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Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Mahalo travel expert Asha K. tells you the best places to picnic in Central Park, New York City. Picnic in Central Park --------------------------------------------------------------------- Central Park is surrounded by vendors, delis and cafes where you can find everything you will need to arrange the perfect picnic and unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.? Conservatory Garden --------------------------------------------------------------------- The only formal garden in Central Park, Conservatory Garden is located at 5th Avenue and 105th Street and can be accessed through the Vanderbilt Gate. Without any runners or cyclists to interfere with your festivities, this is a relaxing place for a picnic. This six-acre garden opened in 1937 and is composed by seasonal plants in the style of English, French and Italian gardens. The English garden is comprised of magnolia and lilac trees, the French has spring tulips in abundance and the Italian features crabapple trees, yew trees and wisteria pergola. Great Lawn --------------------------------------------------------------------- The center of Central Park is where you will find the 55-acre Great Lawn, located from 79th to 85th Streets. It is open to the public from mid-April to mid-November. The grass of the lawn was first planted in 1937 in an ovular shape. It encompasses eight baseball diamonds and is most famous for the many outdoor concerts it hosts, from Diana Ross and Bon Jovi to the Metropolitan Opera. Sheep Meadow --------------------------------------------------------------------- Up to 30,000 people per day every summer come to sunbathe, kite fly and picnic on the 15-acre Sheep Meadow. It is named for the 200 sheep that used to graze there in 1864, housed in a Victorian building that has since been removed. The sheep were transported to Prospect Park in Brooklyn in 1943. During the 1960s and 70s, Sheep Meadow was used for war protests, concerts and "love-ins." Thousands also congregated here to watch the 1969 moon landing. Bow Bridge --------------------------------------------------------------------- Movie buffs should check out the famous Bow Bridge, mid-park at 74th Street, west of Bethesda Terrace; it has been used in films such as "Manhattan," "The Way We Were" and "Keeping the Faith." Made of cast iron, the 60-foot Bow Bridge was designed in Classical Greek style by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould. The walkway is made of ipe, a South American hardwood. Eight three-and-a-half foot tall planting urns were historically reconstructed in 2008 after the originals had been missing for 80 years. Strawberry Fields --------------------------------------------------------------------- Music buffs should check out Strawberry Fields, located between 71st and 74th Streets near Central Park West, a tribute to the late Beatle John Lennon. The singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist was murdered outside of the Dakota Apartments, adjacent to this part of the park, on December 8, 1980. Named after the famous song by the Beatles, "Strawberry Fields Forever," you can picnic and enjoy the quiet that is this Garden of Peace. You can also check out the famed Imagine mosaic, also named for a song - "Imagine" by Lennon. Read more by visiting our page at:
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