Simplifying NYC: Top 10 Hidden Wonders in Central Park

Hello Fabulistas! I feel so lucky to live in one of the most exciting cities in the United States, and in the world! NYC is constantly changing and never dull and boring. One of my favorite places in the city is Central Park. It may sound cliche but it’s so vast that there’s always something to see. There are so many attractions and little nooks and corners of the park, you can go to the park every day and discover something different each time! Here are my top 10 hidden wonders of Central Park.

1. Central Park Zoo

This isn’t New York’s largest zoo but if you live in Manhattan having a zoo at your fingertips is so cool! The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo and the Tisch Children’s Zoo is home to more than 130 different species, which includes polar bears, a rare find here in NYC. The zoo is over 5 acres large and pretty fabulous!

Central park Zoo

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2. Bethesda Fountain

Bethesda Fountain is one of the most popular spots in Central Park, and although it’s not “hidden” it’s definitely something to see! The iconic sculpture, Angel of Waters, was designed by Emma Stebbins in 1873. It’s one of my favorite places to stroll by on a sunny Sunday.

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3. Belvedere Castle

The castle was originally designed in 1865 by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould and in 1919 the castle was used to take weather measurements. Now the castle is home to the Henry Luce Nature Observatory, which holds natural history artifacts. It’s a beautiful attraction with two balconies that have spectacular panoramic views of the park!

Central Park Belvedere Castle

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4. Conservatory Garden

The Conservatory Garden is a 6 acre surprise in this busy city. It’s my favorite part of the park to step away from it all. I walk around, find a nice spot and read a good book. This little getaway is filled with gorgeous plants, you hardly feel like your in NYC anymore!

5. Alice in Wonderland

When I first saw the Alice in Wonderland statue in the park I was amazed. It’s unexpected and adds some humor to your day. The 11-foot-tall bronze statue was built in 1959 by José de Creeft. It’s unlike other sculptures because kids are encouraged to climb all over it. It’s a fun surprise!

Central Park Alice in Wonderland

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6. Wagner Cove

Wagner Cove consists of a rustic hut and two benches on the edge of the lake. It’s one of the most hidden Central Park treasures because it’s so small. It’s perfect for a picnic date or quick getaway.

7. Swedish Cottage

The Swedish Cottage is a little bit of Europe here in NYC. It was built in Sweden in 1875 and installed in the park in 1877. It’s now home to the Marionette Theatre which holds classes and shows throughout the year.

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8. Cop Cot

The Cop Cot is one of the oldest wooden structures in the park. It’s located on top of a small hill which really makes you feel you’re outside of the city. It’s a semi-private structure which is so fab for mini-dates!

Central Park Cop Cot

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9. Lasker Pool and Rink

Lasker Pool is a wading pool open to visitors in the summer. In the winter it’s converted into an ice rink for everyone to enjoy. Lasker also has an observation deck which overlooks the Harlem Meer. It’s a beautiful view!

10. Dairy

Dairy is now a visitor center and gift shop, but it was originally built in 1870 as a dairy to provide fresh milk for children. It’s located at the southern end of the park close to the pond. It’s a beautiful structure that’s lasted through many eras!

Central Park Dairy

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Central Park holds so many surprises. Walking through I find things I’ve never seen before or have forgotten about over time. What’s your favorite spot in the park?