The island of Manhattan seems so small, but when you are in Central Park, the park seems so large! I could spend the entire day just wandering around and exploring new areas which is exactly what I’ve been doing the past few weekends.
For my first Central Park adventure, Nick and I ventured to the Upper East Side and made our way to the hidden oasis located at 104th Street known as the Conservatory Garden. Once we walked through the Vanderbilt gate (a large, iron gate that was created in Paris in 1894 and stood outside the Vanderbilt mansion on Fifth Avenue for years) we were completely transported outside of New York City. As I walked through the garden within Central Park, I felt as though I was hanging out in San Diego’s Balboa Park instead of a city overflowing with eight million people. I wish this park was located closer to my apartment on the Upper West Side. I would go there weekly to smell the flowers and read my library books.
We left the garden through the back gate and walked to The Ravine which I saw in a gorgeous Instagram photo, but it wasn’t that impressive in person – just a small, man-made waterfall hidden in the woods. (Instagram filters did it goooood I guess…)
On the bright side, just beyond The Ravine, is the Harlem Meer, a tiny lake located at the tippy top of Central Park. While the Meer was lovely, I wouldn’t have thought it was anything really special except on this specific day there happened to be a boat floating around with a brass sextet on board serenading park-goers. After some investigating (I read a sign.), I discovered that the boat is the U.S. Hangover and it sails around for a few hours each weekend day bringing music to those lounging around on the shore. This entire production is actually an art installation sponsored by Calvin Klein for part of the summer. So romantical…
I went back to Central Park last weekend in hopes to rent a boat on the lake, but unfortunately, it was cash only and we only had $3. As Plan B, I gave Nick a tour of my favorite park spots which you can see in my new vlog (video blog) series, Diary Of A Twenty-Something. Check out our park adventures here:
How do you get your fill of nature in your neck of the woods? Let me know in the comments below!
Stay fit and fabulous,