- This famed 843-acre rectangular park offers a variety of beautiful recreational opportunities amid the bustle of New York City. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy riding the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (near 65th Street), and the Belvedere Castle (near 79th Street) affords great views of the city. The Central Park Wildlife Center (Zoo) at 5th Avenue and East 64th Street (212-861-6030) is open daily year-round. The two and a half-acre Strawberry Field contain the black-and-white "Imagine" mosaic, a tribute to John Lennon. The Great Lawn (behind the Met) is perfect for sunbathing or having a picnic. Race mini-yachts or rent a boat of your own at Conservatory Water (near 5th Avenue and 74th Street). The Conservatory Garden (212-360-2766) at 104th Street is open 8am-dusk and holds tours of its six-acre grounds every Sat (April-October) at 11am. Be sure to check for more information as tour hours may change.