I highly recommend taking a guided bicycle tour of Central Park! There are lots of companies to choose from and I chose a company called Must See Central Park for a 2 hour $45 tour. The tour ended up taking 2 1/2 hours because the tour guide was very laid back. There were four others on the tour, not including the guide, which made it nice to be able to stop and take photographs a little more often. The guide informed us that there are 15 entrances to Central Park and it’s 1.5 miles long, with a 6 mile circumference.
A few other tid bits of info…the Park encompasses 6% of Manhattan; 38 million people visit the Park per year ( I wonder how they know?); there are 21 playgrounds; 24,000 trees; 9,000 benches; and the Park closes at 1am and reopens at 6am.
We saw the Conservatory Water Pond where you can rent a sailboat…
Central Park holds a certain mystique for those who have never taken a stroll along one of its many lovely paths. New York City was never on my list of “must visit” destinations, but I have to confess that I was pleasantly surprised. I felt the same way about Rome. Before visiting, I envisioned it to be somewhat dirty and more touristy than it was. Anyway, back to Central Park…after exploring the Rockefeller Center area on my second day in New York City, I had enough time and energy left before heading back to my Couchsurfing host’s home to walk 9 blocks uptown to see for myself what Central Park was like.