In 1853 the State Legislature of New York set aside more than 750 acres of land in the heart of Manhattan Island to create what would become the nation’s first major public park -- Central Park. It was believed that the creation of a great park would improve public health and contribute to the formation of a civil society. In time, the success of Central Park would inspire the urban park movement that would lead to similar endeavors throughout the nation and define nineteenth century America.
Whether you choose to walk a portion of the park, pick a favorite spot to read a book or rent a bike to peddle the massive park loop, there’s plenty to see and do. And there’s almost no better time to explore Central Park than during the crisp days of autumn. With concerts and movies on the lawn and the vibrant colors of the changing leaves it’s an experience you’ll always remember. Here are some of the sights you’ll see on your escape to New York’s natural oasis -- Central Park: