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Things To Do in New York: Cycle Through Central Park

January 30, 2015
Central Park

Whenever I watch a movie or a tv show set in New York, I would always see Central Park one way or another. I have this strange fascination in it because of Hollywood I must say. I always thought to myself, how cool would that be to have a huge park in the middle of a bustling city? Well, having been there myself, it’s not only cool but it felt to me like it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in New York.

As previously posted on my love-hate relationship with New York, Central Park for me is like the womb where every single living being in New York seek refuge to run away from the chaos and stress of the city. I was so happy to have seen it and of course it became my favorite place in the city.

We rented a bicycle to go around the park which won’t be very hard for you to do since the whole area is dotted with bicycle rental companies. We went with Bike and Roll located just beside Tavern on The Green. The rate was USD14 per bicycle per hour. You would require a credit card though to rent it but cash payment upon return of the bicycle is possible too. We had a few minutes to test the bike and I was impressed with myself that I still know how to do it after so many years. I think the last time I rode a bike was when I was 10 years old. Lol.

Once we’ve all gotten the hang of it, we all went on our way to ride our bicycles around Central Park. It was a perfect day for a bike ride, specially since we were off to a good start as the road was all downhill. It was such a relief to feel the fresh air as you breeze through in your bike which was totally different from what we were experiencing outside of the park. Finally, a (somehow) peaceful place.

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

The photos above were mostly taken just before we went for the bicycle ride since the path that you are to use if you’re riding a bicycle is different from the pedestrian path. It’s mostly just around the circumference of the park itself which isn’t so bad. We had a few stops though in some areas to take photos but of course, most of the time – I couldn’t take a photo for my own safety. πŸ™‚

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

When we were halfway through, it was only then that I realized that Central Park is not all an easy breezy ride. There were some parts which were uphill and incredibly hard to do on a bicycle. I was tempted to get off my bicycle and walk it towards the top of the uphill road and just ride on it when the pavement is going down again but then I saw the husband’s mother who may be panting but she’s riding it all the way through. I had to put my game-face on and not be the 30 something woman who couldn’t even ride a bike around Central Park. I joined the mother-in-law, both of us were panting and paddling our way to the top. We’ve created a traffic of bicycle riders behind us as we took our own sweet time. It was hilarious.

Central Park

Central Park

We were exhausted and sweaty after the whole ride so we went straight to Tavern on The Green and bought ourselves a glass of beer. So much for an exercise. Lol. If I was to visit Central Park again, I would for sure rent a bicycle. It really is the best way to go around it. πŸ™‚

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25 Comments

  • Reply najwa February 27, 2015 at 04:29

    Bike riding through Central Park sounded fun! I might put in under my #bucketlist if i ever visit NYC

  • Reply G. Maria February 8, 2015 at 21:37

    You just might… I can grow on you πŸ™‚

    Wow, BTW, I was reading you lived in Dubai for a few years. What an incredible experience!

    Cheers, G.

  • Reply G.Maria February 1, 2015 at 23:35

    Love the photos and that you went biking around Central Park! I have never done that. But I’ve walked the park and its surrounding neighborhoods, east and west, many times. You can appreciate so much history, architecture, and culture, away from the overwhelming tourist crowds. Also, what I’ve done in the last few years, is branch out and explore. One of my favorite places right now is Brooklyn. There’s awesome food, a happening culture, gorgeous buildings and parks, amazing views of Manhattan, and loads of history. Check it out next time!

    Great post πŸ˜‰
    Cheers,
    G.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 2, 2015 at 09:49

      I was advised that I should get out of Manhattan the next time I visit New York which is what I really am planning to do the next time I go. I really want to like the city. πŸ™‚

  • Reply DUBAICRAVINGS February 1, 2015 at 19:41

    It’ll be interesting to see your passport with huge collection of stamps on it :p. Great flying, keep flying higher cause we love to know it all πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 2, 2015 at 09:53

      Hah! Passport is full of visas more than stamps. The downside of having a very weak passport in terms of traveling the world. :p

  • Reply Nadine February 1, 2015 at 15:21

    Your posts are really refreshing, given your thoughts on places you visit. Its nice to find one of those few blogs. Glad to know you’re also Pinay! Aloha from Manila! ❀️

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 1, 2015 at 15:42

      Thanks Nadine, hoping to see more posts from you too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mrs C January 31, 2015 at 10:43

    I did eating lamb gyro in CP, walking thru CP, lounging under the tree in CP, feed the duck at CP but never have I cycle, yet. Note to self – go cycle, Ida.. bring lamb gyro along. Good read!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 31, 2015 at 11:20

      Hahaha! Lamb gyro while cycling, that’s a photo I’d like to see of you. I never really realized how hard it is to cycle until that day but who cares? It was Central Park that I was cycling in! :p

  • Reply Mitzie Mee January 30, 2015 at 20:11

    I always visit Central park when I’m in New York. I haven’t rode a bike yet, but a couple of years ago, a friend and I took a pedicab tour. Does it count? πŸ™‚

  • Reply spinhirnk January 30, 2015 at 18:17

    I love NYC and all it has to offer. I find myself there at least once a year around the Holidays, I guess I just can’t stay away. Did you hear about the low-rise park they are building underground? I cannot wait to see it!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 30, 2015 at 18:19

      Low rise park? That does sound interesting. πŸ™‚ I am planning to go back there to give it another chance, maybe I will like it the second time around. πŸ™‚

      • Reply spinhirnk January 31, 2015 at 00:43

        NYC is a finicky thing, sometimes you love it and sometimes you hate it. After living there for a short while I stopped letting the annoyances of the city get in the way and learned to enjoy it haha. I hope you find it more fun next time around.

        • Reply Pinay Flying High January 31, 2015 at 05:49

          That is true! I’m just not a big fan of big, crazy cities but I want to like NYC more so I will definitely give it another chance.

  • Reply Su January 30, 2015 at 15:25

    One of the places I want to visit someday, mostly because “the movies made me want to do it”. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 30, 2015 at 15:27

      I’m not a big fan of New York itself but the Central Park was something really different. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Su January 30, 2015 at 15:30

        Awww :))) What I saw on the movies makes me agree (for now, until I’ve experienced the place myself!) πŸ™‚

        • Reply Pinay Flying High January 30, 2015 at 15:32

          I’m just a weird person who doesn’t like big cities so don’t take my word for it. You might love it. Hehehe.

  • Reply Rich Lewis January 30, 2015 at 14:32

    I share your love hate relationship with NYC although I’ve warmed up to it a little. One thing that has changed over the years is that not only cycling in Central Park is great, but even around the city cycling has gotten a lot less like a thrill ride. I’ve occasionally rented a bike there to get around.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 30, 2015 at 14:38

      I normally have love-hate relationships with big cities I’ve visited and would normally change my views about it the second time I go there. Maybe I should give it another chance.

      Oh! I cannot imagine myself cycling around the city, not yet but that is a good alternative as opposed to driving or taking a cab.

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