Central Park is, without a doubt, one of New York City’s greatest treasures. Designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the 840-acre park—“the grandaddy of America’s naturally landscaped parks,” according to the AIA Guide to New York City—is the heart of Manhattan, and as beloved by locals as it is by visitors to the city.
It also happens to be one of the city’s most-visited attractions, with more than 40 million people expected to wander through this year. Often, this means that the park’s better-known landmarks—things like Bethesda Fountain, or Strawberry Fields, or the Great Lawn—can feel overwhelmingly crowded. But there are plenty more spots, from gardens to sculptures to architectural gems, that are a bit more off the beaten path, and very much worth the visit.
From scenic trails to secret historical relics, here are more than a dozen hidden gems found throughout Central Park. Have another spot that’s not on this list? Share it in the comments!Read More