Things To See in NYC

Things To See in NYC
New York is the ultimate pedestrian city. It is a perfect destination for anyone who is seeking an active sightseeing vacation. Additionally, the city's numerous parks provide excellent pathways for joggers, cyclists and skaters. Be sure to bring along a comfortable pair of walking shoes, but if you get tried, know that New York has an extensive public transportation system.

Lincoln Center

Located on 67th Street, right off of Broadway, the 16.3-acre Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was built in 1959. The artistic complex consists of a variety of theaters, a performing arts library and Damrosch Park, which hosts outdoor concerts and flea markets. There is a huge fountain in the middle of the complex. Additionally, the theaters boast spectacular murals and steep, winding staircases. You can spend hours walking around and exploring the entire complex.

Riverside Park

This four-mile waterfront park begins at 72nd Street and Riverside Drive and extends to 158th Street. It was built in 1875 and designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed many of North America's signature parks. Points of interest include the 70th Street boat basin, where many New Yorkers actually live on their boats. If you saw the movie "You've Got Mail," you are familiar with the 91st Street garden, which offers a peaceful retreat in an otherwise hectic city. Continue north to 120th Street, and you will find Grant's Tomb, which is the resting place of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States, and his wife Julia.

Central Park

Central Park was designed in the late 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted. The park boasts 843 acres of land, which consist of 136 acres of woodlands, 250 acres of lawns and 150 acres of water in seven different water bodies. Central Park is New York City's most popular jogging, cycling and skating venue. The six-mile perimeter of the park extends from Central Park West to Fifth Avenue and 59th Street to 110th Street, making it a popular destination for 10k races. Boating is available at the Central Park Boat House, and horseback riding is available at Central Park Stables.

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Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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