7 Great Things To Do In Central Park When The Weather Is Warm
Central Park is the epicenter of Manhattan. It’s the prime real estate that brings city life back to nature. The park is the hub for such a variety of activity every season, and we’ve rounded up seven of the things we’re most looking forward to doing now that the weather is warm! From the Westside to the Upper East Side, Glenwood residents of both sides of Manhattan can enjoy the below events.
Listening To Free Entertainment Along the Literary Walk
If you’re hoping to hear a saxophone player, catch a live dance performance, watch a bubble artist, or enjoy a live barbershop quartet, there’s no better place to pretty much guarantee all this free entertainment than the Literary Walk in Central Park. The strip of sidewalk, lined by giant trees and statues of famous writers, always has something happening along it. Plop down on a bench and stay a while!
Location: Mid-park, from 66th to 72nd Streets
For the perfect day date activity, consider renting a rowboat from the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. The boats hold up to four people, so this activity could also be a fun outing for the whole family! The boats are available April through November (weather permitting) and can be rented for $15 an hour, with a $20 deposit. They only accept cash, so make sure to hit up an ATM ahead of time.
Location: East 72nd and Park Drive North
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Renting CitiBikes and Riding Them Through The Park
Riding a bike through the streets of NYC may be an activity reserved for the brave, but luckily paths along Central Park are safe routes even NYC children will be comfortable on. If you don’t own a bike of your own (join the club!), stop by one of the many CitiBike stands surrounding the perimeter of the park and rent one of the blue bikes for as little as by the half-hour. The great thing about this is you can pick it up at one location (say, 59th Street along the south side of the park) and drop it off at another (110th Street, along the north side of the park.) Easy!
Visiting the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Sculpture
If you’re a fan of the “Alice in Wonderland” book and film, you absolutely can’t pass up a chance to visit the eleven foot tall bronze statue of her in Central Park! She’s accompanied by her friends the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit, and just begging for a photo op! Unlike most sculptures and statues in NYC, this one actually encourages you to climb and sit on it, which makes it the perfect spot for children to come.
Location: East 74th Street, an easy walk for residents living at The Marlowe
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Riding Rides at Victorian Gardens
What serves as an ice skating rink in the colder months transforms to an amusement park called Victorian Gardens come the nice weather! Open from June to September, this spot is ideal for taking NYC kids who want to experience what a “state fair” may feel like in other parts of the country. With adorable rides, games, and live entertainment, there’s plenty to keep kiddos entertained for the afternoon here. Prices for unlimited rides go for $24.50 on weekdays and $27.50 on weekends.
Location: Wollman Rink, closest entrance at 59th Street and 6th Avenue
Story Time At The Hans Christian Anderson Sculpture
In close proximity to the Alice in Wonderland sculpture is one of the Danish author Hans Christian Anderson. Every Saturday in the summer months of June, July, August, and September from 11am until 12pm, you can bring your little New Yorkers to sit around the base of the sculpture and listen to read alouds from his legendary stories, such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Little Match Girl and The Ugly Duckling.
Location: East 73rd Street
Seeing A Show
Whether you get to Central Park early enough to stand in line for tickets to that evening’s showing of Shakespeare in the Park, are catching a live concert at SummerStage, are heading to the Swedish Cottage for a puppet show, or are enjoying one of the free summer movies under the stars, there’s no shortage of theatrical entertainment happening. For a full rundown of all events happening in Central Park, check out their website.Tweet