The Metropolitan Museum and Central Park - My Highlights
Duration: Late Morning to late afternoon
Cost: Affordable (you can do it for under $25, if you're thrifty)
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Starting Point: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave at 82nd Street
Cost: Suggested Donation (which for you cheap asses, means almost free) $1 - 25
|Temple of Dendur|
Then stroll through the Renaissance and Medieval galleries that show off gorgeous stained glass, religious iconography, and a complete Spanish choir screen from the Valladolid cathedral of 1763. Eventually you will find yourself in a skylighted room full of European sculptures (check out the brick facade here - its part of the Museum's original 1888 south facade).
|Rooftop Garden Cafe|
After lunch, make your way out of the Met through the Polyneasian galleries and get ready to experience the best of Central Park.
Enter Central Park through the Osborn Gate at 84th St. and follow the walking path south. The Osborn Gate were created by renowned sculptor Paul Manship and declared the year’s most distinguished work of art in 1953.
Continue southward to the Alice and Wonderland Statue, gifted by George Delacourte in 1959 as a gift to the children of New York City. Around there you'll find the lovely Conservatory Water where children and families rent little radio controlled boats and race them around the pond.
|Rowing in Central Park Lake|
Walk up the stairs under the bridge from the Bethesda Terrace and stroll down the Central Park Mall.
A little before the Mall hits 66th Street, veer to the left and stop by to see the famous Balto statue. Balto was a famous sled dog that lead 20 sled teams from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nome in January of 1925. They brought medical relief to the children that were in danger of suffering from a deadly diphtheria epidemic.
You can exit the park at 66th Street and go on about the rest of your day. I hope you enjoyed one of my favorite days in New York City!