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Interesting Facts About Central Park You Didn't Know

  • Central Park was the first public landscaped park in all of the United States.
  • Central Park covers around 3.5 square miles and stretches across 843 acres of land. Such dimensions make the park larger than Vatican city and almost six times larger than Monaco.
  • Just like the rest of New York City, Central Park has been featured in over 350 films and counting over the years. That’s why it holds the title of most filmed public park in the world.
  • This one park actually has a total of 30 tennis courts, 21 playgrounds, one carousel and two ice-skating rinks.
  • Central Park has its very own app. Along with maps and event listings, you can explore points of interest with the help of celebrity-voiced audio guides.
  • Thousands of years ago, the area where Central Park now stands is covered and surrounded by glaciers. But about 12,000 years ago, the last of them known as the Wisconsin Glacier finally melted away.
  • The park has a total of 29 well crafted sculptures, with the most popular being the 1959, bronze, 11-foot tall Alice in Wonderland themed one. What makes this sculpture so unique is that children are actually invited to climb all over it and make themselves right at home on this picture-perfect jungle gym.
  • The 6.5-acre Central Park Zoo opened in 1934 and has grown to include over 1,400 animals, including sea lions, snow leopards, Antarctic penguins and polar bears. It’s one of 5 NYC zoos.
  • Some of the park’s most historical items include a 3,500-year-old Egyptian obelisk, which is often referred to by its nickname, Cleopatra’s Needle, and it’s the oldest man-made artifact in Central Park.

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