When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic near Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Hallett Nature Sanctuary (Central Park)
Central Park, New York City’s most famous park, is one of the best places for picnicking in the city. However, with more than 800 acres to choose from, knowing where to start can be difficult. There are three excellent choices for picnicking in Central Park, all within walking distance from Carnegie Hall. In Hallett Nature Sanctuary, South of Wollman Rink, you’ll find wooded trails, benches hidden under trees, and gorgeous views overlooking The Pond. This part of Central Park is great for romantic picnics or quiet lunches with your new favorite book. It is one of the lushest parts of Central Park.
Cop Cot (Central Park)
Cop Cot and the area surrounding it can be crowded but are worth visiting when looking for a picnic spot. If you enter Central Park on Center Drive and follow it a short ways, you’ll find Cop Cot: a wooden, rustic gazebo beneath several large trees. In a major metropolitan area, natural oases like this are refreshing. It is such a unique and beautiful place that weddings and photo shoots are often held at Cop Cot. If you can find a day when the space is open for picnicking, the experience will be phenomenal.
Sheep Meadow (Central Park)
A classic Central Park picnic location. Sheep Meadow is also close to some of the most popular sights in Central Park, including the Carousel, the Mall and Literary Walk, and Bethesda Fountain. The Meadow itself, however, is open and sunny and verdant beyond imagination in the summer. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy the NYC skyline beyond the trees.
745 Plaza (Public Plaza)
A few blocks South of Carnegie Hall is this fabulous haven. This little nook was clearly designed to be enjoyed as a picnic spot. Tables and chairs fill this plaza where shade is provided by the nearby skyscrapers and the trees amid beds of flowers. Benches line the outside of the plaza for additional seating. It is typically easy to find a place to sit. Picnicking at 745 Plaza feels like enjoying a popular outdoor café but with more greenery and less crowds.
Let me preface this by saying that Greenacre Park is a bit further of a walk from Carnegie Hall than the other picnic spots on this list. However, it is an absolutely magical place and is most definitely worth the extra blocks to get there. Greenacre Park is a tiny inlet amid towering skyscrapers. Its main feature is a 25-ft waterfall surrounded by lush, colorful plant life. For a moment, you feel as though you may be stepping into a forest or a jungle and, if you’re close enough, the sound of the waterfall will drown out the city noise. There are plenty of moveable tables and chairs on which to enjoy a picnic in the shade of the trees.
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