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How to tour Central Park ?. Running, walking or cycling

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Central Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States, and the most famous without a doubt, sinceHollywood He put it on stage countless movies. Since we started traveling, both New York and Central Park have always been for us an example of coexistence between a large city and a green space, a space where not only trees or plants live, but also a wildlife worthy of a natural park. Rabbits, squirrels, turtles and a wide variety of birds camp at ease in this lung of the city of skyscrapers. How would you like to travel it? On a bicycle or running?

Central Park, the heart of New York

Open-mouthed in a forest among skyscrapers

When one arrives at Central Park, he is perplexed by the skyscraper wall that surrounds this green space. Central Park is a real forest, not just any park, and the contrast of seeing those giants of steel and concrete next to the thickness produced by the Central Park vegetation It really attracts attention. In addition, entering Central Park is like being in another city, perhaps in the mountains or in another province, because there are a number of spaces where the sound of the city disappears to welcome the song of birds and true nature.


Central Park in the rain

It is worth getting lost in Central Park and above all, visit it on two different days. It's huge and every day something new is discovered. Dozens of narrow paths make you reach creeks, small waterfalls or the large lakes in the park. We visit it both on a sunny day and on a raining day, two different days, but on the best time of the year, in autumn, when the paths are covered with the reddish color of the leaves, something simply spectacular, almost talented.


Central Park in the rain

It may sound strange, but the day that impressed us most Central Park was the day it was raining. Because of the thick trees and their shelter, it makes you more protected than you think. The rain highlights the colors and gives them shine. The fog or the small rays of sun through the trees make each moment vibrate, and more if you are traveling, but the best of all is the solitude and the singing of the birds.


Central Park in the rain

Few New Yorkers dare to get into this green cloak just to walk around and get wet, but that can't be an excuse to take out the umbrella and enjoy a space like this.

But how tall is Central Park?

If you take a map of New York, the first thing you see is a large green spot in the middle of Manhattan. That spot is the largest urban park in the city and one of the largest in the world. Has more than 800m wide by four kilometers long, making a total of 343 hectares, we go about eight times the state of the Vatican.

Central Park Map


Map for runners - Central Park

Download map (with trails for runners)

How to tour Central Park?

There are several ways to explore Central Park, from the most classic, such as walking, running, cycling, carriage and skateboard.

In Carruaje, a romantic or family moment

One of the classics in New York. It may surprise you, since you can tour the southern part of Central Park by carriage, though, at a helicopter price. For something over $ 150 you can go with your partner or Central Park family. We leave you a promotional video about this activity in New York.


Central Park in carriage

By bicycle, although we had a little cold

One of the funniest ways to tour Central Park is by bike, unless you go in winter, since if you don't carry gloves and you're really warm you can have a really bad time. The rest of the year, if the temperature is good, cycling is a quick and comfortable experience to get to know Central Park.

The paths or paths where the bicycle is allowed are marked, since there are points where the bicycle is not allowed to be more pedestrian or just for runners. Keep that in mind, as the leafier and even quieter and prettier spots in the park sometimes cannot be reached by bicycle.

You can rent a bike from $ 15 per hour in the rental area in the southern part, between Avenida de las Américas and the seventh avenue, although there are numerous points around Central Park both pick-up and delivery, something very comfortable if you want to go from one point to another and then continue walking.


Central Park by bike

Running in Central Park, take your shoes!

Central Park is a park designed for runners, where the star route is undoubtedly the one that borders the Jacqueline Kennedy Reserve for a fence that has come out in countless movies. In fact, New York City has designed a map showing the best routes around the lung of the city that you can download in this article.


Central park runners paradise
Central park runners paradise

Walking, the best way to know the park

By bicycle, running and walking, we traveled through the heart of Manhattan, but if we have to decide the best way, it would certainly be walking. You can spend an entire morning, which you will not regret, because Central Park surprises. In addition to visiting it twice we cross it a few others. Each time we discovered something new. A statue, like that of Alice in Wonderland, a small castle called Belvedere where the Count Draco of Sesame Street He counted the hours, a nature reserve full of birds, bridges, caves and forest areas where only frogs or birds were heard.


Alice in Wonderland
Jacqueline Kennedy Reserve

The southern area is the most public or visitor, the north, next to Harlem, there are fewer people and you can enjoy the favorite American sport, the baseball. From the south we enter paths with a lot of vegetation, coming to feel at some point as if we were in National Park. There is also the famous Central Park Zoo, where without having to enter and pay the entranceYou can see from the fence how the caretakers feed the fun seals of the zoo.


Jacqueline Kennedy Reserve
New York - Central Park

In addition to the nature of the park there are plenty of places where you can have a picnic, we take a pizza and enjoy it in the sun lying on the Sheep Meadow, a lawn esplanade where people usually go to fly kites, sunbathe or spend the day with the family. Besides, especially in the southern zone, you can see many musicians playing live, some very good, giving that touch of New York as it comes to us from Hollywood.


Playing in Central Park
Playing in Central Park

Discounts with City Pass

A good way to save on tours in New York is to acquire the City pass. A card that includes the most interesting places to visit and optionally others. It includes the visit to the Empire State, Top of the Rock, Museum of Natural Sciences, Metropolitan Museum,Intrepid Museum and the statue of liberty among others. It also gives you the advantage of having access to these places without the tail from the ticket office.

Book the City Pass

Hotels in New York

We leave you a hotel comparator where you can find the cheaper accommodations from New York.

Tours in New York

For about € 50 you can do one of the many tours you can do in New York. From the famous Contrast tour, see the Big Apple from the sky, night walks, excursions to Boston or Washington, see a Gospel mass, etc. In New York everything is possible. Recommendable!.

 See tours in New York

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