Central Park, that bastion of woodlands located in the center of Manhattan, abounds with various points of interest within its boundaries. Check out some of the best things to do in the park while in New York City.
Standing, appropriately, behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the Obelisk, which is also known as Cleopatra’s Needle. This obelisk is one of a pair that originated in Egypt in 1450 BCE. This one was given to the USA by the Egyptian Khedive in 1880 in exchange for funds to help modernize his country, and the other stands in London. It is compelling to see a monument so rich with history standing outside, exposed to the elements in a public park.
Sheep Meadow is where an expansive lawn, New Yorkers and views of the city’s skyline converge. It is, perhaps, the heart of Central Park. If throngs of people laying out sunbathing, picnicking or playing frisbee sounds appealing, then Sheep Meadow would be the place to go. Sheep Meadow, like the Mall, may appear familiar upon first sight, as it has also appeared in several films.