At first glance, Central Park can seem just as crowded as any of New York's top spots. But once you look past all the joggers, row-boating couples, colourful locals and snap-happy tourists (myself included), it is a surprisingly serene escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
If you can find a nice patch of grass or exposed bedrock (which is surprisingly comfortable) and kick back, the people, chatter and noise almost completely fade into the background allowing you to truly take in the beauty of the historic green space.
Even though the park sees more than 40 million visitors a year, which averages to over 100,000 visitors a day, it is possible to find some areas that are less crowded. For those seeking extra peace and quiet, there are even designated quiet zones in the park, such as Sheep Meadow (first photo) and Strawberry Fields - the John Lennon Memorial (second photo), where music and sporting activities are prohibited.
After walking through several busy Manhattan neighbourhoods and tackling Times Square, Central Park was the perfect respite from the city and one of the highlights of our trip to New York City earlier this year.
What are your favourite escapes from the city?