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Central Park, New York City

There are families with children. There are couples. There are single people. They’ve all gathered in one green and sunny place. Central Park. New York City. We happen to get there on what seems to be the most beautiful day of the year. Sure it’s summertime, and it’s hot. But the old trees have grown strong and tall, hanging over our heads and curling down toward the lawn, heavy with their own weight. On this day, we enter mid-park.

 

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Central Park is a large manicured park with a full day’s worth of attractions. We climb up to the tops of boulders and try our best to see the view.

Although I’m not advocating for wild and loose parenting, I suggest letting the kids run a little free. Let them climb the boulders and explore or have a solitary moment to relish the view.

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Here’s my I’m so happy to be in this beautiful place with my children pose.

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From the Alice In Wonderland statue that children love climbing, to the 6-acre Conservatory Garden, to The Loch, there is so much to see and enjoy in Central Park. Again, the park is quite large and you can easily make a day of exploring and lounging, walking or biking, picnicking or bird watching. Or some combination of these things!

While taking our leisurely stroll through the park, we happened onto something dear to my heart. The Shakespeare Garden.

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Created in 1913, The Shakespeare Garden replicates the gardens of England and, most especially, features plants and flowers that were mentioned in Shakespeare’s writing. I hope you’re ready for quite a few photos.

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Plaques such as this one are scattered about the Garden, indicating a passage of Shakespeare’s work in which the plant appears.

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I really love this garden.

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My floral dress felt right at home.

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I’m in love with the dark and bright colors, the sunshine and shadows.

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The Central Park turtles. They have the cutest little babies!

 

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As you can probably tell, the Great Lawn is where many people come to read, picnic or just lounge in the sun. Just off of this picture was a woman sunbathing in her bikini.

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The Great Lawn is also where many concerts are held. On this day, there was to be a symphonic performance later in the evening. It’s a good idea to check Central Park’s website for anything upcoming that you may like to experience.

Although New York City is often painted with a single impression of big city energy, I hope that you’ll get to see that it’s not all flashing lights and yellow taxis. The city is as diverse as the people who live there, and it truly has something for everyone. So pack some sandwiches.


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40 thoughts on “Central Park, New York City

    1. I wish that every city could have a place like Central Park. And they maintain it so beautifully too. I have this dress in two colors because I loved it so much. Lesson from growing up, always buy every color lol.

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    1. I can totally understand what you mean by mythical. It’s one of those places that everyone dreams of. It’s also pretty grimy in many places, lots of trash cans and construction on the roads. But for me, the things it has to offer outweigh that. I’m sure you’ll get there some day. NZ is pretty far, so you may do all of Europe first, make your way across!

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    1. I really appreciate your saying that Alana. I love sharing things that are special to me and hearing that others appreciate it. Also, thanks for following. I’ll be sure to give you more great stuff. 🙂 xx

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  1. I’ve been meaning to go to the park this summer and this inspires me even more! I can tell you all had a great time by those smiles and fun poses! And all of the shots are so beautiful! All of that nature to be surrounded by and take in☀️🌻🌸 I just picked up a floral dress this weekend✨✨

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  2. We cannot agree more. Each time we visit this park, and we visit numerous times each year, we are awestruck. How can something so vast and vibrant and green be found hedged in by a city–a towering fence of steel, glass and concrete? It baffles the mind. Have you also checked out Morningside Park (Harlem) and Prospect Park (Brooklyn) by the same architects?

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    1. A beautiful description. I haven’t been to either of the others yet. There’s so much to see. I’d love to get to know Harlem and Brooklyn as well. I’ve heard great things about both, and the history alone!

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