5 Things to Do Near New York City’s Central Park

Our brand-new English school just moments from New York City’s Central Park opens on October 28th. Equipped with state-of-the-art learning technology and walls of windows overlooking the park and city, our Central Park English school has everything you need for an unforgettable language learning experience.


Thinking about studying English with Kaplan in New York? Here’s a list of five things you can do near the famous Central Park to help you get a feel for the area.


Belvedere Castle in Central Park


1. Take in the views from Central Park's Belvedere Castle


Belvedere Castle is the second highest natural elevation in Central Park, and the castle’s turret is the highest point in the park. Currently serving as the Henry Luce Nature Observatory, you can see an array of natural history artefacts inside, as well as microscopes and telescopes to help portray how naturalists study the world. If you’re keen on science and nature, you can hire a Discovery Kit for yourself, which includes binoculars, a hand lens, flora and fauna guides, maps, paper and pens.


New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art


2. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art


On the eastern edge of Central Park is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, often shortened to just The Met. As one of the world's largest and finest art museums, its collection includes more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.




A view of the Lake in Central Park


3. Row your way around Central Park's Lake


From April to November, you can rent a boat from Loeb Boathouse and take a rowing tour around the Lake, Central Park’s second largest body of water (only The Reservoir is bigger). If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, you can take a gondola ride if you book in advance. Boating is a great way to see the park’s famous egrets, herons and loons that are hard to see from the shore.  


The Public Library in New York


4. Study at the New York Public Library


Take your books and brush up on your English skills at the New York Public Library, one of the largest libraries in the world. It’s a stunning place to work with lavish ceilings and over 50 million items in its total collection. To properly explore this world of books, join one of the library’s free guided tours, or pick up an audio guide.


See a show on Broadway


5. See a Broadway show


Just moments away from Central Park is the glitz and glamor of Broadway. See anything from a Disney musical to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If you’re more into dance, you can see a performance from one of New York City’s two ballet companies, New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.  


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