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Fun Things To Do In Central Park

 

 

Central Park is an 843-acre NYC gem offering an oasis of nature’s delights in the midst of a chaotic urban sprawl. Fortunately, this large patch of green provides visitors respite amid woodlands, meadows, lakes, wildlife and monuments.  With 21 playgrounds, rolling hills and tranquil spaces co-existing together, a day in this park promises to be unforgettable.  As a result, the whole family can enjoy a broad range of fun activities.

Here is a list of fun things to do in Central Park:

Bird Watching

First, explore 37-acres of winding trails, streams, rocks and hills known as the Ramble.  It’s a densely wooded, world-famous birding spot that covers from 72nd St. to 79th St.  Furthermore, Central Park is a well known migratory route and one of the best birding spots in the U.S.  It attracts birders from all over the world.  Some 250 species can be spotted here in any year.  Simply incredible.

 People Watch in Sheep Meadow

Second, Sheep Meadow is perhaps one of the best people-watching spots in Manhattan. This 15-acre field of lush green grass north of 65th St. along the southern edge of the park.  We suggest that you grab a blanket and some snacks.  Furthermore we suggest that you mingle with the ocean of sunbathers, picnickers, and kite-fliers for a relaxing fun-filled day.  In addition to the fun around you, you may hear a performer strumming a guitar or join in a friendly game of Frisbee.

Ice Skating at Wollman Rink

If you happen to be in NYC during winter, this summertime amusement park morphs into an icy playground.  And  ice skaters of all ages and skill levels join for arctic fun.  Another thing you can do is catch an exciting game of hockey,  or indulge in some night skating, with a romantic backdrop of NYC skyscrapers.

Bike through scenic landscape

Next, Central Park bike tours are perhaps the most leisurely way to explore this iconic green oasis. Take a guided bike tour, ride beneath a canopy of trees and appreciate nature at its finest.  Stop at famous locations and points of interest, grab hundreds of fantastic photo ops, and learn fun facts from your guide while pedaling through the park.

Stroll through the Conservatory Garden

Take in the beauty while strolling the through this six-acre paradise, the Conservatory Garden.  You can find spectacular annual displays of seasonal flowers.  Enter the park at 5th Ave between 104th and 105th Streets.  You will be entranced by water fountains and famous sculptures.  Not only it will entrance you, it will be bursting with colors you’ll want to capture in print.

Catch and release fish in the Harlem Meer and The Discovery Center

Enjoy this favorite free community pastime at the Harlem Meer.  Borrow a fishing rod and eco-friendly bait from the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, and let the fun begin.  You will find a flourishing pond with a variety of fish like carp, largemouth bass, and bluegill sunfish.  Additionally, you will find turtles, waterfowl, and birds.  Once you’re done just return your rods.  Be sure to learn about the many seasonal exhibits, musical performances, holiday celebrations and free education at the Discovery Center.

Go for a hike in the North Woods

Did you know that nearly one million visitors a year hike through these 40-acre woodlands?  The setting will make you feel like you’re in the Adirondacks.  In addition to the woodlands, you can enjoy the serenity of The Pool.  It is lined with cypress, weeping willows, and red maples, an idyllic setting for photographs.  This popular destination is the perfect place for spotting wildlife by streams.  Furthermore, you may find wildlife feasting on one of three cascades along rustic trails that will inspire and calm your senses.

Also, you may also like New York City Travel and Sites From Your Favorite TV Shows.  Without doubt, New York City should be on everyone’s list of place.  Oh yes, be sure to have fun!We need to conclude this post, but we hope you found our Things to Do in Central Park tips helpful.

About the author:  Kabir Khan is a contributor for travel and sight seeing in New York City.  Be sure to check out Central Park Bike Rental .  Great way to get exercise and to check out Central Park.

 

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24 Winter Books for Kids

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Because winter can keep kids indoors for days, even weeks they become bored.  Not only do they become bored, parents can find it challenging to keep them occupied. However, we have a solution.  Create a small library with winter books for kids.  Fortunately, reading is a passion in my family, and I highly recommend that you encourage your children to read too.  Create a cozy corner, desk or hide away for them to snuggle up with a book and enjoy a delicious snack while they’re at it.  We have a few winter book for kids suggestions that you should check out:

The Biggest Snowman Ever – First, Clayton and Desmond enter a contest to build a snowman.  Their efforts just don’t seem to be working.  So, they join forces to build the biggest snowman ever.  Hurray for team work. Ages 4 – 8.

The Mitten –  Nikki drops his white mitten in the snow, but doesn’t realize it.  It’s hard for him to find because of the white snow.  As a result, the woodland animals help him search for it.  Ages 1 – 3.

Tracks in the Snow – A little girl sees tracks outside her window.  She decides to follow the tracks only to realize that the tracks are hers from the day before.

All You Need for a Snowman – The children of this snow-clad chalet village build two huge snowmen.  Ages 4 – 7.

The Gingerbread Girl – This gingerbread girl has licorice hair, and an awesome plan to outsmart the fox.  Ages 2 – 5.

Groundhog Day! – Every February 2, people wonder if the groundhog will see its shadow.  In addition, this book contains information about the groundhog and the origin of Groundhog Day.  Ages 6 – 9.

Ollie’s Ski Trip – Ollie is given his first pair of real skis, and sets off on an adventure.  He meets lots interesting people including Ms. Thaw.  Ages 3 – 6.

Sneezy the Snowman –  Sneezy the Snowman is cold.  He decided to warm up by drinking some cocoa, sits in a hot tub, stands near a fire and than melts. But children decide to build him back up.  Ages 6 – 8.

Snow Day! – The weatherman depicts snow.  Snuggling on the sofa with hot chocolate, building a snow fort, snowballs and sledding are in the future. Ages 5 – 8.

Snowballs – Check out all of the objects that can be used to decorate snowmen.  The book is beautifully illustrated.  Ages 3 – 8.

The Snow Globe Family – Additionally, there’s a snow globe on the mantel in a family’s home.  Inside the snow globe is a family waiting for someone to shake the globe so there will be a blizzard.  Will a family member shake the globe? Who will it be?  Ages 6 – 8.

Snowman’s Story – A bunny rabbit steals a snowman’s story book when he falls asleep.  The snowman wants his book back.  Get ready for a chase!   Ages 3 – 7.

Snowmen at Night  – Have you wondered what snowmen do at night?  They may loose buttons, an arm or their carrot nose, but nobody knows how.  Find out about the secret life of snowmen in this exciting book. Ages 4 – 7.

Snowmen at Play – This activity book is filled with snowmen, stickers and lots of fun.  Ages 3 – 5.

Tacky the Penguin – Tacky’s behavior annoys his friends.  They are prime and proper, however, Tacky is not.  But  his strange behavior saves the day.  Thereafter, they see him differently.  Ages 4 – 7.

Akiak – Akiak is the lead dog on a team of Huskies.  As usual, she head ups the team.  But she hurts her paw and has to be removed from the race.  Fortunately, Akiak doesn’t know that she’s been disqualified.  Although she has been disqualified, she continues to run beside her team.  Ages 5 – 8.

Winter Wonderland – Bear Country (Berenstein Bears) becomes a winter wonderland.  Ages 4 – 7.

Eloise Skates! – Eloise’s nanny decides to take her and Weenie ice-skating! Weenie is a dog.  But can dogs ice-skate?  Ages 6 – 8.

The First Day of Winter – In another story, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts for a special friend.  I wonder what they are?  Ages 3 – 6.

It’s Snowing! –  This book is great for our science lovers.  It discusses snowflakes how they are formed, different regions and they snow received, and how to prepare for a snow storm.  Ages 6 – 9.

Lemonade in the Winter – Pauline and her little brother, John-John, decide to open a lemonade stand in the winter.  It’s unusual, so will they be able to sell their cold drink?  Ages 3 – 7.

The Little Polar Bear – Next, Lars goes hunting with his father, but he is so tired from the day’s activities he falls asleep. As a result, he doesn’t hear the ice crack.  Unfortunately, he drifts away from his father and the North Pole.  Will he be able to find his way back?

The Little Rippers – Max and Molly Beckett are brother and sister.  As usual, they are looking forward to their annual ski weekend with their grandfather on Powderhound Mountain.  Ages 4 – 7.

Olivia Builds a Snowlady  – Last, Olivia and her classmates have been assigned to build the best snowman for the town’s Winter Festival.  They decided to build a snowlady instead of a snowman.

We hope that you found our list of winter books for kids helpful. Most noteworthy, at least to me was Olivia Builds a Snowlady. My granddaughter loves Olivia, so that book will definitely go into her library.  I’m also thinking about the Gingerbread Girl.  Which ones peeked you curiosity?

Additionally, you may also like 22 Winter Crafts for Kids and 30+ Rich and Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes.