It sits in the heart of an island, on 843 acres of the most expensive
real estate in the nation, and is perhaps the most celebrated city park
in the world. New York’s Central Park owes its existence to Robert Bowne
Minturn, who conceived of the idea around 1850, and Calvert Vaux and
Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed it. Aimed at displaying New York’s
culture, making money for the city, limiting commercial growth and
offering healthy endeavors for the populous, Central Park achieved all
of its original goals and much, much more.
Today, this oasis on the Isle of Manhattan is a breathtaking and
surprising retreat for residents and visitors alike. Lush walkways,
invigorating bike paths, accessible lakes, skating rinks, an antique
carousel, outdoor vendors and performers and carriage rides can keep
sightseers entertained and busy for days.
The world-famous museums add another dimension to the park, as
do the renowned restaurants (Tavern on the Green, The Boathouse). Live
performances (Barbra Streisand sang here) and traveling displays (the
colorful Gates by Christo and Jeanne-Claude) appear seasonally. Ranger
tours of the park are available.
RVers can overnight within an hour of the city (see below) and take convenient water and ground transportation to the park.
For more information: www.centralpark.com