Things to know and expect as a tourist in central park.
The park is big, bigger than you might think. New Yorkers often find new parts of the park they’ve never been to or heard of, so plan your visit to the park according to how much time you have.
If you only have one afternoon to spend in the park, you’d probably want to enter the park on 72nd street.. Either from the east, at 5th ave. Or from the West at Central Park West. both these options will bring you close to the heart of the park where you can visit the boathouse, lake, Bethesda Fountain and Poet’s Walk… This route is a great way to sort of get the most out of the time you have in Central Park without wandering too much, it’s easy to walk a very long distance in the park without even noticing.
Also, if you enter at CPW and 72nd street you’ll get to also see Strawberry Fields and the John Lennon (“IMAGINE”) memorial which is very close to the Dakota Hotel where he lived and was assassinated.
Useful Central Park links:
Conservatory Gardens on wikipedia (beautiful in the springtime!)