Wunderground® Travel Planner: Central Park, NY
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New York, NY
Few New York views are more romantic than the one from the top of the magnificent stone staircase that leads down to the ornate, three-tier Bethesda Fountain. The fountain was built to celebrate the opening of the Croton Aqueduct, which brought clean drinking water to New York City. The name Bethesda was taken from the biblical pool in Jerusalem that was supposedly given healing powers by an angel, which explains the statue The Angel of the Waters
rising from the center. (The statue was designed by Emma Stebbins, the first woman to be commissioned for a major work of art in New York City, in 1868.) The four figures around the fountain's base symbolize Temperance, Purity, Health, and Peace. Beyond the terrace stretches the lake, filled with swans and amateur rowboat captains. Subway: B, C to 72nd St.
212 W. 83rd St.
New York, NY 10024
In this five-story exploratorium children ages one to seven are invited to paint their own masterpieces, float boats down a "stream," and climb in a Trojan horse. Art workshops, science programs, and storytelling sessions are held daily. www.cmom.org. Admission: $10. Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10-5, Sat. 10-7. Subway: 1 to 86th St.
New York, NY
The sophisticated model boats that sail this Renaissance Revival-style stone basin are raced each Saturday morning at 10, spring through fall. At the north end is the Alice in Wonderland
statue; on the west side of the pond, a bronze statue ofHans Christian Andersen,
the Ugly Duckling at his feet, is the site of storytelling hours on summer Saturdays at 11 am. Model sailboats can be rented from a concession by the boat pond. Subway: 6 to 77th St.
New Dock St. at Water St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
This charming 9-acre park is a great place for a riverside picnic or to just enjoy the view. The large playground includes a replica of a boat for make-believe voyages across the East River. From April to October the park is home to a wide range of arts performances, and on Thursday nights in July and August, Movies with a View projects New York classic films on an outdoor screen with no cover charge. nysparks.state.ny.us. Admission: Free. Hours: Daily dawn-dusk. Subway: A, C to High St.; F to York St.
New York, NY
At the brick neo-Victorian boathouse on the park's 18-acre lake, you can rent a rowboat, take a ride in an authentic Venetian gondola, or pedal off on a rented bicycle. Admission: Boat rental $12 per hr ($30 deposit); $30 per ½ hr for gondola rides; bicycle rental $9-$15 per hr, deposit required. Hours: Boats and bikes available Mar.-Oct., daily 10-6, weather permitting. Call for gondolier's schedule. Subway: 6 to 77th St.
Brooklyn residents are fiercely passionate about Prospect Park. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the park was completed in the late 1880s. Olmsted once said that he was prouder of it than of any of his other works—including Manhattan's Central Park.
A good way to experience the park is to walk along its 3.5-mi circular drive and make detours off it as you wish. The drive is closed to cars at all times except weekday rush hours. Families with children should head straight for the eastern side, where most kids' attractions are clustered.
The park's north entrance is at Grand Army Plaza
, where the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch honors Civil War veterans. (Look familiar? It's patterned after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.) Three heroic sculptural groupings adorn the arch: atop, a dynamic four-horse chariot; to either side, the victorious Union Army and Navy of the Civil War. The inner arch has bas-reliefs of presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, sculpted by Thomas Eakins and William O'Donovan, respectively. To the northwest of the arch, Neptune and a passel of debauched Tritons leer over the edges of theBailey Fountain
. On Saturdays year-round a greenmarket at the plaza sells produce, flowers and plants, cheese, and baked goods to throngs of locals. Other days, you can find a few vendors selling snacks here and at the 9th Street entrance.
If you walk down the park's west drive from Grand Army Plaza, you'll first encounter Litchfield Villa
(Tel. 718/965-8951. Admission: Free. Hours: Weekdays 9-5), an Italianate hilltop mansion built in 1857 for a prominent railroad magnate. It has housed the park's headquarters since 1883; visitors are welcome to step inside and view the domed octagonal rotunda.
The Prospect Park Band Shell
(Tel. 718/855-7882 Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. www.bricartsmedia.org) is the home of the annual Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, which from early June through mid-August sponsors free films and concerts that have included Afro-Caribbean jazz, flamenco dance troupes from Spain, David Byrne, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
The most prominent of several neoclassical structures in the park, the Tennis House
(Admission: Free. Hours: Tennis House only, weekdays 9-5, weekends 10-5; BCUE gallery, during exhibitions) is a 1910 limestone-and-yellow-brick building, with triple-bay Palladian arches on both its north and south facades.
A smaller cousin to Wollman Rink in Central Park, popular Wollman Memorial Rink
offers skating in winter and pedal-boat rentals from spring through fall. Tel. 718/282-7789. Admission: $5, skate rental $6.50; pedal boats $16.33 per hr. Hours: Rink: Thanksgiving-mid-Mar., hrs vary, call for specifics. Pedal boats: May and June, Thurs.-Sun. noon-5; July-Labor Day, Thurs.-Sun. noon-6; Sept.-mid-Oct., weekends noon-5.
Styled after Sansovino's 16th-century Library at St. Mark's in Venice, the Prospect Park Audubon Center and Visitor Center at the Boathouse
, built in 1904, sits opposite the Lullwater Bridge, creating an idyllic spot for watching pedal boats and wildlife, or just taking a break at the café. Here, learn about nature through interactive exhibits, park tours, and educational programs especially for kids. On a nice day, take a ride on the electric boat to tour the Lullwater and Prospect Lake. You can also sign up for a bird-watching tour to see some of the 200 species spotted here. Prospect Park. Tel. 718/287-3400. www.prospectpark.org/audubon. Admission: Audubon Center free; electric-boat tours $8. Hours: Audubon Center: Apr.-Sept., Thurs.-Sun. noon-5; Oct.-Mar., weekends noon-4; closed in Jan.; call for program and tour times. Electric-boat tours: May-Aug., Thurs.-Sun. noon-4:30; Sept.-mid-Oct., weekends noon-3:30, every 30 mins.
Lefferts Historic House
(Tel. 718/789-2822. Admission: Free. Hours: Apr. and May, Sat. and Sun. noon-5; June and Sept., Thurs.-Sun. noon-5; July and Aug., Thurs.-Sun. noon-6; Oct., Thurs.-Sun. noon-4; Nov. and Dec., and Feb. and Mar., Sat. and Sun. noon-4) is a Dutch Colonial farmhouse built in 1783 and moved to Prospect Park in 1918. Rooms of the historic house-museum are furnished with antiques and reproductions from the 1820s, when the house was last redecorated. The museum hosts all kinds of activities for kids; call for information.
Climb aboard a giraffe or sit inside a dragon-pulled chariot at the immaculately restored Prospect Park Carousel
, handcrafted in 1912 by master carver Charles Carmel. Tel. 718/282-7789. Admission: $2 per ride. Hours: Apr.-June, Sept., and Oct., Thurs.-Sun. noon-5; July-Labor Day, Thurs.-Sun. noon-6.
Small and friendly, Prospect Park Zoo
is perfect for those children who may be overwhelmed by the city's larger animal sanctuaries. Of the 400 inhabitants and 125 species, kids seem to be especially fond of the sea lions and the red pandas. An outdoor discovery trail has a simulated prairie-dog burrow, a duck pond, and kangaroos and wallabies in habitat. Be aware that there are no cafés, only vending machines. 450 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Heights, 11225. Tel. 718/399-7339. www.prospectparkzoo.com. Admission: $8. Hours: Apr.-Oct., weekdays 10-5, weekends 10-5:30; Nov.-Mar., daily 10-4:30; last ticket 30 mins before closing. Subway: 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy.; B, Q to Prospect Park.
New York, NY 10024
Walking around concrete and skyscrapers all day, you can easily miss the expansive waterfront park just blocks away. Riverside Park—which along with the Riverside Park South extension runs along the Hudson from 58th to 156th streets—dishes out a dose of tranquility. Its original sections, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Law and Calvert Vaux of Central Park fame and laid out between 1873 and 1888, are outshone by Olmsted's "other" park. But with its waterfront bike and walking paths and lighter crowds, Riverside Park holds its own.
One of the park's loveliest attributes is a half-mile path along the waterfront, a rare spot in Manhattan where you can walk right along the river's edge. Reach it entering the park at West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive (look for the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt)
and then heading through an underpass beneath the West Side Highway. Head north along the Hudson River, past the79th Street Boat Basin,
where you can watch a flotilla of houseboats bobbing in the water. Above it, a ramp leads to theRotunda,
home in summer to the Boat Basin Café, an open-air, dog-friendly spot for a burger, a beer, and river views. Leave the riverside path near 92nd Street by taking another underpass and then heading up the path on the right. The91st Street Garden, planted by community gardeners, explodes with flowers in most seasons. To the south,
cresting a hill along Riverside Drive at West 89th Street, stands the Civil WarSoldiers' and Sailors' Monument
(1902), an imposing 96-foot-high circle of white-marble columns designed by Paul M. Duboy, who also designed the Ansonia Hotel. www.nycgovparks.org. Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St.
New York, NY
About 70,000 people ride the ferry every day, and you should be one of them. Without having to pay a cent, you get great views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the southern tip of Manhattan. You'll pass tugboats, freighters, and cruise ships—a reminder that this is still a working harbor. The boat embarks from the Whitehall Terminal at Whitehall and South streets, near the east end of Battery Park. The ferry provides transport to Staten Island, one of the city's boroughs. But if you don't want to visit Staten Island, you can usually remain on board for the return trip. Occasionally a boat is taken out of service for a while; if you're told to disembark, walk down the main gangplank (the same one you used when you came aboard), enter the terminal, and catch the next boat back to the city. www.siferry.com. Subway: 1 to South Ferry; R to Whitehall St.; 4, 5 to Bowling Green.
New York, NY 10004
For millions of immigrants, the first glimpse of America was the Statue of Liberty. You get a taste of the thrill they must have experienced as you approach Liberty Island on the ferry from Battery Park and witness the statue growing from a vaguely defined figure on the horizon into a towering, stately colossus. You're likely to share the boat ride with people from all over the world, which lends an additional dimension to the trip. The statue may be purely a tourist attraction, but the tourists it attracts are a wonderfully diverse group. Liberty Enlightening the World,
as the statue is officially named, was presented to the United States in 1886 as a gift from France. The 152-foot-tall figure was sculpted by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and erected around an iron skeleton engineered by Gustav Eiffel. It stands atop an 89-foot pedestal designed by Richard Morris Hunt, with Emma Lazarus's sonnet "The New Colossus" ("Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses") inscribed on a bronze plaque at the base. Over the course of time the statue has become precisely what its creators dreamed it would be: the single-most powerful symbol of American ideals and, as such, one of the world's great monumental sculptures. Inside the statue's pedestal is a museum that's everything it should be: informative, entertaining, and quickly viewed. Highlights include the original flame (which was replaced because of water damage), full-scale replicas of Lady Liberty's face and one of her feet, Bartholdi's alternative designs for the statue, and a model of Eiffel's intricate framework. You're allowed access to the museum only as part of one of the free tours of the promenade (which surrounds the base of the pedestal) or the observatory (at the pedestal's top).
The tours are limited to 3,000 participants a day. The only way to guarantee entry to the pedestal (which includes the museum) is with an advance purchase of a Reserve Ticket with Monument or Pedestal Pass, which should be purchased at least two days to two weeks before your visit (they can be reserved up to 180 days in advance by phone or online). No tickets are sold on the island; however, a very limited number are sold daily at the ferry office at Battery Park, and at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Visitors who are unable to acquire a Reserve Ticket with Monument pass can still be issued a No Monument Access Pass, allowing them to walk around the island on the ground level without access to the monument. The narrow, double-helix stairs leading to the statue's crown closed after 9/11, but access reopened on July 4, 2009. Approximately 240 people are allowed to visit the crown each day. Tickets are available online, but are usually booked well in advance up to three or four months ahead of the visit, so book early for crown tickets. If you can't get tickets to the crown, you get a good look at the statue's inner structure on the observatory tour. From the observatory itself there are fine views of the harbor and an up-close (but totally uncompromising) glimpse up Lady Liberty's dress. If you're on one of the tours, you'll go through a security check more thorough than any airport screening, and you'll have to deposit any bags in a locker. Liberty Island has a pleasant outdoor café for refueling. The only disappointment is the gift shop, which sells trinkets little better than those available from street vendors. Admission: Free, ferry $12 round-trip, crown tickets $3. Hours: Daily 9:30-5, extended hrs in summer (current hrs online at www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/hours.htm); reservations www.statuecruises.com.
74 Trinity Pl.
New York, NY 10006
Alexander Hamilton is buried under a white-stone pyramid in the church's graveyard, not far from a monument commemorating steamboat inventor Robert Fulton (buried in the Livingston family vault with his wife). The church (the third on this site) was designed in 1846 by Richard Upjohn. Its most notable feature is the set of enormous bronze doors designed by Richard Morris Hunt to recall Lorenzo Ghiberti's doors for the Baptistery in Florence, Italy. Trinity Root,
a 12½-foot-high, 3-ton sculpture by Steven Tobin cast from the sycamore tree struck by debris on 9/11 behind St. Paul's Chapel, was installed in front of the church in 2005. A museum outlines the church's history; a daily tour is given at 2. www.trinitywallstreet.org. Hours: Weekdays 7-6, Sat. 8-4, Sun. 7-4; churchyard Nov.-Apr., daily 7-4; May-Oct., weekdays 7-5, Sat. 8-4, Sun. 7-3; museum weekdays 9-5:30. Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Wall St.; 1, R to Rector St.; J, Z to Broad St.
County Road 98
Stony Point, NY 10980
Adjacent to Lake Welch in Harriman State Park, the campground occupies an open area dotted with trees. Man-made Lake Welch has the largest beach—½-mi long—in the park and is popular for swimming, fishing, boating, and picnicking. Some 14-by-14-foot platforms for freestanding tents are available. Access is from Route 106, Exit 15 off the Palisades Parkway. www.nysparks.com. 73 regular tent sites, 55 platform tent sites, 7 RV sites without hookups. Flush toilets, running water (non-potable), showers, fire pits, grills, picnic tables, public telephone, swimming. Credit cards accepted. Closed mid-Oct.-mid-Apr.
2 Main St.
Cold Spring, NY 10516
A stunning riverfront setting and a wraparound porch distinguish this simple three-story clapboard inn built in 1832 to house steamboat passengers. Farmhouse antiques and French-country furnishings adorn the rooms. Be sure to request a room with a private terrace looking out onto the Hudson River or quiet Main Street. Pros:
lovely location; historic building; near antiques shops.Cons:
not all rooms have views. www.hudsonhouseinn.com. 11 rooms, 2 suites. In-room: no TV (some). In-hotel: restaurant, bar. Credit cards accepted.
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
Models, artifacts, and photographs illustrate the region's maritime history. Changing exhibits show tugboats and antique fishing and sailing craft. You may board the Half Moon,
a replica of Henry Hudson's ship, when it's in dock. Tours to theRondout Lighthouse
(also known as the Kingston Lighthouse) leave from the museum's dock. www.hrmm.org. Admission: Museum $5, lighthouse $5. Hours: May-Oct., daily 11-5.
1528 Rte. 82
Ancram, NY 12502
The centerpiece of this 1,569-acre park, Lake Taghkanic has two sandy beaches, picnic areas, boat rentals, playgrounds, restrooms, and trails for hiking. You may camp here from early May through October, choosing between tent or trailer sites or rustic cabins (with bathrooms and hot and cold water). Kids enjoy climbing the water tower. Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, and ice fishing are options in winter. nysparks.state.ny.us. Admission: Parking $7 (late May-Labor Day). Hours: Daily sunrise-sunset.
500 Steamboat Rd.
Greenwich, CT 06830
This three-story luxury hotel with yellow stucco exterior and terra-cotta tile roof resembles a private villa on the Italian Riviera. Handcrafted furnishings from all over the world enrich all rooms; many have working fireplaces and wrought-iron balconies overlooking Greenwich Harbor. Bathrooms have coral marble vanities, hand-painted framed mirrors, and deep cast-iron tubs. The hotel has its own 600-foot private dock on the harbor for boat owners to tie up; it's just a few blocks from downtown Greenwich and one block from the train station. A luxe spa offers a full range of treatments. L'Escale restaurant and bar shares the hotel's superb water views and focuses on classic Provençal dishes. Pros:
waterfront location, posh spa, easy walk to downtown restaurants.Cons:
super-pricey. www.thedelamar.com. 74 rooms, 8 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, gym, spa. Credit cards accepted.
84 S. Pine St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
In the center of town, the Mercer Museum, opened in 1916, displays Mercer's collection of tools, including more than 50,000 objects from before the steam age. An archaeologist, Mercer worried that the rapid advance of industrialization would wipe out evidence of preindustrial America. Consequently, from 1895 to 1915 he scoured the back roads of eastern Pennsylvania, buying folk art, tools, and articles of everyday life to display in another of his concrete castles. In what amounts to a six-story attic, log sleds, cheese presses, fire engines, boats, and bean hullers are suspended from walls and ceilings and crammed into rooms organized by trade or purpose. Interactive activities, like the "Animals on the Loose" exhibit, and a special audio-guide channel keep children amused. A museum expansion, planned for 2010, will include galleries for traveling exhibits as well as items in the collection not currently on display. www.mercermuseum.org. Admission: $9, free 1st Tues. of month after 5, $14 includes Fonthill. Hours: Mon. and Wed.-Sat. 10-5, Tues. 10-9, Sun. noon-5.
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