#SecretGardens: 10 Most Beautiful Places You've Never Discovered in Central Park

Central Park is big. How big? Well, in short, it's 2.5 miles long, and 0.5 miles wide

Considering Manhattan is 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles at its widest point, Central Park takes up a lot of real estate in our crowded concrete jungle. 

Inside that immense plot of land lie insurmountably beautiful, peaceful oases that make you momentarily forget that you are smack dab in the middle of one of the most populated, busiest cities in the world. 

Instead of heading to the most popular tourist haunts, check out the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, a four-acre plot of land that was closed off from the public in 1934 in order to be transitioned into a bird sanctuary. 

While the Hallet Nature Sanctuary will be open to the public, it will have somewhat strict timelines. 

Between now until June 30th, visitors are welcome to explore the sanctuary on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

From July 1st until August 31st, the times expand to Mondays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Once you've explored this plot of land that hasn't been open to the public since Roosevelt was president, check out some of these beautiful spots in Central Park.

Hallet Nature Sanctuary

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The Bow Bridge

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Harlem Meer

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Cop Cot


Belvedere Castle

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Conservatory Garden


Bethesda Fountain 


The Loch

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The Ramble

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The Pond and Gapstow Bridge

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