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ImageCentral Park may seem like a contradiction because it is located in the middle of skyscrapers. Nevertheless, this patch of green paradise offers a great escape from the city's hustle and bustle. It opened in 1876 and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Some of the Park's highlights include the Shakespeare Garden, The Belvedere Castle, The Central Park Conservancy, and the Central Park Wildlife Center.


From 59th Street to 110th Street
Tel: (212) 310 6600 or 360 2726 (walking tours hot line).
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours (park); daily 1000-1630 (visitor centre).
Free admission (charge for walking tours and Summerstage).

Belvedere Castle
Mid-Park at 79th Street.
Tel: (212) 772 0210.
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 0900-1700 (Apr-Oct); 1000-1600 (Nov-Mar).
Free admission.

Central Park Wildlife Centre
830 Fifth Avenue and East 64th Street
Tel: (212) 439 6500.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 1000-1700, Sat, Sun and holidays 1000-1730 (1 Apr-30 Oct); daily 1000-1630 (31 Oct-31 Mar).
Admission charge.

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