Central Park is an Oasis in the middle of Manhattan. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, it covers 843-acres and is visited by more than 25 Million people each year. The park is completely man-made and cost $14 Million Dollars to build in 1858. The park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and is managed by the The Central Park Conservancy.
Park attractions include the Bethesda Fountain, Woolman Ice Skating Rink, Lasker Swimming Pool and Ice Skating, Strawberry Fields, Delacorte Theater, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Sculptures, Bridges and Arches, Belvedere Castle, the Great Lawn, Tavern on the Green Restaurant, Park Drives, Pedestrian paths, Baseball Fields, more than 21 Playgrounds, and the Central Park Zoo.
Bird Lovers Paradise. Over 275 species of migratory birds have been sighted in Central Park, a major stopping point on the Atlantic flyway. Start your park visit at the Dairy Visitor Center located Middle of the Park at 65th Street.