The crowning jewel of Manhattan, Central Park’s 843 acres offer visitors and New Yorkers more diversion than most any other New York City destination. Carefully and beautifully designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and opening in 1857, Central Park is a miracle in city planning. The park was designed to accommodate all of the needs of its city’s residents and includes a zoo, a farm animal petting zoo, a skating rink, a castle, a model boat boating pool, a formal English rose garden, a theater, a marionette theater, museums, restaurants, boating lakes, ball fields, tennis courts, jogging tracks, bicycle routes, fountains, statues, open spaces, wooded areas, and environments ranging from the wild to the manicured. Trails and walking paths are designed to offer surprises at every turn, and each of the 40+ original Olmstead/Vaux bridges are unique and captivating. Central Park activities include birding (Central Park is a major migratory destination for countless species), boating, jogging, biking, carriage horse rides, baseball, volleyball, and lawn bowling. The Public Theater produces world-class theater productions during the summer at the Delacorte Theater, and the Great Lawn is host to numerous classical and pop music concerts. Don’t miss this oasis in the city.