While I have walked through Central Park hundreds of times, I had never looked at it with the eyes of a person coming for a day of natural enjoyment. It was really amazing how at every turn there was something to explore or enjoy. Everything placed at just the right point to draw you further in or to make you stop and take notice.
A fairytale landscape of huge boulders, ponds, rolling green hills and hidden bridges leads you in to the park from the Scholars Gate.
After the rustic landscape, you quickly come upon the dairy that provided milk to the children (now a visitor center), a building dedicated to chess and checkers (and lots of board games too!), the old mineral spring (which used to serve 15 kinds of spring water and now has lunch) and a carousel.
Leaving the children's area, you come to the more formal mall which leads you to the bandshell and then through a beautiful arcade to Bethesda Terrace with the famous fountain and a view of the lake.
Over the bridge and you enter an entirely new world, the Rambles. It is like hiking in the Adirondacks! We wandered for an hour along the beautiful paths and almost forgot where we were!
While there was so much more to explore, we definitely got a feel for what a wonder this park would have been back in the late 1800s.. and still is today.