6. Central Park
Founded in 1857 and covering 843 acres, Central Park is a historic urban getaway located in the heart of Manhattan. Even if you’ve never been there, you’re sure to have seen its evergreen beauty in countless Hollywood films. Producers love it for its classic appeal while New Yorkers cherish it as a wooded retreat within the heart of the big city. Designed by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, it opened in 1858, but work continued on the park through the Civil War and was not completed until 1873. Since then, it has become a National Historic Landmark where visitors can enjoy a carriage ride, get a cartoon caricature or simply relax on one of its many cast-iron benches. An easily accessible island of green space in the midst of a concrete jungle, Central Park is the perfect family-friendly place to recoup after a full day of New York sightseeing.
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