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Located within the Central Park Zoo, Tisch Children's Zoo is filled with friendly barnyard animals for the young ones to admire as well as plenty of fun play areas. The zoo features a petting and feeding area with goats, sheep, alpacas, pigs, and more. Children can also climb up a giant spider web, hang out in giant bird eggs, or crawl into a turtle shell, among other activities. Admission to the Children's Zoo is included with the Central Park Zoo admission, but kids under three get in free. Open all year, so check the website for details.
One of the many treasures to be found within Central Park, this beautiful restored carousel is made up of huge, hand-carved and hand-painted jumping horses. It is simple, old-fashioned and children of all ages adore it. A carousel was originally placed in the park in 1871. The current carousel has been on this site since 1951 (although it is much older than that). You can take your children to one of the many playgrounds located throughout the park.
Grand Army Plaza is one of two historic NYC sites that pay homage to the Union Soldiers who fought in the Civil War (1861-65). After the war, this fraternal organization began as the Grand Army of the Republic and it was the forerunner to many veteran's groups in the present-day. This plaza located at the southeastern end of Central Park features a magnificent gilded statue of William Tecumseh Sherman, the war general who is most known for his sack and burning of Atlanta. In front of Sherman, the goddess Victory leads him upon his horse. On the other end of the plaza, a beautiful fountain with the goddess Pomona is hidden from the tumult of 5th Avenue and it provides a fleeting moment of peace in the urban jungle. The other Grand Army Plaza is located in Brooklyn, adjacent to another spectacular space, Prospect Park.
The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center has been a regular New York tourist fixture since its inception in 1936. Even though it is one of the most popular ice skating rinks of the city, it is actually quite small compared to many other rinks. During the holidays, the rink can become a bit crowded, but skating under the great Christmas tree is a once in a lifetime experience. Nonetheless, if you're here just to enjoy the lively ambiance and indulge in some people watching, the mezzanine above the rink is a nice, second option.
Located on New York's East 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, GreenAcre Park provides a bit of foliage inside the concrete jungle. The GreenAcre Foundation established this park in 1971 and award-winning landscape architect Hideo Sasaki designed it. The highlight of the park is the tranquil waterfall and the mini esplanade features some chairs and tables for the weary to unwind. If you come during lunch, it becomes quite crowded with local business folk trying to sneak in some quiet time.
Right in the heart of Manhattan stands this oasis of rolling pastures and gardens, stretching from Midtown to Harlem. It was created in 1857 by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, and sprawls over a wonderful 843 acres (341.15 hectares). Bustling with activity, walkers, rollerbladers, bikers and joggers hurriedly compete for space while lovers meet at the Bethesda Fountain on Bethesda Terrace. To the north, visitors wonder at the architecture of Belvedere Castle, and found nearby is the Delacorte Theater where plays are staged during summer. Over time, Central Park has blended so seamlessly with Manhattan that it is hard to disassociate the two. Also within its folds are other delights, including the Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center and the Central Park Zoo, as well as the wonderfully-restored Carousel.
New Yorkers love this small park in the heart of Midtown. With its French benches, colorful flower gardens, green lawn and numerous cultural events, Bryant Park is a peaceful place to take a moment to watch the world go by. Named after poet William Cullen Bryant, the site of this historic park has played an important role in New York City. After being officially designated a public park, the site's fortunes rose and fell with the times. A brilliant restoration in the 1990s transformed the space into the beautiful midtown oasis it is today. The park's March hours vary throughout the month, so be sure to check the website before visiting.
Bryant Park transforms into a winter wonderland every year, with the Bank of America Winter Village ice skating rink providing the busy inhabitants of New York with some much needed winter recreation. Entry to the rink is free, while skates and other amenities and services are available at a low rate. One can see everyone from tourists, families with kids, groups of youngsters, as well as couples having a good time at the rink, with skating lessons being offered here as well. If the skating has you too tired, relax with a hot beverage outside the rink area.