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The 10 Best Things to See in Central Park, New York

Central Park is more than just a place to check off of your to-do list when you’re in New York City.

Central Park is more than just a place to check off of your to-do list when you’re in New York City. This massive rectangle of green space is an oasis in the middle of a busy city, and with more than 800 acres to cover, you’ll want to plan your visit around the park’s very best sites. Here are 10 essential things to see in Central Park when you visit the Big Apple.

The Best Things to See in Central Park

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Caroline Morse is a Senior Editor for SmarterTravel. Follow her adventures around the world on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline and on Twitter @CarolineMorse1.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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