Usually I don’t get to this side of the park very often. It is a great place to watch the Thanksgiving parade. The area to which we are going to go to can be reached from either side of the park and easily fits into the previous post locations. I have elected to start from strawberry Fields. I should mention that while you are here you should at least look at the building on the corner of CPW and 72nd st. It is the Dakota building which is closely tied to John Lennon’s history.
The route through this section is very peaceful. It will have you going along the edge of he lake heading north. The landscape is exceptional.
Walking past the Oak Bridge and coming to the Swedish Cottage you can take the path to your right heading towards a cluster of things to see. There is a bathroom in this vicinity. So off you go as it is your turn to find your own discoveries.
Look for the Delcacorte Theater, summer home of the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival (bathroom). Maybe you will discover the one of the many these gems of Central Park, the Shakespeare Garden. Visit Belvedere Castle, which is located near the Great Lawn and later explore the nearby Ramble or Turtle Pond.
The Great Lawn is a favorite place for New Yorkers to spend outdoors – suntanning, frisbee games and people-watching.Be sure to see one of the best views of New York City at the top of the Great Lawn looking south. It’s an amazing skyline shot.
Don’t forget to bring the kids to Central Park, a wonderland for little ones in all four seasons. The park has 21 playgrounds that are located literally all over the park. In the vicinity of the Great Lawn, you can find seven playgrounds. Visit some of the park’s most beloved sculptures, for photo ops with the kids. Two of these sculptures, Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Andersen, are located south of the Great Lawn (Conservatory Pond). Both are meant to be climbed on. (Actually, this is on the east side, closer to 72nd.) Bathrooms are located in the boathouse (rent miniture sailboats) near these statutes.
The following pictures (during all seasons) will give you an idea of what is within this area.