5 WINTER ACTIVITIESYOU HAVE TO DO INCENTRAL PARK

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When the snowflakes start to fall in New York City, there is no better place for winter activities than Central Park. While winter tends to keep us indoors, we should take mother nature’s winter gift of snow as an opportunity to have fun. Here are 5 winter activities you have to do in Central Park this upcoming season…

1.   GO CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

While Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing might not be the first activity on your mind when mother nature graces Central Park with snow, it should be because this is one of the most unique things you can do in the winter. When the city’s most famous park is hit with 6 inches of base snow, many New Yorkers take their cross country skis out. Also, know as Nordic Skiing, this outdoor recreational activity is definitely something to try once in your life. The best places to ski in Central Park are Sheep Meadow and the Great lawn.

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1.   ICE SKATING THE ICONIC RINKS

One of the iconic experiences you can have in NYC is ice-skating in Central Park. There is famous Wollman rink, where people have been lacing up their skates since the 1950s, boasts one of the best views for this winter activity. When conditions permit, The Conservatory Water is also open for free ice-skating; you need to just bring your own skates. This is also a pretty cool experience to skate around the ornamental pond that has been standing in the park since 1858.

3.  TRY SLEDDING 

Pretend you are a kid again and going sledding in Central Park! Enjoying fresh snow on the slopes is meant for all ages. If you want to have a great time and smile from cheek to cheek, hit up the sledding hills in Central Park. Pilgrim Hill and Cedar Hill are two popular destinations for sledding in the park.

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4.   BUILD A SNOWMAN

Forget the work commitments and responsibilties for a few hours and go out and goof around with your friends. Plan a meet-up at Central Park to build some snowmen and have a good old fashioned snowball fight. Just find a moment to have fun, and enjoy yourself. New York City’s backyard is enormous, so there is plenty of space for this classic snow day activity. The best part about enjoying some snowy activities in the winter is finding a bar nearby to warm up by the fireplace and resume your adult life.

5.   DO IT ALL AT THE WINTER JAM FESTIVAL

Winter Jam is a yearly event thrown in Central park full of action-packed fun. This snow-sport extravaganza is a fun festival to attend and free for all visitors. Some of the activities offered for festivalgoers are snowshoeing, sledding, ski and snowboard lessons, and more. Other highlights include ice carving, ice sculpture garden, curdling, ice bowling, and snow dodgeball. This year, Winter Jam is on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. The event starts at 11:00am at the Rumsey Playfield (snow or shine). Don’t forget to bring your 4-legged best friend to play in the Doggie Snow Zone.

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