Ready to enjoy the great outdoors in one of New York’s greatest assets? Head over to Central Park. Not only is Central Park one of New York’s largest parks in is centrally located in Manhattan making access from some of New York’s most popular neighborhoods including the Upper West Side, Upper East Side and Harlem a breeze. Today we’ll explore some of the activities available in Central Park year round but that are best enjoyed in the pleasant New York spring.
Running and biking: Central Park is the perfect spot for training for the next marathon or bike race or to take a casually run or bike ride. There is a giant paved loop running the entire length of the park. A single trip around the loop is just over six miles. In addition you can shorten the loop by using some of the mid-park crossovers. There are easily designated 4 and 5 mile loops as well as the full loop. When using the path make sure to stay in the proper lane and pay special attention to the fast moving bikers who whiz by.
Tennis: Ready to head to the courts? Central Park has a total of 30 courts with a mix of clay and hard courts. The rates to play are inexpensive for New York; $15 for an hour or $200 for the whole season. Make sure to make your reservations for the Tennis Center, which is located on the West Side of the park between 94th and 96th Streets early because the courts are quite popular. The courts are open from 6:30 am to dusk every day.
Ice Skating or a swim: Central Park has Wollerman rink, which is located a few blocks north of the southern entrance to the park. The Rink is open for October to April as long as it’s cold enough to keep the ice frozen. Tourists and locals head to the rink to enjoy the park and take a skate around the rink. There is also Lasker Rink and Pool which is located between 106th and 108th Streets right in the middle of the park. The rink is opened from late October till March and then transforms to a pool in the summer from mid June through Labor Day weekend.
Baseball: Baseball is truly America’s sport and central park offers over 25 ball fields to play baseball or softball on. If you are interested, join a team and play one a great sport in a great park.
With all of the great activities available in the park you just need to find an accommodation in New York and you’ll be ready to partake.
Check out this studio apartment in the Upper West side (NY-14832) which is located just a half a block from the entrance to the park. The building offers several different units with different features and configurations so be sure to check with a rental agent to see which apartment might best meet your needs.
Or consider a studio apartment in the Upper West Side (NY-14888). Located near Broadway, there is easy access to shopping restaurants and of course Central Park too.
Well, hopefully this has been an inspiration to head out and enjoy Central Park this spring. Feel free to share your favorite Central Park Activates in the comments section below.
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