While visiting New York last month, my mom and I spent an afternoon in Central Park. I had been several times before, but never walked the entire park, so we caught a cab up to the far end and spent a few hours walking back, taking it all in. The weather was amazing and we just strolled along, snapping photos and chatting. How cool is this bridge? I’d love to go back and see it sometime when the leaves are turning!
We walked around the Jackie Onassis Reservoir – I didn’t realize how big it was! Absolutely beautiful. And I’d love to have one of those Gossip Girl-esque penthouses right behind it… talk about a view!
Something else I didn’t know about Central Park: it has a turtle pond! We walked around and saw dozens of turtles perched on the rocks in the sun. We also saw lots of people canoeing through the park. I’d love to go back someday and rent a canoe – preferably with Ryan Gosling paddling it for me.
Over three miles later we had worked up an appetite, so we grabbed dinner and then swung by Magnolia Bakery on 49th for dessert. This is a great spot if you are looking for baked goods in the Times Square/Theatre District area. We grabbed a few red velvet and vanilla cupcakes.
We also caught a couple of Broadway shows while in the city! We saw Aladdin and Wicked, which were phenomenal. I was unbelievably entertained with Aladdin – I’m a die hard Disney girl and it was a BLAST. Unfortunately there isn’t any photography allowed during the performances, but trust me – if you get the chance, you’ve gotta see it! My mom and I kept turning to each other during the show with this “OMG THIS IS SO COOL” look on our faces… and then we couldn’t stop talking about it for the next three days. Wicked was great too – I wasn’t familiar with the story so it was really interesting, and the cast was incredibly talented.
I hope you guys are enjoying these little travel posts! I’m enjoying sharing this stuff with you guys. Be sure to check out Part One: Rockefeller Center and Part Three: 9/11 Memorial + Empire State Building if you missed it!