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Central Park's Hidden Gems

Vanessa Vanacore

Whether you’ve walked through Central Park dozens of times or have never been, we guarantee there is always something new to explore.

Spanning over 800 acres and over 50 city blocks, Central Park is simply massive and so easy to get lost in if you don’t have a specific location in mind you’re looking to visit.

So we put together a guide to help you navigate and seek out the true hidden gems most never get to experience when simply passing in and out for the day.

Belvedere Castle | 79th Street Mid Central Park, New York, NY, 10021

A castle? In the middle of Manhattan? That’s correct. Belvedere Castle is simply a must see. Constructed back in 1872, Belvedere has held its place among New York’s architectural beauties, drawing visitors for both its historical value and its gorgeous views from the park’s second highest point.
Belvedere Castle

Turtle Pond | Mid Park at 80th Street

Located just steps from Belvedere Castle is Turtle Pond. A two-acre body of water that is a popular spot for relaxing and admiring the many species of turtles that call the Pond home. Five species of turtles inhabit the Pond year-round, including red-eared sliders, snapping, painted, musk, and box turtles.
Turtle Pond

Tavern on the Green | W 67th St, New York, NY 10023

You’ll feel as if you were transported into a real life fairy tale, Tavern on the Green is an elegant restaurant serving American fare and features a stunning courtyard with garden seating, live music, and the prettiest light canopy we have ever seen.
Courtyard at Tavern on the Green

The Ravine and Loch | Mid Park at 103rd Street

A forested canopy and stream so rural looking that you'd never guess they were only a short distance from Times Square… the Ravine and Loch were constructed by park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux who used a thick forest of oak, hickory, maple, and ash to camouflage the city's skyline.
Waterfall at the Ravine

Ladies Pavilion | W. 77th St &, West Dr, New York, 10024

The remains of what used to be a shelter for trolley passengers waiting to catch a ride at Central Park West and 59th, this pavilion has a long history. In its second life, it was relocated to a secluded section of the lake, otherwise known as “Ladies Pond” home to a women's-only ice skating rink. When the 1920s rolled in, "progressive" women began inviting their beaus to skate with them and scandalously hold hands in public. The park management wasn't pleased and shut the place down. Today, it boasts gorgeous views of the Lake at Hernshead, a rock structure that resembles the shape of a heron.
Pavilion Overlooking the Lake

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