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Must-See Attractions In Central Park (Bike Friendly!)

New York City is typically thought of as an extremely fast-paced and bustling city. However, there are ways to get away from the bustle in the most-visited urban park in the United States. Whether you're interested in history or nature, Central Park hosts attractions for a multitude of interests!

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* Statues and Monubents

107th US Infantry Sculpture- This sculpture sits atop a pedestal and was erected to honor soldiers who died in WWI. Dedicated in 1927, it depicts the emotional and physical burdens of war.

Alice In Wonderland- Lewis Carroll's 1865 tale of whimsical adventures is brought to life in this bronze sculpture. Dedicated in 1959, it was a gift to the children of New York and is now a place of play for kids (and adults) alike.

Great for climbing or a quick photo-op; definitely a must-see for fairytale lovers!

Balto- Everyone's favorite dog; he delivered life-saving medicine to the children of Nome, Alaska in temperatures of 40 below zero. His bravery and determination against the odds is forever on display in Central Park for all to see.

* Nature and Sights

Belvedere Castle- Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux's late 19th century design comes to life in this unique structure. An Observatory can be found within the castle along with other family-friendly displays that are both educational and compelling. Built in a Gothic and Romanesque style, Belvedere Castle has also housed the official Central Park weather station since 1919.

Gapstow Bridge- Often regarded as having one of the best views of the New York skyline, Gapstow Bridge is the perfect place for a photo-op or just a relaxing gander. Initially built in 1874 (and rebuilt in 1896), this iconic bridge arches beautifully over the Pond at 59th Street.

Shakespeare Garden- A lesser known gem of the park, Shakespeare Garden offers the perfect spot for a relaxing stroll. Particularly vibrant in the springtime, the Garden is the perfect spot for photos and has been the site of many weddings. In the summer it is the site of the annual "Shakespeare in the Park" series, which brings the plays to life.

Interactive Sites

Billy Johnson Playground- This place is great for adults and children alike. Constructed mostly from natural materials, the playground is bound to entertain children for hours while providing an interesting spectacle for adults.

Central Park Zoo- Home to species from around the world! This Zoo is a must see; it became the United State's 2nd publicly owned zoo in 1864.

Overall, you can't go wrong with a tour of Central Park. There is something here for everyone; enjoy your exploring! To learn more or cement your plans, check out .

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