New York. The lily on her other hand represents the purity of the water.

This area is seen in dozens of films & TV shows, including Law và Order, Sex và the City, Enchanted,Elf.

Fans of the Avengers will recognize the Terrace as the scene where they all depart from one another.

For superhero lovers, kiểm tra out our self-guided tour of superhero locations in new york City.

Just beyond the fountain, you cannot miss the very big and bucolic lake.

(L) The Lake

The Lake was used year-round in the early days of the park. Visitors to the park rowed boats on the water in the summer and ice skating in the winter.

The Lake was used for ice skating all the way up until the 1950s when Wollman Rink was opened.

People can still enjoy rowing boats on the Lake today. It is pretty easy lớn get a rowboat và onto the lake. Kids especially enjoy this and it is an easy lake to navigate.

Head over to the Loeb Boathouse on the east side of the lake - you cannot miss it (They also serve food. See our FOOD section below).

In good weather, rowboats are available for rent from 10 am till sundown.Boats are $15 per hour (cash only), $4.00 for each additional 15 minutes with a $20 cash deposit.

Each boat holds up to lớn 4 people. The Loeb Boathouse will provide life jackets. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Follow the path along the Lake until you come lớn the Loeb Boathouse. From there head east, cross East Drive và you will see a larger than life statue of a man and behind it a calm pool of water.

(M) The Conservatory Water

Fans of the book Stuart Little write will recognize this pond, which is usually filled with toy sailboats. This is where Stuart races a sailboat khổng lồ victory in the book.

On the near side of the pond is a statue of the master of all fairy tales, Hans Christian Anderson.

He is seated on a slab of stone feeding “The Ugly Duckling” one of his most famous characters.

Absolutely pose for a picture with Hans - he is known for being quite friendly!

Walk north on the small path until you reach another playful statue.

(N)Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is on the north end of the pond. It shows Alice và the Mad Hatter Tea Party.

The statue was donated by George Delacorte in honor of his wife Margarita Delacorte.

The design of the statue is taken from the illustration in the first edition of the novel that was ever released.

Feel không tính phí to climb on the sculpture and have fun in this whimsical part of the park.

Head northwest away from Alice và back towards the Loeb Boathouse Restaurant. Go to lớn the back over of the Loeb Boathouse Restaurant to enter The Ramble.

(O)The Ramble

The Ramble was designed alongside Bethesda Terrace và The Lake as one of the key elements of the park.

The Ramble, which can be seen from Bethesda Terrace, is meant to be a juxtaposition to lớn the formality of the terrace. The Ramble was built khổng lồ resemble a wild forest & a place where you can truly escape the city.

Amazingly, despite its appearance, The Ramble is entirely manmade. Some of the trees in The Ramble today were original plantings in 1859.

The Ramble is known as being one of the best spots for bird-watching in the United States.

Over 230 different species have been spotted.Clickherefor much more information about the Ramble.

At this point, you may want khổng lồ decide if you want lớn start to wrap up your tour by backtracking south khổng lồ see Strawberry Fields & then leave the park or if you have the energy lớn keep going north for another 1 1/4 miles khổng lồ see several more sites.

From the Ramble, head west, back towards the lake. When you reach the lake, you will get to a small cast-iron bridge.

(P) Bow Bridge

Completed in 1862. It is one of the most photographed và filmed locations in Central Park. Woody Allen"s film Manhattan,Spider-Man 3, & Night at the Museumhave scenes filmed here.

Many marriage proposals take place here as well. It is definitely a special spot in the ark & if you cand time khổng lồ get this into your route, you should.

Bow Bridge - Strawberry Fields - Dakota Building

Cross the bridge và veer lớn the right along the path. Follow the path along the lake for about 1/4 of a mile until you kết thúc up in Strawberry Fields. You will likely see signs guiding you to this very sacred spot.

(Q)Strawberry Fields & the Dakota Building

This quiet area of the park is dedicated khổng lồ John Lennon, who lived just outside of the park in the Dakota Building.

The name comes from the Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever.” The garden was planned by the city và John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono.

Its central feature is the Imagine Circle, donated by the thành phố of Naples, Italy. It was designed by Italian mosaic artists and displays the name of Lennon’s most famous solo work.

Strawberry Fields is recognized as a “Garden of Peace” by 121 different countries và is one of the most popular parts of Central Park.

Check out our post for more information on Strawberry Fields.

Across the street from the exit from the park, you will see a very impressive unusual looking building. This is the renowned Dakota Building

Completed in 1884, the Dakota was New York’s first luxury apartment building.

It was financed by Edward Singer (of the Singer Sewing Machine Company), who decided that he could convince New Yorkers that apartments could be a viable option for the wealthy.

The Dakota offered many amenities, such as porters, maids, room service, a formal dining room, và electricity provided by an in-house generator.

There were 65 apartments, ranging in size from 4 rooms lớn 20.

Throughout its history, The Dakota has been famous as the home of many celebrities, including John Lennon & Yoko Ono. (Yoko Ono still lives in the building).

Check out our blog post on the Dakotafor more information!

This is the last stop of the Southern Route. The nearest subway is right on that corner at 72nd Street and Central Park West. There you can catch the B or C trains uptown or downtown.


Leave the Ramble and walk north weaving along the paths.

Again, a map always comes in handy, but this is a fairly easy part of the park to navigate. You will get khổng lồ the 79th Street Transverse. Cross over lớn the next stop.

(R)Belvedere Castle

This castle, whose name means “beautiful view” in Italian, was designed by Calvert Vaux.

It is a “folly,” an architectural term for a purely decorative building, & was completed in 1869.

It was meant lớn be a lookout over the Croton reservoir to the north & The Ramble to lớn the south, và it is one of the highest points in the park.

For years it was also used by the National Weather Service, who took weather readings for the city up in the castle’s tower.They still use the wind instruments up on top of the turret.

The castle was renovated in 1983 and became a Nature Center, where visitors can get information about the flora & fauna of the park and rent bird-watching kits.

Read ourblog post on Belvedere Castle.

From Belvedere Castle, you will have a good view of Delacorte Theater, home ofShakespeare in the Park.

Go down the stairs on the west side of the castle. Turn left and go khổng lồ the Shakespeare Garden.

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(S)Shakespeare Garden

This beautiful garden was originally a flower garden called “Heart Garden.” It was redesigned & designated Shakespeare Garden in 1915, in honor of the famous poet và playwright William Shakespeare.

All of the plants & flowers in the garden are mentioned in the works of Shakespeare, and there are small plaques with quotations scattered throughout.

The designer also released 60 starlings (mentioned frequently in Shakespeare) into Central Park when the garden opened.

These birds were not native to North America, và those originals became over 150 million on this continent. Be sure lớn read our post on the famous summer eventShakespeare in the Park.

Walk through the garden & exit by the Swedish Cottage.

(T)The Swedish Cottage

This cottage was built in Sweden in 1875 và was brought to the United States as a part of the 1876 World’s fair.

It was displayed in the Swedish Pavilion as an example of a traditional Swedish schoolhouse, where Fredrick Law Olmstead spotted it and decided that it would be a great addition to lớn Central Park.

It was brought to thủ đô new york in 1877.

Today it is the home of a marionette theater company known for its productions of fairy tales such as Cinderella & Peter Pan. It is the oldest continuously operating marionette theatre in the country.

From the cottage walk northwest 300 feet khổng lồ the next stop.

(U)The Delacorte Theatre

This 1800 seat, open-air theatre is home to the famousShakespeare in the Parkperformances everysummer (read below for information on attending a performance).

Built in 1962, the theatre was named for George T. Delacorte, Jr., who financed it. Over 100,000 people flock lớn this theatre every summer for its legendary không tính tiền theatre performances.

TIP: There are public restrooms at this location!

Just 200 feet north of the Delacorte Theatre you will find the next stop. There is no missing it!

(V)The Great Lawn

This massive lawn is one of the most famous in the United States.

It was not a part of the original park kiến thiết because it was the site of a massive reservoir that was part of the Croton Aqueduct System.

The reservoir was drained in 1931 & filled in with excavation from the building of Rockefeller Center & the 8th Avenue Subway.

Over the years, the Great Lawn has been used for many concerts, including Simon & Garfunkel, Bon Jovi, và the thành phố new york Philharmonic, just khổng lồ name a few.

Turtle Pond, the body toàn thân of water at the south over of the lawn, is actually the last remaining part of the Croton Reservoir. It is named Turtle Pond for its many turtle inhabitants, as many as 5 different species!

From the Great Lawn look east và you will see a large obelisk. Walk towards it.

(W)Cleopatra’s Needle

The oldest object in the park. The obelisk was constructed in Egypt in 1400 BC.

The name is misleading because the obelisk was 1000 years old by the time Cleopatra began her legendary reign.

The obelisk in Central Park is a twin with a second Cleopatra’s Needle that can be found on the Thames River in London.

There is also one in Paris, but it is not a matched phối with the other two.

The obelisk was moved from Alexandria to thủ đô new york in 1880, and it was an arduous task.

A hole was cut into the hull of the ship, and the obelisk was rolled into it atop cannonballs.

Once it reached New York, it was moved in a wagon hitched up lớn 32 horses. They had lớn move very slowly so as not to lớn jostle it too much. It took 112 days to move the obelisk from thủ đô new york Harbor to lớn Central Park.

Just past Cleopatra"s Needle is the next stop - actually the back kết thúc of it.

(X)The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This is probably the most well-known museum in the city.It was designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould và was opened in 1874.

The permanent collection has over 2 million items housed in about 2,000,000 square feet (19,000 square meters).

There are numerous collections, including a vast Egyptian collection, Impressionist Paintings, a massive armor collection, & the famous Metropolitan Costume Institute.

Continue north from the museum approximately 300 yards to the next stop.

(Y)The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

The Reservoir is one of the most popular spots in the park.

The one billion gallons (3.7 billion liters) reservoir was built in the 1860s as a backup water supply for the thành phố while the Croton Reservoir System was shut down for two weeks for repairs.

The Reservoir was permanently decommissioned in 1993. It was no longer needed because of a new underground water tunnel.

There is a dirt jogging track that goes around the water (approximately 1.6 miles or 2 km).

It was a favorite spot of Jackie Onassis’s to run while she lived in New York, so the Reservoir was renamed in her honor in 1994.

Walk along the east side of the Reservoir. It is approximately a 3 phần tư mile walk until you reach the 97th Street Transverse where the last stop is located.

(Z) The North Meadow

This 23 acres (10 hectares) meadow has 7 baseball fields and 5 softball fields. It is the largest meadow in Central Park.

The competition winners, Frederick Law Olmstead & Calvert Vaux were asked to include three areas for playing ball in their kiến thiết because the thể thao was rapidly gaining popularity in the 19th century when the park was being built.

Today, the North Meadow is used by baseball teams in the spring và then is turned into football and soccer fields in the fall.

The North Meadow also has the North Recreation Center, which is a great place khổng lồ find water fountains và restrooms while you are in the park.

This is the last stop on the Northern section of the park.

From here there a number of things you can do. We have listed activities further down in this post. Click here khổng lồ jump down to lớn that section.

If you want to lớn either leave the area or stay and explore more outside of the park, here are some ideas:

To subway Exit park at 97th Street. Walk down one block khổng lồ 96th Street & walk east 3 blocks lớn Lexington Avenue for the entrance to the 6 train Uptown or Downtown. There is also a station at Lexington Avenue and 103rd street for 6 ttrainsNearby museums include: Jewish Museum 5th avenue & 92nd streetCooper-Hewitt design Museum 5th avenue & 91st streetGuggenheim Museum 5th avenue & 88th streetMuseum of the city of thành phố new york 5th avenue & 103rd streetEl Museo del Barrio 5th avenue & 104th street

MONEY-SAVING TIP: See our comprehensive guide to miễn phí museums, free entry days, & hours to lớn certain museums.


The sheer form size of Central Park makes it a great place khổng lồ go to lớn engage in all sorts of outdoor activities.

As big as the park is, however, you will definitely need a maps of some sort to lớn find your way through. Many a New Yorker has gotten lost in the park...more than once!

General Maps

These are some of the better basic maps of the park that give you a broad overview of the main attractions, large paths, locations of restrooms, và food.

Some are interactive, printable, or in PDF khung for you to lớn download.

Playground Maps

Biking Maps

Jogging & Running

See our detailed post with interactive maps và tips

Free or Limited không lấy phí Wifi Spots

Bathrooms Although this PDF maps is meant for runners, well, everyone has lớn go sometime! The maps has all the bathrooms in the park marked on it. There are about đôi mươi bathrooms in the park, and not all are the cleanest, you may want lớn bring some tissues or napkins with you!



If you are unable khổng lồ join us for a Central Park bike Tour, you can still enjoy cruising around the park!

There are many rental options available for visitors.

Central Park Sightseeing xe đạp Rentals 56 W 56th StreetOur guests are entitled khổng lồ 20% off on all of our partner shop"s Central Park xe đạp tours. Just use promo code FTBF.Rates: start at $15/hr (but cheaper per hour if you vày a longer rental) Rate includes a helmet, lock, và a xe đạp basket.

CitiBikeLocation: docking stations on the south kết thúc of the park-west, middle & east. Price: $9.95 for a 24-hour access pass. (CitiBike is intended for shorter trips, so the unlimited use is only for 30-minute trips. The charge for the second half-hour is $4)


Central Park is one of the best spots for running in the city. It offers different distance options & terrains. For detailed information on running và jogging in the park, kiểm tra out our post on running in the park.


Our post onhorse & carriage ridecompanies compares the different options & the costs.


Every year, from mid-April to lớn late October, on most Saturdays & Sundays, the Central Park Dance Skaters Association offers a roller skate-dance party in the "Skate Circle".

It"s located mid-park area, south of the 72nd Street Traverse. Check their website onhow khổng lồ find the Skate Circle.

The sự kiện runs from 2:45-6:45 và music is provided by a DJ. Kiểm tra their sự kiện calendarto see what"s on.

It is không tính phí to attend, but bring your own skates!These events are done weather-permitting & provided there is not another major sự kiện in the park.

TAKE IN A không tính tiền CONCERT OR PLAY!

New York Philharmonic Concert in the Park

Every summer, usually in mid-June, the new york Philharmonic puts on a free performance in Central Park"s Great Lawn.

This is one of the most awaited events of the summer and tens of thousands of New Yorkers show up with blankets và picnic baskets.

If you can make it, this is a quintessential thành phố new york experience.

Shakespeare in the Park

Each summer, the Public Theater hosts this không tính phí festival in which two Shakespeare plays are performed for the public at the Delacorte Theater.

Although it is not easy to lớn get tickets, you can be sure khổng lồ read our post 5 Ways khổng lồ Get không tính phí Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park.

Summer Stage

Summer Stage is a summer concert series held in central park.

It began in the Naumberg Bandshell in 1968 and grew into its new venue, just south of the 72nd Street Traverse in the middle of the park.

There are dozens of concert events throughout the summer.

Check our Summerstage post for the annual line-ups & dates.

Free Musical Performances

Several spots and venues in the park have free music, either as part of a scheduled series, such as theNaumburg Bandshellwhich puts on music events, such as the Naumburg Orchestral Concert series in the summer.

There are other musicians and performers throughout the park & in good weather, you will likely come across some.



Tavern on the Green - 67th Street at Central Park West

This restaurant, once the sheepfold, has become a new york City landmark. It reopened in 2014 with new owners after a massive renovation.

Price: $$$;Cuisine: American;Credit Cards Accepted: Yes;Attire: Dressy

The Loeb Boathouse - 75th Street on East Side of Park

Set on the edge of The Lake, this restaurant has an unbeatable ambiance.

The outdoor dining terrace is seen in many films & TV shows, including When Harry Met Sally & Sex and the City.

For fans of Sex and the City, check out our posts about how lớn find Carrie"s apartment, our free, self-guidedSex và the đô thị Tour Sights,and where to get those luscious cupcakes atMagnolia Bakery NYC.

Note: Only openduring the months of April-November. The Boathouse only offers dinner only.

Price: $$$; Cuisine: American; Credit Cards Accepted: Yes; Attire: Casual.

Boathouse Express Café 75th Street on East Side of Park

Tucked behind the more well-known lakefront restaurant, this take-out café offers quick fare for a reasonable price. Price: $;Cuisine: American;Credit Cards Accepted: Yes;Attire: Casual

Le Pain QuotidienWest 69 Street Inside Park. Enter the park at West 69th Street path.

This casual restaurant offers both sit-down and take-out service.

It is located in the historic Mineral Springs pavilion, on the north over of the Sheep Meadow. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, park-goers could go khổng lồ this pavilion for a drink of fresh spring water.

Price: $$, Cuisine: Organic café/boulangerie; Credit Cards Accepted: Yes; Attire: Casual.

Boathouse Express Café

Tucked behind the more well-known lakefront restaurant, this take-out café offers quick fare for a reasonable price.

Price: $;Cuisine: American;Credit Cards Accepted: Yes;Attire: Casual

Snack Carts Grabbing a hot dog or pretzel off of a cart is something many visitors want to experience while in NYC.

You can find these carts all throughout the park. Varied, all throughout the park.

Price: $. Cuisine: Hot dogs, pretzels, churros, và ice cream. Credit Cards Accepted: No. Attire: Whatever you’re wearing!


If being right by Central Park is a must for your stay, you might want khổng lồ consider the Upper West or Upper East Side.

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Central Park was designed as an urban oasis to lớn give New Yorkers an escape from the crowded city. The original thiết kế for New York, aid out by the thành phố Commissioners in 1811 did not include a park.

Between that time và the 1850s, the đô thị of thành phố new york quadrupled in size. As the đô thị got more & more crowded, New Yorkers started seeking a respite.

Landscaped cemeteries became a popular place khổng lồ stroll and picnic because they were among the only public green spaces in the city. It was time for a change in New York.

In 1853 the đô thị purchased the land that would become Central Park for $5 million.

To ensure that they were getting the best thiết kế possible, they held a design competition to lớn determine what the future park would look like.

The design team of Frederick Law Olmstead và Calvert Vaux won the completion with a kiến thiết called “The Greensward Plan.”

Even though the Greensward Plan was meant khổng lồ look very naturalistic, this 843-acre park is entirely man-made.

The plan entailed clearing land as long as 2.5 miles (4 km) from 59th Street lớn 110th Street và is 0.5 miles or (0.8 km) wide between 5th Avenue và Central Park West.

The layout plan encompassed the use of 843 acres (341 hectares) right in the middle of Manhattan.

The park was a massive undertaking. Construction began in 1857 & was completed in 1873.

Over 1500 residents had to lớn be cleared from the area, particularly in Seneca Village, trang chủ to the Seneca Native American tribe.

Even just preparing the land for landscaping was a feat. The Manhattan schist (the bedrock that makes up the island) had to blast apart in many areas using gunpowder.

There was more gunpowder used in building Central Park than was used in the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War.

It was also determined that the soil in the area was not suitable for all of the planting that was planned. The topsoil was removed, and new soil was brought in from New Jersey.

All in all, during the park’s construction, more than 10 million cartloads of rubble were carted out.

The over result of the years & labor that went into the development of this park was a success so great that New Yorkers, then và now, regard Central Park as one of its most-loved treasures.

We hope it has now become one of your favorite places.

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