- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Have a Picnic in Central Park, New York
Five best places to have a picnic in Central Park.
1. Great Lawn
The Great Lawn is 55-acres of wide open space, and it's at the geographical center of Central Park. Originally, the site was a reservoir, but in the 1930s it was filled in with excavation material from Rockefeller Center. Today, the Great Lawn is a great place to sit back for a while. It is located mid-park between 79th St. and 85th St.
2. Sheep Meadow
Sheep Meadow is a 15-acre pasture that used to be home to a flock of sheep until 1934. Today, it is a quiet place to relax and sunbathe or enjoy a bite to eat. You can find Sheep Meadow between W. 66th and W. 69th St. It is one of the park's eight designated "quiet zones," which means that you can't play any music while you are there (you must wear headphones), and you can't bring Fido either. In quiet zones, you are also not allowed to feed birds or other wildlife, so make sure to dispose of your crumbs rather than leaving them for the squirrels. If you don't want to bring your own picnic basket to Sheep Meadow, it is close to the Mineral Springs Pavilion, where you can buy food from Le Pain Quotidien restaurant.
3. Belvedere Castle
Belvedere Castle is located mid-park at 79th St., providing one of the best views of both the park and the city skyline. Set up your picnic blanket in some of the lawns near the castle for a romantic meal and a great photo op at the same time.
4. Bow Bridge
Bow Bridge is one of the most picturesque – and recognizable – areas of Central Park. It is the setting for a great number of movies such as "You've Got Mail" and is hailed as one of the most romantic spots in the city. The bridge links Cherry Hill (with many flowers) to the Ramble (woodlands). It's best to picnic on the gentle slopes of Cherry Hill overlooking the bridge. The bridge is located mid-park around 72nd St.
The Pool in Central Park is not a swimming area, but rather a man-made lake that was created by damming up a natural stream in the park. It is located in the northwest area of the park between W. 100th and 103rd St. and provides an area of solitude in the hustle and bustle of the city.