The Great Lawn is located mid-park and is the perfect destination to aim for when you enjoy a Central Park bike rental. You can simply plan to relax with a picnic on the expansive opening or spend some time sightseeing in the area. There are some other attractions you can expect to see in this near the Great Lawn, including the following.
Make sure you stop by the Bard’s garden during your Central Park bike rental. This 4-acre stretch is meticulously landscaped with plants and flowers you will hear mentioned in the famous Bard’s works. The design is created to resemble the English countryside the poet is known to have come from. You will notice primrose, columbine, lark’s heel, eglantine, rue, quince, cowslip, and flax. Many plaques can be found with quotes from Shakespeare’s work referencing the flowers. In the mid-’70s, the garden fell into disrepair. Weeds smothered many of the plants, and the plaques were hard to read. The conservatory has worked to preserve and reestablish the memorial garden.
Alice in Wonderland
Philanthropist George Delacorte commissioned this piece in 1959. The bronze statue was donated as a gift to New York City’s children. He also meant it as a tribute to his deceased wife, Margarita. She enjoyed reading the tale to her children before they went to bed each night. Lines from “The Jabberwocky,” the nonsensical poem, are engraved on the statue. Children love the statue because it is easy to climb and has a variety of fun textures, as well as spots to hide. In fact, parts of the statue are worn smooth from thousands of tiny little hands touching it. The statue depicts Alice atop a mushroom. The Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, and Dormouse accompany her.
This iconic tower is nicknamed Cleopatra’s Needle. It is the oldest monument in New York City and oldest manmade Central Park object. This was part of a pair of obelisks that Heliopolis commissioned in 1450 BC on the banks of the Nile. The Pharaoh wished to celebrate his 30-year reign. In 18 AD, they were moved to Alexandria. In 1878, one was moved to London, and two years later, the second arrived in Central Park. The Egyptian Khedive offered them in exchange for money for bringing advancements to Egypt. Getting it to the park was quite the feat, and thousands then turned out to watch it be raised.
Here is a perfect spot to take in a bit of history and refreshments while enjoying your Central Park bike rental. This famous model boat pond features a café with a variety of beverages and snacks. The patio allows for delightful seating, with views overlooking magnificent flower beds and the lake. On a nice day, you can watch model ships, generally remote-controlled, cruise across the water.